BA in Philosophy

An attempt to understand how we live and exploring the world of ideas in conversations with one another. 

Introduction

We believe that philosophy is a practice, practiced with other people. The practice of philosophy is in communicating with others who come from different communities, environments, ideas, and social norms. In listening, thinking and being in conversation with others, with accuracy and charity, we can participate in society and public issues. 

While philosophy involves large abstract ideas, we see it as deeply involved with everyday concerns. Ideas exist in the experiences and lives of people. We believe that an application of philosophical questions in their own right, and to practical cases, helps in the development of rigour. 

Our philosophy programme was developed with leaders in public service, educators and academic philosophers from around the world.

Active and self-directed learning

Our courses help you make sense of your experiences and apply your philosophical capabilities in your social context and the world. Our courses are designed to help you reason with care, communicate with people with views different than your own, write and present your ideas simply and clearly. 

You will learn to question assumptions, develop your own arguments and views, analyse arguments critically, and collect evidence accurately. Our hope is that you will develop curiosity and empathy in your intellectual pursuits, and a commitment to public service. 

Accessible to all students

We believe that the practice of philosophical thought should be made easy for anybody to understand, and our programme is designed to help you no matter what your caste, class, region or language background. 

Apply philosophical ideas to practical contexts, and a wide choice of careers

Our programme will help you engage with challenges of representation and exclusion in society, which will help you in roles in NGOs, civil service, education and journalism. We train you to find creative solutions for complex problems. 

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.

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 new 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.

Course structure

Our courses are designed to help you develop a philosophy toolbox with which you can think independently and respond to various scenarios and contexts. You will learn to reason rigorously, communicate with clarity, and critically engage with complex texts. We hope that you will be able to find creative solutions to complex problems, and learn to speak with people from different backgrounds, socially and ideologically, through seminars, field trips and discussions. 

You will meet all your classmates at the beginning of the year for these set of courses. These courses help you understand the broader contexts of each discipline and the porous borders between them. We help you build all the tools you will need for your years of 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.

  • Foundations 

    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.

  • Creative Expressions 

    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.

  • Creative Expressions 

    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.

  • Understanding India 

    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.

  • Interdisciplinary Studies 

    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.

In the core courses, you will work on themes that help you learn rigour, creativity and self-examination. 

This section of the programme will complete the learning in the classroom with time spent in the field, engaging with other courses and field projects with local NGOs. This will help you gain a disposition to public service. Along with a practitioner in residence, you will be guided into considering ways in which you can use your philosophical ideas to practical realities. 

You are required to study four courses in a discipline outside philosophy. 

  • Economics 

    We live in a world with economic data and models as a central part of public service and life. With these courses, you will benefit from using your philosophical abilities to the discipline of economic thought. You will work with constructing models, evaluating economic policies and work with data.

You can work on developing deeper philosophical capabilities through an exploration of issues in philosophy. You can practice rigour, produce original views and compare them to other existing views. We offer this opportunity to you in groups or individually. 

Total 96 credits

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