Curriculum for Participatory Learning

Curriculum for Participatory Learning

The core courses are essential to empower the fellows with the basic analytical tools to understand, analyse, and apply in diverse contexts. In addition to the core and elective courses, the program will offer additional courses that offer opportunity for independent study, an experiential learning program or a series of seminars. The main focus of these courses, however, will remain consistent in keeping with the objectives of the Global Fellowship Program.

Each course will bring together the best of thinkers and practitioners in the field and, as a method of instructions, will include lectures, seminars, workshops, and field visits.


History of Science: From Magic to Modern Science

This course tells the story of the emergence of modern science from the womb of magic, metaphysics and religion.

Prof. Meera Nanda, Connecticut, USA, Former Visiting Faculty, Humanities and Social Sciences, IISER-Mohali (2009-2017) and Visiting Faculty, Institute for Development and Communication, Chandigarh

Critical Discourses on Aesthetics

This course deals with Social Construction of Reality, History of Aesthetics, and Ethical Dilemmas. It offers a grounding in aesthetics and philosophy of the arts.

Prof. Jaskiran Mathur, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, and Director, Professional Studies Programme, St. Francis College, New York, USA

Peace and Conflict Resolution

This course offers thorough studies in conflict theory, conflict resolution and mediation, conflict negotiation, transitional justice and political reconciliation, terrorism and political conflict.

Prof. Kjell-Åke Nordquist, Professor of International Relations, University College Stockholm, Sweden, and Visiting Professor, Peace and Governance Centre, Institute for Development and Communication, Chandigarh

Global Exploitation, Conflict and Development

This course focuses on analysing issues such as natural resource exploitation, climate change, famine, poverty and war, disaster relief, and tourism in order to understand the complex relationships that shape people’s experiences of a contemporary global and unequal society.

Prof. Steve Taylor, Professor of Sociology and Research Director, Department of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences, Northumbria University, United Kingdom

Dr. Shuchi Kapuria, Associate Professor, Institute for Development and Communication, Chandigarh

Law, Justice and Democratic Development

This course focuses on Legal, political, social and policy challenges that different societies face when dealing with crime and violence through their criminal justice systems. It examines theoretical as well as practical aspects of the operation of the legal system in different societies.

Prof. Hugo Frühling Ehrlich, Doctor in Legal Sciences, Harvard University and Director, Institute of Public Affairs, University of Chile, Chile

Prof. Virendra Kumar, Founder Director (Academics), Chandigarh Judicial Academy, former Dean, Faculty of Law and Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Law, Panjab University

Dr. Sunil Kumar, Associate Professor, Chandigarh University, Mohali

Environment Sustainability and Development Challenges

This course is designed to develop a multi-disciplinary understanding of the inter-relationship between environmental sustainability and larger development challenges such as sustainable use and management of urban land, water and natural resources.

Prof. Paul Rabé, Senior Expert, Urban Land Governance, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Dr. Nadia Singh, Lecturer, Northumbria University in Newcastle, UK

Election and Democracy Now

The course shall analyse the various dimensions of electoral politics. In theory, democracy is a system of governance that represents, in form and content, the well-being of the people. The people exercise their right by choosing their own representatives through periodic elections. Can holding of periodic elections be considered as the essence of democracy?

Dr. S.Y. Quraishi, Former Chief Election Commissioner of India

Performing Arts: Theatre and Film Appreciation

The course will provide a nurturing ground for the development of new and different art making practices and theoretical insights. It will focus on the persuasiveness of performance as a central element of social and cultural life, which will not be exclusive, but will also include everyday practices of life, popular entertainment, and potentially any instance of expressive behavior or cultural enactment.

Prof. Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry, Emeritus Professor of Indian Theatre, Panjab University and Professor of Visual Communications, Institute for Development and Communication , Chandigarh

Prof. R.V. Ramani, Professor of Cinematography, Visiting Professor, Chandigarh University, Mohali

Dr. Fakira Mohan Nahak, Associate Professor, University Institute of Media Studies, Chandigarh University

Popular Perceptions and Sociological Analysis

This course will offer sociological studies of Indian phenomena like caste, village, religion, and so on, which must combat entrenched lay views on these subjects. The views, which are difficult to dislodge because they have prospered for so long.

Prof. Dipankar Gupta, Visiting Professor, Institute for Development and Communication, Chandigarh and Professor of Sociology (Retd.), Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Religion, Religious Violence and Society

This course is intended to familiarize Fellows with the rich resources social theory offers on, how to think about religion.

Prof. Pramod Kumar, Director, Institute for Development and Communication, Chandigarh

Prof. Meera Nanda, Connecticut, USA, Visiting Faculty, Institute for Development and Communication, Chandigarh

Corporate Finance, Capital Market and Credit Risk

This course will cover how the financing options available to a company can differ depending on the size of the company, state of banking and capital markets.

Prof. Sunil Kumar Sinha, Director, Public Finance and Principal Economist, India Ratings and Research

Exploring Heritage, Cultural Landscapes and Conservation

This course explores the diverse complexities of Indian art and culture, the need for conservation of National Heritage, and an appreciation of Composite Heritage.

