Course Structure and Syllabus for MA in Development Studies


(to be applicable from 2011 batch onwards)








First Semester

HS 501 Essentials of Political Theory





HS 502 Development and Growth: Theoretical Perspective





HS 503 Sociology of Development





Elective I





Elective II





Total Credit





Second Semester

HS 504 Economic Problems and Policies in Developing Countries









HS 505 Research Methods in Social Sciences





HS 506 Interrogating Modernity





Elective I





Elective II





Total Credit





Third Semester

HS 514 Agriculture and Rural Development





HS 602 Planning and Project Management





HS 603 Globalization and Development






Elective I





Elective II






HS 698 Phase I of dissertation





Total Credit





Fourth Semester

HS 699 Dissertation





Grand Total Credits




Detailed Curriculum



(Compulsory courses)



HS-501 Essentials of Political Theory 3-1-0-8


Basic concepts

Power; state; freedom; equality: moral, legal, material equalities; justice: egalitarian, libertarian theories of justice; democracy; citizenship


Classical ideologies

Liberalism: contractarianism, rights-based liberalism, utilitarianism; conservatism; socialism: utopian socialism, scientific socialism; anarchism; nationalism: liberalism and nationalism, socialism and nationalism; fascism


Contemporary ideologies

Feminism: liberal, socialist, radical, black, philosophical feminisms; multiculturalism: culture, race, ethnicity, religion; ecologism: environmental crisis, land ethic, deep ecology; fundamentalism: fundamentalism and religion, modernity and tradition, fundamentalism, democracy and violence


Contemporary ideas

Human rights: human rights conventions, relativism v/s universalism, group rights; civil disobedience: civil disobedience and law breaking, civil disobedience and democracy, civil rights movement; terrorism: political violence v/s terrorism.




1. H. John, G. Paul, Introduction To Political Theory, Pearson Education, New Delhi, 2007

2. G. Gerald, Political Concepts And Political Theories, Westview Press, Oxford, 2000



1. M. Tibor, S. J Aeon, Political Philosophy, Pearson Education, New Delhi, 2007


HS-502 Development and Growth – Theoretical Perspective (3-1-0-8)


Concepts of economic development and economic growth; diverse structures and common characteristics of developing economies; Indices of economic development; historical growth and contemporary perspectives, lessons and controversies.


Theories, models and strategies for economic development: Schumpeter’s Analysis, Rostow’s Stages of Economic growth, doctrine of balanced growth, concept of unbalanced growth, ‘Big push’ theory, critical minimum efforts thesis, Harrod-Domer model, Lewis model of economic growth.




1. M.P Todaro, Development Economics, Pearson, 9th edition, 2006.

2.  G.M Meier and J.E. Rauch, Leading Issues in economic Development, 8th edition, OUP, 2004

3. A.P Thirlwal, Growth and Development, 8th edition, Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.




1. D. Roy, Development Economics, OUP, 1999.

2. R.J. Barro, and X S Martin, Economic Growth, 2nd edition,PHI, 2004.


HS-503 Sociology of Development (3-1-0-8)


Defining development; theories of development: modernization and globalization, dependency and world systems; Issues in development: Environment, Population, Poverty, Urbanization, gender, ethnicity, identity, possibilities of localism, economic development, conflict, fundamentalism and insurgency.




1. R. Klitgaard, Adjusting to Reality: Beyond "State Versus Market" in Economic Development,

2. Hage and Finsterbusch, Organizational Change as a Development Strategy

3. N. Uphoff, M. Esman and A. Krishna, Reasons for Success: Learning from Instructive Experiences in Rural Development

4. J. Isbister. Promises Not Kept. Kumarian Press.

5. J. T. Roberts and A. Hite (editors). From Modernization to Globalization. Blackwell Press


HS-504 Economic Problems and Policies in Developing Countries (3-1-0-8)


Economic inequality: measure of inequality; The inverted U-hypothesis, income and growth, capital market and human capital; Poverty: undernourishment, measures of poverty, impact of poverty on labour market, credit market; Population growth: birth and death rates and age distribution, demographic transition; Rural urban interaction: Lewis model, migration, Harris Todaro model; Land market: ownership, tenancy and other contracts; Labour market; Credit market: informal markets, information asymmetries and credit rationing, alternative policy; Insurance: information and enforcement; Trade and trade policy.



