Guided Study

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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation CoreSHS301109/SHS3101092

Semester and Year Offered: 2

Course Coordinator and Team: Bindu K.C. and team

Email of course coordinator: bindukc[at]aud[dot]ac[dot]in


Course Objectives/Description:

The aim of this course is to enable students to develop their research interest in a focussed manner with individual attention such that by the end of the semester they are in a position to produce a research proposal towards the MPhil thesis.

Course Outcomes:

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Feel competent about the particular sub-field of research that interests them for their MPhil/PhD.
  2. Summarise the key secondary literature both orally and in writing in the area of their chosen research.
  3. Further develop their specific research questions in order to be able to come with with a worked out research proposal by the subsequent semester.

Brief description of modules/ Main modules:

Guided Study (Semester II)

The Guided Study course is an individually tailored course being offered to students of both the MPhil and PhD in their second semester. The course will be structured around the thematic subject focus of the student as well as questions relating to how they wish to conduct the proposed research. Thus, depending on the interest and preparedness of the student regular meetings will be held with the concerned faculty to discuss a) readings specific to the area of interest of the student’s research and b) conducting pilot studies to test the research questions of the student in the field of choice (whether involving field work, archival research, textual or conceptual explorations). This is a 2 credit course and will have structured meetings with the faculty member assigned to the student. The student will be evaluated in terms of a presentation of the work undertaken, a piece of writing that is close to providing a fully worked out research proposal, and the process involved.

Assessment Details with weights:


Date/period in which Assessment will take place



Assessement 1

Early April 2018

30%  presentation


Assessement 2

End April/early May 2018

40%  write up


Assessment 3

Based on entire course participation

30%  process