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On the first day of July 1921, the University of Dhaka opened its doors to students. It was set up in a part of the city known as Ramna on 600 acres of land. The University started its activities with 3 Faculties, 12 Departments, 60 teachers, 877 students, and 3 dormitories (Halls of Residence) for the students. At present, the University consists of 13 Faculties, 77 Departments, 11 Institutes, 20 residential halls, 3 hostels, and more than 51 Research Centres. The number of students and teachers has risen to about 37,064 and 1,885 respectively.The high standard of education and research for the University was set from the very beginning. A distinctive feature of the University of Dhaka was its non-affiliating, residential character like that of the Oxford of England. However, since 1947 the University was given an affiliating mandate in place of an exclusive residential character.

A new phase began in the history of the University with the emergence of Bangladesh in 1971. This has been a phase of development, expansion, and consolidation of earlier gains. The University has assumed a central role in the academic pursuits of this new nation. Just after the creation of Bangladesh, the government proclaimed the University of Dhaka Order 1973 whereby democratic norms and autonomy became integral features of the institution. While serving as the highest echelon of academic excellence, the University also functions as a central premise for free thought and democratic practices that would lead the nation to its march towards progress. The University of Dhaka is increasingly striving to combine the pursuit of knowledge and truth with the values and needs of an evolving society.

Presently the University enrolls more than 5,800 students, on a merit basis, in the first-year Honors Program in different Departments of the Faculties and the Institutes. Besides conducting teaching courses in the 4-year Bachelor and 1-year Masters Programs, the University also trains up a large number of researchers in different disciplines. More than 1262 PhD and 1217 MPhil researchers have obtained their degrees from this University.

The University of Dhaka is dedicated to the advancement of learning and is committed to promoting research. As there are plans for further expansion of facilities, new avenues, and opportunities, the course curricula are updated, and new research projects are undertaken every year. As the pioneer and the largest seat of learning in the country, the University has taken the task to foster the transformation processes of the individual students and the country through its educational and research facilities keeping up with the demands of the day.

Anthropology is a relatively new academic discipline in Bangladesh, which has attracted many undergraduate students interested in developing their skills and understanding of culture and society. The Department of Anthropology at the University of Dhaka was established in 1992. The first course was offered in the autumn of 1993 and the first 3-year Bachelor of Social Science and 1 year Master of Social Science Degrees were awarded in 1996 and 1997. Since 1992, more than one thousand students have received Bachelor of Social Science and Master of Social Science degrees. During the same period, more than 25 students were awarded PhD and MPhil degrees. The University of Dhaka has now one of the oldest and most successful undergraduate and postgraduate Anthropology programs and there is growing interest among students in taking up anthropology as the subject of study.

Since its inception, the Department of Anthropology has sought to achieve the highest possible distinction for teaching and scholarly research and has accomplished this by extending boundaries of knowledge in both traditional and new fields in the social sciences. We promote the highest academic standards in our teaching, our scholarship, and the connections we build between them. Synchronized with our institution’s rich heritage, the Department is committed to producing the country’s leader in all facets, from classroom instruction to national policy setting. Our values-based commitment is to create an optimal learning environment for all students from all over the country and help expand the horizons of knowledge and culture among students, colleagues, and the general citizenry. We devote all our resources and energies to developing strong mission-driven programs of scholarship (research and creative activities) in the acquisition, synthesis, dissemination, and creation of new research knowledge, coupled with the application of knowledge, and the invigoration of undergraduate and graduate education. The following academic plan provides a strategic approach for improving the already high standing of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Dhaka over the next twenty-five years.

VISION AND VALUES

The Department, by acting on our values in every respect, will come to occupy a unique position of strength and visibility among the institutions of higher education in Bangladesh and internationally. The Department of Anthropology will continue to be the first-choice department among all other public and private universities in Bangladesh for high-achieving, motivated students who seek an individualized educational experience combined with the resources of the largest university.

INDIVIDUALIZED ATTENTION: Providing a supportive learning environment through an innovative general education program, strong student-faculty-staff connections, superior student services, and a focus on each student as an individual, with unique educational needs and potential. The Department is dedicated to placing the learner at the center of teaching and scholarship.

ACTIVE PURSUIT OF LEARNING AND SCHOLARSHIP: Working with students as partners in their educational development inside and outside of the classroom, so that students come to appreciate learning as an active and lifelong process; contributing new knowledge through research, creative artistry, and other forms of individual scholarship in which all students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate.

DIVERSITY: Encouraging community and informed respect for differences among students, faculty, and staff by fostering an inclusive environment characterized by ethical behavior and social justice that prepares students to be fully engaged participants in a global society; a diverse faculty and staff mentoring a diverse student population, enhancing pedagogical, research, and service functions.

 INNOVATION: Supporting disciplinary excellence and personal growth of students, faculty, and staff through knowledge development and innovative applications in undergraduate and graduate study, pedagogy, research, creative activities, and public service.