1. M.P Todaro, Development Economics, Pearson, 9th edition, 2006.

2. G.M. Meier and J.E. Rauch, Leading Issues in Economic Development, 8th edition, OUP, 2004

3. A.P.Thirlwal, Growth and Development, 8th edition, Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.

4. D.Ray,  Development Economics, OUP, 1998.



1. S. Ghatak, Introduction to development Economics, Routledge, 4th edition, 2007.

2. Y. Hayami, Development Economics, OUP, 2005


HS-505 Research methods in Social sciences (3-1-0 8)


Scope and objectives of social research: Theory, facts, data; objectivity in social research; Research Design: Typologies of Research Design; formulation of research problem; hypothesis; Methods of Social Research: Quantitative research; questionnaire, schedule, survey, sampling, measurement; Qualitative research: Observation; interview method, case study, content analysis, PRA/PLA techniques; Analysis and Interpretation of Data: Quantative, Qualitiative, Statistical methods in social research, Report Writing.



1. C. Steve and P. Mcneill, Research Methods, Routledge, 2005

2. T. May, Social Research: Issues, Methods and Process, Open University Press, 2001

3. E. Babbie,  Adventures in Social Research, 1998, Sage.

4. A. Bryman and Cramer, Quantitative data analysis for social scientist, Routledge, 1990.

5. G. Morgan (eds), Beyond Method: Strategies for Social Research, Sage, 1988.

6. M.N Srinivas, A.M.Shah and E.A. Ramaswamy (eds), Field worker and the Field: Problems and Challenges in Sociological 7.Investigation, Oxford University Press, 1979.

8. W.G Goode and P.K.Hatt, Methods in Social Research, N.Y, 1952.

9. P. V Young, Scientific Social Surveys and Research, PHI, 1966


HS-506 Interrogating Modernity (3-1-0-8)


Modernity as a project of Enlightenment; Modernist paradigm in sociology: modern science, industrialisation and development; Marx and Weber: sociological modernism; Levi-Strauss and Althusser: structuralist interpretation; Lukacs, Gramsci and Touraine: society as human creation; Dialectic of engaging with and interrogating modernity; Wallerstein, Giddens and Habermas: synthesising modernity and social theory; Deconstructing modernity: post-colonial, postmodernist and feminist perspectives; Modernity in non-modern contexts; The idea of alternative or multiple modernities; The paradigm of revisionism in the discourse on modernity; Reflexivity: post-industrial society, autonomy, social movements, alternative paradigms in science and development.




1. A. Giddens, The Consequences of Modernity, Polity, 1989.

2. J.P.S. Uberoi, The European Modernity: Science, Truth and Method, Oxford University Press, 2002.

3. J. Alam, India: Living with Modernity, Oxford University Press, 1999.

4 .P. Chatterjee, A Possible India: Essays in Political Criticism, Oxford University Press, 1997.

5. S. Hall, D. Held and A. McGrew (Eds.), Modernity and its Futures, Polity/Open University Press, 1992.




1. K. Kumar, Prophecy and Progress: The Sociology of Industrial and Post-industrial Society, Penguin, 1986.

2. J. Habermas, The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity, Polity, 1987.

3. M. Foucault, Power/Knowledge: Selected Interviews and Other Writings, 1972-1977, Pantheon, 1980.

4. J.F. Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge, University of Minnesota Press, 1984.

5. E. Said, Orientalism: Western Concepts of the Orient, Penguin, 1985.

6. Z. Bauman, Intimations of Postmodernity. Routledge, 1992.

7. P. Abbott and C. Wallace, An Introduction to Sociology: Feminist Perspectives, Routledge, 1990.

8. F. Jameson, Postmodernism, or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, Verso, 19


HS- 514 Agriculture and Rural Development (3-1-0-8)

Significance of rural development; agrarian question; peasants, capitalism and paths of transformation; agriculture and rural development; Issues in agricultural development- new agricultural technology, tenancy, agricultural marketing; green revolution and appropriate technology; land reforms; agrarian systems and the state; agriculture and rural credit markets-micro-credit; WTO and agriculture; integrated rural development and government programmes; decentralization and participatory rural development,


1. K.B. Ghimire, 2001, Land Reform and Peasant Livelihoods The Social Dynamics of Rural Poverty and Agrarian Reform in Developing Countries, London: ITDG Publications

2. M. Morner, and T. Svensson, 1991. The Transformation of Rural Society in the Third World.       

A. Shepherd, 1998, Sustainable Rural Development, London: Macmillan Press.




1. M.P Todaro, and S.C. Smith, Economic Development, Pearson Education, 2003

2. G. M. Meir, and Rauch, E.James, 2003, Leading Issues in Economic Development, Oxford University Press


HS 602 Planning and Project Management (3-1-0-8)


Development planning: concepts and ideology, objectives, the case for and against planning,

planning versus market; Generation and Screening of project ideas, objectives of project planning;

Project preparation: market and demand analysis, technical analysis, financial estimates and

projections, financing of projects, project management; Social cost-benefits analysis; Appraisal,

monitoring and evaluation of development programmes and projects.



