In 2012, Nepā School is offering the one-year Graduate Diploma in Social Sciences, spread over two semesters. Students will be taught a wide range of disciplines including sociology, anthropology, political science and research methodology. They will also take classes in academic reading and writing during both semesters.
The Diploma programme is not formally recognised and does not lead to a university degree. However, students who graduate will receive a certificate and citation.
On the basis of the course structure and content, we calculate the programme to be equivalent to approximately one year of full-time undergraduate study (of 30 credits) in an American university.
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Detailed Programme Description
The diploma programme consists of two semesters of 16 weeks each with additional time to prepare for the final examination at the end of each semester. In addition to the final examination, students will be graded on assignments, presentations and participation in class. Attendance is compulsory for all classes and all subjects. The medium of instruction, assignments, exams and class discussion will be English.
Important: Accepted students are required to undertake a five-week compulsory English course before the first semester begins.
Classes begin on Monday, 9 January 2012. The course ends in December of the same year. Visit our 2012 academic calendar page.
Classes will be held four days a week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Students are required to be present on Wednesdays as well to prepare for the following days’ classes. Saturday and Sunday are weekend holidays. However, classes may be held on Sundays and Wednesdays to make up for holidays and unforeseen disruptions on other days. Students are expected to remain on the Nepā School premises from 9 am to 4 pm from Monday through Friday.
Courses on Offer
Introduction to Academic English (Charlotte Benham and Wayne Redpath)
This is a five-week compulsory English course conducted before the first semester.
The courses offered in the first semester are:
1) Sociological Theory: From Classical to Contemporary Times (Dr. Sudhindra Sharma)
2) Political Thought (Hari Sharma)
3) Introduction to Anthropological Perspectives (Dr. Kamala Visweswaran)
4) Academic English I (Charlotte Benham)
The courses offered in the second semester are:
5) Research Methods (Dr. Bandita Sijapati)
6) Introduction to Gender Studies: Concepts, Approaches & Issues (Dr. Bimbika Sijapati Basnett and Dr. Rajendra Pradhan)
7) Comparative Social Sciences: Reading Contemporary Classics across Disciplines (Moderators: Hari Sharma and Dr. Bandita Sijapati)
8) Academic English II (Gary Hampton)
Upon successful completion of the two-semester course by passing the final exams and fulfilling all academic requirements, graduates will be awarded a certificate and citation. In addition to the final exams, there will be compulsory attendance, class participation, regular tests, assignments and homework, all of which will, depending upon each course, contribute in varying proportions to the final grade.
The fee for one semester is Rs 15,000. The fee must be paid in full before classes begin.
In addition, photocopy costs will amount to around Rs. 5000 per semester.