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About the Department

Ensconced in the hilly terrain of Dehradun is housed the Graphic Era University wherein the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) envisions the educational refurbishment in the domain of liberal arts with special focus on Economics,  Psychology,  Political Science,  English and Sociology. Specifically, the department runs undergraduate programmes in these domains with an Honors impetus apart from a regular undergraduate course. Doctoral programmes in Political Science and Psychology are also being offered in the Department. The underpinning focus of the department is outcome/value-hinged. Besides imparting learning and serving as facilitators to unleash the creative potential of the students, we seek to situate ourselves in the cutting-edge research benchmarks too. Students and the faculty members are encouraged to proactively hone their research skills via participation in conferences, workshops and other events. All in all, the Department posits its niche in delivering experiential-cum-experimental learning in the humanities and social sciences domain.

The Department has the mission of promoting excellence in curricular and extra-curricular activities to broaden the creative horizons of the students and make them vibrant in their academic settings. Emphasis upon improving their communication skills and engaging them in diverse set of activities to strengthen their moral character is ingrained in the pedagogical tools. Furthermore, in a bid to promote academic social responsibility, students are geared towards responsible citizenship.

Across the 8 disciplines that run in the Department, a stupendous growth in enrollment has been witnessed over the years.

The Department has hosted several eminent social scientists till date.

Students have demonstrated their leadership and community engagement skillin field trips organized by the Department. For instance, students were escorted to Centre for Business and Entrepreneurship (CBED), Thatyud, RajkiyaBalika Inter College, Brahmapuri and LokAdalat, Dehradun.

Internships for students have been an extrinsic part of their curriculum. Our students have benefited from on-site training in reputed organizations like Axis Bank, Punjab National Bank, Directorate of Economics and Statistics (Government of Uttarakhand), etc.

Placements have constituted the heart of our department. Our students have secured placements in esteemed organizations like Tommy Hilfiger, Capegemini, Byju’s, True Blue, FIS Global, to name a few. Many of our students are preparing themselves for Civil Services Examination, Combined Defence Services Examination  Common Admission Test for securing admission in the prestigious Indian Institutes of Management,  etc.

Students have won scholarships and awards in sports and other fields. Arya Pant (BA(H) Economics) secured admission in Queen Mary College, University of London, for the MSc (Economics) programmer. Likewise,  Anjali Verma (BA(H) Economics) got through the CAT Examination with a high score to secure a seat in the IIM Kashipur. 

To further the research spectrum of our department, we set up ourCentre for Advanced Study in Social Sciences in 2020-21. Former NSA, ShivshankarMenon and Former Chief Secretary, C.K. Matthew, have been the advisors for this centre. Two research projects have been initiated under the Centre’s aegis with a focus on skill development- Nudge Foundation, Bangalore and People’s Science Institute, Dehradun.

Research publications in leading national and international journals by our faculty members has been noteworthy. Faculty members have published in Scopus and Web of Science indexed journals and the numbers are witnessing an increase with time.

National and International workshops and seminars were also conducted by the Department. In 2017-18, 8 national workshops were conducted and 2 national workshops were conducted in 2020-21.

Starting 2022, the Department shall run postgraduate and doctoral programmes in English and Sociology. The Department envisions to launch postgraduate and doctoral courses in Economics from 2023. In future, we aim at launching Masters and Doctoral programmes in Economics and English. Furthermore, a coaching centre shall be started to provide mentoring for competitive examinations covering NET, Civil Services Examination, etc. Finally, we are endeavoring to set up a Policy Innovation Lab in partnership with the National Law School of India, Bangalore. 

 

 

1.1.1 Learning objectives

 

Name of the Department

 Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

Vision

• To create centre of excellence in the fields of Economics, Psychology, Political Science, English and other liberal arts through outcome and value based education, training & research.
• To develop an academic entity that is at the forefront of research and training in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
• To facilitate academic progress of students by encouraging them to actively participate in internship, conferences, seminars, workshops.

