Ashoka University

Introduction

We aim to build one of the finest Indian universities in the world, founded on the principles of liberal learning.

Ashoka University is named for Emperor Ashoka of the Maurya Dynasty who ruled from around 269 BCE until his death in 232 BCE. He proposed a series of edicts to reform Indian society across the subcontinent which called for a well-rounded education in order to create a just and human society that was also exceptionally tolerant.

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The University’s founders and academic leaders are guided by these edicts, and have established an academic curriculum that provides intellectually curious students with a well-rounded liberal education comparable to the celebrated Ivy League institutions, at a mere fraction of the cost. With its strong emphasis on foundational knowledge, hands-on experience with real-world challenges, and thorough academic research, an Ashoka education will prepare students to be ethical leaders in a diverse world, as Emperor Ashoka had envisioned over two millenniums ago.

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Location

The Ashoka University campus is a vibrant intellectual hub located across 25 acres in the Rajiv Gandhi Education City. It can be conveniently accessed by the Delhi Metro or by car. Built in a contemporary style, its thoughtful architecture, designed by renowned firm Perkins Eastman, provides our students with state-of-the-art facilities and proximity to the national capital.

Leadership

The Ashoka initiative is supported by more than 100 of India’s most eminent industry leaders who have contributed generously to build the istitution.

Academic programmes at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level have been developed by renowned scholars, who have adapted the best practices around the world to the Indian context. These scholars have formed an independent Academic Council that makes decisions regarding matters of pedagogy, academics and research. The Academic Council is chaired by Chancellor Andre Beteille, National Research Professor who is also Professor Emeritus, Delhi School of Economics, and by Vice Chancellor and Eminent Historian Rudrangshu Mukherjee.

Partners

Programmes at Ashoka meet international standards and are delivered in collaboration with world-class univeristieis such as the University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, King’s College, London, Carleton College and Sciences Po, Paris. The University is also in final stages of entering into partnerships with University of California, Berkeley, Yale University, and the University of Oxford.

Partner institutions also support with development of the curriculum, and provide opportunities for student and faculty exchange.

Current Status On March 4, 2014, the Haryana Legislative Assembly passed the Haryana Private Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2014, and Ashoka University was notified as a university with full powers to award Bachelor's, Master's and PhD degrees and diplomas.

Ashoka is recognized as a Haryana private university, listed on the University Grants Commission (UGC) website. Programmes offered at the University are fully compliant with UGC guidelines.

The fourth batch of the Young India Fellowship, Ashoka’s postgraduate programme, and the founding undergraduate class are currently underway.

Admissions for the fifth batch of YIF has opened (click here for more information). Round 2 of admissions for the undergraduate batch commencing in 2015 are underway, the deadline set to April 30, 2015.

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Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computer Science

Campus Full time July 2017 India New Delhi

The Computer Science major curriculum at Ashoka University has been developed with the support of the Computer Science and NETS departments at the University of Pennsylvania. It takes into account the recommendations of the ACM curriculum guidelines for undergraduate degrees in computer science and exposes students to modern advancements and new sub-fields of computer science. [+]

The Computer Science major curriculum at Ashoka University has been developed with the support of the Computer Science and NETS departments at the University of Pennsylvania. It takes into account the recommendations of the ACM curriculum guidelines for undergraduate degrees in computer science and exposes students to modern advancements and new sub-fields of computer science. The CS major at Ashoka acknowledges the relevance of computing and information science to every academic discipline, and emphasizes interdisciplinary research to drive innovation in the near future. In addition to courses in traditional CS fields like systems, theory and AI, students will be able to leverage the multidisciplinary interests of the faculty to study newer fields like human-computer interaction, networked systems, digital humanities, data-driven journalism, and cyber-law. They will not only develop a diverse set of skills to prepare them for graduate school and for employment, but will also be encouraged to launch their own startups or venture into new types of careers using their interdisciplinary training. The main goals of the programme are: Develop the core set of technical skills that will prepare students for gainful employment or further studies Gain a deeper understanding of the scientific and relevant mathematical underpinnings of computer science and learn to apply them practically Identify and solve the most challenging computer science problems, and work towards developing new ideas and creating new knowledge in the field of computer science Understand the social context in which students’ knowledge and work of computer science will be used, and engage in collaborative work with members of team outside the discipline Format of the Major In addition to the 12 foundation courses, students will take a minimum of 12 required courses as part of the Computer Science B.Sc. (Hons) program at Ashoka University, detailed below. Students will also be attending intensive programming labs and hackathons from the 3rd semester onwards. We expect Ashoka students to use these opportunities to prepare for international programming contests like the ACM ICPC. We also expect to run a seminar series on Social and Professional Issues in Technology. Students can optionally undertake summer or winter internships at a research lab or industrial organization. The Computer Science department will also offer certain advanced courses as Electives. Students may take courses like Distributed and Networked Computing, Computer Graphics and Information Visualization, Compiler Optimization, Software Engineering and Program Analysis, ICT for Development and Governance, Research Topics in Human-Computer Interaction, Digital Humanities, Machine Learning, Algorithmic Graph Theory, Database Design and Implementation. Students with an interest in research can also undertake Independent Reading and Research under the guidance of a faculty member (Capstone Project) [-]

