M.A. Gandhian Studies or Master of Arts in Gandhian Studies is a postgraduate social work Course. It concerns with the field of arts and covers the studies primarily concentrated on research in different aspects of Gandhi's life, work and thought. This is reflected in a number of Ph.D. and the publications produced by the department. At the same time the department organises Seminars and Lectures by persons of eminence and Gandhian scholars. The duration of M.A. (Gandhian Studies) is mostly of two academic years but it may vary from institute to institute. The course is valuable and job offering in the field of social work and welfare.
M.A. Gandhian Studies Eligibility
B.A., B.Com. and B.Sc. obtaining 45% Marks in any of the following Subject: Gandhian Studies, History, Political Science, Economics, Philosophy, Psychology, Public Administration, Geography, Sociology, Diploma or Postgraduate Diploma in Gandhian Studies.
M.A. Gandhian Studies Syllabus
The below mentioned syllabus is provided by the Panjab University, Chandigarh since 2011-12.
Subjects of Study
Title: Research Methodology (Compulsory)
Philosophy of Social Sciences Approaches to Social Sciences Research: Quantitative and Qualitative Inter-disciplinary Research in Social Sciences: Rationale and Approaches Selection and Formulation of Research Problem under Quantitative and Qualitative research approach Research Synopsis: Concept, Format and Writing
Hypothesis: Concepts, types, Features and Testing Sampling: Concepts, types, size, Sampling error Triangulation: Concept, Rationale and Process Meta Analysis: Concept, Rationale and Process
Methods of Data Collection: Observations, Questionnaire and Interview Secondary Data-Document: Analysis Data Processing and Analysis, including the Application of Computers Report and Thesis Writing
An Approach to the Study of Gandhi Research in Peace & Conflict Resolution Research in Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Institutions Gandhian Blue Print for Social Research
Gandhi’s Social, Political and Economic Thought (Compulsory)
i. Fundamentals of Gandhi’s Social and Political Thought. ii. Gandhi’s Views on Truth and Non-violence and their Relevance and Significance. iii. Gandhi’s views on the Relationship between ‘Ends and Means’: their Relevance in Today’s Politics and our day-to-day Life. iv. Satyagraha As an Art and a Science, Satyagraha and Passive Resistance. v. Gandhi’s Perception of Religion in Politics: Spiritualization of Politics.
vi. Gandhi’s Views on Ideal Society, State and Democracy, Human Rights & Duties. vii. Gandhi on Grass-Root Democracy (Panchayat Raj) in India. viii. Gandhi’s Approach to upliftment of Children & Women, his opposition to Dowry System, Child marriage and Pardah System. ix. Gandhi’s Approach to Prohibition and Communal Harmony. x. Gandhi’s views on Untouchability, Caste and Varna System and their Relevance.
xi Fundamental Principles of Gandhi’s Economic Thought and their Relevance in the days of Globalization. xii. Gandhi’s Views on Sarvodaya and their Significance. xiii Gandhi’s Views on Machinery: Myth or Reality, Industrial Civilization, Technology and their Contemporary Relevance.
xiv Gandhi’s approach to eradicate Poverty, Inequality, Unemployment and views on Constructive Programme and Sustainable Development xv Swadeshi: Dimensions and Contemporary Relevance. Scope and Significance under Liberalization and Globalization, Khadi as a Symbol of Unity, Livery and Pride. xvi Gandhi’s Theory of Trusteeship: Its Relevance and Viability in the presenttimes. Labour and Capital Relations.
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution (Option-I)
i. Meaning, Concept and Theories of Peace. ii. Culture of Peace: Role of Ethics and Virtues. iii. Universal Values. iv Role and significance of Attitude and Behaviour
iv. Peace Movements and Peace Organizations with special reference to Pacifism, Civil Rights Movement in United States of America, NGOs in India, the Non-aligned Movement; Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and various activists group. v. Preservation of Ecology and Environment. Degradation of Environment: A Threat to Peace.
vi. Causes & Forms of Violence. Types and Causes of Conflicts. vii. Regional Conflicts: Some select issues & usual methods of Pacific Settlement; Violence versus Non-violence as methods of Conflict Resolution. viii. Some Select types of Conflicts in Indian Society and their Peaceful Resolution
ix. Gandhian Approach to International Peace & Conflict Resolution. x. Satyagraha as a technique of Conflict Resolution. xi. Indo-Pak Relations: The Problem and Solution xii. Methods of Accelerated Social Change and Sustainable Development: the Gandhian Approach.
Rural Development and Panchayati Raj in India (Option-ii)
i. Concept and Approaches of Rural Development. ii. Rural Development during British Rule. iii.Evolution of Rural Local Self Government in India since 1882.
iv. Rural Development in India after Independence - Phases, Programme & Strategies: Community Development Programme 1952. Green Revolution, I&II, Integrated Rural Development. v. Genesis of Panchayati Raj in India. Balwant Rai Mehta Committee Report 1957Asoka Mehta Committee Report
vi. Issues in Rural Development vii. Sustainable Development viii. Panchayati Raj Institution Gram Sabha. Gram Panchayat, Panchayat Samiti & Zila Parishad
ix. Gandhian Approaches to Rural Development & Panchayati Raj. x. 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act 1992 and Its Impact. xi. Rural Urban Relation.