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B.A. (Hons.) Liberal Arts And Humanities

Objective 

Our graduates-to-be will become effective communicators and critical thinkers, the degree equips them with the ability to pursue professional and academic opportunities of their interest. The holistic nature of the program empowers students to take up a wide range of internships, projects and field work.

Over the first two years of the BA, students train in the foundational aspects of the liberal arts and humanities through core courses, electives at JLSH and select courses across the different schools of the University. They do one-month internships between every semester. In the final year of the BA they choose a major – one subject – as an area for concentrated study and they write a thesis. The thesis in the third year is a detailed work of substantial length and depth over a subject specialism. 

Eligibility 

10+2 Level

Credit Structure 

The B.A. (Hons.) degree, the student needs to complete 24 three-credit courses. These 24 courses are broken down into 19 core courses + 5 courses in an area of specific concentration.

COURSE STRUCTURE

SEMESTER 1

Interdisciplinary Seminar - I

Environmental Studies

This course focuses on key principles that govern human’s relationship with nature, the interactions between society and ecosystems and the environmental problems that we challenge today. From soil and water pollution to increasing energy consumption to global climate change, the connections between environmental issues and human well-being have never been more evident and critical. The course will introduce the basic structure of our environment in the modern society and continues with a survey of various issues like sustainability, water resources and pollution, energy resources and efficiency, environmental hazards, human health risk assessments and global warming/climate change. It will explore examples from a global perspective and look into the chronology of events that has moved us toward an understanding of our shared future on this planet. Through course lectures, readings, worksheets, and experiential activities, the course will be driven to analyze the impact of various factors of environmental concern and also assess our own responsibilities and awareness. This course also has a laboratory component where students will learn to test soil and water for various parameters like pH, TDS, nitrates, fluorides, arsenic, hardness, alkalinity, phosphorus, potassium, total organic carbon etc. Interpretation of test results and their applicability towards soil and water pollution will also be focused. The course will also aim to focus on how Environmental Impact Assessment can be an important management tool for ensuring optimal use of natural resources for sustainable development. Concept of Geographic Information System (GIS) will also be introduced to explore how this technique can be used to monitor different environmental issues and how it can be used for future planning and assessment. Concepts of ecological justice, which refashions our imagination of our relation with the non-human world, both in its social and political milieu will also be covered. The course therefore aims to empower students with an alternative and a more critical assessment of environment, broadly defined. Engagements with legal and institutional concerns over governance of environment will naturally blend in with special emphasis to India. Case studies will be extensively used to tickle practical imaginaries in addition to (re)construction of ethical subjectivities. 

History

History is one of the major disciplines associated with liberal arts and humanities. The analytical skill-sets associated with it helps the students to decode the variable of ‘time’ and how its passage has affected human societies and civilizations. After all, history is to society was memory is to the individual. With this broad perspective in mind, the foundation course in history at JSLH tries to sensitize the students towards the dynamics of continuity and change. The entry-level students are taught to read the texts in the specific contexts of their production so that they may be able to interpret a bygone period in its own terms and not anachronistically. The themes in this course encompass both Indian and world history. In particular, their interconnections are emphasised so that the details do not undermine the sense of the bigger picture which lies at the core of any worthwhile historical enquiry.

Spanish - I/ Mandarin - I

The two semester programme is designed to enable students to develop communication skills in Spanish and to acquire a broad understanding of the society, history and culture of Spain and Latin American countries. Spanish, or El Castellano, is one of the languages with the largest number of speakers in the world after Chinese and English. The Spanish language has a rich heritage and a long history of evolution that over centuries has developed into the many variations of Spanish that exist today throughout the world. Spanish or El Castellano is the official national language of Spain. An essential component of the course, Spanish culture, will include Spanish song, dance, music, history, culture and culinary education. 

Communication Skills 1

This course focuses on the communication skills of reading, writing, and presenting in order to foster the critical and analytical thinking necessary to be successful in this university. It will also include preparation in speaking, listening, summarizing, synopsizing, understanding, responding, arguing, and learning to use informal and formal citations. Students will be asked to write essays based on brainstorming, research, notes, outlines, drafts, and final presentation. Communication Skills-I teaches students to write and present college-level essays through lectures, a variety of in-class and out-of-class writing assignments, student-led exercises, workshopping, conferencing, and reviewing mechanics/grammar/syntax in small and large sessions.

