TISS Hyderabad, Guwahati, Tujapur have launched the Integrated Masters degree programme (5 years duration) from the 2012-2013 academic year and invite applications for 2013-2014 academic year.
This three-year undergraduate liberal arts programme will focus on the humanistic aspects of Social Sciences blended with logical reasoning of the natural sciences, with a combine emphasis on the faculties of imagination and creativity as well as of rigorous and critical thinking.
This undergraduate programme will create a strong foundation using social, economic, political, cultural, psychological and environmental theories.
The students will also study mathematics and take foundational courses in biological, physical and chemical sciences and languages in addition to philosophy of research, research methodology, logic and history.
Single point of admission into an Integrated B.A. - M.A. Social Sciences programme.
A student who successfully completes the credited and non-credited requirements of the three-year (six semester) programme will be awarded a B.A. Social Sciences degree.
The graduating students can exercise one of the two options: move out of the TISS campus with the B.A. Degree; or move to any of the Masters programmes offered by the same campus.
Students opting to pursue a MasterÕs Programme in the same TISS campus from where they obtained their Bachelors degree can do so without appearing for an entrance test for any of the Masters degree programme offered in the same TISS campus.
Those who wish to shift to another TISS campus must go through admission test for lateral entry to any of the Masters programmes of that campus.
The B.A. in Social Sciences offered by TISS Hyderabd, Guwahati, Tuljapur is unique programme in the country.
The curriculum framework has been developed along the following principles:
To be integrative in the treatment of topics by interlinking knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to action.
To be value-based by providing an arena for reflective thinking, and development of concern for the common good and application of social values.
To encourage recognition of opposing points of view, respect for different positions, sensitivity to cultural similarities and differences, and a commitment to social responsibility.
To make deliberate efforts to enhance students understanding of the connections of social sciences with the natural, physical and chemical sciences.
The curriculum is structured along perspective building, analytical skills development and experiential learning courses.
Perspective Building courses are envisaged to provide foundational knowledge in the disciplinary tracks of History, Political Science, Sociology, Economics, and Psychology, and will facilitate students’ understanding of society, individuals, economy, and politics. The courses are structured in three levels—Basic, Interdisciplinary, and Thematic—aimed at taking the students through a progressive and interrelated understanding of social science knowledge.
Analytical Skills Development courses will facilitate learning of essential skills such aslogical reasoning; mathematics; language competencies in English and an Indian language; the ability to use literary texts to understand and analyse society and individual motivations; development of writing, numerical, and critical thinking capabilities; strong grounding in philosophy of research in Social Sciences, research methods and practices that inculcate the ability to analyse and present evidence, reflect on and link to theories. Several courses that equip students with basic knowledge of natural and physical sciences will also be offered.
Experiential Learning sessions are spread across the three years, with each session taking the student incrementally from exposure to engagement with guided mentoring by thefaculty and field-based organisations. Each of the sessions is credited and graded.