The Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) in Anthropology is a four academic years’ programme. The courses included in this syllabus have been designed with a view to ensure that the honours students in anthropology receive a thorough grounding in anthropological theory, methodology, paradigms and epistemology inclusive fundamentals of various specialized fields of the discipline, along with exposure to other human sciences.
A candidate for the honours degree in anthropology shall require to complete a total of 30 courses as listed below 06 (six) in Part I, 08 (eight) in Part II, 08 (eight) in Part III and 08 (eight) in Part IV. All are full-unit courses which means that it contains 100 (one hundred) marks. In addition to the above, for each Part, 50 marks are allotted for viva voce. Thus, a candidate for the degree will be offered courses having 30 units with 3200 marks (inclusive 200 marks for viva voce). In Parts I, II, III, and IV, all the courses listed in the syllabus are compulsory. Examinations for each part will be held at the end of each academic year.
The objective of this curriculum is to provide adequate training for the first year doctoral student not only to grasp the advanced scholarship in anthropology, but also to help them prepare for their research on priority basis. In this sense, the curriculum would play a customized role for each student enrolled for doctoral program. The PhD program is expanded for three academic years for the full-time students, and four to six years for the ‘external candidates.’ However, all the enrolled students require to act as full-time students during the first year and will take two courses during this period. Written examinations on the prescribed courses will be held at the end of the first year. Students securing required marks in the examination will proceed on to carry out their research in according to the guidelines.
It must be noted that all students are expected to have a sound knowledge of the contents in anthropology programs run by the department. That is, undergraduate courses for fulfillment of BSS degree and graduate courses for fulfillment of MSS degree should be grasped thoroughly by the incoming students. While it is a general precondition for the students graduated from the same department, students who are coming either from other background or from other universities are strongly suggested to make effort and have a sound understanding of the courses before pursuing their doctoral study. They may also be asked to follow a thorough reading-list provided by their supervisors and could also be suggested to sit in the relevant Honors and Masters classes as foundational preparation in the discipline.
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