Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities and Research

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We want that education by which character is formed, strength of mind is increased, the intellect is expanded, and by which one can stand on one’s own feet.
~ Swami Vivekananda

The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities and Research introduces learners to a cross-section of the humanities disciplines and comes with a substantial research component at the end.

The curriculum structure of this programme includes courses in history, literary studies, philosophy, anthropology, and political thought. The research component comprises a seminar paper presentation, and a supervised master’s thesis to be written over the last semester.

The programme trains learners in critical thinking and synthesising multiple perspectives from various disciplines. Along with this, it grooms learners to become researchers who may later take up graduate/doctoral studies with an Indocentric approach, through systematic critiques of the Marxist and left-liberal academic positions.

Admission Open

Duration: 2 Yrs
Starts: September, 2022
Ends: August 2024
Cohort Size: 10
Tuition: INR 3L per annum (Scholarships available)
Food & Hostel: INR 1.5L per annum

 

Programme Objectives

  • The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities and Research programme nurtures thought leadership by exposing learners to interdisciplinary learning, analysing, and problem-solving strategies and presenting a broad vista of thought-paradigms and approaches to contemporary issues to help them build concrete capabilities.
  • It helps learners develop a distinctly Indian perspective towards Indian socio-political, cultural, spiritual, and economic circumstances through emphasis on research and original thinking.
  • It enables learners for career paths in academia, media, think tanks and creative writing, while nurturing them to become influencers and public intellectuals.
  • It enables learners to bring an Indocentric perspective to contemporary global issues and challenges with the goal of solving or overcoming them.
  • The above objectives are achieved through critical engagement with Western epistemes by deploying emic/Indic perspectives.

Ideal Applicant Profile

To be a philosopher you need only three things. First, infinite intellectual eros: endless curiosity about everything. Second, the ability to pay attention: to be rapt by what is in front of you without seizing it yourself, the care of concentration—in the way you might look closely, without touching, at the green lacewing fly, overwintering silently on the kitchen wall. Third, acceptance of pathlessness (aporia): that there may be no solutions to questions, only the clarification of their statement. Eros, attention, acceptance.

~ Gillian Rose

Applicants to this programme may come from STEM, commerce, as well as humanities and social sciences backgrounds. Potential learners are expected to have:

  • Capacity for substantial reading
  • Flair for writing & communication skills
  • Ability to synthesise information and ideas from multiple sources
  • Flexible imagination
  • Capacity for abstract thought
  • Critical and inquisitive mind
  • Non-dogmatic and questioning attitude

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