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computer Science and Entrepreneurship

Campus Full time 3 years July 2017 India New Delhi

Engineers and scientists around the world launch high-tech companies to move their ideas to the market. Studies show that the majority of innovative products and services in an economy evolve from entrepreneurial ventures. By providing knowledge and skills important to the creation and leadership of such startups, the Entrepreneurship Concentration within the Computer Science Program at Ashoka University will aim to train the founders and leaders of tomorrow’s high-tech ventures. [+]

Engineers and scientists around the world launch high-tech companies to move their ideas to the market. Studies show that the majority of innovative products and services in an economy evolve from entrepreneurial ventures. By providing knowledge and skills important to the creation and leadership of such startups, the Entrepreneurship Concentration within the Computer Science Program at Ashoka University will aim to train the founders and leaders of tomorrow’s high-tech ventures. The program is designed specifically for students who want to be tech-entrepreneurs. Courses are approached from the perspective of the student whose primary interest is in technological innovation, whose primary concentration is on science courses, and who has little or no prior business education. Format of the Major The curriculum structure for the Bachelor’s Degree programme in Computer Science & Entrepreneurship follows that of the University’s standard undergraduate programme curriculum structure. To earn a Bachelor’s degree, each student will be required to complete a total of 28 courses over the programme period of 3 years of 2 semesters each. The programme will require 16 courses in the major papers/subjects. Foundational papers/subjects will constitute the remaining coursework for the student, adding up to 12 courses. [-]

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Economics and Finance

Campus Full time July 2017 India New Delhi

The interdisciplinary B.Sc. Hons programme in Economics and Finance will help students to understand the basic principles of economics and its applications to financial systems and organisations. Students will master a set of tools that will enable them to think critically and contribute to debates on a wide array of interesting problems and issues of economic policy. Students will be taught the quantitative techniques in mathematics and statistics that have become an integral part of modern economic analysis. The curriculum will also include advanced financial techniques such as derivatives pricing, risk management and portfolio management. [+]

The interdisciplinary B.Sc. Hons programme in Economics and Finance will help students to understand the basic principles of economics and its applications to financial systems and organisations. Students will master a set of tools that will enable them to think critically and contribute to debates on a wide array of interesting problems and issues of economic policy. Students will be taught the quantitative techniques in mathematics and statistics that have become an integral part of modern economic analysis. The curriculum will also include advanced financial techniques such as derivatives pricing, risk management and portfolio management. We are confident that students will imbibe the skills necessary to enter a wide range of careers. Some will go on to further studies in Economics and Finance. Others will find employment with financial institutions such as banks, insurance companies, as well as in financial advisory work. Format of the Major Apart from the 12 Foundation courses, each student will take a total of 16 courses towards the major. After introductory courses on Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Mathematics and Statistics for Economists, the curriculum will include courses on Game Theory, Econometrics, Financial Markets, Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management, Advanced Financial Management, Management of Financial Institutions. An important feature of the Economics and FinanceMajor, and one consistent with Ashoka University’s emphasis on critical thinking and writing, is that every student will have to write an Undergraduate dissertation. Most classes will meet twice a week for an hour and a half each. These classes with the Professor will be supplemented by a weekly hour-long session with the Teaching Assistant for a total of 4 hours a week of class time per course. Some senior seminars might meet for once a week for a 3-hour session. [-]

