"Krea has offered me the opportunity to explore all my interests in the same place, and has changed the way I approach problems and come up with impactful solutions".

Aishwarya Sivaramakrishnan

Cohort of 2022
Passionate about creating measurable social impact in the field of education, and dreams of moving to Germany and owning a library

Social Studies at Krea

Social Studies offers an interdisciplinary Major upholding the twin promises of modern social theory: to understand the nature of social realities and to intervene in the world to make it a better place. Our focus is to study the social by deconstructing the term into several concepts and frameworks. The intellectual and moral imperatives of studying the social are realised by offering an interwoven umbrella that accommodates multiple perspectives. Anchored in Sociology and Social Anthropology, the Social Studies Major investigates the systemic and the structural on one hand and the experiential and the everyday on the other. To navigate across the individual-collective binary, the programme is unfolded in a state-market-community triad through which we look at theories, practices, institutions and agencies. The triad captures the way social fabric weaves its constituent elements viz the political, economic, historical, technological, cultural and environmental realities. Consequently, for studying the interactions between land, communities and the environment, we derive from Human Geography and Ecological Studies; we engage with Critical Race and Ethnic Studies to explore the making and functioning of racial, ethnic, national and diasporic identities; Global Studies alerts us to the production of inequities as well as radical possibilities of globalising processes; Science and Technology Studies inquire into the nature of scientific research and technological innovation as well as their impact on society and polity; and finally, Urban Studies draws attention to the rapid urbanisation globally and the ecological as well as the social consequences.

The Approach

Social Studies offers a number of required and elective courses that respond to a wide variety of perspectives and dimensions that we champion. These courses range from social thoughts to empiricism, ethnography to big data analyses, science and technology to gender relations, critique of development to the emergence of neoliberal cities, migration studies to economy and poverty, to name a few. Required courses like Introduction to the Sociological and Anthropological Thought and Research Methodology for example, are aimed at offering foundational epistemic knowledge. Several electives draw upon this foundational knowledge to provide more focussed and advanced insight into a wide range of contrasting social realities.

The programme also enables students to write a Capstone thesis at the final phase of the Major. The Capstone thesis offers an opportunity for the students to showcase their conceptual and research skills based on field immersions, data gathering and analyses. Faculty from across the three divisions of SIAS come together to teach courses in this Major.

Programme Details