VISION STATEMENT FOR THE YEAR 2035

Through the Mission, Vision, Goals, and Actions of the Department’s Strategic Plan, our Department of Anthropology will be recognized in 2035 as:

  • A Department that prepares students to be successful in a globally competitive and culturally diverse environment, while serving the University-related needs of its faculty, staff, and alumni;
  • A branded national leader in anthropology academic programs, scholarship, services, and related publications that reflect the University’s heritage;
  • An academically entrepreneurial Department, with an emphasis on reviewing current offerings and exploring new academic opportunities, including the possibility of additional professional research centers;
  • A leader in global partnership with innovative academic, corporate, and governmental organizations;
  • A top choice of employers as they search for highly qualified individuals who can become outstanding employees in Bangladesh and beyond;
  • A Department that prepares students for the active civic engagement that is important in a liberal democratic society;
  • A department that offers a diverse spectrum of academic, cultural, social, and athletic activities.

INTRODUCTION TO THE PROGRAM

TITLE OF THE PROGRAM

Bachelor of Social Science (Honors) – BSS (Honors) Program

DURATION OF THE PROGRAM

4 (Four) Academic Years. A student shall be allowed a maximum of six years to complete the degree starting from the year of admission into the University.

VISION OF THE PROGRAM

Department of Anthropology of the University of Dhaka is appealing for an all-encompassing and modern curriculum of anthropology especially that follows relevant theoretical, methodological, and epistemological trends. As such, the curriculum envisions create graduates engaging to comprehend the past and today’s culture and global cultural flows as well as to enable them to analyze observed human behavioral phenomena critically to arrive at the fullest possible understanding of human diversity.

MISSION OF THE PROGRAM

To develop a holistic understanding of cultural diversity in past and present human groups, this program is designed to offer the highest quality instruction in the discipline of Anthropology. The mission of the program is to provide students an integrated foundation ensuring a comprehensive understanding of Anthropology which is both theoretically vibrant and methodologically significant and to prepare them for an enlightened career through specific concentrations in applied fields of Anthropology.

ELIGIBILITY FOR ADMISSION

In each academic session/year, the Department receives 55 students from Science, Arts, and Commerce through several Admission Tests conducted by the University’s Arts and Social Science faculties. After completing Higher Secondary Certificate or equivalent program and through the admission test conducted by the University of Dhaka (by the Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Social Sciences separately), qualified students get the opportunity to get admission into the Department through. Students who are succeeded usually to get their opportunity to choose their disciplines. Besides, each student must require 12 marks in Bangla out of 25 and 12 marks in English out of 25 in the Admission Test to get admission into the Anthropology Department. After the distribution of disciplines from the social science faculty, students communicate with the department and finish the rest of the process of admission.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

  • Successful completion of 37 courses of total 128 credit hours.
  • Maintaining a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.25.
  • Satisfactory result in 4 (Four) viva voce in 4 (Four) Year.
  • ACADEMIC YEAR, SEMESTER, CREDIT HOUR, AND CREDIT PER-SEMESTER
  • Each academic year is divided into two semesters.
  • During a semester a 04 (four) credit taught course will meet 4.0 hours a week for 14 weeks. For 02 (two) credit taught course duration is 2.0 hours a week for 14 weeks.
  • Additional classes or sessions in the form of lecture, interactive discussion, question-answer (quiz), observation, debate, presentation, class attendance, tutorial class participation, group presentation, class test, term paper, fieldwork report, home assignment, seminars, workshops, practical and a field tripmay be scheduled by the academic committee of the department.
Program duration : 1 Year
Number of terms : 02 Terms
Term duration : 32 Weeks
Total number of credit hours available : 32
Minimum credit hours to be earned : 32
Minimum credit to be earned from core courses : 32
Minimum credit to be earned from optional courses : N/A
SUMMARY OF CREDIT DISTRIBUTION BY SEMESTER

Name of Examination Credit
MSS 1st Semester : 16
MSS 2nd Semester : 16
Total : 32

ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION
A student for the degree of Master of Social Science (MSS) in the Anthropology program is required to satisfactorily earn 32 credits completing 8 full unit courses.

OVERALL ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION (SESSIONAL AND FINAL)

EVALUATION OF COURSES FOR MSS DEGREE IN A 4 CREDIT GRADING SCALE


Evaluation Marks
Class Attendance : 5
Tutorial Class Participation/Group Presentation/Class Test : 10
Term Paper/Home Assignment : 15
Mid-semester Examination (75 Minutes) : 20
Semester Final Examination (3 Hours) : 50
Total : 100

EVALUATION OF MASTER’S THESIS (4 CREDIT GRADING SCALE – 80 MARKS)

Marks Letter Grade Grade Point
64 and above A+ 4.00
60 less than 64 A 3.75
56 less than 60 A- 3.50
52 less than 56 B+ 3.25
48 less than 52 B 3.00
44 less than 48 B- 2.75
40 less than 44 C+ 2.50
36 less than 40 C 2.25
32 less than 36 D 2.00
Less than 32 F 0.00

EVALUATION OF VIVA VOCE OF MASTER’S THESIS (4 CREDIT GRADING SCALE – 20 MARKS)