1. M.P Todaro and S.C. Smith, Development Economics, 9th Ed., Pearson Education, 2006.

2. P. Chandra, Projects, Planning, Analysis, Financing, Implementation and Review, 5th Ed., Tata

McGraw Hill Publishing Co. Ltd., 2002.

3. R. Dale, Evaluating Development Programmes and Projects, 2nd Ed., Sage Publications, 2004.

4. R. Dale, Organisations and Development, Strategies, Structures and Processes, Sage Publications,2000.


HS 603 International Trade and Development (3-1-0-8)


World trading patterns; Mainstream economics trade theories: absolute and comparative advantage

theories, sources of comparative advantage, specific factor model, Heckscher-Ohlin model,

economies of scale and imperfect competition, international factor movements; Trade policy: tariffs,

export subsidies, import and export quotas, political economy of trade policy, import substituting

industrialisation; Exchange rates and open economy macroeconomics; Alternative paradigms:




1. P. Krugman and M. Obstfeld, International Economics: Theory and Policy, 6th Ed., Pearson

Education, 2003.

2. D. Ray, Development Economics, OUP, 1998.

3. A.K. Bagchi, The Political Economy of Underdevelopment, Orient Longman, 1989.

4. M. P. Todaro and S. C. Smith, Economic Development, Pearson Education, 2003.

5. P. Patnaik (ed.), Imperialism: the Highest Stage of Capitalism: Lenin, Leftword, 2000.




(Elective Courses)


HS-507 Caste and the Politics of Development (3 -1-0-8)


Culture: identity and tradition; social stratification: features of the caste system, varna and jati; caste and class; reform and intervention: Phule, Gandhi and Ambedkar; social change and conflict; caste and democratic politics; sanskritization; the discourse of power and social reality; empowerment and political representation; social backwardness and the politics of reservations; subaltern voices: agency and representation; Dalit movements: caste and social transformation.




1. L. Dumont, Homo Hierarchicus, Vikas, New Delhi, 1970.

2. M.N. Srinivas, India: Social Structure, South Asia Books, 1986.

3. G.P. Deshpande, Selected Writings of Jotirao Phule, Leftword, New Delhi, 2002.

4. D.R. Nagaraj, The Flaming Feet: A Study of the Dalit Movement, South Forum Press, Bangalore, 1993.

5. K.L. Sharma, Caste, Class and Tribe, Rawat, New Delhi, 2000.

6. R. Guha (ed.), Subaltern Studies: Writings on South Asian History andSociety, OUP, New Delhi, 1982,

7. A.M. Shah and B.S. Baviskar (eds.), SocialStructure and Change Vol.I, OUP, New Delhi, 1998.

8. G. Shah (ed.), Caste and Democratic Politics in India, Permanent Black, New Delhi, 2002.

9. N. B. Dirks, Castes of Mind: Colonialism and The Making of Modern India, Permanent Black, New Delhi, 2003.

10. K. Iliah, Why I am not a Hindu, Samya, Calcutta, 1996.

11. G. Chakravarty Spivak, ‘Can the Subaltern Speak?’ in C. Nelson and L. Grossberg (eds.) Marxism and the Interpretation of Culture, University of Illionois Press, 1987


HS-508 Colonial Economy and the Politics of Development in India (3-1-0-8)


Development and Colonial State: Historiography; colonial state and the social organization of production; stages of colonial development: de-peasantization and de-industrialization; transfer of western science and technology: managing Indian natural resources; plantation economy: tea, indigo, coffee and rubber; nationalist movement and people’s struggle: recourse to indigenous development; discourse of development in India’s intellectual history: Nehru and the Indian National Congress




1. A. K. Bagchi, Private Investment in India, University Press, 1972.

2. B. Zacaria, A Social and intellectual history of India’ Development, OUP, 2007.

3. B.R. Tomilson, The Economy of Modern India, Cambridge University Press, 1996.

4. D. Naroroji, Poverty and Un-British Rule in India, Commonwealth Publishers, 1988.

5. V. Anstey, The Economic Development of India, Ayer Publisher, 1977.

6. S. Ambirajan, Classical Political Economy and British Administration in India, CUP, 1978.

7. B. Chandra, The Rise and Growth of Economic Nationalism in India, Economic Policies of Indian National Leadership, PPH, 1966.  


