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PROGRAMME OFFERED JOINTLY WITH MGI




MA Mauritian Studies – SHGI500 (Subject to Approval)



1. Options: History

Literature

Social Geography

Cultural Anthropology


  1. Aims of the Programme

The MA Mauritian Studies aims at


(1) introducing students to a combination of approaches to the study of Mauritian History, Literature, Society and Culture;
(2) providing opportunity for applying inter-disciplinary research methods to the study of specific problems in Mauritian Studies;
(3) developing competence in research methods relating to one of the disciplines/areas of specialization of the MA Programme;
(4) researching an original topic.


  1. General Entry Requirements

Successful completion of an undergraduate degree with




  • at least a Second Class or 50%, whichever is applicable or

  • a GPA not less than 2.5 out of 4 or equivalent, from a recognised higher education institution


OR alternative qualifications acceptable to the University of Mauritius.
4. Programme Requirements
An Honour’s Degree (Single or Joint) in Humanities or Social Sciences or equivalent.
5. General and Programme Requirements – Special Cases
The following may be deemed to have satisfied the general and programme requirements for admission:
(i) Applicants who do not satisfy any of the requirements as per Regulations 1 and 2 above but who submit satisfactory evidence of having passed examinations that are deemed by the Senate to be equivalent to any of those listed.
(ii) Applicants who do not satisfy any of the requirements as per Regulations 1 and 2 above but who in the opinion of Senate submit satisfactory evidence of the capacity and attainments requisite to enable them to pursue the programme proposed.

6. Programme Duration
The programme will be offered on a part-time basis. The duration of the MA Programme should normally not exceed 4 years (8 semesters), with exit points provided at Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate levels.





Normal

Maximum










Masters

4 Semesters

8 Semesters

Postgraduate Diploma

4 Semesters

8 Semesters

Postgraduate Certificate

2 Semesters

4 Semesters


7. Semester
15 weeks’ duration (excluding examination period)
8. Credit System
15 hours of lectures and/or tutorial = 1 credit
9. Credits Per Semester
Minimum: 3 credits, subject to Regulation 6.
10. Minimum Credits Required For


Master’s Award

36 credits

Postgraduate Diploma Award

21 credits

Postgraduate Certificate Award

12 credits


Breakdown as follows:




Core

Modules

Dissertation

Electives













Master’s Award

15 credits

15 credits

6 credits

Postgraduate Diploma Award

15 credits

-

6 credits













Postgraduate Certificate Award










either

9 credits

-

3 credits

or

12 credits

-

-



11. Assessment
All taught modules will carry 100 marks and will be assessed as follows (unless otherwise stated):


  • All modules of 45 hours’ duration carry equal weightage of 3 credits. Assessment will be based on written examinations of 2 to 3 hours’ duration, and continuous assessment carrying up to 40% of total marks.




  • Continuous Assessment will be based on seminars and assignments but should include at least one class test.




  • For a student to pass a module, a minimum of 30% should be attained in each of Continuous Assessment and Written Examination separately, with an overall minimum of 40% in that module.




  • All modules carry their own credit value.




  • Where electives are taken from another faculty, department or institution, these will be assessed as per approved schemes.




  • The dissertation (15,000-18,000 words) will carry a weightage of 5 modules or 15 credits. The assessment will include a viva conducted by a panel of 3, including the External Examiner and the Supervisor.


Submission Deadline for Dissertation
Last working day of the second semester of the final year.
12. Choice of Option
Students will be required to submit their choice of Option at the time of application. Change of Option will be accepted at latest one month after start of the semester. The University/MGI reserves the right not to offer a given Option for reasons of resource constraints.
13. Choice of Electives
Students will be required to submit their choice of Electives in order of priority by the middle of Semester I. The University of Mauritius/MGI reserves the right not to offer a given elective module if the critical number of students is not attained and/or for reasons of resource constraints.
14. Dissertation
Students will be required to submit their dissertation topic by the middle of Semester II for consideration and approval by a departmental panel. Approval will be communicated by the end of Semester II.
15. List of Modules





Modules

Hr/Wk

Credits

CORE MODULES










MST 5140

Methods of Research

3

3

MST 5150

Themes in Mauritian Studies

3

3

MST 5141

History – Theory and Methods

3

3

MST 5142

Literature – Reading Texts

3

3

MST 5243

Migration, Settlement and Development

3

3

MST 5244

Anthropology of Complex Societies

3

3

MST 5000

Dissertation




15


Note: Students will be required to offer 5 core modules including MST 5140 and MST 5150, as well as 2 Electives. In addition, they will write a dissertation equivalent to 5 modules.