Mission

• The mission of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences is to develop and maintain academic curriculum and co-curricular activities that help students acquire a broad based knowledge in their chosen field of study.
• To enable the students should acquire the intellectual, communication skills and develop characteristics that encourage personal fulfillment, meaningful professional life   and responsible citizenship.

Programme name

B.A Economics (H)

Programme Code

BAHE

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

 

PEO1

To be able to identify, explain and use economic concepts, theories, models, and data analytic techniques.

PEO2

To acquire and use knowledge of economics, mathematics, statistics and learning economic history in the variety of contexts, providing the foundation for success in graduate studies and careers in the public and private sector.

PEO3

To be able to apply the economic tools to formulate positions on a wide range of social and economic problems and engage effectively in policy debates.

Program Outcomes

 

PO1

Critical Thinking :To create analytical ability to evaluate the operations of households, business, government and markets under varying competitive conditions

PO2

Effective Communication: To learn Economics as a way of thinking and become effective communicators and active team players.

PO3

Social Interaction:Ability to question, analyze and conduct investigative study into the economic issues, financial institutions, consumers and government

PO4

Effective Citizenship-Demonstrate empathetic social concern and equity centred national development and ability to act with an informed awareness of issues and participate in civic life through volunteering.

PO5

Ethics: Display knowledge to cultivate a better understanding of  moral dimensions of decision making also values of life at all stages;

PO6

Environment and Sustainability:Ability to develop  better understanding  regarding the issues of  poverty ,malnutrition women empowerment, gender equality and human rights and enable to express and apply them in day to day life and to develop awareness on sustainable development  goals

PO7

Self directed and life long Learning: To equip the students to acquire the higher managerial positions in industry and business, careers in policy making and public service
Ability to think independently and be aware of their own capabilities and strengths and able to plan for their future careers

Program Specific outcomes

 

PSO1

To inculcate the ability to employ the basic as well as advanced economic analysis in their decision making skills.

PSO2

To understand the behaviour of Indian and World Economy

PSO3

To determine economic variables including inflation,unemployment,poverty gdp using statistical methods

PSO4

To provide the students the opportunity of obtaining a professional qualification in economics focusing on the advanced practical areas and  to apply the concepts of economics efficiently in their professional forum.

Programme name

B.A Political Science (H)

Programme Code

BAPS

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

 

PEO1

To be able to demonstrate an ability to conduct political science research involving the development of research questions, gathering and collecting data, quantitative and qualitative analysis, and presenting the results in a logical and professional manner.

PEO2

 Exhibiting enhanced ability to think critically and make arguments across a range of social science topics and to communicate effectively in debates and discussions.

PEO3

Provide students the basic knowledge and skills to pursue public or non-profit sector work locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Program Outcomes

 

PO1

To understand the nature of politics, public values, and the institutions and processes of politics in various forms and be able to appreciate the knowledge and civic responsibilities required for effective participation in political life.

PO2

To be able to distinguish among the leading schools of thought in political science and apply these approaches in understanding and explaining domestic and international political phenomena.

PO3

To have an in-depth understanding of political institutions and processes in different countries and be able to think critically about various dilemmas, including achieving justice, in political life.

PO4

To demonstrate and enhance the ability to critically think and make arguments across a range of social science topic that is grounded in various schools of political thought.

PO5

To be able to apply the knowledge of the subject to closely follow the debates around the texts and engage in analysis of the primary text.

PO6

 To be able to explain and evaluate a sophisticated conception of justice and be able to describe situations in which justice concerns arise.

PO7

To be able to demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively through their written work. Students will be prepared to pursue public or non-profit sector work, and/or graduate studies in political science or public administration, or law school.