HS-509 language issues in globalisation (3-1-0-8)


Role of language in globalisation and language problems in a globalising world, linguistic sustainability to sustainable development, language identity, globalisation and linguistic human rights; Communication issues and flow of language across cultural and political boundaries: strategies of interlingualism, technologism, esperantism; Spread of English and its acculturation to local contexts of use, dynamics of English use in post-colonial India; Minority language experiences, language endangerment and its implications: loss of indigenous languages and knowledge systems; Creativity in language mixing; Language in electronic media and global pop cultures.



1. J. Maurais and M. A. Michael. (eds.) Languages in a Globalising World. CUP, 2003

2. A. Pennycook . The Cultural Politics of English as an International Language, Longman, 1994

3. D. Crystal. English as a global language CUP, 2003

4. D. Crystal. Language and the Internet CUP, 2006

5. J. Aitchison and D. Lewis. (eds.). New Media Language. Routledge, 2003.

6. H. Berger and M. Carroll (eds.) Global pop, local language. University Press ofMississippi, 2003.

7. D. Nettle and S. Romaine Vanishing Voices: The Extinction of the World’s Languages,Oxford University Press, 2000.


HS-510 Development Anthropology (3-1-0-8)

The Discourse of Development; Populism, Anthropology and Development; The social logic approach: Norman Long and the rural Anthropology of Development; Socio-anthropology of development: Comparativism: Multiculturalism: Transversality; Role of values and Institutions in Development; Role of Indigenious Knowledge; Anthropologists as Policy Advisers and analysts; Assessment of Social Impact: Evaluation, Advocacy, Technology Development Research.

Text Books:

1. S. Abram, and J. Waldren. (eds.) (1998), Anthropological Perspectives on Loca Development: Knowledge and Sentiment in Conflict. New York: Routledge.

2. A. Alberto and N. Long. (2000), Anthropology, Development and Modernities: Exploring Discourses, Counter-Tendencies and Violence. London: Routledge.

3. ______, 2000, “Reconfiguring Modernity and Development from an Anthropological Perspective.” In Anthropology, Development and Modernities: Exploring Discourses, Counter-Tendencies and Violence. Edited by A. Alberto and N. Long, London: Routledge.

4.B. J. Knippers, 1999, Development in Theory and Practice, 2nd Ed. Boulder: Westview.

5. _____, 1993, Challenging the Professions: Frontiers for Rural Development. London: Intermediate Technology Publications.

6. D. Booth, 1994, Rethinking Social Development: Theory, Research and Practice. Essex: Longman Scientific & Technical.

7. J. Pierre and O. de Sardan, 2005, Anthropology and Development. London: Zed Books

8. L. Mair, 1984, Anthropology and Development. London: Macmillan.

9. W.W Rostow, 1960, The Stages of Economic Growth: A Non-communist Manifesto. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

10. E.F. Schumacher, 1973, Small is Beautiful. London: Blond and Briggs.


Reference books


1. E. Croll, and D. J. Parkin, eds.,1992. Bush base, forest farm: culture, environment and development. London: Routledge.

2. E. Crewe and Harrison, Ed. Whose Development? London: Zed 1998
3. A. Escobar, 1995.
Encountering development: the making and unmaking of the Third World.

Princeton: Princeton University Press.
4. R.D. Grillo, and R.L. Stirrat, (eds.), 1997.
Discourses of development: anthropological perspectives.

Oxford: Berg.Schech, Susan; Haggis, Jane, 2000, Culture, and development: a critical introduction. Oxford: Blackwell

5. D. Warren, L. Michael, J. Slikkerveer, and D. Brokensha, (eds.), 1995, The Cultural Dimension of Development:Indigenous Knowledge Systems. London: Intermediate Technology


6. A. Sen, 1999, Development as Freedom. New York: Anchor/Random House.


HS-511 Gender and Development (3-1-0-8)


Conceptual Frameworks: Feminist Theories in Historical and Cross -cultural Perspectives, Feminist Epistemology, Gender and Colonialism; Environment: Development and Women’s Lives, Ecofeminism; Ethics and Development: Applied Ethics, Global Bio-Ethics and Changing Gender Relations, Gender, Technology and the Body; Population Politics: Fertility and Family Planning; Religion and Empowerment of Women, Religion and Democracy; Humanitarian Dilemmas: Culture and Health.