Quantitative Skills 1

SEMESTER 2

Political Science

The foundation course for Political Science aims to introduce the students to understanding what political theory is along with its history and its methods. The students will look at the different approaches to political theory that have characterized the western tradition – Marxist, liberal, conservative, post-modern etc. Also, through an engagement with theories of democracy, we will help the students understand both praxis and theory in politics. One of the objectives of this course is to familiarize students with some important thinkers and their concepts in the western tradition like Aristotle, Locke, Rousseau, Marx and J.S. Mill. The students will also be introduced to key Indian political thinkers like Gandhi, Ambedkar and Jayprakash Narayan among others. Key debates in international relations will also be discussed with an aim to introduce the evolution of the international state system. We intend the students to equip themselves to analyze modern history through different political perspectives by studying the emergence of state systems, Westphalia treaty and its consequences, revolutions in the western world, modern liberalism and an overview of 20th century history from an IR perspective. The foundation course has an equally strong focus on Indian politics and the functioning of government apparatus in India. The students will be made familiar with the basic features of the Indian Constitution and will be introduced to the current debates on Indian power structures, religion, politics and the party system. These will be largely discussed with an aim to familiarize students with the scope and content of political sociology.

Social Science

The overall aim of this course is to introduce students to key concepts and themes in Sociology, Geography and Anthropology and enable them to develop a critical understanding and ability to study/interpret society in the broad sense of the term. The course is divided into three distinct parts: 1. Society, 2. Space and 3. Culture. The course will focus on developing a critical awareness of the social forces that have shaped the students’ own identities. Each section will draw on comparative material to develop an understanding of the social world that is both local and global. Through an engagement with scholarly work and real-world examples, they will be able to more fully engage with the complexity and diversity of the social world and cultivate a pluralistic temperament.

Economics

The course aims to offer preliminary understanding of concepts and applications of economics, both as a medium of theoretical inquiry of the society’s sharing of resources, as well as practical determinant of carving out policies. The course will discuss both microeconomics and macroeconomics as distinct, yet tied up disciplines of understanding how and why humans make decisions, and to what extent government’s policies affect, impact or channel these decisions. The course also builds economics as an instrumental tool to equip students with analytical skills used in conjunction with other social science disciplines. A background in mathematics is required. The course will not engage in detailed models of economics, and will discuss general academic and policy based concepts. The idea is for students to begin appreciating and understanding economics as a discipline that shapes our lives continuously. Economics, in general, is a very fertile discipline of inquiry to cultivate thoughts in other social science disciplines. In some sense, it is a methodological field of inquiry rather than a subject in itself, drawing and influencing significant part of our understanding of psychology, sociology, law, political science, history, mathematics, and indeed philosophy. The course will cross-navigate across disciplines and help students appreciate issues rather than disciplines. This means that every issue will be covered both qualitatively, which gives a sense of physicality of the inquiry, as well as quantitatively, which helps develop analytical way to understand the scholarly intervention.

Quantitative Skills 2

The purpose of this course is to explore mathematics as a language of nature. This idea goes further from understanding math as merely a technique, and explores the subject as an independent mode of inquiry. Students often believe they dislike mathematics by the time they come to college.  Some students fear math.  Some just loathe it.   This course aims to demystify and debunk the prejudice many students hold toward math. In other words, the objective of the course is to develop sensitivity and appreciation towards quantitative reasoning, and therefore develop interest in math-based subjects that student may want to engage in, later. That said, the course does not act as a simple prerequisite to subjects like economics, but frames solid base of applying mathematics in everyday thinking. The course will demonstrate how mathematics is the language of nature. Students will approach mathematics not only as a set of problems, but also as a social phenomenon. The course will also approach mathematical inquiry as a means for exploring both the physical sciences and social sciences.  For physical sciences (biology, physics and the like), pure mathematics suffices in handing the students the required tools. For social sciences (behavioral science, economics, sociology), problem or issue-specific instruction is more important, and therefore applied mathematics becomes more important.  This course will introduce students to both kinds of mathematical approaches. The pedagogy is designed to assume that students do not have math background, and therefore has a foundational promise, with prospects for developing more complicated structures. 

Expressive Arts 1

Spanish 2

The two semester programme is designed to enable students to develop communication skills in Spanish and to acquire a broad understanding of the society, history and culture of Spain and Latin American countries. Spanish, or El Castellano, is one of the languages with the largest number of speakers in the world after Chinese and English. The Spanish language has a rich heritage and a long history of evolution that over centuries has developed into the many variations of Spanish that exist today throughout the world. Spanish or El Castellano is the official national language of Spain. An essential component of the course, Spanish culture, will include Spanish song, dance, music, history, culture and culinary education. 

