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The five year Integrated Masters Programme, launched in 2006, leads to a Master of Arts
(M.A.) degree in three major streams – Development Studies, Economics, and English Studies.
The MA Programme exposes students to a wide variety of disciplines in the Humanities and
Social Sciences, enabling them to develop strong analytical, communicati on and research skills
in the relevant stream through a firm theoretical grounding, applied projects and sufficient
exposure to quantitative subjects.

The distinctive feature of this programme is that it allows students to choose their streams after
getting a wide exposure to the concepts, theories and methods that make up the Humanities
and Social Sciences. During the first two years of the programme, students do a host of common
courses in order to both develop their appreciation of the multi -disciplinary nature of the
Humanities and Social Sciences as well as to enable them choose their professional streams. The
students major in their chosen stream from the third year of the programme.
 Established in 1959, the Department of Humaniti es and Social Sciences is one of the oldest in IIT Madras. It is
 multi -disciplinary in nature, with faculty from diverse disciplines such as Economics, English, History,
 Philosophy, Sociology, and German Studies among others. Itoff ers Masters and Doctoral programmes in
 Humanities and Social Sciences as well as elective courses to B. Tech and M. Tech students.

 The Department is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities that are highly conducive to learning and research.
 Classrooms are equipped with the latest teaching tools and multimedia projection systems for use as teaching
 aids. The central facilities include the Central Library, Department Library, Digital Knowledge Centre and
 Department Computing Facility with access to hundreds of electronic journals and a Multimedia Language Lab
 that facilitates language learning.


 The students of the Integrated Masters Programme are selected through the Humanities and Social Sciences
 Entrance Examinati on (HSEE) conducted by IIT Madras every year in the month of May. It is a highly
 competitive nation-wide exam and only about 2-3 percent of the candidates taking the exam are finally
 selected for the course.
                                   THE COURSE STRUCTURE
The programme requires students to complete 195 credits spread over five years to earn the degree. Stream-related courses
account for a minimum 46% of the total 195 credits. This includes core and elective courses as well as a dissertation
Common Courses
The programme has common courses for the first two years of study, reflecting its inter-disciplinary nature.In addition, all
students do a course in foreign language. Some of the common courses include:
Principles of Economics, Logic, Aspects of Western Philosophy, Indian Literature, Basic Statisti cs, Indian Economic
Development, Indian Constituti on, Indian Philosophy, Ethics, Globalizati on & Change and Field Methods & Report Writing.
The foreign languages currently off ered include French and German.
Elective Courses
The students can expand their knowledge horizon by taking elective/audit/extra courses from other Departments as well. The
students of the programme have been using this opportunity to take courses in areas of their interest like management and
Minor Streams
A very distinctive feature of the programme is the involvement of the engineering,sciences and management faculties in off
ering innovative courses in collaboration with the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. Such courses are offered as
‘minor streams’ or electives. Some of the minor streams are listed below:
Development Studies


English Studies

Industrial Engineering

Management Studies

Operati ons Research

Social Entrepreneurship
This stream addresses questi ons of development in a globalizing world. It attempts to include issues related to
development across countries over a long period of time. At present, the programme is designed to include three
thematic modules on i) Gender Studies ii) Science, Technology and Development, and iii) Urbanization.
Students will have scope to further specialize in any of these three themes through dissertation and elective
courses. Overall, this stream, with a mixture of taught courses and field research/training, attempts to mould
students to act as effective agents of policy-making

Core Courses:                                           Electives:
Development Perspectives
                                                       ●Environment and Resource Economics
Development Planning and Project Appraisal
                                                       ●Literature and Environment
Philosophy of Development
                                                       ●   Internati onal Relations
Decentralization and Governance
                                                       ●Modern Government and Comparative Constitution
Feminism: Concepts and Theories
                                                       ●Corruption and Development
Urbanisation and Development
                                                       ●ICT & Development Social Entrepreneurship
Science and Society
                                                       ●Optimizati on and Economic Theory
Gender and Development
                                                       ●Econometrics Simulation
Built Environment and Society
                                                       ●Democracy: Theory and Practice
Technology and Sustainable Development

Human Rights and Justi ce

Demography, Infrastructure and Housing in India

Science and Technology in Independent India
The Economics stream is designed to offer a combination of analyti cal skills firmly grounded in economic
theories that have an applicati on in real world situations. The courses in Economics exhibit a balance between
essential theoretical understanding and the demands of the industry for practical use. The students are required
to conduct at least two fieldwork-based projects in order to gain an understanding of the complexities involved
in the actual application of economic theories in an industrial or organizati onal setting. The students are trained
in using soft ware packages like Stata, SAS and SPSS that adds to their data handling and report writing abilities.

Core Courses:
●Microeconomics 1                                              Electives:
●Optimizati on and Economic Theory                             ●Calculus
●Macroeconomics 1                                              ●Financial Economics
●   Economics of Healthcare                                    ●Economics of Industrial Organisati on
●Econometrics 1                                                ●Internati onal Trade and Finance
●Microeconomics 2                                              ●Development Alternatives
●History of Economics                                          ●Economics of Healthcare
●Econometrics 2                                                ●   Development Planning and Project Appraisal
●Macroeconomics 2                                              ●   Environment and Resource Economics
●Money, Banking and FinancialMarkets                           ●   ICT & Development
●Public Economics                                              ●   Statistical Systems for Indian Economy
●Agricultural Economics
●Applied Econometrics
●Internati onal Economics
●Growth and Development
The English Studies stream has been designed for students who have the aptitude and the sensitivity for literary and
linguistic analysis. This stream will provide a comprehensive understanding of English literature with special emphasis on
current debates in literary theory, new literatures, and the importance of an interdisciplinary approach.

Courses in linguistics will give students an insight into the structure and function of natural languages as a system of
cognition and communicat on. Students will also be exposed to other disciplines such as Economics, Sociology, History, and
Philosophy that will widen their horizon and equip them with basic quantitative and analytical skills. Students will have a
range of career options open to them from academics and editi ng to journalism and language training.

Core Courses:                                                          Electives:
●   History of English Language and Literature                         ●   Technical Communication and Report Writing
●   Chaucer, Milton and Bible                                          ●   Written Communication
●   Shakespeare                                                        ●   Readings in German Literature and Culture
●   Literary Criticism                                                 ●   Communicati on and Discourse Strategies
●   Poetry                                                             ●   Literature and Life
●   Fiction                                                            ●   Science Fiction
●   Drama                                                              ●   Short Story Classics
●   American Literature                                                ●   Literary Genres
●   Advanced Linguistics                                               ●   World Literature
●   Literary History                                                   ●   Literature in Translation
●   Literary Theory                                                    ●   Film Studies
●   Applied Linguisti cs                                               ●   Literature and Values
●   Feminist Writi ng                                                  ●   Indian Classics
●   Post-Colonial and New Writings
The students of the Masters’ programme have uti lized their
summer and winter breaks to gain practi cal experience                    Alumni placed at:
through the process of internships. Some ofthe well-known     IFMR, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Oxford
organizati ons that our students have worked with include:    University Press, Dhan Foundation, IDEX
• Azim Premji Foundati on
                                                                     Fellowship, IBM Daksh etc
• Centre for Civil Society
• Centre for Development Studies
• Economic Times
• Ernst & Young
• Frost & Sullivan
• Hindustan Times
• Ministry of Rural Development
• Ogilvy & Mather
• Reserve Bank of India
• State Bank of India
• Sundaram BNP Paribas                                                          Student Projects
• The Hindu
• Times of India

    Kavitha Narayanan
    Student Representative
    Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
    +91 99405 14651

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