B.A. Honours with a Major in Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)

Programme Description

The BA Hons. Programme in Social Sciences and Humanities (‘SSH’) can best be described as an immersion in interdisciplinary humanities. It allows students to explore three disciplines/ disciplinary areas of the School in some depth over three years while obtaining the wider benefits of a liberal arts education.

To a greater extent than other SUS programmes, BA Honours SSH provides a training in ‘perspectives’ as well as skills. By developing their abilities in reading, writing, analysis and critical thinking, SSH students will be equipped for various jobs and well as for admission to a range of postgraduate and professional academic programmes.

Students completing the SSH Major will be eligible to apply for MA programmes at AUD and other institutions. Many of the same employment opportunities available to single-subject BA Honours graduates would be available to them as well. SSH students converting their degrees to BA Honours with Dual Major will have a complete Honours degree with an unusually strong subsidiary component that would make them attractive candidates for postgraduate/professional study programmes and for employment opportunities.

Programme Structure

The programme is delivered through a total number o 96 credits over six semesters. Students opting for SSH must complete the Foundation courses and fulfil other general requirements of BA Honours degree. In addition, they must also complete 16 or more credits in each of the three disciplines of their choice which fall in the domain of the Humanities, Social Sciences and Mathematical Sciences. Students opting for this programme may be expected to do special additional classes, seminars and workshops, field trips and other activities. testing

Democracy and development in India

Course description: The course aims to understand the Indian road to development and its complex relationship with democracy. In about close to seven decades this relationship has transformed in many ways especially under the influence of globalization. The course tries to understand the origin and shifting contours of developmentalism and democratization in India. So on the one hand it is a historical journey into the evolution of ‘Indian Development model’ on the other hand it is an exploratory venture into the economics and politics of development in India today. It adopts a bird’s eye view of the transformations occurring in the development process under the influence of globalization which are creating new power dynamics as well as of the response to these transformations in the form of protest movements.

Course objective: the interface between democracy and development in India is complex and any problem arising out of it can put the entire state in turmoil. The course tries to unpack the Indian model of development and its relationship with democracy through situating the process of economic development in the wider context of political democracy in postcolonial India. It proposes to introduce students to the theory and practice concerning development issues in India and develop a critical understanding of the dominant model of development in the country and alternatives to it.

Module description

Module 1:

Interaction of Democracy and Development in India: Indian democracy is curious case- it is too large to ignore and has challenged almost all theories formulated regarding conditions for sustaining democracy. This module looks at one of the two historical preconditions Atul Kohli mentions for success of Indian democracy- the legacy of centralized state control under colonial India and its transformation in the post colonial state and how it shapes the Indian model of development. Starting from 1947 it tries to understand the impact of politics on development.


  • Bose, Sugata, (1997), Instruments and Idioms of Colonial and National Development, in Cooper,Frederick and Packard, Randall (ed.) International Development and the Social Sciences, PP. 45-63
  • Sengupta, C (2010), Burden of exception? Deficits and deepening of democratic development in India in Chandan Sengupta and Stuart Corbridge (ed.) Democracy, Development and Decentralisation in India: Continuing Debates, Routledge, New Delhi
  • Mukherjee, R (2010), The Political Economy of Development in India, in Sumit Ganguly and Rahul Mukherji, India since 1980, Cambridge University Press, New York

Module 2

Deepening Democracy: Decentralization Model (Panchayati Raj Institutions): The module looks at the question whether democratic deepening is a matter of political democracy or is it also about deepening of development. The essence of democratic decentralization is local governance with inputs from the local people about political institution and the development process. In about a little more than 20 years of institutionalization of panchayati raj in India, local self governance has met with limited success (Manor) and the politics of inclusion and exclusion has kept the basic tenets of the Gandhi- Ambedkar debate relevant in the present context. The module tries to cover these issues along with a discussion on evolution and trajectory of PRIs in India.


