Hub for Law and Policy
The Hub for Law and Policy anchors, integrates and promotes field-based learning by students in the LL.M. in Law and Development program and the Master of Arts in Public Policy and Governance (MPG) programme at Azim Premji University.
Field-based learning for the MPG students currently involves two discrete short-term field engagement efforts during the first year of the programme involving a core course with the Hub for Law and Policy and internship. A longer two-month internship is scheduled during the second year of the program. As part of the core course on field immersion with the Hub during the first year, students from both programmes work with an academic advisor and the coordinating team to conceptualise, plan, design and carry out the field engagement project. Field-based learning for students involves group projects spread over one academic year (a period of approximately nine months - August to the following May). Mixed groups of 5-6 students (from both the LL.M. and MPG) work with an academic advisor and the coordinating team at the Hub to explore multiple dimensions of a real-life public problem. Optimal learning from this experience involves a continuous, circular four stage sequence of experience, reflection, theory, and application.
The Hub for Law and Policy organises different types of events such as workshops, external speaker sessions, faculty seminars, student exhibitions, and other events through the academic term that are dedicated to experiential education with a focus on complex interactions between public problems and law, policy, governance and development.
Learning Objectives for Experiential Education in Law, Policy, Governance and Development
The learning objectives promoted by the Hub for Law and Policy include
- To expose students to the demands, constraints, and methods of thinking in role, and to explore the impact of role on thinking.
- To expose students to the demands, constraints, and methods of analyzing and dealing with unstructured situations, in which the “issues” have not been pre-identified.
- To give students a basis for examining the interaction of legal/governance/policy analysis and human behaviour, including interpersonal dynamics and communication.
- To provide professional skills instruction and to prepare students for professional careers.
- To provide the basis for insights into the functioning of the legal and governance system in India, and to raise questions about their capacities and limitations.
- To give students an opportunity to learn how to learn from experience.
- In general, to provide students with the opportunity to develop and to guide them in developing - a breadth of perspective, a depth of insight, and a rigorously systematic set of analytic and behavioural techniques, which they can train on varied problems that confront practitioners interested in issues of law, governance and development.
Ongoing Group Projects
- The Constitutional and Public Law Project
- The Criminal Justice Project
- The Ecological Justice Project
- The Education Law and Policy Project
- The Human Rights Project
- The Legal System Reform Project
- The Media and Politics Project
- The Politics and Society between Elections Project
- The Climate Action Project
- The Urban Planning and Governance Project
- The Rural Governance Project
- The State Public Service Commission Reforms (Litigation) Project
The Hub for Law and Policy can be contacted at [email protected]
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