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Humanities and Social Sciences

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About us

Our department has faculty members specialising in a range of research areas from various disciplines. The department is committed to promoting value-oriented learning, respect for diversity, critical thinking, development of social political values and cognitive capacities required for examining the world around, cultural and aesthetic appreciation of various art forms and literary genres, and enhancement of language and employability skills among students. 
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1) PhD Programme 
The department has 16 full-time and 5 part-time Ph.D. students working in diverse disciplines:  English Language and Literature, Sociology, Philosophy, Science Technology Studies, Gender Studies, Development Studies, Governance, Natural Resources Management, Public Policy, Cultural Studies, Disability Studies, Media and Film Studies, Disaster Studies, Public Administration, etc. 
2) Minor in Public Policy
The Department of HSS offers a Minor in Public Policy. For further details, please click here.
3) Elective courses
We offer compulsory courses like Technical Report Writing along with elective courses in various areas of humanities and social sciences:  
  • BITS F214 Science, Technology and Modernity
  • BITS F385 Introduction to Gender Studies
  • BITS F399 Humanistic Theories of Science and Technology
  • GS F211 Modern Political Concepts
  • GS F212 Environment, Development and Climate Change
  • GS F213 Development Theories
  • GS F221 Business Communication
  • GS F223 Introduction to Mass Communication
  • GS F231 Dynamics of Social Change
  • GS F232 Introductory Psychology
  • GS F233 Public Policy
  • GS F241 Creative Writing
  • GS F242 Cultural Studies
  • GS F245 Effective Public Speaking
  • GS F322 Critical Analysis of Literature and Cinema
  • GS F312 Applied Philosophy
  • GS F331 Techniques in Social Research
  • GS F332 Contemporary India
  • GS F333 Public Administration
  • HSS F222 Linguistics
  • HSS F228 Phonetics & Spoken English 
  • HSS F232 Introduction to Development Studies
  • HSS F235 Introductory Philosophy 
  • HSS F236 Symbolic Logic
  • HSS F237 Contemporary Indian English Fiction
  • HSS F242 Introduction to Phonology
  • HSS F243 Introduction to Critical Pedagogy 
  • HSS F244 Crime and New Media
  • HSS F246 Philosophy of Nagarjuna
  • HSS F248 Introduction to Disability Studies
  • HSS F317 Introduction to Globalization
  • HSS F318 Introduction to Anthropology
  • HSS F325 Cinematic Adaptation 
  • HSS F331 Sankara’s Thoughts
  • HSS F332 Cinematic Art
  • HSS F334 Srimad Bhagavad Gita 
  • HSS F335 Literary Criticism
  • HSS F336 Modern Fiction
  • HSS F337 English Literary Forms and Movements
  • HSS F338 Comparative Indian Literature
  • HSS F340 Post Colonial Literatures
  • HSS F342 Advanced Communicative English 
  • HSS F343 Professional Ethics
  • HSS F344 Heritage of India 
  • HSS F346 International Relations
  • HSS F351 Social and Political Ecology 
  • HSS F353 Philosophy of Aesthetics 
  • HSS F361 Urban Policy and Governance
  • HSS F362 Local Governance and Participation
  • HSS F363 Disaster and Development
  • HSS F365 Science of Sustainable Happiness 
  • HSS F368 Asian Cinemas and Cultures 
  • HSS F369 Caste and Gender in India 
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Our faculty members are dedicated to achieving excellence in teaching and research. They engage in externally funded research, publish regularly in reputed international journals and supervise Ph.D. students. They are invited by many institutions of higher learning to deliver lectures, conduct workshops and contribute as members on boards of studies.
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  • Language Lab.  
  • Psychoacoustic lab: Psychoacoustic lab is a Cognitive Science, Psychology and Language Sciences lab, situated at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, BITS Pilani's Hyderabad Campus. The lab is led by Dr. Pranesh Bhargava.
  • Conference Hall: We have a well maintained conference hall equipped with audio-visual facilities. Our departmental academic events are conducted here.
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  • Seminar/ workshop/ Talks: We regularly conduct guest lectures by experts in various fields.
  • The department plans to conduct, at regular intervals, writing and research methodology workshops and conferences related to broad areas of Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • Our department strives towards making the campus more gender sensitive. In this regard, we conduct essay writing competitions, poster making competitions, poetry recitation sessions, training programs, guest lectures, panel discussions, etc.  Our faculty members have so far taken the lead in all such activities. 
  • Several faculty members in the department are in-charge for various student clubs on the campus: 
  • International Mother Language Day is celebrated by our department every year. 
  • Previous visitors include Brady Presidential Distinguished Professor Michael Wutz, Dr. Balamukund Pandey, National Secretary of All India Historical Collection Project, M. Somasekhar, a Senior Deputy Editor and the Chief of Bureau of The Hindu Business Line and Dr Vijay Walia, the Director and Founder of Achievers League.  
  • We  support an annual literary event – Verba Maximus – organised by the English Languages Activity Society (ELAS). The events are held under two categories: Speaking and Writing. The speaking events include JAM, debate and GD. Poetry, story-writing and script-writing comprise the Writing events. Also, there are literary quizzes, treasure hunts and a lot of informal events like scrabble, hangman, etc. Our Spell Bee is being endorsed by the Indian Spell Bee, giving it a very high standard. During Verba Maximus, students get an opportunity to interact with famous literary personalities. Last time, students met celebrity writer Amish Tripathi and stand-up comedian Sorabh Pant.


Ph.D. Admissions 
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Public Policy Workshop

The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences is conducting a Public Policy Workshop on 25th March 2023.
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Ethics lecture series

HSS department invites everyone to Ethics lecture series. 

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