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BA in Economics

An understanding of everyday lives and activities that produce and reproduce livelihoods and social structures.

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.

Who should join us? 

Our programme is designed to provide 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. We believe that an understanding of history and philosophical approaches will enable you to think actively about the social and political present.

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.

Programme Structure

Course Structure

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

    This component of the Common Curriculum aims to introduce students to the value of aesthetic exploration in education. We aim to do this by drawing from the experiences of students, whether in physical activity, art, or craft. Such experiences are important to understand the world, relate to the diversity of communities, and for overall wellbeing. All this is achieved through activities that have specific credits allotted to them.

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 both conceptual understanding and 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:

  • Education
  • Media and Journalism
  • Data and Democracy
  • Sports and Fitness
  • Climate Studies
  • Arts

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.

Classroom Practices

Over the course of the programme, students will be exposed to a range of pedagogical practices including lectures, seminars, group-based learning, and active learning strategies.

We are committed to providing an environment where students and faculty are engaged in active learning, which involves the practical application of knowledge and skills through real-world experiences and problem-solving. There are a number of ways we promote active learning and direct application of economics for students outside of the classroom from fieldwork, internships, and opportunities for research.

We recognise the diversity of backgrounds and capabilities that students come with and have designed the programme to respond to their individual needs including those with disabilities and neurodiversity.

Honours Projects

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 should have completed credits from classroom courses and a project.

Some ongoing thesis projects are:

  1. A historical analysis of Shiv Sena, labor movements and identity politics in Mumbai, Amit Wagh, mentored by Amit Basole

  2. Changes in Monetary Policy During Time of Crisis, Avantika V.A., mentored by Zico Dasgupta

  3. Domestic Violence in India: An Analysis of Trends in Perpetretors’ Characteristics, Behaviors, and Attitudes, Nandini S., mentored by Kade Finnoff

  4. Tanisha Hiremath: Kautilya’s Arthashastra: The Determination of Prices, Wages and Taxes; Advisor: Alex Thomas

  5. Land distribution, land accumulation and land conflicts in Telangana: A historical study, Jayant, mentored by Dontha Prashanth

Publications

Opinion Articles

Interviews

Conferences and Workshops

International Conference on the History of Economic Thought 2023 

The conference hosted close to 50 paper presentations over two days, covering a wide range of themes and thinkers: African to Indian economic thought, Ambedkar to Sraffa, Keynesian to Feminist economics, Kautilya to Ibn Khaldun. The presenters also span various stages of career, with a large number of presentations by undergraduate and graduate students, who were able to receive feedback from senior and distinguished scholars in the field. The conference was preceded by a one-day workshop oriented at teachers of History of Economic Thought. 

The two keynote lectures were delivered by leading HET scholars Maria Bach and Francois Allison, both affiliated with the Centre Walras Pareto, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Explore more details here.

Demystifying Economics 2023

The second edition of the Demystifying Economics has been jointly organised by Azim Premji University, Bahujan Economists and School for Democracy. 

The idea of this workshop is not to lecture participants on Economics, but to the extent possible, democratise the language and the discipline of Economics itself. This is because the participants of this workshop, who are members of various civil society organisations across India, are already best positioned to understand the complex nature of the social, political and economic reality on the ground, but owing to a variety of factors, most notably being bereft of technical vocabulary, they get relegated to being spectators in the larger gambit. Keeping this in mind, we have designed multiple sessions in this workshop, shedding light on the concepts of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Political Economy and Statistics as relevant to the contexts of our participants.

Find the outline of the workshop here.

Advanced Graduate Workshop 2023

In 2006, Professors Joseph Stiglitz and Akbar Noman started a small interdisciplinary workshop titled Advanced Graduate Workshop (AGW) on Poverty, Development and Globalisation’. Ever since, the workshop has mentored and hosted scholars from all across the world. For the past 10 years, AGW has been organised by Azim Premji University in collaboration with the Institute for New Economic Thinking. The Economics group at Azim Premji University remains closely associated with this workshop in various scopes and roles. 

The goal of the workshop is to bring together graduate students studying economic development at a sufficiently advanced stage of their dissertation to be able to discuss and receive feedback on their research. The success of AGW lies in creating a supportive and friendly environment which makes students comfortable to discuss and provide feedback on each other’s work. Explore more details here.

The programme at Azim Premji University has several mechanisms to provide learning support to students. Economics students will be particularly encouraged to avail of support in quantitative methods as well as analytical and writing support.

Depending on the course context and student preparation, additional support is provided in the form of group and individual tutorials, peer tutoring, pre-semester immersion programmes, winter & summer term supporting courses and sustained support from the Academic Resource Centre (ARC) for English and Mathematics. 

For students wanting to explore the subject further, the economics programme will also provide external resources for students to engage in Indian economic issues, both within and outside the classroom; including access to data, news, blogs, and journals, and guest lectures and interactions with economists outside the University. There is an active student-led Economics Club that regularly organises seminars, movie screenings, games, and other events.

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