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Mathematics

Campus Full time July 2017 India New Delhi

Mathematics is the home of some of humankind’s most powerful and beautiful ideas. The wide applicability of these ideas and the deep connection of Mathematics with the natural sciences have made this discipline one of the most valuable arenas of human inquiry. [+]

Mathematics is the home of some of humankind’s most powerful and beautiful ideas. The wide applicability of these ideas and the deep connection of Mathematics with the natural sciences have made this discipline one of the most valuable arenas of human inquiry. Combining as it does the greatest creative freedom with the most stringent standards of rigour, Mathematics also happens to be the ideal training ground for learning a broad range of analytical and problem-solving skills. With this understanding of the discipline in mind, Ashoka University’s program of study for the Major in Mathematics has been designed to meet two primary goals: Students should be broadly exposed to the primary areas and the central ideas of contemporary Mathematics (as well as their applications); and Students should learn how to combine rigorous reasoning with creative thinking (the hallmark of Mathematics), and develop a set of broadly useful problem solving skills and strategies. Format of the Major A notable feature of our program is the research seminar in students’ final year, which will give them the unique opportunity to read the current literature and gain experience with research. At the end of their program of study, including the research seminar, we expect students to be able to read and understand mathematical proofs, learn and apply new mathematical concepts, and construct and communicate a correct and rigorous (mathematical) argument of their own. In addition to the relevant Foundation Course (Introduction to Mathematical Thinking), students majoring in Mathematics will start with a gentle introductory series of courses in Number Theory, Real Analysis, and Linear Algebra. They will then undertake a progression of courses that will give them a grounding in Analysis and Algebra, while also taking courses that expose them to the other major areas of Mathematics. In their final year, students will also participate in the Research Seminar. Students completing this program will be well prepared to pursue higher studies further if they wish to, or to take up positions that call for innovative problem solving in concert with strong analytical abilities, mathematical or otherwise. [-]

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Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Anthropology and Sociology

Campus Full time July 2017 India New Delhi

The major in Anthropology and Sociology studies the behavior and conduct of people and groups in their social context. Providing us with different ways of understanding human behavior, the major will allow students to develop the analytical skills necessary to look more closely at particular behaviors and events. [+]

The major in Anthropology and Sociology studies the behavior and conduct of people and groups in their social context. Providing us with different ways of understanding human behavior, the major will allow students to develop the analytical skills necessary to look more closely at particular behaviors and events. How, for example, might we explain the emergence of new rituals, such as internet-based marriage, or birthday parties? How should we respond to the behavior of communities that might seem counter-productive or even abhorrent to us, such as inter-caste strife or the glorification of corrupt politicians? How might we interpret India’s wealth of statistical results which reveal trends we can’t easily explain, like the sharp decline in the participation of women in the labour market? At Ashoka, we hope to explain such phenomena on their own terms, drawing on the best traditions of both sociology and anthropology, equipping students with the ability to observe, question, explain and position such explanations in wider theoretical frameworks, using a toolbox which incorporates surveys, ethnography, historical research and sound and video records. Uniquely at Ashoka, the major orients students across a wide variety of foundation courses which locate it in relation to other disciplines, such as economics, history and psychology. The University’s commitment to experience assures the ready and continuous application of learning to the world of work and to contemporary and immediate contexts. Format of the Major As with other majors, the Anthropology and Sociology major will require 12 courses. Most classes will meet twice a week for an hour and a half each. Classes will be supplemented by weekly hour-long sessions with teaching assistants, making up a total of four hours of class time per course per week. The grid below captures one possible trajectory through the Anthropology and Sociology major. [-]

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics

Campus Full time July 2017 India New Delhi

The three-year B.A. (Hons) programme in Economics at Ashoka University is designed to provide students with a sound understanding of the basic principles of economics. Students will master a set of tools that will enable them to think critically and contribute to debates on a wide array of interesting problems and issues of public policy. [+]

