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Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree Programmes

The School of Social Sciences offers Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree Programme in the following Disciplines:
1) Economics
2) History
3) Political science
4) Psychology
5) Public administration
6) Sociology

Objectives:

With a substantial number of courses drawn from a single discipline, and a few interdisciplinary and
skill-based elective courses, the Bachelors Honours programmes are designed to give an in-depth knowledge in
a discipline while allowing for exposure to subjects beyond the discipline. The Honours programmes have the
following objectives:

1. Introduce the learner to the main themes and topics in a discipline of humanities, social sciences and sciences
with core and elective courses.
2. Facilitate the learners to work towards ability and skill enhancement through exposure to appropriate courses.
3. Introduce learners to reading and writing skills through assignments and exercises of such kind at an
undergraduate level.
4. Expose the learners to the importance of interdisciplinary by enabling them to offer courses outside their
disciplines.

Eligibility: 10+2 or its equivalent or BPP from IGNOU

Medium of Instruction: English and Hindi

Duration: Minimum 3 Years, Maximum 6 Years; offered in both January and July cycle of admission.

Fee Structure:Rs. 9,600/- for full programme to be paid year wise @ Rs. 3,200/- per year.
Fee to be paid in 1st year, including Registration Fee of Rs.200/-is Rs.3,400/

Learners opting B.A. Psychology Honours programme are required to pay an additional fee of Rs.600/
-per year.

To earn BA (Honours) Degree in a Discipline, a learner has to complete courses worth148 credits in minimum six
semesters (three years). The Honours programmes have a mix of following categories of courses:
a) Core Courses (CC)
b) Discipline Specific Electives (DSE)
c) Ability Enhancement Compulsory Courses (AECC)
d) Skill Enhancement Courses (SEC)
e) Generic Electives (GE)

The University follows the credit system for offering all its programmes. One credit is equal to 30 hours of learners
study time. To earn Bachelor’s Honours Degree, a learner has to complete 148 credits in minimum six semesters.
The study load of the Honours programmes vary from semester to semester. Students have to complete 22 credits
each in first and second semesters; 28 credits each in third and fourth semesters; and 24 credits each in fifth and
sixth semesters. The distribution of different types of courses across the six semesters and their credit weightage
is given in the Programme Structure Template below:

Programme Structure Template for B.A. (Honours) Programme

Semester CORE
COURSE
(14)
(6×14- 84 Cr.)
Discipline
Specific
Elective DSE
(4) (6×4=24Cr)
Ability
Enhancement
Compulsory
Course
(AECC)
(2) (4×2=8Cr)
Skill
Enhancement
Course
(SEC) (2) (4×2=8Cr)
Generic
Elective GE
(2)
(6×4=24Cr)
Total
Credits per
Semester
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I C 1

C 2

Environmental
Studies
GE-1 22 Credits
II C 3

C 4

English
Communication Skills or
GE-2 22 Credits
III C 5

C 6

C 7

SEC-1 GE-3 28 Credits
IV C 8

C 9

C 10

SEC-2 GE-4 28 Credits
V C 11

C 12

DSE-1

DSE-2

24 Credits
VI C 13

C 14

DSE-3

DSE-4***

24 Credits
Total 84 credits 24 credits 8 credits 8 credits 24 credits 148 Credits

*CCs, DSEs and GEs are six credit courses.
** All Core Courses of Psychology will have either practicum component worth 2 credits (4 Credits Theory
and 2 Credits Practicals) or tutorials worth 2 credits (4 Credits theory and 2 Credits tutorials). Wherever there
is a practical, there will be no tutorial and vice-versa.
***Some Honours programmes have a Dissertation or project work as one of the Discipline Specific electives
in the sixth semester.

