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  • About
    Seats
    53
    Duration
    2 Years

    Eligibility

    Applicants need to have a Bachelors degree in any discipline with minimum 45% marks or equivalent gr

    MA in Urban Studies aims to produce graduates who bring a humanistic approach to urban concerns even as they are conversant with their technical and analytical aspects. The programme is rooted in the realities and experiences of the Global South, and has set up continuous interactions between the classroom and the field. It is built on three aspects of urbanism—the lived, the built, and the ecological—from which its content follows.

    The programme should appeal to college graduates in fields with overlapping interests, including Planning, Sociology, and Geography; graduates interested in a PG programme that offers specialization in a relevant area; and practitioners with experience as researchers, civil society advocates, journalists and city planners who would like to reflect on their experiences in a systematic manner and to retool going forward.

    The programme has three domain areas around which core courses and electives are designed, which includes 1) Space and Experiences; 2) Urban Planning and Policy; 3) Urban Environment and Ecology. Strong emphasis is placed on fieldwork and action-learning. Many of the courses are designed to include continuous engagement with the field, and a collaborative studio project will train students in hands-on work around a specific urban problem. Students will be trained in research methodologies leading to a final semester dissertation or action research.

    Graduates of MAUS are expected to develop expertise in the following:

    • Urban planning, policy, and the environmental imbrications of urbanisation
    • Specialised knowledge of particular urban sector(s) through electives, internship project, studio and dissertation (e.g. water, waste, housing, transportation etc)
    • Field methodologies and analytical skills, including PRA, questionnaires and interviews, and quantitative analysis
    • The capacity to produce high-quality original writing and visual communications
    • The ability to collaborate with peers and wider publics by accomplishing tasks as part of teams
  • Programme Structure
    Seats
    53
    Duration
    2 Years

    Eligibility

    Applicants need to have a Bachelors degree in any discipline with minimum 45% marks or equivalent gr

    MA Urban Studies will be transacted over four academic semesters and one summer intersession. It consists of two foundation courses (total of 8 credits), four core courses (16 credits), two courses on research methodology (8 credits), and electives (total of 12 credits). Apart from taught courses, programme requires students to earn 20 credit worth of guided research work in the form of a 4-credit Internship, a 4-credit Studio project, a 2-credit Writing Workshop and a 10-credit Dissertation/Action Research component.

    Semester

    Foundation courses

    Core courses

    Elective courses

    Research skill & practicum

    Credits

    I

    Transformations in Society & Space (4)

    Understanding the Urban (4)

     

    Research Methodology-I (4)

    16

    Power, Justice & Discrimination (4)

    II

     

    Space & Experiences (4)

     

    Research Methodology-II (4)

    16

    Urban Planning and Policy (4)

    Urban Environment &  Ecology (4)

    Summer

     

     

     

    Internship (4)

    4

    III

     

     

    Electives (4)

    Studio (4)

    16

    Electives (4)

    Electives (4)

    IV

     

    Writing Workshop (2)

     

    Dissertation/Action Research (10)

    12

    Credits

    8

    18

    12

    26

    64

     

    Eligibility

    Any bachelor's degree with at least 45% marks (or an equivalent grade) from a recognised University (relaxation of 5% of marks for candidates belonging to ST/SC/PwD Categories). Candidates appearing for the final year examination of a degree can also apply.

    Entrance Test (weightage 75%) and Interview (weightage 25%)

    Total number of seats: 53

     

  • Programme Outcomes
    Seats
    53
    Duration
    2 Years

    Eligibility

    Applicants need to have a Bachelors degree in any discipline with minimum 45% marks or equivalent gr

    On successful completion of the programme a student will be able to:

    • demonstrate familiarity with diverse urban and regional contexts
    • develop and understand interdisciplinary perspective on urban processes
    • comprehend and analyse quantitative, qualitative and spatial data
    • understand the ecological imbrications and materiality of the urban process
    • demonstrate competence in the use of tools and techniques through which practitioners view and shape urban processes and places
    • demonstrate confidence to intervene in urban/regional situations with a spirit of experimentation
  • FAQ
    Seats
    53
    Duration
    2 Years

    Eligibility

    Applicants need to have a Bachelors degree in any discipline with minimum 45% marks or equivalent gr

    Faculty The core faculty is trained from premier institutions in India and abroad and worked in diverse fields and locations. Distinguished academics and practitioners will also contribute to teaching and guidance as Visiting and Adjunct Faculty.