Program Specific outcomes

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PSO1

Capacity to think critically in evaluating the platforms of political parties and the impact of leadership changes

PSO2

Ability to design and undertake individual research and persue higher studies in political science or any other discipline

PSO3

development of the intellectual capacity and higher level skills such as critique and sythesis to function as legislatures and policy analyst

PSO4

Proficiency in writing and verbal skills to be able to excel in multi layered communication as national and global think tank.

Programme name

B.A. PSYCHOLOGY (HONOURS)

Programme Code

BAHP

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

 

PEO1

To disseminate knowledge related to the field of Psychology and provide the students necessary exposure to develop interest in the domain and thus prepare them for careers to this specific field.

PEO2

Understand and value different branches and emerging fields of Psychology

PEO3

To comprehend the essential processes underlying human behavior and the process of human development and change from biological and psychosocial perspectives.

Program Outcomes

 

PO1

Critical Thinking: Take informed actions after identifying the assumptions that frame our thinking and actions, checking out the degree to which these assumptions are accurate and valid, and looking at our ideas and decisions (intellectual, organizational, and personal) from different perspectives.

PO2

Effective Communication: Speak, read, write and listen clearly in person and through electronic media in English and in one Indian language, and make meaning of the world by connecting people, ideas, books, media and technology.

PO3

Social Interaction: Elicit views of others, mediate disagreements and help reach conclusions in group settings.

PO4

Effective Citizenship: Demonstrate empathetic social concern and equity centred national development, and the ability to act with an informed awareness of issues and participate in civic life through volunteering.

PO5

Ethics: Recognize different value systems including your own, understand the moral dimensions of your decisions, Manual for Universities NAAC for Quality and Excellence in Higher Education 152 and accept responsibility for them.

PO6

Environment and Sustainability: Understand the issues of environmental contexts and sustainable development.

PO7

Self-directed and Life-long Learning: Acquire the ability to engage in independent and life-long learning in the broadest context socio-technological change.

Program Specific outcomes

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PSO1

The students will learn   the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in Psychology.

PSO2

Critical thinking skills, creativity and inquiry are an important component of Psychology therefore the students will develop scientific approach to analyzing the problems related to behavior and mental processes, evaluate evidence and use research theories in finding solutions.

PSO3

Students will understand and apply basic research methods in Psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.

PSO4

 Students will understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues and cultivate the mindset that would ensure that they are able to tolerate behavioral ambiguity and act ethically.

 

PROGRAM EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES (PEOs): BA ENGLISH

The Undergraduate Honors Program in English offers a range of courses in English Literature and language designed to develop strong analytical skills and a solid foundation in the discipline of English.

Objectives for  BA English (Hons) program  are as follows :

PEO1:  Enlighten students about the artistry and utility of the English language for channelizing skills of creative writing  so that they can compete in the job market for creative writing, proofreading and journalism.

PEO2:  Train students to write analytically in a variety of formats, including essays, research papers, reflective writing, and critical reviews of secondary sources making them fit for copyrighting, publishing and editing jobs.

PEO3:   Prepare students to undertake research, analysis, and criticism of literary and cultural texts from different historical periods and genres to enable them to chalk out a career in academia.

PEO4:   Enable students to design and undertake individual research which will contribute significantly to his/her intellectual ,cultural and societal developments.

PEO5:  Develop critical faculties, necessary in an academic environment, on the job, and in a globalized world.

PEO6:  Creates passion  to engage in life long learning students in the development of intellectual flexibility, creativity, and cultural literacy so that they may engage in life-long learning.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES (POs)

The students will develop following attributes after the completion of the Program:

PO1: Critical Thinking

  • Ability to critically analyze literary texts and substantiate  their assumptions with primary and secondary sources.

PO2: Effective Communication

  • Ability to identify, speak and write about genres, forms, periods, movements in English Literature as well as the ability to understand and engage with literary-critical concepts, theories and categories.