DISCIPLINE-WISE LIST OF COURSES FOR BA (HONOURS) PROGRAMME

The list of courses available under each of the five categories [Core Courses (CC), Discipline Specific Electives
(DSE), Ability Enhancement Compulsory Courses (AECC), Skill Enhancement Courses (SEC), and Generic Electives
(GE)] is given in the following tables:

CORE COURSES

Economics

Course Code Title of the Course No. of Credits Download
BECC-101 Introductory Microeconomics 6
BECC-102 Mathematical Methods for Economics I 6
BECC 103 Introductory Macroeconomics 6
BECC 104 Mathematical Methods for Economics II 6
BECC 105 Intermediate Microeconomics I 6
BECC 106 Intermediate Macroeconomics I 6
BECC 107 Statistical Methods for Economics 6
BECC 108 Intermediate Microeconomics II 6
BECC 109 Intermediate Macroeconomics II 6
BECC 110 Introductory Econometrics 6
BECC 111 Indian Economy I 6
BECC 112 Development Economics I 6
BECC 113 Indian Economy II 6
BECC 114 Development Economics II 6

History

Course Code Title of the Course No. of Credits Download
BHIC 101 History of India –I 6
BHIC 102 Social Formations and Cultural Patterns of the Ancient World 6
BHIC 103 History of India –II 6
BHIC 104 Social Formations and Cultural Patterns of the Medieval World 6
BHIC 105 History of India –III (C. 750 – 1206) 6
BHIC 106 Rise of the Modern West – I 6
BHIC 107 History of India – IV (C. 1206 – 1550) 6
BHIC 108 Rise of the Modern West – II 6
BHIC 109 History of India –V (C. 1550 – 1605) 6
BHIC 110 History of India –VI (C. 1750 – 1857) 6
BHIC 111 History of Modern Europe (C. 1780 – 1939) 6
BHIC 112 History of India –VII (C. 1605 – 1750) 6
BHIC 113 History of India –VIII (C. 1857 – 1950) 6
BHIC 114 History of Modern Europe -II (C. 1780 – 1939) 6

Political Science

Course Code Title of the Course No. of Credits Download
BPAC 101 Perspectives on Public Administration 6
BPAC 108 Public Policy and Administration in India 6
BPSC 101 Understanding Political Theory 6
BPSC 102 Constitutional Government and Democracy in India 6
BPSC 103 Political Theory – Concepts and Debates 6
BPSC 104 Political Process in India 6
BPSC 105 Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics 6
BPSC 107 Perspectives on International Relations and World History 6
BPSC 109 Political Processes and Institutions in Comparative Perspective 6
BPSC 110 Global Politics 6
BPSC 111 Classical Political Philosophy 6
BPSC 112 Indian Political Thought-I 6
BPSC 113 Modern Political Philosophy 6
BPSC 114 Indian Political Thought-II 6

Psychology

Course Code Title of the Course No. of Credits Download
BPCC 101 Introduction to Psychology 6
BPCC 102 Biopsychology 6
BPCC 103 Psychology of Individual Differences 6
BPCC 104 Statistical Methods for Psychological Research- I 6
BPCC 105 Psychological Research 6
BPCC 106 Development of Psychological Thought 6
BPCC 107 Social Psychology 6
BPCC 108 Statistical Methods for Psychological Research – II 6
BPCC 109 Developmental Psychology 6
BPCC 110 Applied Social Psychology 6
BPCC 111 Understanding Psychological Disorders 6
BPCC 112 Organizational Behaviour 6
BPCC 113 Understanding and Dealing with Psychological Disorders 6
BPCC 114 Counselling Psychology 6

Public Administration

Course Code Title of the Course No. of Credits Download
BPAC 101 Perspectives on Public Administration 6
BPAC 102 Administrative Thinkers 6
BPAC 103 Administrative System at Union Level 6
BPAC 104 Administrative System at State and District Levels 6
BPAC 105 Personnel Administration 6
BPAC 106 Understanding Public Policy 6
BPAC 107 Comparative Public Administration 6
BPAC 108 Public Policy and Administration in India 6
BPAC 109 Public Systems Management 6
BPAC 110 Urban Local Governance 6
BPAC 111 Public Finance and Administration 6
BPAC 112 Rural Local Governance 6
BPAC 113 Development Administration 6
BPAC 114 Contemporary Issues and Concerns in Indian Administration 6