Marks Letter Grade Grade Point
16 and above A+ 4.00
15 less than 16 A 3.75
14 less than 15 A- 3.50
13 less than 14 B+ 3.25
12 less than 13 B 3.00
11 less than 12 B- 2.75
10 less than 11 C+ 2.50
09 less than 10 C 2.25
08 less than 09 D 2.00
Less than 08 F 0.00

EVALUATION OF 4 CREDIT COURSE (50 MARKS – SESSIONAL/ FINAL/ COMPREHENSIVE VIVA)

Marks Letter Grade Grade Point
40 and above A+ 4.00
37.5 less than 40 A 3.75
35 less than 37.5 A- 3.50
32.5 less than 35 B+ 3.25
30 less than 32.5 B 3.00
27.5 less than 30 B- 2.75
25 less than 27.5 C+ 2.50
22.5 less than 25 C 2.25
20 less than 22.5 D 2.00
Less than 20 F 0.00


CONTINUOUS ASSESSMENT (SESSIONAL)

EVALUATION OF COURSES FOR MSS DEGREE IN A 4 CREDIT GRADING SCALE

Evaluation Marks
Class Attendance : 5
Tutorial Class Participation/Group Presentation/Class Test : 10
Term Paper/Home Assignment : 15
Mid-semester Examination (75 Minutes) : 20
Total : 50

EVALUATION FOR CLASS ATTENDANCE

Attendance Range (in percent) Marks (4 Credit)
90% and above : 5.0
85% to less than 90% : 4.5
80% to less than 85% : 4.0
75% to less than 80% : 3.5
70% to less than 75% : 3.0
65% to less than 70% : 2.5
60% to less than 65% : 2.0
55% to less than 60% : 1.5
50% to less than 55% : 1.0
45% to less than 50% : 0.5
Less than 45% : 0.0
Less than 45% : 0.0

GRADING AND EVALUATION RULES
GRADING STRUCTURE FOR MSS DEGREE IN A 4 CREDIT GRADING SCALE (100 MARKS)

Mark Range (in percent) Letter Grade Explanation Grade Points
80 and above A+ Excellent 4.00
75 to less than 80 A 3.75
70 to less than 75 A- 3.50
65 to less than 70 B+ Very Good 3.25
60 to less than 65 B 3.00
55 to less than 60 B- 2.75
50 to less than 55 C+ Satisfactory 2.50
45 to less than 50 C Satisfactory 2.25
Below 40 F Failing 0.0
……………………. I ….Incomplete
……………………. W ….Withdrawn

MSS 1st SEMESTER

Courses 501 and 502 are compulsory. Students will choose any 2 courses from 503 to 509.


Course No. Course Title   Credit
ANTH 501 Contemporary Anthropological Theories : 4
ANTH 502 Advanced Research Methods in Anthropology : 4
ANTH 503 Anthropology of Development : 4
ANTH 504 Indigenous Knowledge : 4
ANTH 505 Visual Anthropology : 4
ANTH 506 History, Memory and Amnesia : 4
ANTH 507 Global Ethnoscapes: Migration and Diaspora : 4
ANTH 508 Population Anthropology : 4
ANTH 509 Anthropology and Public Health : 4

MSS 2nd SEMESTER

Courses 560 and 561 are compulsory. Students will choose any 2 courses from 551 to 559.


Course No. Course Title   Credit
ANTH 551 Postcolonial Studies: Hybridity and Otherness : 4
ANTH 552 Anthropology of Mind and Emotion : 4
ANTH 553 Anthropology of the Body : 4
ANTH 554 Disaster Anthropology : 4
ANTH 555 Cosmic Anthropology : 4
ANTH 556 Symbolic Anthropology : 4
ANTH 557 Business, Society and Culture : 4
ANTH 558 Anthropology of Public Policy : 4
ANTH 559 Cultural Heritage Studies : 4
ANTH 560 Master’s Thesis : 4
ANTH 561 Comprehensive and Viva-Voce : 4

The MSS program offered by the Department of Anthropology at the University of Dhaka has the following objectives-

  • Develop an advanced understanding of the substantive knowledge of anthropology both theoretically and methodologically.
  • Generate academic excellence and professional development.
  • Develop skills in conducting advanced research.
  • Prepare students with skills to meet the challenges of the changing world with a professional aptitude.
  • Provide opportunities to conduct hands-on research.
  • Serve the changing needs of the community to promote positive change in local, national, and global contexts.
  • Nurture a stimulating academic environment through exchange and research collaboration with renowned scholars and professionals.
  • Cultivate principles of ethics and social responsibility in the mindset of students.

TERMINAL OUTCOMES
It is expected that at the end of the MSS Program the students will be able to:

  • Promote a cross-cultural and critical approach to culture and societies.
  • Critically evaluate the world system through an understanding of contemporary issues and debates locally, nationally, and globally.
  • Apply academic knowledge on research and methodology in professional life.
  • Dialogue about human diversity towards a better understanding of society and culture.
  • Engage themselves with communities for sustainable development.
  • Explain observed phenomena from a holistic approach.
  • A more critical understanding of the research problemsto organize their future activities.