1. D. M. Juschka , Feminism in the Study of Religion: A Reader, Continuum International Publishing Group, 2001

2. K. Kapadia, The Violence of Development: The Politics of Identity, Gender and Social Inequalities in India Zed Books, 2002

3. V.  Shiva, Staying Alive.: Women, Ecology and Survival in India, Zed Press, New Delhi,1988

4. M. U. Walker, Moral Understandings: A Feminist Study in Ethics , Routledge, 1998

5. S. Benhabib, Situating the Self: Gender, Community, and Postmodernism in Contemporary Ethics, 

Routledge, 1992




1. L. Sargent. Boston (Ed), Women and Revolution, South End Press, 1981

2. S. M. Wolf, Feminism & Bioethics: Beyond Reproduction, Oxford University Press US, 1996

3. T. Banuri and M. Mahmood, Just Development: Beyond Adjustment with a Human Face , Oxford

University Press, 1997

4. M. K. Raj and   R. M. Sudarshan, Gender, Population and Development, Oxford University Press,


5. M. Porter and E. R. Judd, Feminists Doing Development: A Practical Critique, Zed Books, 1999




Development: intellectual, imaginative and practical aspects; Genealogy of development thinking: from colonial economics to development studies; Discourses of development: education, modernisation, capitalism, Eurocentrism, technological imperative, globalisation, dependency theory; Development criticism: feminism, pacifism, environmentalism, agrarianism; Postmodern critical theory of development: new populism, anti-developmentalism, ecofeminism; Cultural studies and post-development paradigms: cultural politics, cultural analyses, deconstructing ideologies of development.





1. R. Munck and D.O’Hearn eds, Critical Development Theory: Contributions to a New Paradigm, Zed

Books, 1999.

2. S. Corbridge, ed, Development Studies: A Reader, Arnold, 1995.





1. G. Rist, The History of Development: From Western Origins to Global Faith, Zed Books, 2003.

2. M. P. Cowen and R. W. Shenton, Doctrines of Development, Routledge, 1996.

3. I. Illich, Deschooling Society, Harper and Row, 1971.

4. M. Gandhi, Hind Swaraj or Indian Home Rule, Navajivan Trust, 2003.

5. S. F. Alatas, Alternative Discourses in Asian Social Science: Response to Eurocentrism, Sage, 2006.

6. A. Escobar, Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World, Princeton,


7. M. Mies, Patriarchy and Accumulation on a World Scale: Women in the International Division of

Labour, Zed Books, 1999.

8. M. H. Marchand and J. L. Parpart, eds, Feminism/Postmodernism/Development, Routledge, 1995.



Transnationalism, migration and globalization; colonialism and the history of world connections; cultural imperialism; nationalism and identity: a post-colonial understanding; commodification of local cultures; ethnography of selected transnational and migratory communities in India.


1. A. Benedict, 1991 Imagined Communities revised ed. London and New York: Verso

2. H. Michael. Cultural Intimacy: Social Poetics in the Nation-state. Routledge, New York:, 1997.

3. A. Appadurai, Modernity At Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization (Minneapolis: University of

Minnesota Press, 1995; Saskia Sassen, Guests and Aliens (New York: New Press, 1999)

4. A. Portes, L. E. Guarnizo and P. Landolt. “The study of transnationalism: Pitfalls and promise of an

emergent field.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 22, no. 2 (March, 1999): 217-237.

5. A. M. Kraut, Silent Travellers: Germs, Genes and the “Immigrant Menace.” New York: Basic Books, 1994.

6. P. van der Veer, “Introduction.” In Nation and Migration: The Politics of Space in the South Asian Diaspora, edited by van der Veer. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1995.

7. E. Ferris, 1993, Beyond Borders: Refugees, Migrants, and Human Rights in the Post-Cold War Era.

Trenton, New  Jersey: The Red Sea Press and Geneva: the WCC Press.

8. W. Giles, and H. Moussa, eds., 1996, Development and Diaspora: Gender and the Refugee Experience. Dudas, Ontario, Canada: Artemis Publishers.