Sociology

Course Code Title of the Course No. of Credits Download
BSOC 101 Introduction to Sociology I 6
BSOC 102 Sociology of India – I 6
BSOC 103 Introduction to Sociology II 6
BSOC 104 Sociology of India – II 6
BSOC 105 Political Sociology 6
BSOC 106 Sociology of Religion 6
BSOC 107 Sociology of Gender 6
BSOC 108 Economic Sociology 6
BSOC 109 Sociology of Kinship 6
BSOC 110 Social Stratification 6
BSOC 111 Sociological Thinkers -I 6
BSOC 112 Sociological Research Methods -I 6
BSOC 113 Sociological Thinkers -II 6
BSOC 114 Sociological Research Methods -II 6

DISCIPLINE SPECIFIC ELECTIVES

Economics

Course Code Title of the Course No. of Credits Download
BECE 141 Economics of Health and Education 6
BECE 142 Applied Economics 6
BECE 143 Applied Econometrics 6
BECE 144 Financial Economics 6

History

Course Code Title of the Course No. of Credits Download
BHIE 141 History of China (C. 1840 – 1978) 6
BHIE 142 History of Environment 6
BHIE 143 History of Modern East Asia: Japan (C. 1868 – 1945) 6
BHIE 144 Traditions of History Writing in India 6

Political Science

Course Code Title of the Course No. of Credits Download
BPSE 141 Gandhi and the Contemporary World 6
BPSE 142 India’s Foreign Policy in a Globalising World 6
BPSE 143 State Politics in India 6
BPSE 144 Introduction to South Asia 6
BPSE 145 Democracy and Development in Northeast India 6
BPSE 146 Conflict Resolution and Peace Building 6

Public Administration

Course Code Title of the Course No. of Credits Download
BPAE 141 Right to Information 6
BPAE 142 Organizational Behaviour 6
BPAE 143 Administrative System in BRICS 6
BPAE 144 Social Policies and Administration 6

Psychology

Course Code Title of the Course No. of Credits Download
BPCE 141 Positive Psychology 6
BPCE 142 Forensic Psychology 6
BPCE 143 Environmental Psychology 6
BPCE 144 Dissertation 6

Sociology

Course Code Title of the Course No. of Credits Download
BSOE 141 Urban Sociology 6
BSOE 142 Indian Sociological Traditions 6
BSOE 143 Environmental Sociology 6
BSOE 144 Reading Ethnographies 6
BANE 143 Tribal Cultures of India 6
BANE 144 Visual Anthropology 6

ABILITY ENHANCEMENT COMPULSORY COURSE

Course Code Title of the Course No. of Credits Download
BEVAE 181 Environmental Studies 4
BEGAE 182 English Communication Skills 4
BHDAE 182 4

SKILL ENHANCEMENT COURSE

English

Course Code Title of the Course No. of Credits Download
BEGS –183 Writing and Study Skills 4

Hindi

Course Code Title of the Course No. of Credits Download
BHDS183 4
BHDS184 4

Anthropology

Course Code Title of the Course No. of Credits Download
BANS 183 Tourism Anthropology 4
BANS 184 Public Health and Epidemiology 4

Economics

Course Code Title of the Course No. of Credits Download
BECS 184 Data Analysis 4

Public Administration

Course Code Title of the Course No. of Credits Download
BPAS 184 Logistics Management 4

Psychology

Course Code Title of the Course No. of Credits Download
BPCS 183 Emotional Intelligence 4
BPCS 184 School Psychology 4

Sociology

Course Code Title of the Course No. of Credits Download
BSOS 184 Techniques of Ethnographic Film Making 4

GENERIC ELECTIVE COURSE

English

Course Code Title of the Course No. of Credits Download
BEGG – 171 Media & Communication Skills 6
BEGG – 172 Language & Linguistics 6
BEGG – 173 Academic Writing And Composition 6
BEGG – 174 Creative Writing 6