The three-year B.A. (Hons) programme in Economics at Ashoka University is designed to provide students with a sound understanding of the basic principles of economics. Students will master a set of tools that will enable them to think critically and contribute to debates on a wide array of interesting problems and issues of public policy. Although the primary focus of study will be on economics, students will be exposed to ideas and techniques from many other disciplines too through the Foundation courses in other disciplines such as history, sociology, and politics. Students will also be taught the quantitative techniques in mathematics and statistics that have become an integral part of modern economic analysis. We are confident that students will imbibe the skills necessary to enter a wide range of careers. Some will go on to further studies in Economics. Some others may wish to work as professional economists in the private or public sector. Format of the Major Each student will take a total of 12 courses towards the major. After introductory courses on Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Mathematics and Statistics for Economists, the curriculum will include courses on Game Theory, Econometrics and on more applied topics such as Public Economics, Development Economics, The Indian Economy. An important feature of the Economics Major, and one consistent with Ashoka University’s emphasis on critical thinking and writing, is that every student will have to write an undergraduate dissertation. Most classes will meet twice a week for an hour and a half each. These classes with the Professor will be supplemented by a weekly hour-long session with the Teaching Assistant for a total of 4 hours a week of class time per course. Some senior seminars might meet for once a week for a 3-hour session. [-]

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English

Campus Full time July 2017 India New Delhi

The guiding assumption of the English major at Ashoka University is that all literature entails imaginative movement outside oneself and the bounds of the familiar. This movement in time, space and culture is crucial to the creation of language and literature. We will map such movements across genre – fiction, poetry, drama, film – cultures, and languages. [+]

The guiding assumption of the English major at Ashoka University is that all literature entails imaginative movement outside oneself and the bounds of the familiar. This movement in time, space and culture is crucial to the creation of language and literature. We will map such movements across genre – fiction, poetry, drama, film – cultures, and languages. Literatures in translation will be a vital component of our curriculum as we seek to put in conversation texts that have been divided by boundaries of various kinds. English at Ashoka will take seriously knowledge of both canonical texts like the Metamorphoses and Shakespeare’s plays, as well as lesser-studied texts like Rabindranath Tagore’s Home and the World and Ismat Chugtai’s short stories. Ashoka University’s mission of putting seemingly separate disciplines in dynamic dialogue with each other will ensure that the study of English will both be anchored in the specific knowledge that makes up the discipline and take flight towards horizons of possibility in relation to other subjects and knowledge formations. Format of the Major Each student will take a total of 12 courses towards the major. After an introductory course on the various Forms of Literature including fiction, poetry, drama, and film, our courses will be organised along multiple lines of inquiry. Chronological courses like Early British Literature: 900-1600 will be offered alongside conceptual courses like Literature and Empire: 1660-1947. More traditional courses like the one on The Novel will be studied in tandem with cutting-edge courses like Digital Humanities for a wide exposure to different genres. We will have an emphasis on Postcolonial Literatures as well as on Global Literatures in Translation. With every such grouping we will have multiple course offerings from among which students can choose. Our aim is to be globally literate while also taking cognizance of our rootedness in India. This wide variety of courses will prepare the Ashoka English graduate for a variety of careers in higher education, the law, advertising, and any field that requires an agile mind able to traverse across borders. [-]

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English and Journalism

Campus Full time 3 years July 2017 India New Delhi

Ashoka’s interdisciplinary major in English and Journalism takes seriously the effective communication that defines the ethos of our University. This effective communication pays attention, first and foremost, to issues of language and representation, both of which are central to the study of literature. [+]

Ashoka’s interdisciplinary major in English and Journalism takes seriously the effective communication that defines the ethos of our University. This effective communication pays attention, first and foremost, to issues of language and representation, both of which are central to the study of literature. Students will navigate through a series of courses on literatures from around the world and across periods of time in order to grasp the formal use of language and ideas. These courses will then lead into the various strands of journalism, including different media – newspaper and magazine journalism – as well as subjects – business and investigative journalism. Broadcast journalism and courses in the New Media will round out an effective introduction to the wide world of English and Journalism. By the end of their major, students will be able to enter into a wide variety of conversations and careers in both fields. Format of the Major To earn a Bachelor’s degree, each student will be required to complete a total of 28 courses over the programme period of 3 years of 2 semesters each. The programme will require 16 courses in the major papers/subjects. Foundational papers/subjects will constitute the remaining coursework for the student, adding up to 12 courses. [-]