ID2

‘The Idea of Ideas’ draws on a wide variety of fields across the humanities, social sciences and sciences to make sense of some of the most significant ideas at play in the world. The instructors decided that the ideas they choose may even complement most of the ideas that students explore in other courses, but in the main, these are themes which aren’t even touched upon. A preliminary list of ideas we will discuss from a range of academic and extra-academic perspectives in class on a weekly basis is given below. These are themes that bind and differentiate individuals, communities, sects and nations. The course will involve outside speakers, films and documentaries as instructional materials. Each week the course will look at contemporary phenomena to extrapolate the ideas possibly underlying them. If there are a rising number of unprovoked shooting incidents in the United States, what are its root causes? If there is a reaction in India to public displays of affection, what causes them? Indeed, if there is an increasing assertion by young urban Indians to openly display affection, what are its reasons? An embedded function of this course will be to bring up some of the most polarizing issues in global public discourse and unpack them in a focused manner. Very often, the course will also aim for a comparative assessment of an idea at work in the contexts of India/South Asia and elsewhere. This course will emphasize classroom debate and discussion and students will have mid-term and end-term academic essay requirements. Its core purposes include stimulating critical and creative thinking and the ability to clearly articulate ideas, thoughts and arguments.

SEMESTER 3

Philosophy

The Philosophy course at JSLH is designed to sensitize the students to some of the basic problems of philosophy both in the western as well as the Indian traditions. By looking at some of the influential philosophical ideas that have shaped human intellectual history, the students will be in a better position to understand the philosophical grounding of many of the ideas that are current in the ideological as well as the social sphere. This course by giving students tools to think in an analytical manner makes them approach any intellectual problem in an objective manner. The course will take the students through the history of both Western and Indian philosophies. By selecting certain key thinkers and ideas, the students will get an opportunity to engage with these ideas and learn to engage with philosophical arguments at a more informed level. The course is designed also to ensure that many of the philosophical problems are not studied merely as historical curiosities but as real issues whose relevance remains to this day.

International Business

The major in international business in the Liberal Arts and Humanities School at Jindal Global University is designed to provide students with the knowledge, capabilities and skills to manage a global enterprise in the 21st century.  This is a demanding task and requires managers be able to understand business operations, technology and information systems, the creation of global value, examine business issues and problems through critical thinking, promote and recognize creativity and innovation, and develop and execute effective strategies.  A depth and breadth of knowledge, the ability to engage in problem solving, flexibility, agility and adaptability, and developing an appreciation of variety, subtlety, complexity and diversity are the outcomes of a study of international business in a liberal arts setting.  These are the abilities needed to manage a global enterprise in the 21st century.

Literature

This course, as the name suggests, seeks to introduce students to literary study at the university level. It asks questions such as “what is literature?” and “what is literary criticism?” that it attempts to answer through the close study of an eclectic selection of poetry and prose. The emphasis is on understanding different kinds of texts with a focus on form and content, context and intertext. The objective is to inculcate an appreciation for different genres of literature, an understanding for the nuance of the literary, and the ability to question and critique a text. At the end of the course students are expected to be able to write intelligently on literature, supporting their arguments with evidence from the text. The student may apply these transferable skills of reading and writing in different professional spheres such as the media and the creative arts, or business communication and law, or build upon them to train as an advanced student of literature. There will also be minor creative writing exercises to alert the students to literature as a creative process, and to think and write in terms of both critical and creative genres. 

ID3

The course aims to give students a general understanding of the theory of experiential learning and the practice of service learning through field research focused on in the anganwadi project in Haryana. During the course work students will use field-based methodologies common to cultural anthropology, economics and special geography. The course is a continuation of an initial study carried out during the 2015 semester by students in JSLH and JGLS. Data from the field work will add to existing studies that assess the anganwadi scheme and the larger rationale of the program. 

Communication Skills 2

Psychology

Elective

SEMESTER 4

Expressive Arts 2

Elective

SEMESTER 5

Thesis Seminar

Elective

SEMESTER 6

Digital Portfolio

Dissertation

Elective

Post program careers 

Graduates can look for prospective careers in advertising, design, journalism, publishing, corporate communications, non-government organizations, the corporate sector, performing arts, public relations and more. Summer and winter internships are also an essential component of the BA (Hons.) program and help students apply what they learn in class. Our students have already interned at a Bollywood production company, a theatre troupe, NGOs, think-tanks and research centres.