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MA in Society and Culture


IIT Gandhinagar's very distinctive M.A. program in Society and Culture, offered by the discipline of Humanities and Social Sciences is designed to enable a student to understand social mores, cultural codes, along with the universality of human nature in particularized contexts of nations and societies. Students graduating with Master's in Society and Culture are equipped with a nuanced and deeper understanding of their context, sufficient enough for them to realize the dangers of single narratives. Their learning and skills equip them for doctoral studies, policy work, corporate consultancy and a range of jobs and research careers.

The program is interdisciplinary, and ensures intellectual flexibility and rigor in the use of theory and methodology. Admissions to the M.A. program are through the Institute's own written test and interview process. Three tracks are currently offered:

• Literature and Society
• History and Politics
• Public Policy and Human Development


  • Literature and Society

    This track invites students to creatively understand and critically engage with literary texts in English as well as Indian Languages across time and space, while reflecting on the fundamental tropes within societies and cultures. With a broad focus on India, the courses offered under this track address some of the focal socio-cultural dualism pervasive in the critical idiom, such as; colonial and postcolonial, classical and modern, regional and cosmopolitan, print and digital cultures, cinema and society, caste and class.

  • History and Politics

    This track trains students to develop critical thinking in a range of themes and perspectives that fall within the academic disciplines of History and Political Science. Courses are designed with a broad focus on India, its immediate colonial history and the functioning of the post-colonial nation state and society.

  • Public Policy and Human Development

    This track trains students to critically review the contested idea of development using a multidisciplinary lens while examining questions of intersectionality in stratification systems and their interaction with state, market and society. Grounded in critical social science theories, this track goes beyond the traditional dichotomies of wellbeing, culture, development and modernity and encourage students to think about politics and policy as part of their everyday life. Courses in this track involve training students in the methodological tools necessary for the practice of social science inquiry as well as an understanding of evidence-based, applied social research.


Program Requirements

The MA program has a very flexible curriculum to enable students to design the program according to their preference. Through rigorous coursework and guided research projects, students develop conceptual tools to critically analyze structural inequalities relating to gender, sexuality, class, caste, national identity and find ways to address them more effectively.

More specific information on the coursework and other requirements are available in the MA program advisory.

MA Admissions