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History

Campus Full time July 2017 India New Delhi

The History Major at Ashoka University seeks both to equip students with the Historian’s toolbox and trains them on how to use it. A historian combines the skills of a detective, a scavenger, a judge and a ventriloquist. S/he is an artist and a skilled craftsperson who spins and weaves narratives of the past. [+]

The History Major at Ashoka University seeks both to equip students with the Historian’s toolbox and trains them on how to use it. A historian combines the skills of a detective, a scavenger, a judge and a ventriloquist. S/he is an artist and a skilled craftsperson who spins and weaves narratives of the past. Historical creativity lies in gathering, wrestling with and connecting the traces of the past to construct a rich tapestry of human lives, emotions and ideas. These traces come in various garbs – gravestones, burial sites, forgotten cities, mud pots, musical notes, folklores, war songs, memoirs, archival records, speeches, letters, newspapers, cartoons, cave art, paintings, architecture, clothes, food, cinema, advertisements – all and any remnant of human creativity. A historian’s ability to make effective use of these materials requires inculcation of two core ideas: empathy and imagination. Empathy fuels and glues our connection with other humans. It helps us recognize others’ perceptions, feelings and ways of being. Empathy is a vital tool of a historian because it obligates a historian to question and challenge a single conception of the world in order to access other worlds and other lives. Thus the spirit of questioning and the consciousness of one’s own frames of reference is the starting point of historical inquiry. The second feature of imagination is the creative faculty which enables us to form images and feelings that ordinary senses cannot perceive. It is a critical instrument for a historian who studies worlds that are removed both in time and space from his or her own. Conjuring up those historical worlds requires a leap of imagination, a willing suspension of disbelief and a readiness to encounter the unknown. Format of the Major The four Survey Courses in our Major [Social and Cultural Patterns in Ancient India, The Indian Middles Ages, The Making of Modern India and From Aesthetics to War: A History of Modern West] will present the general patterns and processes of Indian and modern Western history within a global comparative framework. These courses will provide students with chronological anchors for more advanced thematic courses. Along with the Surveys, three Reading Courses [Reading Texts, Reading Sources and Reading History] will equip students with the basic apparatus of the historical craft. In Reading Texts and Reading Sources the students are expected to read select secondary and primary texts, critically analyze, discuss and review them. Reading History will introduce students to different theories that have influenced historical imagination, the various schools of thought and modes of writing history such as positivism, Marxism, annals, structuralism, post-structuralism, postmodernism and postcolonialism. These reading-intensive courses will function as a semester-long conversation among students, books, and sources. Contributing to discussion, pushing and responding to peer ideas, and helping peers polish their writing will constitute major elements of the students’ responsibilities in this class. Optional and Elective Courses of the History Major seek to stir, whet and capture a student’s historical imagination through a conceptual, historiographical and methodological study of different historical themes. The History Major’s capstone course is the Senior Essay. It will give students an opportunity to put into practice their understanding of the discipline of history by undertaking independent inquiry on their chosen historical theme. Most classes will meet twice a week for an hour and a half each. These classes with the Professor will be supplemented by a weekly hour-long session with the Teaching Assistant for a total of 4 hours a week of class time per course. Some senior seminars might meet once a week for a 3-hour session. [-]

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History and International Relations

Campus Full time 3 years July 2017 India New Delhi

This Major brings together two interrelated fields of study – History and International Affairs. The underlying belief is that the contemporary world and how nations relate to each other within cannot be understood without the historical context. The course thus brings together some of the skills and methods of the historian with themes that are relevant for comprehending the contemporary world. The courses for this Major are a mix of Indian and World History, International Economics, Sociology of European Societies and Global & Comparative Politics. [+]

This Major brings together two interrelated fields of study – History and International Affairs. The underlying belief is that the contemporary world and how nations relate to each other within cannot be understood without the historical context. The course thus brings together some of the skills and methods of the historian with themes that are relevant for comprehending the contemporary world. The courses for this Major are a mix of Indian and World History, International Economics, Sociology of European Societies and Global & Comparative Politics. Format of the Major To earn a Bachelor’s degree, each student will be required to complete a total of 28 courses over the programme period of 3 years of 2 semesters each. The programme will require 16 courses in the major papers/subjects. Foundational papers/subjects will constitute the remaining coursework for the student, adding up to 12 courses. . [-]

