Courses – TISS Mumbai

 Below are the list of M.Phil & PhD courses offered at TISS Mumbai 

Advanced Centre for Women’s Studies

Integrated M.Phil.–Ph.D. in Women Studies

The M.Phil./Ph.D. programme in Women’s Studies is built on our experience and learning from the M.A. in Women’s Studies offered at TISS since 2009. The purpose of the Integrated M.Phil./ Ph.D. programme in Women’s Studies at TISS, Mumbai is to train scholars with a theoretical and empirical commitment to gender justice, and to advance the research and scholarship objectives of the Advanced Centre for Women’s Studies (ACWS). The programme in Women’s Studies is offered for 2 years spread over the 4 semester teaching calendar of TISS. The course has been offered since June 2013. The first year of the Programme will consist of two semesters of course work followed by one year for completing a M.Phil. dissertation. The coursework for the programme is on theories and practices in development and research methods. The dissertation topic selected by students will specifically be on Women’s Studies. After successful completion of the two years M.Phil. Programme, the students with minimum CGPA of 7.5 will have the option of moving to the Ph.D. Programme which will be of 3 years duration and will require successful completion of Ph.D. Thesis. The usual process of proposal and synopsis presentation at TISS will be followed. The students will have the option to exit the Programme after two years of successful completion of M.Phil. Programme.

 

Programme Structure

The duration of the M.Phil. Programme in Women’s Studies shall be two years, spread over four semesters and coinciding with the academic calendar of the Institute.

The M.Phil. programme shall carry a total of 46 credits and will have the following components:

i. Basic Courses (BC) (12 Credits): These consist of three courses (6 credits) in the theory and practice of research including feminist research; two courses (6 credits) that provide foundational knowledge in the major currents of social science discourse, and basic concepts related to the interdisciplinary field of Women’s Studies.

ii. Optional Courses (OC) (4 Credits): The two courses of 2 credits each, to be chosen by a student from the list of courses (that can be revised from time to time) will help extend or update her/his knowledge in the (sub) discipline that s/he has chosen to do research in.

iii. The Dissertation under the supervision of a faculty member will proceed through the stages of synopsis formulation, preparation of a bibliography, familiarisation with the literature available on the selected research problem, and the student’s original research per se. The dissertation shall be evaluated and graded by the guide and an examiner external to the Centre appointed by the Director from a panel of experts suggested by the AMC.

 

The Integrated M.Phil.–Ph.D. Programme has two key milestones:

M.Phil. Programme

1. Semester I Courses: There will be three basic courses (8 credits) that provide the foundational knowledge in the major currents of social science discourse, and basic concepts related to the interdisciplinary field of Women’s Studies.

2. Semester II Courses: There will be two basic courses (4 credits) and two optional courses of 2 credits each, to be chosen by a student from the list of courses (that will be revised from time to time) will help extend or update her/his knowledge in the (sub) discipline that s/he has chosen to do research in.

3. Semester III & IV- Dissertation: The coursework in the first year of the Programme is intended to prepare students for research, and the research undertaken by students in the second year culminates in a dissertation (30 credits) submitted by the students at the end of the Programme. The usual process of M.Phil. dissertation evaluation will be applicable.

Courses for Integrated M.Phil.–Ph.D. Programme in Women’s Studies

Semester

Course No.

Course Title

Credits

I

BC 01

Contemporary Social Science Discourses and the Feminist Engagement

4

BC 02

Feminist Approaches to Disciplines, Methodologies, Methods and Tools Part I

2

BC 03

Theorizing Feminisms*

2

Total Credits (semester I)

8

II

BC 02

Feminist Approaches to Disciplines, Methodologies, Methods and Tools Part II

2

BC 04

Reading, Writing and Interpreting: Texts and Contexts

2

 

(choice of any two of the following optional courses)

2+2

OC 01

Disability, Body, Intersectionalities

 

OC 02

Perspectives and Themes on Labour, Migration and Globalization

 

