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Development Studies - Course Details

This stream addresses questions of 'order and change' in a globalizing world. A multidisciplinary approach is adopted in the first two years of the programme, which sets the base for higher-level understanding. It attempts to include issues related to 'development' across countries over a long period of time. At present, the programme is designed to include three thematic modules on i) Gender ii) Science, Technology and Development, and iii) Urbanization.

First Year

First Semester

HS1010 Perspective in English Studies

Introductory course to the English Studies.

HS1030 Perspectives in Social Sciences

This introductory course to the social sciences aims to acquaint the students with perspectives primarily from sociology and political science. The commonness in themes but differences in the perspectives will be highlighted through illustrations and exercises. The pedagogy will involve class room teaching, assignments, experiments and presentations.

HS1051 History of Modern World I: 1300 - 1750

Empires in Asia, Geographical expansion of the world through voyages and discoveries, Slave trade and gold rush, Renaissance and Reformation in Europe, Mercantilism, Transition from Feudalism to Capitalism.

HS1070 Logic

This course introduces to the students the nature and function of the normative science logic and the basic principles of epistemology. It will familiarize them with the syllogistic structure of arguments and help them acquire the skills of developing arguments and identifying logical fallacies.

The structure of various forms of arguments – different kinds of fallacies in arguments – distinguishing valid forms of arguments from invalid forms – syllogistic structure of deductive arguments – modern mathematical and symbolic logic – various quantification rules and logical relations – basic principles of epistemology like knowledge, its nature, kinds, validity etc. – nature of truth and theories of truth.

HS1090 German I

The overall objective of this course is to acquire working knowledge of the German language, roughly corresponding to the A1 proficiency level of the European Common Language Framework.

Course Contents:

  • ​Basic German sentence structure
  • ​Information about oneself, one’s daily routine, likes and dislikes, family, immediate surroundings
  • ​Elementary level exposure to the history, geography, and culture of German speaking countries

HS1110 French I

Definite and indefinite articles – Adjectives – agreement with their nouns – Conjugation of verbs to have, to be affirmative, negative and interrogative foms – possessive adjectives. Contraction ‘of the’ ‘to the’ (Singular and Plural) – demonstrative adjectives – The three groups of verbs – present perfect tense with ‘tohave’ and ‘tob’ – The partitive article – Future tense – immediate future recent past – Reflexive verbs – Present perfect of reflexive verbs.


Stream Electives

HS 4330 Environmental and Resources Economics
HS 4570 Gandhian Thought
HS 5070 Sciences and Society
HS 7120 Statistical System for Indian Economy