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Philosophy

Campus Full time July 2017 India New Delhi

Philosophy grapples with fundamental questions about the nature of reality, knowledge, and how we ought to act. Whether in the Indian or Western tradition, answers to these questions have been supported by rigorous arguments. Our courses offer a historically sensitive immersion in these arguments. Nevertheless, the philosophy major at Ashoka University aims to equip students to work beyond the parochialism of either the Indian or Western philosophical tradition to do philosophy without boundaries. [+]

Philosophy grapples with fundamental questions about the nature of reality, knowledge, and how we ought to act. Whether in the Indian or Western tradition, answers to these questions have been supported by rigorous arguments. Our courses offer a historically sensitive immersion in these arguments. Nevertheless, the philosophy major at Ashoka University aims to equip students to work beyond the parochialism of either the Indian or Western philosophical tradition to do philosophy without boundaries. The philosophy major will equip students with critical reasoning and problem solving skills, expressive precision, and the intellectual spaciousness to appreciate arguments and points of view with which they profoundly disagree. The Ashoka Philosophy graduate will be well prepared for higher studies in philosophy or a career in media, the law, or business. Format of the Major Each student will take a total of 12 courses towards the major. Introduction to Philosophy is the gateway course for the major. Subsequent courses will cover moral and political philosophy, metaphysics and epistemology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language and logic. Philosophy majors will also have a historical grounding in both the Indian and Western traditions through such courses as Vedānta and The British Empiricists, with the option of pursuing their interests in a particular historical tradition. Philosophy majors may choose to write a Senior Thesis, which must be an original contribution to knowledge via sustained philosophical argument. Classes will be led by the Professor and will typically meet twice a week for an hour and a half each or three time a week for an hour each. These classes will be supplemented by a weekly hour-long session with the Teaching Assistant for a total of 4 hours a week of class time per course. Some senior seminars might meet for once a week for a 3-hour session. [-]

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science

Campus Full time July 2017 India New Delhi

The undergraduate program of Political Science at Ashoka University aims to provide students with a solid conceptual foundation in the discipline, with an ability to critically analyze the omnipresence of the “political.” Through various courses we shall examine the nature, distribution and dynamics of power – both at the macro level of national and international politics and also at the micro level of the family and community. We will map the ways in which knowledge systems and challenges to particular power relations have been constructed over specific vectors of time and space. [+]

The undergraduate program of Political Science at Ashoka University aims to provide students with a solid conceptual foundation in the discipline, with an ability to critically analyze the omnipresence of the “political.” Through various courses we shall examine the nature, distribution and dynamics of power – both at the macro level of national and international politics and also at the micro level of the family and community. We will map the ways in which knowledge systems and challenges to particular power relations have been constructed over specific vectors of time and space. We will study both Aristotle and Plato, Gandhi and Iqbal; complementing studies on Cold War politics will be an exploration of party politics in South Asia. The relationship of theory and ethnography, quantitative and qualitative techniques, analysis of objective data and descriptive accounts will provide the background to our studies. Exploration of the ‘field’ and ‘data collection’ will be of vital importance as we seek to prepare a strong foundation in research methodology. Following Ashoka University’s aim of covering the breadth of disciplines and exploring their interconnections, a student of Political Science will be encouraged to identify and pursue areas of interest that go beyond conventional disciplinary structures. Format of the Major Each student will take a total of 12 courses towards the major, and 4 electives either inside or outside the major. After some mandatory introductory courses exploring various sub-disciplines like Political Theory, Comparative Politics, Global Politics, our courses will be organized along multiple lines of inquiry. If courses like Dynamics of State Formation and Principles and Practices of Democracy delve into conceptual and historical processes, others like Social and Political Movements or Indian Art in Politics explore inter disciplinary genres within the larger rubric of political science. Most classes will meet twice a week for an hour and a half each. These classes with the Professor will be supplemented by a weekly hour-long session with the Teaching Assistant for a total of 4 hours a week of class time per course. [-]