Prof. Dr. Priyaleen Singh, Professor and former Head of Department of Architectural Conservation, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, India, and Guest Professor, Institute for Development and Communication, Chandigarh

Thinking Development: Welfare Policies and Constraints

This course will reflect on key development issues of our times, with discussions on issues such as: Is it possible to think of national welfare and national development in a globalized world? Can we think of regional development where time and space are compressed? What is Globalization? Is there anything beyond Globalization?

Prof. Atul Sood, Guest Professor, Institute for Development and Communication, Chandigarh

Dr. Varinder Sharma, Associate Professor, Institute for Development and Communication, Chandigarh

Farming and Farmers

The course will equip Fellows with sufficient scientific knowledge and empirical information to understand the dynamics of farm production process, peculiarities of agricultural markets and farm prices and complexities of agricultural policies in modern and modernizing economies.

Prof. H.S. Shergill, Director (Research), Institute for Development and Communication, Emeritus Prof. of Economics, Panjab University, Chandigarh

Mr. Siraj Hussain, Former Secretary Agriculture, IAS (Retd.), Govt. of India

Guest Lectures by Prof. Y.K. Alagh, Chancellor, Central University of Gujarat, former Minister of State for Planning and Programme Implementation, Science and Technology and Power

Modern Communication Systems

This course will offer the study and analysis of modern communication systems, the role of communication technology in shaping the social structure and how it affects various threads of social fabric, challenges posed by the new communication technology as well as its benefits. The course will also cover the future of communication systems by analyzing the role of artificial intelligence systems in the modern communication technology.

Dr. Harish Khare, Chairman, Media Foundation, Delhi and Former Media Advisor to the Prime Minister of India

Dr. Angad Chowdhry, Co-founder and Chief of Product at Quilt.AI

Mr. Atul Sangar, Editor BBC World Service (Punjabi), Guest Faculty, Institute for Development and Communication

Makers of Modern India

This course teaches about historical roots and traditional social structure of India, the colonial intervention, the struggle for liberation, social reform movements, Indian liberalism and nation-building, and languages and literature of modern India.

Prof. Salil Mishra, Guest Faculty, Institute for Development and Communication, Chandigarh

Prof. Bhupendra Yadav, Professor of History, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru, Guest Faculty, Institute for Development and Communication, Chandigarh

Lessons on Critical Thinking

This course on critical thinking would enable Fellows to understand the meanings and problems of everyday life from the perspective of logic and rationality.

Prof. Jaskiran Mathur, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, and Director, Professional Studies Programme, St. Francis College, New York, USA

Mathematics For Social Sciences

This seminar will study basic socio-economic concepts and help the Fellows to develop statistical, mathematical and analytical abilities in order to be able to understand the policy implications of national and international strategies.

Prof. J.S. Bedi, Director (Research and Training), Institute for Development and Communication, Chandigarh

Leadership Strategies

This course is designed to discuss leadership strategies, leadership ethics and value based transformational roles. The course will inculcate the qualities of a leader such as nurturing teamwork, analytical thinking, and democratic and culturally sensitive interactive outlook. The course will also examine power, influence and authority with the aim to study the differentiation of a leader from a manager.

Mr. D.P. Singh, Senior Executive, Vice President, Chandigarh University, Mohali; Former Vice President & HR Head – India/South Asia, IBM

Mr. Abhijit Bhaduri, Advisor to the Executive Doctoral Program of erstwhile Wharton and currently the Graduate School of Education, Penn State University, US.

Analytical Writing Skills

This course aims to improve the writing skills of fellows with an emphasis on idea development in a globalised world and writing mechanics such as punctuation rules. Analytical writing skills are essential to compare and evaluate different approaches, theories and outcomes as they help to identify the relationship between different pieces of information. Rigorous writing exercises will impart the ability to understand and frame the structure of a paragraph/essay, write an effective topic sentence and an impressive conclusion. This course will allow fellows to develop creative self-expression, clarity of thought, and an ability to communicate articulately and effectively.

Ms. Urvashi Butalia, Founder, Zubaan Books

Dr. Ambika Singh, Assistant Professor, Chandigarh University, Mohali

Market and Business

This course focuses on the key conceptual and practical developments in the range of businesses as well as global markets. The course will cover business economics, corporate strategy, corporate governance, stock markets, corporate entrepreneurship, business marketing and the role of central bank in an economy.

Mr. Pradeep Singh, Advisor to the Government of the Jammu and Kashmir, New Delhi, India and former visiting faculty member at Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Food and Culture

This course examines food through different cultural perspectives. It offers the study of the anthropology of food, the relationship between food and globalization, food artisans and their ethnography, food migration and ethnic identity, food and gender stereotypes, food in tourism and cultural change.

Mr. Dilip Puri, Managing Director India And Regional Vice President South Asia, Starwood Asia Pacific Hotels & Resorts

Prof. SC Bagri , Dean, School of Management & Director of Centre for Mountain Tourism and Hospitality Studies, Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India

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