Social sciences at Krea

Is technology a bane or a boon for human lives? What are some emerging trends in societies in the global south? How does neoliberalism affect society? Is tradition patriarchal? How do we understand the relation between land and labour? How does migration impact social inclusion? How does food connect culture and ecology? Raise, discuss, and answer such questions through study of social sciences, an interdisciplinary major that not only engages with social research and theories but also crucial social, economic, political, and cultural challenges faced by contemporary society.

Courses in the social studies major at Krea will be built around insights drawn from all these disciplines. Students will delve into the concerns specific to the global south such as various people’s movements, consumerism, science-technology-society relations, the middle class, urban poverty, indigenous communities, and ecological degradation, among others. Through immersion and critical reflection, social studies majors will consider complex realities, tease out ethical questions, question the status quo, and explore possible solutions to social problems.

 

The Approach

Required and elective courses and the final capstone project instil in students the significance of empathetic, intuitive, and interpretive learning that underscores the guiding principles of social studies.

The focus on ethical considerations in ‘doing’ social studies, that is, when choosing a topic of interest for empirical research and applying research outcomes. Students will learn about ethical neutrality, significance of value in research, and clinical detachment.

Programme Details

Required Courses

Possible electives

  • Introduction to Social Studies
  • Political Economy of Development
  • Social Stratification
  • Social Theories
  • Social Research Methods
  • Logic(s) of Neoliberal Order
  • Migration, Integration and Transnationalism
  • Gender, Discrimination, and Freedom
  • Culture and Society in Everyday Life
  • Symbolic World and Spaces
  • Indians Overseas: History, Diversity, and Identity
  • Land, People, and Power
  • Masculinity, Religion, and Nationalism
  • Internet as Public Sphere
  • Anarchism: Theory and Practice
  • Ethics and Social Research
  • Occupied Territories, Violence and Human Rights
  • Athletes and Activism
  • Racism and Popular Culture
  • Populism and Global South

Pranab K. Bardhan

Distinguished Visiting Professor

Pranab K. Bardhan

Distinguished Visiting Professor

Economics, Humanities & Social Sciences
PhD, Cambridge University

Sarabjeet D. Natesan

Associate Professor of Economics

Sarabjeet D. Natesan

Associate Professor of Economics

PhD, Indian Institute of Technology – Madras

Hema Ramakrishnan

Associate Professor of Economics

Hema Ramakrishnan

Associate Professor of Economics

PhD, University of Madras

The Krea social sciences graduate, apart from imbibing the values of democratic citizenship, armed with a major in social studies will be ready for many callings including higher studies in social sciences, government work, consulting, and careers in nonprofit institutions, journalism, teaching, and social work.

Job Roles Organizations
  • Funds worker/ manager
  • Community development officer
  • Human resources officer
  • Market researcher
  • Public relations adviser
  • Policy Analyst
  • Publishing house
  • Media company
  • Hiring company/ department
  • Think Tank
  • Legal firm
  • Counselling agency
  • Environment agency
  • Corporate CSR