'>Master of Arts in History

Course Overview

M.A. History or Master of Arts in History is a postgraduate History course. History includes a comprehensive and thorough study of specialisation in history of some certain time periods of cultures. The course also covers the study of major historical events that took place both in India as well as across the world. Students also are provided Research Skills and Methods, such as research, writing and presentation skills and palaeography, and two additional tailored research skills courses to meet their specific research training needs. Besides of this one, students follow two specialist optional courses and linked historiographical modules to provide the intellectual, conceptual and historiographical framework for their research. M.A. in History is two years duration course and the syllabus is divided into two semesters.

Core Modules

DSCW has had a meritorious history of producing eminent and gifted women before and after partition who have made a distinct and prominent mark in their respective fields.

Semester I (November/December)
1. Paper I The Punjab (mid-fifteenth to seventeenth centuries)
2. Paper II Ancient India: An Overview
3. Paper III Medieval India: Political Processes
4. Paper IV Modern India: Political Processes

Semester II (April/May)
1. Paper I Punjab in the Eighteenth Century (Compulsory)
2. Paper II Opt.(i)Agrarian Economy of Ancient India
Opt.(ii)Agrarian Economy of Medieval India
Opt.(iii)Agrarian Economy of Modern India
Opt.(iv)Industry, Trade & Urbanization in Medieval India
Opt.(v)Industry and Trade in Modern India
Opt.(vi)Urbanization in Modern India(In abeyance till further orders)
3. Paper III Opt. (i)Modern World (Mid 15th - 19th Century)
Opt. (ii)China & Japan (1840-1950)
Opt. (iii)History of Canada( In abeyance till further orders)
Opt. (iv)American Imperialism in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries( In abeyance till further orders)
4. Paper IV Opt. (i)USA (1820-1973)
Opt. (ii)World in the Twentieth Century

Semester III (November/December)
1. Paper I Punjab in the Nineteenth Century (Compulsory)
2. Paper II Opt. (i)Evolution of Ancient Societies
Opt. (ii)Feudal Society in Western Europe
Opt. (iii)History of Capitalism
Opt. (iv)Rise and Growth of Colonialism in India
Opt. (v)History of Secularism in Modern India( In abeyance till further orders )
3. Paper III Opt. (i)Cultural History of Ancient India
Opt. (ii)Sacred Centres in Indian Civilization
Opt. (iii)Medieval Indian Art and Monuments
Opt. (iv)Gender Relations in Modern India
Opt. (v)Diaspora in Colonial India (In abeyance till further orders)
Opt. (vi)Science, Technology & Medicine in Colonial India(In abeyance till further orders)
4. Paper IV Opt. (i)Constitutional Development in Modern India, 1773-1947
Opt. (ii)National Movement in India 1858- 1947
Opt. (iii)British Policy and Princely States( In abeyance till further orders )
Opt. (iv)Contemporary India 1947-1992

Semester IV (April/May)
1. Paper I Punjab in the Twentieth Century (compulsory)
2. Paper II Opt.(i) History and Historiography
Opt.(ii) History and Historical Method
3. Paper III Opt. (i) Religious And Social Processes In Ancient India
Opt. (ii) Buddhism in Ancient India
Opt. (iii) Religious Developments in Medieval India
Opt. (iv) Islamic Traditions of Medieval India
4. Paper IV Opt. (i) Dalit Movements in Modern India
Opt. (ii) Working Class Movements in Modern India
Opt. (iii) Peasant Movements in Modern India
Opt. (iv) Socio-Religious Reform Movements in Modern India
Opt. (v) History of Caste and Caste Politics in Modern India (In abeyance till further orders)

Program Details






Merit Basis


Graduation with 50% from recognized university


4 Semesters (2 years)

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