PO3: Social Interaction

  • Cultivate ability to look at and evaluate literary texts as a field of study and as part of the wider network of local and global culture.
  • Demonstrate a coherent, systematic knowledge and understanding with regard to  the political, social and cultural situations portrayed in the literary texts.

PO4: Effective Citizenship

  • Have the ability to ponder, articulate and demonstrate his/her role as conscious citizen of  India .
  • To enable students to develop an awareness of the linguistic-cultural richness of India as an important outcome of English literary studies in India.

PO5: Ethics

  • Cultivate  knowledge for better understanding of ethical values that guides them in life at all stages.
  • Apply ethical  practices in all kinds of composition and research writing.

PO6: Environment and Sustainability

  • Develop  environment consciousness and work towards fulfillment of sustainable development goals.

PO7: Self Directed and Life Long Learning

  • Arousing the interests of the students.
  • To have self -motivation to assimilate the ever widening horizon of knowledge.
  •  Make more meaningful choices regarding career after completion of graduate program,  in mass media, journalism, aviation communication and personality development and teaching English at different levels.

PROGRAMME SPECIFIC OUTCOMES (PSOs)

PSO1:  Create heightened awareness in social, cultural, ethnicity, ecology and gender through literature.
PSO2:  Ability to engage with relevant scholarly works in order to develop one’s own critical point of view and present one’s views coherently and persuasively.
PSO3:  Develop analytical, research-oriented and organizational skills.
PSO4:  Cultivate and develop physical, intellectual, emotional, aesthetic, ethical and spiritual values to become conscientious citizen.

Program Educational Objectives: BA Sociology

The Undergraduate Honors Program in Sociology offers a range of degrees in sociology designed to develop analytical skills and a strong foundation in the discipline of Sociology. More specifically, measurable objectives for Sociology curriculum are the following:

  1. To be able to identify, explain and apply  social concepts, theories, models, and data analytic techniques.
  2. To acquire and develop knowledge of society, social pattern, social structure and social behaviour, providing the foundation for success in graduate studies and careers in the public and private sector.
  3. To be able to apply the theories to formulate public policies on a wide range of social  problems and engage effectively in  policy debates.
  4. To apply the analytical skills necessary for conducting original research in sociology and participating effectively in project teams.
  5. To be able to deliver effective presentations in which they combine visual communication design with oral arguments and/ or the written word.

 

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

The students will develop following attributes after the completion of the Program:

PO1 Critical Thinking :

Analytical ability to evaluate the social concepts and role of social processes concerned with the operation of social institutions.

PO2 Effective Communication:

Ability to communicate effectively  and  clearly with individual and in group and to present ideas to a broad audience using verbal and non verbal clues. They become conversant with all modes of communication

PO3 Social Interaction:

Ability to deal with the socio-cultural and interpersonal processes of a persistently changing complex society

PO4 Effective Citizenship :

Ability to demonstrate accepted social behaviour and responsibilities as a conscious citizen  and ability to act with an informed awareness of issues and participate in civic life through volunteering.

PO5 Ethics:

It will inculcate a sense of ethical and social responsibility among the graduates and also an Ability to apply ethical approaches to social processes and practices to achieve collective well being.

PO6 Environment and Sustainability:            

Ability to understand social issues and to develop sustainable solutions and their effects on society and environment.

PO7 Self directed and life long Learning:

Ability to become adaptable to changes in social patterns and technology to address societal issues. They are suitable for the fields such as law, social work, bureaucracy, public institutions and  policy studies.

PROGRAMME SPECIFIC OUTCOMES OF BA SOCIOLOGY (H)

PSO1   To enable the students to think critically about societies and social issues

PSO2  To understand the insights on social institutions , patterns, structure and behaviour.

PSO3 To develop an ability to employ the basic as well as advanced sociological concepts and theories to the real life situations.

PSO4 To provide the students the opportunity of obtaining a professional qualification in Sociology focusing on the contemporary practical applications  and  toapply the concepts of sociology  efficiently in their professional forum.