Curricular Structure for PGP-DL
The 49-week PGP DL is divided into 8 Terms of an average of 6 weeks each. The ISDM Programme has Signature Components that make the Programme unlike any other.
Courses are conceptually organised into four broad buckets
- Understanding Development
- Design of Interventions for Social Impact
- Personal Mastery for Development Leadership
Terms 1 and 2 build a deep understanding of development to prepare one as an authentic development professional. This is followed by Realising India, a two-week immersion in a district that enables the student to engage with ground realities from multiple perspectives. Term 3 follows with the question, “What am I going to do about what I saw and felt on the ground? How can I intervene to bring change?” and delves into the nuts and bolts of designing and intervention. ISDM has built a unique approach to intervention design that is anchored in a systems approach. Terms 4 to 8 focus on management – the what and how’s of managing a Social Purpose Organisation.
The teaching-learning process consists of lectures, case studies, workshops, group work, readings, and individual assignments to build the students’ knowledge and application capacities. An integral part of the pedagogy is a signature component of the PGP DL – Context-based Collaborative Learning (CBCL). CBCL creates opportunities for students to apply what they have learnt in the classroom in specially designed group work. Collaborative inquiry and co-creation are an integral part of the CBCL. The process is supported by learning mentors called Bricoleurs.
The assessment process is intended to support the learning journey of the student and drive excellence. Assessment of the student’s learning will be through a combination of
- class participation
- graded individual and group assignments
- term papers and examinations
- peer assessment in the collaborative groups
- assessment by learning mentors (Bricoleurs)
An integral part of ISDM's one year PGP in Development Leadership is praxis. Almost a quarter of the total programme time is spent in the field, as Realising India (2 weeks) and the Residency / Internship (7 weeks).
These are structured experiences that will help students to deepen their perspectives and understanding of the ecosystem in which they will work. It will also hone the skills required to apply relevant and appropriate bodies of knowledge to solve problems in social sector organisations.
During the 8 week Residency, students will work in groups of two, three or four along with members (staff) of the organisation. They will work on a real problem that an organisation is facing, one that is 'important but not urgent' for the organisation. The intent is that students focus on organisational problems (e.g. strategy, structure, systems and processes, fund raising, programme operations, partnerships, communications etc.).
The student team will work closely with the concerned people in the organisation and will bring to bear their knowledge and skills to move significantly towards an implementable solution. The students will also receive support from the faculty and mentors at ISDM, as required, and will prepare a report to document the process and the outcomes.
Important dates for Residency
- Partner Organizations to share a problem that they want students to work on by 14th January 2020
- Students express interest for projects based on their skills and interest areas by 28th January 2020
- ISDM maps out and assigns students to projects to ensure reasonable meeting of partner and student expectations by 12th February 2020
|TERM 1||Perspectives on Society and Development||State, Market and Society||Economic Reasoning and Public Policy||Data Analysis for Development Managers|
|TERM 2||Preparing for Realising India||Participatory Approaches and Processes||Communication in the Discipline||Understanding State Capabilities|
|TERM 3||Intervention Design for Social Impact (IDSI)||Purposeful Program Theory and Monitoring||Monitoring and Evaluation|
|TERM 4||Strategy||Accounting and Financial Management (including Planning, Budgeting, and Costing)||Principles of Marketing||Talent Management|
|TERM 5*||Development Evaluation||Operations Management for Quality (including Knowledge Management Systems and MIS)||Fund Raising and Resource Mobilisation + Networks and Partnerships||One Elective|
|TERM 6*||Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability||Communication in the Discipline||Technology and Management||Learning from Leaders||One Elective|
|TERM 7*||Social Development: Impact at Scale||Series of courses by marquee international faculty from top management schools||One Elective|
|TERM 8||Technology for Social Impact at Scale||Strategy and Planning for Scale|
*Term 5, 6, and 7 offer two electives each. Students pick one of two electives each term.
Indicative List of Electives
- Financial Responsibility, Control and Risk Management in SPOs
- Social Enterprises
- Marketing, Distribution and Sales Management
- Social Marketing and Digital Marketing
- Management Research
- Design Thinking and Innovation
List of Workshops
- Radical Transformational Leadership
- Personal Mastery for Development Leadership
- Transect Walk
Realising India is a critical component of the PGP DL. This is a two-week field component unlike the rest of the programme which is classroom based. This district immersion provides students with an opportunity to understand society and institutions in a district, and experience the current reality. This immersion becomes the basis for courses around intervention design for social impact.
Groups of students prepare for Realising India through secondary research and developing the skills required for observation and enquiry. This process builds their ability to understand a context in a systematic, well-designed manner.