OC 03

Women in South Asia: Movements and Writings

 

OC 04

Technology and Women’s Bodies: Revisiting the Lived Experience Debate

 

OC 05

Citizenship, Human Rights and Women

 

OC 06

Women, Violence, Justice and Peace: An Introduction to Feminist Peace Studies

 

Total credits (semester II)

8

III & IV

Dissertation

(process including synopsis preparation, literature survey, original research and writing)

30

Total Credits (semesters I,II,III &IV)

46

Notes:1. BC = Basic courses, OC = Optional Courses. 1  credit is equivalent to 15 hours of instruction

 

Ph.D. (years 3-5)

Degree will be awarded after successful completion of thesis

 

Ph.D. Programme

Ph.D. Thesis: will require successful completion and defence of Ph.D. Thesis after obtaining M.Phil.Degree with prescribed CGPA.

 

Mode of Instruction

Apart from lectures, there will be other pedagogical methods in use: seminars, specialized workshops designed by faculty and the research scholars, projects, and so on. Additionally the Centre organizes talks; students could initiate a discussion forum for seminars and guest lectures.

 

Direct Ph.D. in Women Studies

In addition to the Integrated M.Phil.–Ph.D. programme, a direct Ph.D. Programme is also offered by the Centre. In addition to meeting the requirements of the Ph.D. thesis (as specified above), Direct Ph.D. students will also need to be complete the mandatory coursework for Direct Ph.D. students (offered in two modules of two weeks each during the first semester) as outlined in Part 1 of the M.Phil.–Ph.D. Handbook. The Centre also organizes specific workshops for its students from time to time for Direct Ph.D. students in addition to the generic modular workshop for all Direct Ph.D. students.

Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy

Integrated M.Phil.–Ph.D. in Inclusive Development and Social Justice

The programme is aimed at enabling the selected scholars to explore and understand, through taught courses, research and other possible modes: a) how certain social and Constitutional categories of people face discrimination, marginalization, social exclusion and even brutal violence for being members of certain castes, tribes and religious minorities, and the implications of such exclusions and marginalization to the concept of social justice, citizenship and nationhood or fraternity; and b) how their being member of certain castes or religious communities or tribes limit or even prevent their scope of accessing the benefits of development. And the programme is also aimed at exposing the scholars on wide-ranging ideologies and perspectives, and literature drawn from various social sciences and humanities disciplines.

 

The following are the specific objectives of the programme:

i. To expose the selected students to the competing and contesting perspectives on issues pertaining to those individuals and communities or categories experienced/experiencing discrimination, exclusion and marginalization owing to being member of a particular caste, tribe and religion or culture such as the Dalits/Scheduled Castes, Backward Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and Religious Minorities.

ii. To enable the students understand how the power and dynamics of caste and customary laws limit or even prevent the scope of the excluded communities claiming their basic and special rights as citizens of India and benefiting from the fruits of development initiatives undertaken by the state and non-state actors;

iii. To help them understand the relevance of honoring inclusive development as an approach to development;

iv. To help them learn the skills required not only to conceptualize and problemetize the desired research problem but also to undertake the research and complete the task of thesis writing.

The thrust areas of research include all issues pertaining to the deprived/excluded/marginalized castes, Tribes and religious Minorities.

 

Programme Structure

The Integrated M.Phil.–Ph.D. programme in Inclusive Development and Social Justice carries a total of 46 credits, distributed over three components: 1) Compulsory courses, 2) Optional courses and 3) Dissertation as given below: 

Sl. No.

Credit breakup

Credits

1

Four Compulsory courses (three 2 credits + one 4 credit courses)

10

2

Three optional courses of 2 credit each, to be chosen out of 6 optional courses.

06

3

Dissertation

30

Total credits

46

 

First Semester Courses

Course No.

