Ph D coursework

List of courses for the first semester of PhD programme (August - November 2017)
C1A: Ecology

Course instructors: G. Ravikanth (Coordinator), Ankila Hiremath, Melinda Weaver, T. Ganesh

Class schedule:bWednesdays and Fridays (1100‐1150)

Number of credits: 2 credits

C1B: Fundamentals of Environmental Science

Course instructors: Priyanka Jamwal (Coordinator), Jagdish Krishnaswamy, Shrinivas Badiger, Veena Srinivasan

Number credits: 3

Class schedule: Mon (1100‐1150), Tue (1100‐1150), Labs; Tue (1400‐1650)

C2A: Economics for Environment and Development

Course instructors: Durba Biswas (Coordinator), Bejoy Thomas, Sharad Lele

Number of credits: 3

Class schedule: Mon (1200‐1250), Wed (1200‐1250), Fri (1200‐1250)

C2B: Sociology

Instructors: Siddhartha Krishnan (Coordinator‐, Rinzi Lama (, Sony R K (

Credits and contact hours: 3 credits, 48 hours.

Class Schedule: Tuesday (10‐11 AM), Wednesday (14:00‐15:00) & Thursday (12:00‐13:00)

List of elective courses for 2017
E013: Environmental Governance: An Indian introduction

Instructors: Dr. Sharad Lele (Course co-ordinator) and Dr. Shikha Lakhanpal (Co-instructor)

Course description: Environmental governance is broadly the application of a political science and legal perspectives to environmental issues. The term, which has gained prominence recently, highlights the fact that from a period when ‘environmental policy-making’ and ‘environmental management’ were seen as the sole preserve of state agencies, it is now recognized that environmental decision-making involves multiple actors and their interactions. In the Indian context, this would include inter alia the judiciary, civil society groups, and the (rural and urban) communities that actually use and are affected by environmental change.

This course provides an introduction to the theoretical material on why and how environmental governance may be carried out, and then will use examples from various sectors in India to understand the link between theory and practice. The topics covered are:

  • Nature of environmental crisis & environmental values
  • Terminology of institutional analysis and governance
  • Property rights and the environment
  • CPR theory
  • Broader framing of institutions and the environment
  • Regulatory theory
  • Environment vs development
  • Politicising governance

The sectors covered will be: forestry, wildlife, water, pollution, and mining/thermal power/dam projects.

Credits, sessions, timings: This is a 2 credit course, with two 2-hour sessions each week over 8 weeks. The proposed schedule is Monday and Thursday, 11am-1pm, starting 6th February 2017 and ending 30th March 2017.

Format and assessment: The course will be run in a combination of lecture and discussion mode (roughly 1 hour of each in each 2-hour session). Students will be expected to have read the assigned readings before each class, and will be expected to present their analysis of sectoral cases assigned to them. Assessment will be based on in-class presentations (80%) and 1 term paper (20%).

Coursework details and schedules for the second semester

C3: Integrated approaches in Conservation, Environment and Society
Credits: 3 credits (16 sessions of 3 hours each)
Instructors: Nitin Rai (coordinator,, Durba Biswas, Ankila Hiremath, Siddhartha Krishnan, Jagdish Krishnaswamy, Sharad Lele, and Veena Srinivasan.

C4a: Research Methods in Social Sciences
Credits and contact hours: 1 credit, 16 hours
Instructors: Siddappa Setty (coordinator:, Bejoy K Thomas, Siddhartha Krishnan and Ulka Kelkar.

C4b: Philosophy of Science and Natural Science Methods
Credits : 2 credits (32 hours)
Instructors: Priyadarsanan (Course Coordinator: ), Aravind Madhyasta, Soubadra Devy, T. Ganesh and R. Ganesan.

C4c: Quantitative methods
Number of credits: 2
Instructors: Abi Tamim Vanak (Coordinator:, Milind Bunyan, Jagdish Krishnaswamy.
Teaching Assistant: Nachiket Kelkar
Guest lecturers: TBA