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics

Campus Full time July 2017 India New Delhi

The PPE major combines three of the most prominent approaches to understanding the social and political world, the way it shapes individuals, and the way individuals shape it. The knowledge and skills it inculcates in students are relevant for a whole range of careers, including but not restricted to politics, journalism, the media, social activism, the NGO sector, business, law, academia. [+]

The PPE major combines three of the most prominent approaches to understanding the social and political world, the way it shapes individuals, and the way individuals shape it. The knowledge and skills it inculcates in students are relevant for a whole range of careers, including but not restricted to politics, journalism, the media, social activism, the NGO sector, business, law, academia. Students will emerge with honed debating skills and with a level of sophistication to their thinking about society's ills and the best way to address them. The Politics and Economics components enable students to develop an understanding of the many social forces at work around them, and the Philosophy component enables them to reason about these forces with rigour. Format of the Major For each of the three subject areas in PPE, students will choose a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 courses. Classes will mostly meet for two hour and a half long sessions each week, and will be supplemented by sections run by Teaching Assistants. [-]

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Politics and Society

Campus Full time July 2017 India New Delhi

Why are some socio- political movements more successful than others? When do revolutions occur? What is the relationship between economic development and political liberalism? What are the limits of our freedom and who determines those limits? Why are films censored? Politics and Society is an inter-disciplinary major that explores such questions through the intersection of political science and sociology, and analyzes various political processes and social transformations both at the macro level of national and international politics and at the micro level. [+]

Why are some socio- political movements more successful than others? When do revolutions occur? What is the relationship between economic development and political liberalism? What are the limits of our freedom and who determines those limits? Why are films censored? Politics and Society is an inter-disciplinary major that explores such questions through the intersection of political science and sociology, and analyzes various political processes and social transformations both at the macro level of national and international politics and at the micro level. Format of the Major Each student will take a total of 16courses towards the major. After a few introductory courses exploring various sub-disciplines, our courses will be organized along multiple lines of inquiry. If courses like Political Thought and Social Theory delve into conceptual and historical processes of individual disciplines, then others like Social Change and Development and Social and Political Movements explore inter-disciplinary genres within the larger rubric of Political Science and Sociology. Most classes will meet twice a week for an hour and a half each. These classes with the Professor will be supplemented by a weekly hour-long session with the Teaching Assistant for a total of 4 hours a week of class time per course. The major will be team taught by faculty members from disciplines of sociology and political science and equally will draw on both disciplines. The pedagogy adopted for this course will require active participation from the students, through regular structured oral presentations, written essays and tutorial discussions. The grid below captures one possible trajectory through the Politics and Society major. [-]

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology

Campus Full time 3 years July 2017 India New Delhi

The 3-year B.A. (Hons) programme in Psychology at Ashoka University is organized around a scientific approach to the study of behavior and experience. [+]

The 3-year B.A. (Hons) programme in Psychology at Ashoka University is organized around a scientific approach to the study of behavior and experience. Psychology employs scientific methods and reflects scientific values in examinations of topics representative of the contemporary discipline, including human development, social influence, personality, cross-cultural psychology, cognitive processes and decision-making, human and animal learning, psychopharmacology and neuroscience, organizational behavior, psychopathology, and psychotherapy, counseling, and positive psychology. The major emphasizes the development of analytic and expressive skills (e.g., research methods and statistics, writing and oral presentation) that are the basis of investigation, critical thinking, and communication in the field. Format of the Major Each student must successfully complete 12 courses towards the major. The major begins with the introductory Gateway to the Psychology Major course, includes two methods-related courses (Measurement and Data Analysis in Psychology, Research Methods in Psychology), requires six basic area courses (e.g., Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, Cognitive Processes, Psychopathology), and is capped by two advanced seminars (e.g., Psychology of Intergroup Conflict, Psychology of Gender). In addition, students must complete one course from an interacting discipline (e.g., Biology, Economics, English) and submit a one-page description to the Department specifying how that course’s material intersects with psychology. Students can use a Critical Thinking in Psychology seminar to serve as one of the advanced seminars required for the major. Students can also apply up to two courses taken at accredited universities elsewhere towards the major requirements contingent on the formal approval of Ashoka University and the Psychology Department. Please note that the courses specified in the above description are tentative; exact course listings will depend on available faculty and their actual offerings. [-]

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