ELECTIVE MODULES













MST 5245

Tourism Studies

3

3

MST 5246

Translation Studies

3

3

MST 5247

Studying Diasporas

3

3


Note: Other electives may be added to the present list, from approved equivalent programmes offered by the University of Mauritius and the Mahatma Gandhi Institute.
16. Programme Plan – MA Mauritian Studies


CORE MODULES






















SEMESTER I




Hr/Wk

Credits













MST 5140

Methods of Research

3

3

MST 5150

Themes in Mauritian Studies

3

3













SEMESTER II






















MST 5141*

History – Theory and Methods

3

3













and/or










MST 5142*

Literature – Reading Texts

3

3













SEMESTER III






















MST 5243*

Migration, Settlement and Development

3

3

and/or










MST 5244*

Anthropology of Complex Societies

3

3













MST 5000

Dissertation



















SEMESTER IV






















MST 5000

Dissertation




15













ELECTIVE MODULES**













MST 5245

Tourism Studies

3

3

MST 5246

Translation Studies

3

3

MST 5247

Studying Diasporas

3

3


* Students will choose three of the four core modules offered in Semester II and Semester III.

** The electives offered may be taken in Semester II, III or IV, depending on availability of choice of student.

17. Outline Syllabus



Core Modules


MST 5140 – METHODS OF RESEARCH

In order to underpin the inter-disciplinary praxis in research methodology, the module offers an overview of a combination of research methods and approaches pertaining to Cultural Anthropology, History, Literature and Social Geography. It aims at providing students with adequate tools to understand, read texts, analyse ideas, develop a coherent and critical understanding of research methods.


MST 5150 – THEMES IN MAURITIAN STUDIES

The module focuses on viewing Mauritian society through an interdisciplinary approach. Selected themes will be developed and students will produce a seminar paper on a topic of their choice, other than the one offered for their final dissertation.


MST 5141 – HISTORY – THEORY AND METHODS

This module will consolidate the theoretical and conceptual background of students in the discipline of history, particularly as it relates to the study of colonial and plantation societies. The focus will be on economic and social history.


MST 5142 – LITERATURE – READING TEXTS

The module offers a strategy of analysis and reading of texts that involve the remapping of theories, the politics of representation, an integration of discourses borrowed from Indian and Western poetics, an intercultural approach that would enable students to think in the plural.


MST 5243 – MIGRATION, SETTLEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT

This module offers a synthetic approach in analysing human activity in its historical and socio-economic dimensions as expressed in space. Competence will be developed in the relevant techniques and methods of Social Geography.


MST 5244 – ANTHROPOLOGY OF COMPLEX SOCIETIES

Theoretical issues pertaining to this fast-evolving discipline as well as its research methods will be explored, especially those relevant to complex insular societies, in the global context.



Dissertation
MST 5000 – DISSERTATION

A dissertation equivalent to five modules, of about 15,000 to 18,000 words will be written on the basis of a piece of original research. The dissertation will demonstrate the student’s firm grounding in the discipline of his/her choice. Students will be guided by a Supervisor and will be given intensive sessions in the methods pertaining to their discipline option.


Electives
MST 5245 – TOURISM STUDIES

This module focuses on theoretical modes of questioning the new culture of movement for leisure, its historical development, organisation, sociological implications for the visiting as well as the host societies.


MST 5246 – TRANSLATION STUDIES

The module offers an overview of the recent theories in Translation Studies. It allows for the reading and commentary of a selection of translated literary and non-literary texts.


MST 5247 – STUDYING DIASPORAS

This module will focus on diasporas in the modern world. Two main themes will be explored: the peopling of the African and Asian Diasporas through the slave trade and labour migration and the economic cultural and political impact of diasporic communities over time on their host country.







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