I was just going through the course design of MA in development course and was just amazed. This is exactly the kind of prescription most econs have suggested for revamping economics education post-crisis. It has this mix of economics, sociology, philosophy, politics, law etc with development. So you truly get interdisciplinary perspective on development unlike just economic development which most courses have. It is even more Indian in the sense that there is focus on castes, adivasis, religion etc.
M.A. (Development) students need to critically engage with politics in state and society. This course will help students think about issues of power and politics and negotiate these issues in the practical world. Development processes are embedded in complex institutional and social relations, which should be critically understood through a political lens. This course will equip students with tools of political analysis to transform their perspective and practice of development.
The course has three objectives:
B. To introduce students to the concept of politics and a brief history of politics in India.
C. To help students get a critical perspective on key issues related to political development.
D. To help students critically analyze politics in contemporary India and engage with proposals for political reforms.
In keeping with the objectives the course is organized into two parallel sections: Political Philosophy and Politics in India. These sections integrate a normative and empirical understanding of politics in general and Indian politics in particular. While the readings speak directly to the Indian political experience, many are also explicitly concerned with political development (the establishment of equitable and sustainable democratic institutions such as electoral processes, government and civil society organizations and equitable markets). In other words, the course does not deal with economic development issues as they might be covered from other disciplinary perspectives, but explicitly is concerned with the state and societal mechanisms that complement equitable economic development.
There are mentions of the various readings and books in the course which looks real good. First batch has already started. Admissions for 2013-15 are open.
Even in careers they have nice bit on econ faculty openings:
Economic theory has been at the forefront of attempts to explain the nature of development. This role, while prominent, has received sustained and often sharp criticism from other social sciences. There is a strong movement within the scholarship on development that argues that economic analysis and understanding, while crucial, has to interact with and be informed by those that highlight other equally important perspectives. This debate has, arguably, led to a widening of the intellectual bases of economic thought taking the subject into even closer interaction with psychology, sociology, politics , history and ecology.
The University invites applications from scholars who locate the role of economics in the understanding and practice of development in this broad canvas and are keen to teach and research within an interdisciplinary environment that we aspire to be. Economics of development, environmental change, institutions, education, health, human capital and related areas are of interest.
Awesome. Way to go APU…
I also noted they have a tie-up with Soros’s INET and have winter and summer school. INET is also built on similar ideas of new economic thinking. APU seems to be inspired from developments around the world (and INET) and has designed its course accordingly.
Looks real good so far. Let’s see how its students fare over the years. The intent and idea is just such a breath of fresh air…