First Semester Courses

Credits

Course In-charge/ Teachers

IDJ-1

Perspectives on Social Justice and Inclusive Development

2

A. Ramaiah, Madhushree Sekher

IDJ-2

Paradigms of Social Exclusion

2

Parthasarathi Mondal

IDJ-3

Development of Deprived Castes, Tribes and Religious Minorities

4

A Ramaiah, Roy Burman, Ram Babu

 

Second Semester Courses

Course No.

II Semester Courses titles

Credits

Course In-charge

MDS-5

1

2

Siva Raju & Ritumbra Hebbar

OIDJ-1

Nation-State and Inclusive Governance

2

Madhushree Sekher

OIDJ-2

Poverty, Inequality and Human Development

2

Rohit Mutatkar

OIDJ-3

Social Exclusion in Urban India

2

Shaileshkumar

OIDJ-4

Caste Movements

2

Shailesh & A. Ramaiah

OIDJ-5

Tribal Movements

2

J.J. Roy Burman

OIDJ-6

Religious Minority Movements

2

Ram Babu

 

M.Phil. Thesis

A total of 30 credits is devoted to dissertation writings. By the end of second semester, the students are expected to be ready with their research topic and begin the process of data collection, whether primary or secondary, and starts the dissertation writing process in the beginning of third semester. The dissertation work including literature review, data collection and data analysis and report writing to be completed within the second year of the programme under the guidance of a faculty supervisor.

 

Evaluation of Course Work and M.Phil.

Thesis The students’ performance in the course work would be evaluated on the basis of their performance in the examinations/term papers, class presentations or any other forms of evaluation methods adopted for the purpose. The students are expected to submit reports on regular intervals on their progress in research work to the M.Phil./Ph.D. programme coordinator with the signature of the research guide concerned. Prior to the submission of final dissertation, each M.Phil. student is required to make a presentation on the research done. Three copies of the dissertation have to be submitted to the Centre. The evaluation of the dissertation or research work would be as per the norms and regulations of the UGC.

 

Pedagogy

The course work would be based on class room teaching along with other interactive methods of seminar presentations and discussions by the students and faculty concerned. The research work would be based on a one-to-one interaction between the guide and the student. The students are expected to coordinate with the M.Phil./Ph.D. and decide on a date in advance for the presentation of his/her chosen research topic. They are expected to contact the faculty members of the Centre whose academic expertise is related to their research interest for academic guidance.

School of Development Studies

Integrated M.Phil.–Ph.D. in Development Studies

The Integrated M.Phil.–Ph.D. Programme in Development Studies is a five years (2 years M.Phil.-3years Ph.D.) Programme. The M.Phil. programme is  a full time programme for the duration of 2 years.  This would include 2 semesters of course work and 12 months of dissertation writing. The candidates would also be expected to develop their proposals during course work. The M.Phil. Scholars after completion of two years course work have the benefit of mid-stream option, scholars who have secured an overall grade point of 7.5 have the option to move to Ph.D. Programme without completing 12 months of dissertation writing.

The course work would be based on class room teaching along with other interactive methods of seminar presentations and discussions. The research work would be based on a one-to-one interaction between the guide and the student. However, the student would also be expected to submit reports on regular intervals on the progress on the research work to the M.Phil. programme coordinator. 

After the successful completion of the coursework, students will be allotted to respective guides based on the research interest of the student/s and specialisation of the guide/s. During the period of the course work, the student/s would be expected to interact with prospective guides/faculty in the Centre to discuss their research interest. At the end of course work students would also be expected to present their research proposals. The final allotment of the guide/s will be decided by the committee on the basis of a consensus among the concerned student/s, faculty member/s and committee members.

After successful completion of the two years M.Phil. Programme, the scholars are required to submit research paper and will be interviewed for moving on to the Ph.D. Programme which will be of 3 years duration and will require successful completion of Ph.D. Thesis. The usual process of proposal and synopsis presentation will be followed.