9. D. F. Karaka, 2000, History of the Parsis: Including Their Manners, Customs, Religion, and Present Position: Adamant Media Corporation; Mumbai


HS 601 Philosophy of Social Sciences (3-1-0-8)


Philosophy: epistemology, metaphysics and ethics; Social sciences; Historical and philosophical

roots of social sciences: Comte, Dilthey, Durkheim, Weber and Marx; Modes of social inquiry:

natural scientific, critical social science, social constructionist viewpoints and contemporary

hermeneutics; Instrumental reason and its critics; Abstraction and the life world; Debates about

value-neutrality; Methodological holism and methodological individualism: holism/individualism

debates, social atomism and reductionism; Explanations in social sciences; Differences between

natural and social sciences; Objectivism, relativism and objectivity.



1. R. Bishop, The Philosophy of the Social Sciences: An Introduction, Continuum International, 2007.

2. A.Rosenberg, Philosophy of Social Sciences, Westview Press, 2008.

3. T. M. Peter, A Realist Philosophy of Social Science: Explanation and Understanding, Cambridge

University Press, 2006.

4. M. Hollis, The Philosophy of Social Sciences, Cambridge University Press, 2000.

5. M. Martin (ed.), Readings in the Philosophy of Social Science, MIT, 1994.


HS 604 Development Finance (3-1-0-8)

Capital accumulation and investment requirement for development; Sources of capital formation:

domestic and international; Domestic financing of development: inflationary finance and noninflationary

finance; Financial markets and institutions: money and the payment system, credit and

the financial system, central bank, commercial banks and recent developments, unregulated credit

markets; External financing of development: necessity for external financing, public financial aid:

bilateral and multilateral; External debt and its implications, private foreign investment – benefits and

costs, Foreign Institutional Investors, Foreign Direct Investments, multinational corporations; Foreign

aid: the development assistance debate.


Texts/ References:

1. G. M. Meier and J. E. Rauch, Leading Issues in Economic Development, 8th Ed., OUP, 2004.

2. L. M. Bhole, Financial Institutions and Markets, Structure, Growth and Innovations, 3rd Ed., Tata-McGraw Hill Publishing Co. Ltd., 2001.

3. S. B. Gupta, Monetary Economics, Institutions, Theory and Policy, S. Chand and Co. Ltd, 1997.

4. S. Ghatak, Introduction to Development Economics, 4th Ed., Routledge, 2007.

HS 605 Reflections on India’s Development (3-1-0-8)

Ideas and challenges that face the New India: Economic and social liberalizations ; Impact on

Indian private and public lives; Indian traditions and the western imagination; Contemporary India

and the argumentative tradition; Pluralist, interactive and dynamic heritage of literary, cultural,

political and scientific developments in India; Social and economic transformation of India.



1. N. Nilekani, Imagining India: The Idea of a Renewed Nation, Penguin, New Delhi , 2009.

2. A Sen, The Argumentative Indian, Picador,2004.

3. G. Das, The Elephant Paradigm, Penguin Books India, 2003.

4. A. P.J. Abdul Kalam, India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium, Penguin Books India, 2003.

5. S. Tharoor, The Elephant, the Tiger and the Cell Phone: Reflections on India in the 21st Century,

Arcade, 2007.

6. G. Das, India Unbound, Penguin Books India, 2002.

7. A. P.J. Abdul Kalam, Ignited Minds: Unleashing the Power Within India, Penguin Books, 2003.

8. S. Tharoor, India:From Midnight to the Millenium, Harper Perennial, 1998.


HS 606 Sociology of Gender (3-1-0-8)

Sociology of gender; Social construction of gender: socialisation, stereotypes and inequalities;

Perspectives on gender: liberal, Marxist, socialist, radical, Black, Third World; Gender and social

movements: from global to local; Gender in the economy, culture and polity: labour, law, family,

health, media, representation and reservation; Discourse on gender and development in India.




1. A. Hochschild, The Second Shift, Avon Books, 2003.

2. B. Agarwal, Field of One’s Own: Gender and Land Rights in South Asia, Cambridge University

Press, 2003.

3. J, Lorber (ed.), The Social Construction of Gender, Sage Publication, 1991.

4. N. Kabeer, Reversed Realities: Gender Hierarchies in Development Thought, Verso, 2003.

5. I. Agnihotri and V. Mazumdar, “Changing Terms of Political Discourse: Women's Movement in

India, 1970s-1990s”, in Economic and Political Weekly, 30 (29), 1995, pp. 1869-1878.

