BA (Hons.) in Social Science & Policy

Start Date
01 August 2021

End Date
31 July 2024

Duration
3 Years

Program Fee (Yearly)
Rs. 2.5 Lacs

Course Structure

The BA (Hons.) SS&P programme has core courses to provide foundational insights of social science to illuminate relationships of people to society and cultures, and to the natural world. In line with the university’s emphasis on interdisciplinarity, the curriculum creates opportunities for students to take elective courses, including some offered in other Schools, as well as foreign language courses. Students get adequate guidance and mentoring to plan their own pathways towards different careers in which they can connect social science knowledge to different kinds of policy.

Our faculty has developed pedagogies adaptable to online and classroom learning, embodying global standards. SS&P students get well-rounded, holistic education, which includes experiential learning, through field visits, and peer-to-peer learning, by participation in conferences, activities of numerous clubs, and organisation of academic and sports events.

Course curriculum

1st Year

Semester 1

  • State and Governance
  • Social Structure (Individual, Community, Self, the Other, and Social Ethic)
  • Structure of economy – I: (Land, Labour and Capital; Profit, Interest, Rent; Private Property; Demand, Supply)
  • Modern Political Philosophy (Ideologies, Equality, Liberty, Justice)
  • Political History of India
  • Critical Academic writing
    4*6=24

Semester 2

  • Power, Hegemony, Agency and Resistance
  • Effects of Power (Exploitation, Discrimination, Exclusion Social Conflict and Consensus)
  • Caste and Class
  • Structure of economy – II: (Efficiency, Competition and Cooperation, Uncertainty, Chance, Risk)
  • Game Theory and Strategic Reasoning
  • Making Sense of the Modern World (phenomenology, structuralism, existentialism, poststructuralism, postfoundational)
    4*6=24

   (Workshops on Academic Writing)

2nd Year

Semester 3

  • Democracy
  • Rights and Social Justice (Moral worth, Equity, Fairness, Distribution vs Recognition)
  • Gender
  • Money, Finance and Global Markets
  • Economic History of India
  • Qualitative Research Methodology
    4*6=24

 (intensive Policy Analysis Bootcamp)

Semester 4

  • Economics and Law of Regulation 9306553194
  • Behavioural Science
  • Nature, Community, and Appropriation (Social and Political Ecology/ Environmental History of South Asia)
  • Social Policy
  • Poverty and Inequality
  • Statistics
    4*6=24

(intensive Policy Analysis Bootcamp, writing policy briefs)

3rd Year

Semester 5

  • Ecological Change and Sustainability
  • Development Paradigms and Alternatives
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Econometrics
  • Dissertation Workshop

Semester 6

  • Survey Design and Analysis
  • Data Visualisation
  • Basics of Evaluation
  • Elective
  • Dissertation – equivalent to 2 courses

Tentative list of electives

Technology, Economy and Society; Climate Change; Land Acquisition and Displacement; Urban Studies; Education, Knowledge and Skill; Health; Pollution; Employment and Labour Policy