 

Programme Structure

1.The M.Phil. Programme in Development Studies, which carries a total of 46 credits, has three components: 

Compulsory Courses (MDS) (10 credits) : The compulsory papers would include two papers on research methods in social sciences and three papers on the thematic area of development.

Optional Courses (MDSO) (6 credits) : The optional papers offered would be based on various sub-themes within development, seeking to address the specialized interests of the students as well as papers on advanced statistical techniques, GIS and spatial statistics. Students would be given the choice of taking three optional papers (of 2 credits each).

Dissertation  (MDSD) (30 credits): The dissertation would involve fieldwork, research and writing over a period of one year under the guidance of a faculty supervisor.

 

Semester-wise Listing of Courses

Semester

Course Titles

 

Credits

I

MDS1

Development Discourses And Practices

2

MDS 2

Perspectives In Development

2

MDS 3

Development Experiences- International Perspectives

2

MDS 4

Critical Issues in Philosophy of Social Science Research

2

II

MDS 5

Methodological Issues in Development Research

2

MDSO1

Changing Geopolitics in the Contemporary World Order

2

MDSO2

Social Justice and the City

2

MDSO3

GIS and Spatial Statistics

2

MDSO4

Health, Nutrition and Development

2

MDSO5

Advanced Statistical Techniques

2

MDSO6

Population and Development

2

MDSO7

Idea of India: Discourses and Practices

2

MDSO8

Interpreting Justice and Welfare; An enquiry into the nature of politics

2

MDSO9

State, Democracy and Democratic Politics in India ; Institutions and Processes

2

MDSO10

Tribes in the Contemporary World

2

MDSO11

Ethnography, Governance and the City

2

III & IV

MDSD

Dissertation

30

# Students are expected to take 3 optional papers which are of 2 credits each in Semester II

2. Provision for supervised Self study papers/Directed Readings can be made for M.Phil., which would enable students to develop core competency in any specific field related to their research. These would be non-graded papers equivalent to auditing. It is not mandatory to have a self study paper. Not more than two self study papers can be taken by students during the Programme. They may approach any faculty member of the Institute for the same. The self study paper would not be exactly identical* to any course offered at the Institute at the Master’s level. Faculty concerned would submit a note to the Coordinator of the Programme stating broadly the content and pedagogy of the paper. 

*Note: If the faculty deems it necessary s/he  may direct the student to attend the lectures of any existing Master’s level course with the prerequisite that the self study has some additional component in terms of content and/or application which makes the course suitable to the M.Phil.  Progamme). 

3. The institute has permitted M.Phil. students mid stream option, i.e. students who secure 7.5 grade and above in M.Phil. coursework can opt for Ph.D. soon after. This provision applies to M.Phil. (Development Studies) also, however the aspirants would be expected to submit a research proposal and face an interview to qualify for the same. 

Pedagogy

The course work would be based on class room teaching along with other interactive methods of seminar presentations and discussions. The research work would be based on a one-to-one interaction between the guide and the student. However, the student would also be expected to submit reports on regular intervals on the progress in research work to the M.Phil. programme coordinator. 

Evaluation

The students would be evaluated for the course work through end term examinations/ term papers, and class presentations. Prior to submission, the M.Phil. student would be expected to make a seminar presentation related to the dissertation. Three copies of the dissertation have to be submitted to the School. The evaluation of the dissertation or research work would be as per the norms and regulations of the UGC.  

 

Direct Ph.D. in Development Studies 

Programme Structure 

The Ph.D. programme would be for 3 years, with an initial 6 month period for course work. Extension could be granted for 1 year. Thereafter, extension requests would be considered case by case and would not exceed more than 6 months at a time. 

The School seeks to keep the programme flexible without giving up on the academic rigour necessary for Ph.D. research. For this reason, the School has decided to keep the course work optional for those with an M.Phil., i.e. a scholar with an M.Phil. degree may opt out of Ph.D. course work if s/he wishes to. This provision also applies to scholars who are enrolled for the M.Phil.–Ph.D. programme in the School. On completing their M.Phil., they can opt out of the 6 month course work in the Ph.D. programme. On the other hand, in certain cases, the School may provide admission to candidates for a direct Ph.D. on the condition that they audit the M.Phil. course work offered in the School.