Hindi

Course Code Title of the Course No. of Credits Download
BHDG- 173 6
BHDG 174 6

Gender and Development

Course Code Title of the Course No. of Credits Download
BGDG 172 Gender Sensitization: Society and Culture 6

Public Administration

Course Code Title of the Course No. of Credits Download
BPAG 171 Disaster Management 6
BPAG 172 Governance: Issues and Challenges 6
BPAG 173 E Governance 6
BPAG 174 Sustainable Development 6

Psychology

Course Code Title of the Course No. of Credits Download
BPCG 171 General Psychology 6
BPCG 172 Youth, Gender and Identity 6
BPCG 173 Psychology for Health and Well Being 6
BPCG 174 Psychology and Media 6

Sociology

Course Code Title of the Course No. of Credits Download
BSOG 171 Indian Society: Images and Realities 6
BSOG 173 Rethinking Development 6

DISCIPLINE-WISE SEMESTER-WISE COURSE OPTIONS FOR BA (HONOURS) PROGRAMME

The Bachelor’s Honours Degree Programme is of 148 credits spread over six semesters.. In each semester,
students have to choose four courses from different categories of courses. While the courses under CC, DSE and
GE Categories are of 6 credits each, the courses under AECC and SEC are of 4 credits each. While the fourteen
CCs are distributed across the six semesters, the four DSEs are available in the fifth and sixth semesters only.
There will be a number of SECs and the GEs available in the common pool each semester. A student has to opt
for only one GE for study in each of the first four semesters and one SEC during the third and fourth semesters
of the programme. The university will be adding new SECs and electives (DSEs and GEs)to the existing pool of
courses from time to time. .
The following Table presents the CODES of courses available for BA (Honours) in each semester from different
category of courses with credit load.

Programme Structure of BA (Honours) Economics (BAECH)

Semester CORE
COURSE
Discipline
Specific
Elective DSE
(6)
Ability
Enhancement
Compulsory
Course
(AECC)
(4)
Skill
Enhancement
Course
(SEC) (4)
Generic
Elective GE
(6)
Total
Credits per
Semester
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I BECC 101
BECC 102
BEVAE 181 BSOG 171 22 Credits
II BECC 103 BECC 104 BEGAE 182 or BHDAE 182 BPAG 172 22 Credits
III BECC 105 BECC 106 BECC 107 BPCS 185 BPAG 173 28 Credits
IV BECC 108 BECC 110 BECC 109 BECS 184 BPAG 174 28 Credits
V BECC 111
BECC 112
BECE 141
BECE 143
24 Credits
VI BECC 113 BECC 114 BECE 142 BECE 144 24 Credits
Total 84 credits 24 credits 8 credits 8 credits 24 credits 148 Credits

Programme Structure of BA (Honours) History (BAHIH)

Semester CORE
COURSE (6)
Discipline
Specific
Elective DSE
(6)
Ability
Enhancement
Compulsory
Course
(AECC) (4)
Skill
Enhancement
Course
(SEC) (4)
Generic
Elective GE
(6)
Total
Credits per
Semester
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I BHIC 101
BHIC 102
BEVAE 181 BSOG 171 22 Credits
II BHIC 103
BHIC 104
BEGAE 182
or
BHDAE 182
BGDG 172 22 Credits
III BHIC 105 BHIC 106
BHIC 107
BANS 183 BSOG 173 28 Credits
IV BHIC 108 BHIC 109
BHIC 110
BPAS 184 BPAG 174 28 Credits
V BHIC 111 BHIC 112 BHIE 141
BHIE 143
24 Credits
VI BHIC 113 BHIC 114 BHIE 142 BHIE 144 24 Credits
Total 84 credits 24 credits 8 credits 8 credits 24 credits 148 Credits

Programme Structure of BA (Honours) Political Science (BAPSH)

