Knowledge and Curricular Debates in Social Studies

This course will enable students to gain a critical perspective to deal with these issues and orient themselves towards meaningful intervention in practice.

The M.A. Education programme envisages the formation of educational practitioners who,
grounded in a robust understanding of educational theory and practice, would be able to
contribute to improving the quality of school education in India. This includes the
capabilities to enrich and transform classroom practice. An important avenue through which this is achieved is by ensuring that students in the programme would engage with content, curriculum and pedagogy of a specific school-subject, as well as its meta-level aspects. The programme attempts to build the required capabilities and competencies through a set of focussed courses addressing different aspects of a school subject.

Social Studies is one of the central subjects in the school curriculum, elements of which are introduced initially as part of an integrated subject, but taking a distinctive identity of its own in higher grades. In the school curriculum, social studies form a composite subject, comprising five social sciences which are: history, geography, social and political life, economics and sociology. These areas of inquiry together are aimed at enabling students to understand people and their interactions with each other and their environment, through their economic, social and political institutions, at present and over time. Further, a sound understanding of issues that each of these disciplines actively engage with is also expected to enable students to become critical and engaged citizens.