is a 4-credit compulsory course offered to students in their 1st
semester of the MA programme in Development Studies and Public Policy. The broad aim of this course is to introduce concepts and ideas that are
fundamental to understand development from a sociological and
Programme: MA in Development Studies & Public Policy
Department: Social Studies (in collaboration with Marga Institute)
Credit Level: 4
This is a 2 credit course offered in the second year of the MA programme to create awareness on contemporary issues connected with development strategies and policies.
- Teacher: Thiwankee Wickramasinghe
This is a 3-credit course offered in the first year of the MA programme to create awareness of fundamental ideas pertaining to Sociology of Development as well as Anthropology of Development.The course is therefore designed to provide a sound understanding of the key concepts, ideas and theoretical models relevant to examining the complex and often contested ideas of social change and development from both sociological and anthropological perspectives. The sessions in this course thus provide the foundation for a critical reading of development discourse and practice which will be offered in the second year of the MA programme.
This is a Three credit course offered in the Master of Arts in Development and Public Policy in the 2nd year of the programme.
This course unit explores the relevance of the contemporary political philosophy to study the public policy. Hence, it is a journey through political thought and its practice in the domain of the state policy making and its application. In this course, the students are introduced into the political thought of 11 thinkers whose ideas have inspired and helped policy makers analyze and rethink the state practices and issues therein. The course requires students to read some of the introductory chapters/readings on each thinker and introduces the basic/main concepts and theories in their philosophies.