 

The Ph.D. course work would be of 6 months and would be seminar/workshop based, wherein the scholar would be expected to present 3 papers on her/his related area of research and research methodology. In this duration, the Ph.D. scholar will be affiliated to one or more faculty in the School/Institute who specializes in the related area of research. Besides this, Ph.D. scholars would also be expected to work on their proposals and present the same at the end of course work.

The scholars would be expected to coordinate with the M.Phil./Ph.D. coordinator and decide on the date and topic of the presentations in advance. 

 

Evaluation of Ph.D. Course Work

The seminar/workshop papers will be assessed and graded by the faculty members associated with them.

 

Examination of the Ph.D. Thesis

The evaluation of the Ph.D. thesis would be as per the norms and regulations of the UGC, which includes the provision of publishing at least one paper in a peer reviewed journal. Before submission of the thesis, the Ph.D. scholar would be expected to make a formal seminar presentation in the School.

School of Health System Studies

The M.Phil.–Ph.D. Programmes offered by the School of Health System Studies are one of the few academic programmes in the field of health care management and public health at the university level in the country.  The programme was conceptualized in light of the fact that the demand for health care managers and public health experts is likely to increase in the coming years. For instance, The National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) is looking for professionally trained district health managers. Hospitals in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors are also looking for professionally trained managers to run different services of the hospital. Further, various national and state level health agencies like NACO, NHSRC and SHSRCs are looking for expertise in public health. 

 

These doctoral programmes in School of Health System Studies (SHSS) will generally follow the TISS doctoral curriculum format, but incorporate some unique features in the curriculum. At the outset, applicants will apply to one of the two M.Phil./Ph.D. programmes. They will be selected on the basis of the Research Aptitude Test (RAT) and the personal interview. A research guide would be allotted to the students at the time of admission based on their expressed area of interest. It is expected that students whose dissertation topic and area of interest is in areas like health management, health policy or health economics will opt for the M.Phil./Ph.D. in Health Systems Management, while those who wish to work in the area of public health with a focus on demography, social aspects of health and illness, and epidemiology will opt for the M.Phil./Ph.D. in Public Health.

 

Once admitted, students would be required to complete five mandatory courses in their first semester. These five courses would be common for both programmes and would provide students with a basic understanding of social sciences and research methodology. In the second semester, students would be asked to complete three courses from the available selections for their degree. Students will be encouraged to choose courses based on their proposed dissertation topic and in consultation with their research guide. In addition, they will do a literature review and attend sessions on scientific writing.

 

Requirements for M.Phil./Ph.D.

Applicants should have completed a UGC-recognised master’s degree in any field at the time of application for the M.Phil./Ph.D. programme. The requirements for marks for masters and other degrees will be as per what is followed at the Institute level. Those who have completed a master’s degree in health administration, hospital administration or public health from the School of Health Systems Studies, TISS will complete the coursework and other requirements as prescribed below. However, those with a Masters from TISS in hospital/health administration course who wish to switch to the M.Phil./Ph.D. in public health will need to audit two courses from the ongoing public health programmes (at the Masters level). Also, those with a Masters in Public Health from TISS wishing to switch to an M.Phil./Ph.D. in Health Systems Management will need to audit two courses from the ongoing health/hospital administration programmes (Masters level). Applicants with a master’s degree from any other field or from any other institution will be required to audit a few, relevant courses from the ongoing master’s programmes offered by the school. These courses will be determined based on which M.Phil. programme they have been admitted for and in consultation with their guide. This will be done to ensure basic understanding prior to taking advanced courses and to create a level playing field.

