The undergraduate programme in History at Azim Premji University brings together a committed and critical engagement with the myriad pasts of the peoples in the Indian subcontinent alongside a vision of transformative social change via education.
In this endeavour, the History programme marks a pedagogic departure from the typical ways in which the subject is taught in school contexts, where rote learning of historical facts is privileged.
The History curriculum at Azim Premji University aims to develop amongst students critical and methodologically rigorous ways of understanding and interpreting the past in all its complexities and pluralities. We emphasise that the past, regardless of whether we see it as continuous or as marked by ruptures, is always contentious. And nowhere is this more apparent than in India, where the past is also always present.
In India, we encounter these varied contested pasts in our everyday lives. The History programme aims to inculcate historical consciousness amongst its students. It prepares students to examine the past in a clear, comprehensive, and critical manner.
Our courses will familiarise students with different periods and themes within Indian history. We train students to examine historical arguments and claims independently to assess their validity. Students are exposed to a range of primary sources, such as inscriptions, texts, architecture, archaeology, and archives. We also teach students to communicate History in diverse contexts and across different platforms, while relating to it based on their own lived experiences.
Who should join us?
At Azim Premji University, join us if you wish to learn both Indian and World History, focusing on several fascinating themes along the way. The programme is open to students from all disciplinary backgrounds. All you need to bring with you is curiosity about the past and a desire to learn for yourself the historian’s tools.
Why study with us?
We offer Interdisciplinary Openness
Our programmes encourage you to explore and follow your interests. We design our courses to ensure that you can specialise in a subject of your choice while learning various subjects across disciplines.
A Common Curriculum for all students
You will meet all your classmates at the beginning of your course to build all the tools you need for your four years of study. This includes foundational courses, an understanding of India, interdisciplinary studies, and courses in creative expressions.
We provide Academic Assistance
Our consistent academic assistance through language support, peer tutoring, faculty mentorship etc ensures that you meet the programme’s academic requirements.
We ensure Financial Support
We extend need-based financial assistance to students that cover tuition and accommodation expenses.
The Common Curriculum will introduce students to the study of the themes and areas that emphasise and build critical and analytical abilities, and sensibilities for dialogue, reflection and cooperative learning. The Common Curriculum has three sub-components organised as below:
Foundations: Build capacity for critical thinking, reasoning and communication.
Understanding India: India’s history, society and possible future.
Creative Expressions: Explore music, visual art, theatre, dance, martial arts, yoga, pottery, sport, and other creative areas.
Students must be prepared for the world of work at the end of the programme should they choose to enter it. We aim to provide the required skills and competencies for this through a Minor, featuring courses in an Occupational or Interdisciplinary theme.
These sets of courses are aimed to provide conceptual understanding, skills, and tools that will allow students to contribute through work and further study.
Students can opt for a minor in any one of the indicative areas listed below:
- Media and Journalism
- Data and Democracy
- Sports and Fitness
- Climate Studies
The selection of these indicative areas is based on the availability of courses and our evaluation of the student’s interests and academic needs. For each cohort, a final list of available courses will be announced at the end of their second semester.
Students can craft their own educational experience by selecting courses in the following ways:
- Students will have the option to take additional courses in their Disciplinary Major.
- Interdisciplinary Minor that will enable them for their further higher studies or career pathways.
These courses could also be selected to enhance and broaden their
- Language skills and Quantitative reasoning capacities/programming skills.
- Understanding of themes outside their Major subject.
In the first two years of coursework, classroom pedagogy will be mainly rooted in lectures and discussions, but with the active encouragement of student participation and collaboration. As students come to their third and fourth-year courses, they will begin undertaking small, independent research projects on a theme of their choice. Through this, as well as other on-site engagements carried on outside the classroom, students learn the practice of doing history, which is a central curricular objective of the four year undergraduate programme in History at Azim Premji University.
Selected Honours Projects
- Madura Mission: The Gender Question, Rohith Sony, mentored by Varuni Bhatia.
- Identity, Experience and Violence: The Intersection of Gender, Caste and Crime in India, Thammireddy Gamya, mentored by Amit Kumar.
- Understanding Periyar’s Idea In The Contemporary Through The Village Of Chekkadikuppam, Yazhini A. S., mentored by Karuna Dietrich-Wielenga.
- The Intervention of Law in Religion: An analysis through the Sabarimala case, Neha Karri, mentored by Varuni Bhatia.
- Mangalore: A Case Study of the Indian Ocean Trade Network, Dhruv Kasthuri, mentored by Subir Dey.
- Working in the social sector.
- Many are pursuing higher education in a range of disciplines including History, Law, and Journalism.
- Teaching in schools.
- Pursuing doctoral programmes (PhD) abroad.
There is an active History club on campus that organises a range of activities, including movie screenings, talks, game nights, and more. Some recent sessions include:
● Stone tool workshop with Vinayak
● Interaction with popular historian, Anirudh Kanisetti
● Pop-up exhibition by the Museum of Art and Photography (MAP)
● Talk on maps and history by Bhavani Raman
● Field trips in and around Bengaluru: Bhoganandeeshwara temple, Nandi Hills; Tipu’s Palace, Bengaluru; Indian Music Experience Museum
Career Opportunities and Academic Avenues
A world of possibilities awaits our graduates. They can explore varied opportunities in both employment and higher education. Whether in business, public services, teaching, or entrepreneurship, our graduates will benefit from an education that nurtures the fundamental capabilities along with deep disciplinary knowledge. We also foresee students continuing to pursue higher studies either at Azim Premji University or elsewhere.Read More →