    Careers Graduates of similar interdisciplinary MA programmes at AUD contribute to research institutions, the development sector, environmental organisations, and private consultancies. Many have secured admission for further studies in reputed institutions in India and abroad. In addition, MA Urban Studies graduates are expected to find employment in organisations working specifically in the field of urban research and practice.

  • Courses
    Seats
    53
    Duration
    2 Years

    Eligibility

    Applicants need to have a Bachelors degree in any discipline with minimum 45% marks or equivalent gr

    Course CodeCourse NameCourse Credit
    SGA2US402Understanding the Urban4
    SGA2US406Urban Space and Experiences4
    SGA2US404Urban Planning and Policy4
    SGA2EL410Urban Health and Well-being4
    SGA2US405Urban Environment and Ecology4
    SGA2FC402Transformations in Society and Space4
    SGA1EL409Rethinking Urbanization: A Gender Analysis4
    NAResearch Methodology I4
    NAResearch Methods - 24
    NAResearch Methodology - I4

     

    Foundation Courses

    • Transformations in Society and Space

    Equips students with an understanding of social, environmental and political change across history. It is innovatively designed to begin a conversation on global history while building geographic literacy. Each unit looks at a particular social formation and the typology of space it produces (eg. plantation, port, mining town, Fordist manufacturing region, the Special Economic Zone).

    • Power, Justice and Discrimination

    Prepares students to think about power, justice and discrimination as interconnected fields. The course considers how the question of distribution and discrimination has radically transformed the traditional, retributive or punitive idea of justice. Students are familiarised with the basics of contemporary normative debates on power and justice including the feminist distinction between an ethic of justice and an ethic of care.

    Core Courses

    • Understanding the Urban

    Familiarises students with ideas basic to urban studies as well as contemporary debates, and lies at the intersection of disciplines like sociology, political science, planning, geography and history. The material engages with theories of how urban space is produced and transformed, with the use of concepts such as suburbanisation, gentrification, extended and planetary urbanisation, southern urbanism, and world cities.

    • Space and Experiences

    Systematically locates the urban experiences of the Global South within a wider perspective while focusing on the lived and designed aspects of urbanism. Includes discussions around informality, subaltern urbanisation, heritage, urban design, and the city in literature and the arts.

    • Urban Planning and Policy

    Builds an understanding of the principles, tools and techniques through which planning and policy view and shape urban processes and places. Also considers the shifting policy frameworks (colonial, post-independence, recent and future-oriented ones) and their lives and afterlives on the ground.

    • Urban Environment and Ecology

    Focuses on the ecological imbrications and environmental impacts of the urban process. Themes covered in the course include peri-urbanisation and land cover change, urban ecology, waste, pollution and health, environmental governance and justice.

    • Research Methodology

    Two research methodology courses induct students into the traditions of research, and build capacities for the generation and analysis of diverse kinds of data, from the numerical to the qualitative. Techniques include cross tabulations, measures of central tendency, index numbers, PRA, questionnaire schedules and interviews, and ethnographic methods.

    Electives on offer may include: Infrastuctures and Finance; Urban Agriculture; GIS; Gender and Urbanisation; Urban Health and Well-being.

    Field-based learning in 2018-2019 included transects in different housing settlements of Delhi; documentation of land-use change in peri-urban Ghaziabad; study of work and infrastructures in Gurgaon/Manesar; study of planning, design and lived experiences in Chandigarh/Mohali; research on urban services, housing and environmental concerns in Bhopal.

    In the Studio, students research the nature of an urban concern from different vantage points, identify and delineate the various aspects of the problem, bring their training in planning, policy, and ecology to bear on participatory methods, and collaboratively design an intervention that loops back before finalisation.

  • Faculty