Semester CORE
COURSE (6)
Discipline
Specific
Elective DSE
(6)
Ability
Enhancement
Compulsory
Course
(AECC) (4)
Skill
Enhancement
Course
(SEC) (4)
Generic
Elective GE
(6)
Total
Credits per
Semester
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I BPSC 101
BPSC 102
BEVAE I 181 BSOG 171 22 Credits
II BPSC 103
BPSC 104
BEGAE 182
or
BHDAE 182
BGDG 172 22 Credits
III BPSC 105 BPAC 101
BPSC 107
BANS 183 BSOG 173 28 Credits
IV BPSC 109 BPAC 108
BPSC 110
BSOS 184 BPAG 174 28 Credits
V BPSC 111 BPSC 112 Any two: BPSE 141
BPSE 143 BPSE 145
24 Credits
VI BPSC 113 BPSC 114 Any two: BPSE 142 BPSE 144
BPSE 146
24 Credits
Total 84 credits 24 credits 8 credits 8 credits 24 credits 148 Credits

 

Programme Structure of BA (Honours) Psychology (BAPCH)

Semester CORE
COURSE (6)
Discipline
Specific
Elective DSE
(6)
Ability
Enhancement
Compulsory
Course
(AECC) (4)
Skill
Enhancement
Course
(SEC) (4)
Generic
Elective GE
(6)
Total
Credits per
Semester
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I BPCC 101
BPCC 102
BEVAE 181 BSOG 171 22 Credits
II BPCC 103
BPCC 104
BEGAE 182
or
BHDAE 182
BGDG 172 22 Credits
III BPCC 105 BPCC 106
BPCC 107
BANS 183 BSOG 173 28 Credits
IV BPCC 108 BPCC 109 BPCC 110 BANS 184 BPAG 174 28 Credits
V BPCC 111 BPCC 112 BPCE 141 BPCE 143 24 Credits
VI BPCC 113 BPCC 114 BPCE 142 BPCE 144 24 Credits
Total 84 credits 24 credits 8 credits 8 credits 24 credits 148 Credits

 

Programme Structure of BA (Honours) Public Administration (BAPAH)

Semester CORE
COURSE (6)
Discipline
Specific
Elective DSE
(6)
Ability
Enhancement
Compulsory
Course
(AECC) (4)
Skill
Enhancement
Course
(SEC) (4)
Generic
Elective GE
(6)
Total
Credits per
Semester
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I BPAC 101
BPAC 102
BEVAE 181 BPCG 171 22 Credits
II BPAC 103 BPAC 104 BEGAE 182
or
BHDAE 182
BGDG 172 22 Credits
III BPAC 105 BPAC 106
BPAC 107
BPCS 183 BSOG 173 28 Credits
IV BPAC 108 BPAC 109
BPAC 110
BPCS 186 BPCG 174 28 Credits
V BPAC 111 BPAC 112 BPAE 141
BPAE 143
24 Credits
VI BPAC 113 BPAC 114 BPAE 144 BPAE 142 24 Credits
Total 84 credits 24 credits 8 credits 8 credits 24 credits 148 Credits

Programme Structure of BA (Honours) Sociology (BASOH)

Semester CORE
COURSE (6)
Discipline
Specific
Elective DSE
(6)
Ability
Enhancement
Compulsory
Course
(AECC) (4)
Skill
Enhancement
Course
(SEC) (4)
Generic
Elective GE
(6)
Total
Credits per
Semester
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I BSOC 101
BSOC 102
BEVAE 181 BPAG 171 22 Credits
II BSOC 103
BSOC 104
BEGAE 182
or
BHDAE 182
BGDG 172 22 Credits
III BSOC 105 BSOC 106
BSOC 107
BANS 183 BPAG 173 28 Credits
IV BSOC 108 BSOC 109
BSOC 110
BANS 184 BPAG 174 28 Credits
V BSOC 111 BSOC 112 Any two: BSOE 141
BSOE 143 BANE 143
24 Credits
VI BSOC 113 BSOC 114 Any two: BSOE 142 BSOE 144
BANE 144
24 Credits
Total 84 credits 24 credits 8 credits 8 credits 24 credits 148 Credits

 

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