MA Mauritian Studies – SHGI500 (Subject to Approval)
1. Options: History
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.
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.
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
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
Methods of Research
Themes in Mauritian Studies
History – Theory and Methods
Literature – Reading Texts
Migration, Settlement and Development
Anthropology of Complex Societies
* 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
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.