6. K. Chanana, “Accessing Higher Education: The Dilemma of Schooling Women, Minorities,

Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in Contemporary India”, in Higher Education, 26(1),

1993, pp. 69-92.

7. N. Menon, `Elusive “Woman”: Feminism and Women’s Reservation Bill’, in Economic and Political

Weekly, 35(43/44), 2000, pp. 3835-3841.

8. N. Yuval-Davis. ‘Women, Citizenship and Difference’, in Feminist Review, (57), 1997, pp. 4-27.


HS 607 Science, Technology and Society (3-1-0-8)

Science–technology relationship: hierarchical, symbiotic and coalescing; Social context of

production of scientific knowledge: demarcation, autonomy, cognitive authority of science and

technology, and responses; Methods of science; Science as a social institution and the ethos of

science; Inequalities in science and technology: rewards and recognitions; Social legitimation:

interests, meanings and values; Reception of modern science and technology in India; Changing

context of production of scientific knowledge: from public resource to intellectual property; Science

and technology policies in India.


Texts and References:

1. D. MacKenzie and J. Wajcman (eds.), The Social Shaping of Technology, 2nd Ed., McGraw Hill Education /Open University, 1999.

2. N. Stehr and V. Meja (eds.), Society and Knowledge: Contemporary Perspectives in the Sociology of Knowledge and Science, Revised 2nd Ed., Transaction Publishers, 2005.

3. E. J. Hackett, O. Amsterdamska, M. Lynch and J. Wajcman (eds.), The Handbook of Science and

Technology Studies, The MIT Press, 2008.

4. T. McGrew, M. Alspector-Kelly and F. Allhoff (eds.), Philosophy of Science: An Historical Anthology, Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.

5. S. I. Habib and D. Raina (eds.), Social History of Science in Colonial India, Oxford University Press,



HS 608 Rural Labour Market in India (3-1-0-8)

Overview of rural labour market in India: size and key features, agricultural and non-agricultural

wage labour; Concepts of unemployment: seasonal unemployment, underemployment, disguised

unemployment, work participation, labour absorption; Wage rates: subsistence wage, minimum

wages act in India, empirical cases on wages, types of wage contracts, forms of, levels and trends of

agricultural wages; Gender gap in wages: male and female wages, levels and trends, disparity;

Labour-credit interlinkages: labour services and unfreedom in agriculture, bonded labour, attached

labour, poverty and agricultural labour; Welfare programmes: government wage employment and

self employment programmes, forms of market interventions in the labour market.



1. K. Sharma Labour Economics, Anmol Publications Private Limited, 2006.

2. P. Lanjouw and N. Stern, Economic Development in Palanpur Over Five Decades, Oxford University

Press, 1998.

3. B. Agarwal, A field of One’s Own: Gender and Land Rights in South Asia, Reprint, Cambridge

University Press, 1998.

4. V. K. Ramachandran, Wage Labour and Unfreedom in Agriculture, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1990.

5. Consumer Expenditure and Employment Unemployment Round , Reports of the National Sample

Survey Organization, Quinquennial rounds, 2004-05

6. S. R. Osmani, “Wage Determination in Rural Labour Markets: The Theory of Implicit Cooperation”, in Journal of Development Economics, (34) 1-2, 1990, pp. 3-23.


HS 609 Globalization and Sustainable Development (3-1-0-8)

Globalization and sustainable development: terms, concepts and challenges, inter-generational and

intra-generational effects, human development, indigenous knowledge, governance and sustainable

development; Climate change as a challenge to sustainable development: interrelationship between

climate change and economic development, impact of climate change on natural resources and

livelihood; Mitigation and adaptation to climate change: role of State, civil society, firms, corporate

social responsibility, international environmental agreements and climate change.



1. J.N. Bhagawati, In Defence of Globalization, Oxford University Press, 2006.

2. S.J. Gustave, “Two perspectives on globalization and the environment”, in J. G. Speth (ed.),

Worlds Apart: Globalization and the Environment, Island Press, Washington DC, 2003, pp. 1-18.

3. T. J. Hardy, Climate Change - Causes, Effects, and Solutions, John Wiley & Sons 2003

4. A. Markandya and K. Halsnaes (eds.), Climate Change and Sustainable Development: Prospects for Developing Countries, Earthscan, 2002.

5. W. M. Adams, Green Development: Environment and Sustainability in the Third World. 2nd Ed.,

Routledge, London, 2001.

