The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences consists of eight academic disciplines, viz. Economics, English (Language and Literature), Linguistics, Political Science, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology and History & Archeology. The department offers courses for students at B Tech, MA and PhD level.
At the BTech level, the courses in English are aimed at exposing students to Literature and Culture, Cognition and Social issues. Courses also help students in developing communication and language skills.
Apart from the introductory courses, Philosophy syllabi center around discourses on Science and Philosophy, Studies on Consciousness, Applied areas of Philosophy like Critical thinking, Applied ethics and Philosophy of Technology.
The courses in Economics focus not only on economic theory but also on its application centering around business, environment, entrepreneurship, financial system, etc. The courses intend to broaden students’ understanding of the application of economic tools in domestic and global situations besides finding the correlation between technology and overall economic development.
Psychology syllabi are designed to provide basic insight into the rudiments of Psychology, Cognitive Psychology and Organizational Behaviour in modern Management Studies.
Sociology attempts to sensitize students with paradoxical issues innate in societies. It also aims towards developing ‘sociological imagination’ in contemporary and traditional aspects of Indian Society and the global world order. Sociology of Cyberspace is an innovative course exploring the political economy and cultural politics of cyberspace.
The courses in History and Archaeology promise to be an intellectual practice discussing major cultural issues providing students a bridge between the technological world and society. Courses are designed to broaden students’ perspective on cultural ecology, India’s colonial past and its scientific tradition.
MA in Development Studies
MA in Development Studies is a multidisciplinary programme and is designed to provide an understanding of various perspectives of development issues, through rigorous course works and guided research. The perspectives are drawn from different disciplines of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The complex challenges of global development issues make significant demand on those working in government bodies, aid agencies, NGOs and policy and research institutes. Creative development professionals are a requirement in order to meet these challenges today. The Masters programme in Development Studies will provide a thorough grounding in development issues and concepts to prospective candidates.
The programme aims to :
- Develop interdisciplinary understanding of the complex factors which influence the effectiveness of planned development interventions.
- Help understanding theory and methodological issues for policy analysis and research.
- Strengthen professional competence in the design, planning and management of development interventions by applying theory and methods creatively within practical settings.
Coming from different backgrounds, students who would complete the programme can expect to:
- Understand the main development concepts, theories and issues in their contemporary context and apply this knowledge in their professional work.
- Engage in an informed and critical way with people from diverse backgrounds concerned with development issues.
- Approach development problems with knowledge and develop an inter-disciplinary approach to identify solutions to different development issues confronting our society.