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1.1 TITLE OF THE PROGRAM
Masters of Social Science – MSS Program

1.2 DURATION OF THE PROGRAM
1 (One) Academic Year. A student shall be allowed a maximum of two years to complete the degree starting from the year of admission into the University.

1.3 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.

1.4 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 at the Master’s level which is both theoretically vibrant and methodologically significant and to prepare them for an enlightened career through specific concentrations in applied fields of Anthropology.

1.5 ELIGIBILITY FOR ADMISSION
Students completing (passing) their BSS (Honors) program are eligible for promotion to the Master’s program. Following the rules and regulations of the University, he/ she will collect admission forms for enrollment in the Master’s program.

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.