6. World Bank, Report Sustainable Development in a Dynamic World: Transforming Institutions,

Growth, and Quality of Life, World Development Report, 2003

7. T. Panayotou, Globalization and Environment, CID Working Papers 53, Center for International

Development at Harvard University, 2000


HS 610 Development and Human Rights ( 3-1-0-8)

Human rights, development, linkages between human rights and development; Perspectives: right to

development - UN Declaration, ‘Rights based’ approach to development; International convention on

rights: Magna Carta, migration and trafficking; Indian Constitution and Human Rights: right to food,

shelter, education and health, fulfilment of universal social and economic rights; Issues in India: right

to food, employment, education, health, environment, child rights, women’s rights, development and

displacement, development and human trafficking, impact of Information Communication

Technologies (ICTs); Role of NGOs.


Texts/ References:


1. A. Clapham, Human Rights, Oxford University Press, 2007.

2. R. Bhargava, Politics and Ethics of the Indian Constitution Oxford University Press, 2009.

3. S. Hickey and D. Mitlin (eds.), Rights Based Approaches to Development: Exploring the Potentials and Pitfalls, Kumarian Press, 2009.


HS 611 Human Development: Theory and Practice (3-1-0-8)


Human development in theory: Amartya Sen - capability approach, John Rawls - critique of

utilitarianism, Mahbub ul Haq – the making of human development index; Conceptual issues: basic

needs and capabilities, capabilities and human development, functionings and freedom, agency

functions, collective action, Millennium Development Goals; Human Development Index: evolution,

measurement, refinements, debates, world, national and state Human Development Reports;

Human development in practice: Multi-dimensional poverty measures, country case studies; Hunger,

unemployment and public action: food security, employment security; Indian case: state of the Indian

farmer, agrarian crisis and farmer’s suicides, state of primary and secondary schooling, public

health, gender related conflicts.



1.A. Sen, Development as Freedom, Oxford University Press, 2000

2.S. Fukuda-Parr and A. K. Shivakumar (eds.), Readings in Human Development: Concepts, Measures

and Policies for a Development Paradigm, Oxford University Press, 2005.

3.J. Dreze and A. Sen (eds.), The Political Economy of Hunger, Volume 1: Entitlement and Well-Being,Clarendon Press Oxford, 1990.

4.UNDP, World Human Development Reports, United Nations, 1990-2011.

5.K. Haq and R. Ponzio (eds.), Pioneering the Human Development Revolution: An Intellectual

Biography of Mahbub ul Haq, Oxford University Press, 2008

6.J. Rawls, Justice as Fairness: A Restatement, The Belknap Press, 2000


HS 612 Peace and Conflict Resolution (3-1-0-8)


Concepts: peace, insurgency, war, armed conflict, ethnic violence; Conflict management and conflict

resolution; Techniques and strategies for resolutions; Negotiation, mediation, good offices involving

a third party, conciliation or facilitation, military solution: case of Sri Lanka, Gandhian models of

satyagraha, peace education, peace research and recent developments; Factors leading to

continuation of conflicts and armed movements for a long time, insurgency economy, high intensity

and low intensity conflicts.

Origins of armed conflict in India’s North East; Selected cases, secessionist armed movements, the

Naga, the Mizo and the ULFA movements; Armed ethnic movements: the Bodo and the Tripura

Tribal movements; External factors involved; Peace initiative since 1953, Naga Peace Mission and

JP Mission, the civil society initiatives, the formal initiative of the Government of India, inter-ethnic

conflicts and consequences.



1.A. Dutta and R. Bhuyan, Genesis of Peace and Conflict, Akansha,New Delhi, 2007.

2.D. Bloomfield, Peacemaking Strategies in Northern Ireland: Building Complementarities in Conflict

Management Theory, Macmillan, London, 1997.

3.J.B. Bhattacharjee, Roots of Insurgency in North East India, Akansha, New Delhi, 2007.

4.J. Burton, Resolving Deep-Rooted Conflict: A Handbook, University Press of America, Lanham, 2003.

5.J. Galtung, Peace by Peaceful Means: Peace and Conflict, Development and Civilization, Sage,

London, 1996.

6.M. Deutsch, The Resolution of Conflict: Constructive and Destructive Processes, Yale University

Press, New Haven, 1973.

7.S. Nag, Marginality: Ethnicity, Insurgency and Sub-nationalism in North-East India, Manohar, New Delhi, 2002.

8. W.r Hussain (ed.), Peace Tools and Conflict Nuances In India’s Notheast, Wordwaves India,

Guwahati, 2010.