Upon graduation from the MA Education Programme, graduates should be able to engage meaningfully with diverse aspects of school education. The program requires students to have a fairly detailed understanding of one particular subject area’s curriculum and pedagogy. In order to fulfil this broad objective, the MA Education program offers four courses in social studies education. Most Indian schools teach Social Studies as a combination of History, Geography, Political Science, Economics, and Sociology. The course “Pedagogy and Content Knowledge of Sociology, Economics, and Geography” is one of four courses offered in Social Studies Education. Three other courses on Social Studies are “Knowledge and Curricular Debates in Social Studies,” “Pedagogy and Content Knowledge of History and Political Science” and “Social Studies Teaching and Material Development.” The first course will emphasize social studies’ core characteristics and key methodological aspects, while the second will cover key themes, contents, and effective pedagogy of Political Science and History. When students enter the third semester, they will be familiar with some of the debates over the different approaches to social studies. Students will take the elective “Pedagogy and Content Knowledge of Sociology, Economics, and Geography” during the third semester.
This course provides students with the necessary knowledge of a few key areas of content knowledge and prepares them to teach these subjects effectively. Also, students will be expected to begin recognising the interconnectedness among disciplines and ways to explore those connections as per their level of understanding of learners in school. Sociology, Economics, and Geography are the three disciplines covered in this course. Besides explicitly introducing a few key themes of these subjects, the course will also make use of some of the learning from the first-semester core courses and the second-semester social studies courses.