Interdisciplinary Studies in Development

How are development issues framed and what issues are involved in bringing about social change?

Development aims to create social conditions for individual and social well being. How are development issues framed and what issues are involved in bringing about social change? What are the theoretical, conceptual and practical contestations around the political project that is development? This set of courses explores the many interdisciplinary fields like the humanities, social sciences, science and technology that inform development challenges.

How do we address these continuous issues in a country that upholds equality in its constitution? We explore the many challenges of India and its social inequalities. India has high school dropout rates in rural and tribal communities, infant mortality with 4 lakh deaths within 24 hours of birth, to farmer suicides in relatively prosperous states in India, and caste and gender based violence. What does India Shining’, Make in India’, Digital India’ and so on mean for our aspirations as Indians? 

Through this set of five courses, you will learn to identify and explain developmental challenges in contemporary India, analyse specific interventions, development actors and tools for democratic action. It includes a period of three weeks in rural India learning outside the classroom, in addition to courses in application for future action.