 

Programme Structure

Component I (Semester One)

Basic courses (BC): 10 credits: These basic courses will aim to develop a deeper understanding of the philosophical underpinnings of social science research and build competence in designing and in the practice of health research. All basic courses are mandatory for all M.Phil./Ph.D. students enrolled in the School. The basic courses (common to both programmes) to be offered in the first semester include: 

Name of the course

Credits

Philosophical foundations of social science research and health

2

Theoretical perspectives on social sciences in health

2

Quantitative research methodology

2

Qualitative research methodology

2

Statistics for health research

2

Total

10

 

Component II (Semester Two)

In the second semester, students will be required to choose three courses (6 credits) based on the degree programme that they have enrolled for (viz. Public Health or Health Systems Management).

Literature Review: 6 credits.

During the course of the second semester, each student will also be expected to review literature with the purpose of publication in a peer reviewed journal. The student will be encouraged to select a theme related to his/her area of research interest. The student will receive supervision for their literature review from their research guide.

 

Scientific Writing: non-credited

The students of both programmes will be provided with seminars and lectures in order to develop and enhance their scientific writing skills. This will include components on writing skills, critical analysis of published papers, and organisation of manuscripts and grant writing.

Components III and IV (Semesters Three and Four)

During the course of their second year, students will be expected to work only on their dissertation.

 

Dissertation: 24 credits.

The dissertation is to be completed during the course of the second year. It carries a total of 24 credits. The thesis will be evaluated as per the evaluation guidelines of the Institute for M.Phil. students.

M.Phil./Ph.D. credit outline

Semester

Course

Credits

I

Basic courses (five)

10

II

Optional courses (three)

6

Literature review

6

Scientific writing

NC

Total

12

III & IV

Dissertation

24

 

Integrated M.Phil.–Ph.D. in Health Systems Management 

The requirements and details of the course framework outlined in the section above (Programme Structure) are applicable to all students of the Integrated M.Phil.–Ph.D. Programmes offered by the School of Health System Studies. However, in addition to the above, courses offered in the second semester for the M.Phil. in Health Systems Management will further the students’  knowledge and expertise in areas related to health administration, health policy and management. Courses on health economics, health policy, planning of hospital services and health financing will be part of the curriculum. Students from this degree programme (Health Systems Management) would be asked to choose three from the following selection:

Course name

Credits

Health economics

2

Health financing

2

Policy analysis for health

2

Strategic planning and management

2

Hospital service operations management

2

Total

6

 

Direct Ph.D. in Health Systems Management 

In addition to the Integrated M.Phil.–Ph.D. programme, a direct Ph.D. Programme is also offered by the School. In addition to meeting the requirements of the Ph.D. thesis (as specified above), Direct Ph.D. students will also need to be complete the mandatory coursework for Direct Ph.D. students (offered in two modules of two weeks each during the first semester) as outlined in Part 1 of the M.Phil.–Ph.D. Handbook.

 

Integrated M.Phil.–Ph.D. in Public Health 

The requirements and details of the course framework outlined in the section above (Programme Structure) are 

applicable to all students of the Integrated M.Phil.–Ph.D. Programmes offered by the School of Health System Studies. However, in addition to the above, the optional courses offered in the second semester for the M.Phil. in Public Health will deepen the students’ knowledge in areas relevant to public health. These courses include epidemiology and public health, gender perspectives, ethics and anthropology. Public Health doctoral students would be asked to choose three from the following selection:

 

Course name

Credits

Gender and health

2

Epidemiological research methods

2

Ethics and health research

2

Medical anthropology and public health

2

Global health

2

Total

6

 

Direct Ph.D. in Public Health  

In addition to the Integrated M.Phil.–Ph.D. programme, a direct Ph.D. Programme is also offered by the School. In addition to meeting the requirements of the Ph.D. thesis (as specified above), Direct Ph.D. students will also need to be complete the mandatory coursework for Direct Ph.D. students (offered in two modules of two weeks each during the first semester) as outlined in Part 1 of the M.Phil.–Ph.D. Handbook.