The Masters of Urban Practice (MUP) programme will be a two-year professional, interdisciplinary post-graduate degree programme to educate learners from a wide range of disciplines to manage, develop, design and plan cities, towns and regions. The MUP will be open to graduates from any discipline or practice sector.
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How is the IIHS degree “interdisciplinary?” The answer lies in the unique three-layered curriculum structure of the Core, the Commons and the Concentrations.
The Core represents the IIHS’ focus on the holistic development of the learner. Once a learner has made her way through the Commons, she can choose in her second year to Concentrate to develop depth in a particular practice area and knowledge domain. Concentrations are chosen by learners in consultation with their faculty advisors to reflect their interests and future career choices as well as give them an opportunity to attain depth and skills in a particular interdisciplinary area.
The Core represents the IIHS’ focus on the holistic development of the learner with a range of sensibilities and agency as an ethical practitioner via a multi-dimensional set of learning experiences rooted in South Asian culture. At its most concrete, the Core will be transacted as set of workshops, seminars, field trips and learning experiences. As the figure shows, the Core is conceptualised as a series of engagements with:
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The Commons is the shared interdisciplinary curriculum taken in their first year by all MUP learners and is the foundation of IIHS’ unique learning experience. It encapsulates essential knowledge domains and cross-cutting skills and perspectives that are central to the education of the Urban Practitioner. It represents the foundational principles of multiple disciplines and approaches needed to engage with and practice within human settlements.
The concentrations progressively on offer at IIHS are:
- Planning- Explore concepts and theories of social change; forms of planning; training on research, leadership, communication, organisational management. Streams offered within planning offered: development, environment, housing, infrastructure and services, urban design, law, policy and governance.
- Policy and Governance- Expertise in policy, law and governance, public finance, institutions and policy-making processes, macro project design and implementation with a focus on economic and political systems that impact human settlements.
- Economic Development- Understand, manage and respond to economic development challenges; Critical application of modern economic analysis and tools, quantitative methods for policy analysis and evaluation; Perspectives on debates about approaches to economic development and policy.
- Human Development- Understanding governance, policy and planning for human development; Issues of social infrastructure, citizenship and politics; Advanced methods in human development, including impact assessment, policy analysis, monitoring and evaluation and project management.
- Land and Housing- Focus on land use, development and planning in settlements; on design, supply and regulation of housing; on project design and management, technology production and delivery systems; housing and land management challenges such as land acquisition and resettlement and land markets.
- Infrastructure- Emphasis on planning, design, management, economics and finance in physical infrastructure sectors such as water supply, storm water and waste water management, solid waste management, energy services, mobility and communication.
- Design- Critically rethink conventional design practice for creation of vibrant settlements; unified perspective on urban design, landscape and architecture.
- Environment- Understanding relationships between environment, climate change, settlements and social systems at global, national and local levels; analytical rigour and ability to work across scales, disciplines and sectors.
- Risk Mitigation and Climate Change- Will cover a range of natural and man-made disasters, focus on disaster recovery and rehabilitation and risk mitigation with emphasis on vulnerability.
The MUP has been designed as a two-year degree programme, with three terms each year. Each term is between 11 and 12 weeks. At the end of the first year, learners will undertake a summer internship of six weeks and will participate in short field trips between Terms.
The MUP programme has a strong emphasis on experiential learning and team work and is compulsorily residential so that learners can participate actively in campus life enhancing the quality of their education.
The University is committed to creating more opportunities for inclusion. It shall be open to all persons irrespective of nationality, gender, caste, creed, disability, ethnicity, social or economic background. It shall specify such criteria in the matter of admission as would account for disparities in educational attainments arising from the social or economic background of any class or category of applicants for admission.
With this guiding principle, there will be 50 seats in the initial year of the course and the number of seats will likely be increased to 75-100 seats in the second year. IIHS will have a diverse set of learners, both Indian and foreign.
IIHS’ policy of inclusion entails providing educational opportunities to deserving learners irrespective of economic and social status, gender, age or disability. Language has often proved to be a barrier in access to higher education. The IIHS is working on a multi-lingual programme which will enable us to transact courses in English, Hindi and a local language. Bridge courses will be conducted for learners needing a balancing of particular disciplines and language skills.
Learners could be graduates, post graduates or young and mid-career professionals from disciplinary backgrounds such as:
• Engineering and Technology
• Political Science
The programme is open to international learners from across the world who are expected over time to make up at least a quarter of the learners. The MUP is expected to be Erasmus Mundus compliant, enabling European exchange students to spend a term at IIHS and vice versa. This will enable IIHS learners to interact with students from leading universities across the world. This would be further strengthened through joint practica and research studies with other Universities.