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Detailed Programme Description 2014

The year-long Graduate Diploma in Social Sciences is spread over two semesters. Students are taught a wide range of disciplines including sociology, anthropology, political science and research methodology. They also take classes in academic reading and writing during both semesters.
The Diploma programme is not formally recognised and does not lead to a university degree. However, students who graduate will receive a certificate and citation.
On the basis of the course structure and content, we calculate the programme to be equivalent to approximately one year of full-time undergraduate study (of 30 credits) in an American university. 


Detailed Programme Description

The diploma programme consists of two semesters of 15 weeks each with additional time to prepare for the final examination at the end of each semester. In addition to the final examination, students will be graded on assignments, presentations and participation in class. Attendance is compulsory for all classes and all subjects. The medium of instruction, assignments, exams and class discussion will be English.

Accepted students will have to undertake a five-week compulsory English course before the first semester begins.

Classes begin on Monday, 6 January 2014. The course ends in December 2013. Visit our 2014 academic calendar page.

Classes will be held five days a week: Monday through Friday. Saturday and Sunday are weekend holidays. However, classes may be held on Sundays to make up for holidays and unforeseen disruptions on other days. Students are expected to remain in school from 9 am to 4 pm from Monday through Friday.

Courses on Offer

Introduction to Academic English ( Mr.Wayne Redpath)

This is a five-week compulsory English course conducted before the first semester.

The courses offered in the first semester are:

1) Sociological Theory: Classical, South Asian Reflections & Contemporary (Dr. Sudhindra Sharma)
2) Pivotal Ideas in Political Theory (Mr. Hari Sharma)
3) Introduction to Anthropological Perspectives (Dr. Mukta S. Lama)
4) Academic English I (Mr. Wayne Redpath)

The courses offered in the second semester are:

5) Research Methods (Dr. Bandita Sijapati)
6) Introduction to Gender Studies: Concepts, Approaches & Issues (TBA)
7) Comparative Social Sciences: Reading Contemporary Classics across Disciplines (Hari Sharma and Dr. Bandita Sijapati)
8) Academic English II (TBA)

(Note: The course titles are linked to the 2013 course content. Minor changes to the courses may be made in 2014.)


Graduation Requirements

Upon successful completion of the two-semester course by passing the final exams and fulfilling all academic requirements, graduates will be awarded a certificate and citation. In addition to the final exams, there will be compulsory attendance, class participation, regular tests, assignments and homework, all of which will, depending upon each course, contribute in varying proportions to the final grade.


Programme Fee

The fee for one semester is Rs 15,000. The fee must be paid in full before classes begin.
In addition, photocopy costs will amount to around Rs. 5000 per semester.

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