eSS Campus

(MA Public Policy)


The aim of this module is to introduce students to some of the fundamental values and ideas that should inform public policy, and to explore some of the practical dilemmas that may arise when these values conflict.
The objective of this paper is to familiarise the students with basic features of the Indian Constitution and show how it is dynamic and evolving.This course also explores how institutions influence the adoption, formulation, and implementation of policies. It will also expose students through case studies real dilemmas that public policy makers face and the choices they have to be make.

   1.  Legal and ideological Basis for Policy Making

   2.  Constitution as Instrument of Socio-Economic Change

   3.  Changing Context of Administration

   4.  Debates in Policy of Inclusion

   5.  Functional Dilemmas in Public Policy

   6.  Legal notices

The objective is to introduce students to the basics of economic theory with a focus on economic policy. Itintroduces the fundamental principles of microeconomics that are required for applied policy analysis. This will include for instance questions such as: How does market function under varying situations? Interaction between buyers and sellers?Outcome of policies? The paper will also introduce students to fundamentals of macroeconomics.

   1.  Microeconomics: Competitive Markets

   2.  Microeconomics: Market Imperfections

   3.  Microeconomics: Labour Markets and The Public Sector

   4.  Macroeconomics: Measuring Economic Activity

   5.  Macroeconomics: Theory and Policy

To introduce the basic concepts of data organisation, probability, statistics and select operational research tools to students so as to enable them tounderstand and apply these analyticalmethods in public policy making and other governance tasks.

   1.  Basic Data Organisation and Measurement

   2.  Probability and Statistical Distribution

   3.  Inferential Statistics

   4.  Projection and Forecasting

   5.  Select Operational Research Methods


This paper will introduce students to the basics of how policies are actually made. It will expose them to major theoretical debates on approaches to public policy, the actual nitty gritty details of how policies are made, the role of formal agencies, the impact of civil society organisations. It will familarise the students about the complexities of policy implementation and evaluation.

   1.  Approaches to Public Policy

   2.  Public Policy Analysis

   3.  Formal Agencies of Policy Making

   4.  Non-State Actors influencing Policy Making

   5.  Evaluation and Accountability

To introduce students to the basic social factors that influence policy process. It seeks to combine theoretical and practical understanding of the society.

   1.  Some Basic Concepts

   2.  Perspectives on the Study of Development

   3.  Gender and Policy

   4.  Demographic Sociology

   5.  Emerging Issues

This course is an introduction to international and global affairs. The first part focuses on international organisations and actors while the second part deals with current and emerging global issues. The broad topics that will be examined include: the basics on foreign exchange, international law and security, international trade and commerce, global humanitarian issues. Examples would be drawn from various global experiences.

   1.  International Organisations- Political and Financial

   2.  World Trade Organization

   3.  Non-state Actors

   4.  Issues in Global Context

   5.  Emerging Economic Order

To enable students to conceive, conduct and present research by giving necessary inputs in respect of the research process like research design, data collection methods, validation, writing and observing research ethics at each step. It will also enable student design public policy.

   1.  Policy Planning

   2.  Data Collection, Analysis and Validation

   3.  Accessing and Using Data Bases

   4.  Research Report Writing

   5.  Research Ethics


The paper seeks to introduce the students to the fundamental principle of India’s development model. It maps the changing development strategies.

   1.  Introduction

   2.  India’s Developmental Strategy

   3.  Impact of Privatisation

   4.  Current Challenges

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the subtleties of economic policy making in India. The old tension between planning and markets has transmuted into the debate between the strengths and weaknesses of markets. Our point of entryis the macroeconomics and microeconomics modules covered earlier.Many of the issues are current and evolving and major recourse will have to be taken to journals like the Economic and Political Weekly. The references and other books are only suggestive.

   1.  Measuring Economic Activity in India

   2.  Closed Economy Policy

   3.  Open Economy Policy

   4.  Agriculture and Industry and Services

   5.  The Market and the Plan

The main purpose of this paper is to familiarise the students with environment policy of India and sensitise them to the ongoing debates. The responses of the civil society will also be covered.

   1.  Contextualising Environmental issues

   2.  Actors and Institutions

   3.  Key policy Areas

   4.  Challenges

   5.  Evolution of Foreign Policy

   6.  Determinants of Foreign Policy

   7.  India and International Organisations

   8.  Select Bilateral Relations with

The paper aims to familiarise students with the process and content of foreign policy of India. It is intended to help them acquire a sound conceptual and practical understanding of the foreign policy challenges that policy-makers face, and of the reasons for and implications of their decisions.
Students will learn to identify and analyze the gendered social construction of politics and public policies.
The main purpose of this paper is to acquaint students with the changing nature of administration and the shift to public management. It also seeks to provide an understanding of theories of organisation as well the basic principles of public financial administration. The challenges before administration will also be flagged off.

   1.  From Public Administration to Public Management

   2.  Theories of Organisation

   3.  Bureaucratic, Scientific Management

   4.  Current Approaches

Urban areas have emerged as engine of growth in the national and global scenario as well. To sustain urban development through flexible and innovative policy measures is one of the biggest challenges of the twenty first century. Urbanisation policy to lend competitive edge to urban areas while safeguarding the quality of environment and life needs critical attention.

   1.  Urbanisation Phenomenon

   2.  Legal Framework for Urban Planning

   3.  Innovative Strategies

   4.  Emerging Challenges


Internet has changed the way in which public policies are made. A significant proportion of social, economic and politicalactivity across the world takes place on the internet. The Internet is intertwined with government and public services,with social life and social problems, and with the criminal world. Policymakers face challenges for which conventional regulatory mechanisms are inappropriate. In this course we aim to understand the fundamental changes that are taking place, and develop suitable policy responses.

   1.  Internet and Governance: National and Global

This paper will illustrate the role of various energy resources (especially mineral resources) in national policy planning and the perceived security concerns of external energy dependence and imports. The students will get an overview of the major policy initiatives of the Government of India to ensure access to energy. It will also enable them to contextualize privatization of energy and attempts to promote alternate sources of energy. They will understand the need to balance energy needs and protection of environment.
In the execution of public policy, it is impossible to do no harm to others; often, public policy requires the redistribution of resources, denial of rights or privileges, or promotion of one group at the expense of another. In many of these cases the policy makers have to choose between equally valid and compelling logic. This paper seeks to provide a compass for making such decisions. At the end of the course the students will be able to identify and define the normative parameters that are underpin the domestic and international policies.
Infrastructure systems are crucial elements in development strategies. However, infrastructure policy involves formidable dilemmas and has been a focus of many key public policy debates, including controversies over: privatisation and deregulation; costrecovery and cross-subsidy issues; access for the poor to infrastructure-based services; corruption; environmental and social impacts; as well as public spending and investment priorities.
The paper will acquaint the students with some of the basic concepts of financial management. They will understand how budgets are formulated and executed. They will be familiar with financial accountability in the public sector.
This paper will provide the students an overview of the governmental framework within which the government Maharashtra functions. The students will analyse some of the major issues in urban governance.