Economics is an attempt to understand everyday lives, a study of how people interact with each other and the natural environment to produce and reproduce their livelihoods. It is about the various sorts of social dealings that create, coordinate and maintain the structures of our lives: markets, states or social norms. Some of its questions attempt to understand how human beings cooperate and work together, why productive activity takes different forms, and why labour, which we all do in different ways, are treated with different values.
A well-trained economist needs to hone sensibilities and capacities to understand and improve the workings of these facets of life by understanding ideas and concepts that are abstract and technical.
Our programme takes you through a strong understanding of the Indian economy, economic theory, tools of analysis and practical application of these skills to current economic issues. We help you make connections between the minute details and larger ideas.
Our courses will help you develop a clear and deep understanding of the Indian economy, economic theory, tools of analysis and the ability to use these skills and apply them to current economic issues.
We believe that an understanding of history and philosophical approaches will enable you to think actively about the social and political present.
Our Economics team is part of a group of international institutions that include the Institute for New Economic Thinking (New York) and Sciences Po-Paris that contribute to CoreEcon, which is dedicated to developing an innovative undergraduate Economics curriculum. The CORE project has produced a new introductory undergraduate textbook that will be provided free globally and used by many leading universities in the world. Leading Economists from all over the world have contributed to writing the book.
Living on campus
We believe that learning happens both inside and outside the classroom. In living together, you can meet and encounter diverse people from different social and cultural backgrounds and experiences. Our campus has a range of activities from discussion groups to sports and clubs for our students and faculty to interact with each other and build meaningful relationships over their years of study.
WE BRING YOU INTERDISCIPLINARY OPENNESS
Our degree encourages 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 a variety of subjects across disciplines.
A COMMON CURRICULUM FOR ALL STUDENTS
You will meet all your classmates at the beginning of your degree to build all the tools you need for your three years of study. This includes foundational courses, an understanding of India, interdisciplinary studies, and a workshop in creative expressions.
WE OFFER ACADEMIC ASSISTANCE
We provide active academic assistance and ensure that you are able to meet the requirements of the academic programme to fulfil your aspirations.
WE ENSURE FINANCIAL SUPPORT
We ensure that no student has to drop out of university because of financial trouble or social disadvantage. We provide financial assistance to deserving students.
Our programme ensures that you understand important economic theories, concepts, and tools. You will be able to identify and describe important real-world economic actors and institutions, including those involved in policy-making. We take you through interesting economic issues or problems for which evidence can be evaluated and help you analyse them.
This programme includes a core Major in Economics and a distributed set of courses from History, Mathematics, Biology, and Philosophy.
BA in Economics (84 credits)
This is elementary for the undergraduate degree with a Major in Economics.
BA in Economics with Honours (96 credits)
We offer you the opportunity to take up an additional research project around a topic and work closely with a member of the faculty to write a thesis.
You will meet all your classmates at the beginning of the year for these courses.
These courses are for you to understand the contexts of each discipline you will study, and the many ways in which these disciplines interact. We help you build all the tools you will need for to study in the undergraduate programme.
We introduce you to different modes of thought and themes, including writing and communication skills, strong critical abilities, a facility for language, and the ability to connect ideas across fields of study and inquiry.
We encourage you to make links between your chosen field of study and the world in which we live.
These courses will help you develop a toolkit to prepare for your undergraduate study. You will develop your critical reading and writing skills and communication abilities.
The key areas you will work on are language capacities, reading, writing and speaking. We will work with different forms of writing, ranging from autobiographical writing to mappings and note-taking. These classes will include classroom discussions, presentations, collaborative works, group work and practicums.
We relate to the world not only through the intellect but also with our bodies and creative abilities.
In this set of courses and workshops, you will explore aesthetic, physical and expressive traditions. You can choose workshops in art, music, theatre, dance and sports or fitness. You will develop a guided self-study and choose to learn a sport, art or craft. You could make a performance, produce a piece of work or build a portfolio.
We offer you a chance to play cricket, basketball, table tennis, or even practice Yoga, Tai Chi or the martial arts. You can choose music, painting, sculpture, dance or photography.
In these courses, we will explore the nature and diversity of the Indian experience. We study the vast diversity of historical, cultural and linguistic aspects that define Indianness.
You will learn to understand how the subcontinent has changed in its environment, across geography, geology and territory. We will think together about debates on the people who live here, their culture, and the larger questions around population and inequality. Most importantly, we examine the many structures that organise Indian society.
You can choose one interdisciplinary area of study of four courses and a field internship of two weeks.
These courses are about current Indian and global scenarios, whether social, political, cultural or ecological conditions.
How are development issues framed and what issues are involved in bringing about social change?
A socioecological systems perspective for you to understand the interactions between society and nature that impacts sustainability.
The role of media and technologies in shaping democracy and democratic policies and publics in India.
The nature and content of education in the Indian context.
How the economy works, why it sometimes does not work well for everyone involved, and how it changes.
A compulsory set of courses with 3 credits each.
Understand "real-world" problems through key economic aspects.
How does the Indian economy work, and how has it changed over the course of the 20th century?
Do individuals calculate their actions to suit consequences? Are individual’s choices purely self-interested? How do individual behaviours affect social institutions? And how can policies take heed to these behaviours?
Why, in the 21st century, are some workers still not entitled to bathroom breaks?
What is Economics?
You can choose from a wide variety of topics covering the diversity of economics as a discipline in the last three semesters of your programme.
Electives introduce economic theory and methods, theoretical perspectives, and historical context for theories.
You can also choose from an interdisciplinary set of courses to train you in mathematical reasoning and writing for economics. You can choose two courses from mathematics, biology, philosophy and history.
Core aspects of growth theories in economic thought.
Is globalisation inevitable? And do we all really gain from it?
Why were a handful of European countries able to impose themselves on the rest of the globe and what have the consequences been?
What economic, social and political questions can we answer using data? What can we know using simple trends and summary statistics? It turns out, quite a lot!
How do microeconomic models work?
How do gender differences determine social outcomes?
Where do current theories of modern economics come from?
Mathematics for Economics
An applied mathematics elective.
Biology for Economics
How does life work? Answers from molecular, cellular and evolutionary perspectives.
Pick up the key attitudes necessary for a study of biology with observation, exploration and imagination.
A study of one of the cornerstones of modern biology and the life sciences.
How is a cell organised?
Philosophy for Economics
What is a state and what allows it to exert power on us? Do we need a state? Do we have liberties and rights?
Some questions you will ask are: can we know anything? What exists? What is personal identity? What is free will? And what is value?
How do we understand the rights and wrongs of what humans do?
History for Economics
What was pre-colonial India like?
What were the historical processes leading to the formation of colonies in the Americas, Africa and the Middle East?
You can work closely with a faculty member on a specific topic, and develop a research question to write up a thesis.
To choose this path, you have to have completed credits from classroom courses and a project.
Total 96 credits