  • Jayal, N (2007 a.), Introduction, in Niraja Gopal Jayal, Amit Prakash, and Pradeep K. Sharma (eds.) Local Governance in India: Decentralization and Beyond, Oxford university Press, New Delhi
  • (2007 b), Panchayati Raj and Traditional Institutions of Governance in Niraja Gopal Jayal, Amit Prakash, and Pradeep K. Sharma (eds.) Local Governance in India: Decentralization and Beyond, Oxford university Press, New Delhi
  • Manor, J (2011), Perspectives on Decentralization, working paper no 3, ICLD Swedish international centre for local democracy

Module 3:

Development Debates in India: picking up the thread from module 1, this module looks at the debates around development in India through discussion on Bombay Plan, Gandhi – Nehru debate, Nehru - Mahalanobis approach to development, Economic Liberalization Model and Neo Liberal Reforms. This module also looks at the role of planning in development.


  • Chatterjee, Partha, (2000) ‘Development Planning and the Indian State’ in Hasan, Zoya (ed) Politics and the State in India, pp. 115-141, Sage Publications
  • Nanda, B.R., (1995), JawaharLal Nehru: Rebel & Statesman, Chapter 3 (Gandhi and JawaharLal), PP. 22-55, Oxford University Press
  • Kaviraj, Sudipta,(1996), 'Dilemmas of Democratic Development in India' in Adrian Leftwich edited Democracy and Development: Theory and Practice, Cambridge, Polity Press

Module 4:

Governance and its Crisis in India - Within the disciplinary boundaries of political science governance is understood as a direction to polity and economy. The concept of governance was first problematized by the World Bank in 1989. This module looks at the new definition of governance and its relationship with democracy and development. It critiques the managerial/technical definition of the concept as it precludes both-substantive democracy and development.


  • Jayal, N, The governance agenda: Making democratic development dispensable, Economic and Political Weekly, vol 32(8) , February 22, 1997
  • Mathur, K. (2011), From Government to Governance, New Delhi: National Book Trust
  • Stoker, G (1998) Governance as theory: five propositions, International Social Science Journal, Volume 50, Issue 155, pages 17–28, March 1998

Module 5

Critique of Development & Alternative Models: The module critiques the TINA approach to development. It draws from the writings of Aditya Nigam, Amit Bhaduri and Amartya Sen to question the deficits of the existing model of development and propose an alternative thinking about it.


  • Bhaduri, Amit (2005), Development with Dignity, National Book Trust, New Delhi
  • Nigam, Aditya (2011), Desire named Development, Penguin Books, New Delhi
  • Dreze,J., and Sen,A (2013) A new India, in Jean Dreze and Amartya Sen (eds.) An uncertain glory: India and its contradictions, Princeton University press, UK


Forms of Political Contestation over Development Paradigms: political contestation in India has manifested through movements and uprisings. The module tries to understand how people have responded to democratic deficits of development. It adopts a case study method to discuss the State- tribal conflict in Chhattisgarh on the issues of forest rights, livelihood, mining and women’s right. It revisits the debates on development induced displacement to understand internal displacement, ethnic conflict and turmoil in the north east.


  • Bhaumik, S (2005), India’s northeast: Nobody’s people in no man’s land in Paula Bannerjee, Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhary and Samir Kumar Das (eds) Internal Displacement in South Asia: The Relevance of the UN's Guiding principles, sage publications, new delhi
  • Roy, A (2010), Walking with the comrades, Outlook, March 29


10 + 2 with 50% marks from a recognised board. Relaxation of 5% will be given to candidates belonging to SC, ST and Physically Disabled (PD) Categories. Meeting the eligibility criteria will not ensure a seat. The admission will be strictly on the basis of merit as per rules. However, eligibility is a must for consideration of admission.


The faculty members involved are those contributing to other BA Honours programmes.

More details on studying BA Honours with a major in SSH can be sought by writing to denys@aud.ac.in.

Fee Structure


Rs. 16,800 per semester will be charged as the full semester fees. The total fee payable at the time of admission will be Rs.16,800 (for Semester 1) and a refundable caution deposit of Rs. 5,000 for the use of university facilities along with Rs 500 as contribution for student welfare for the semester.

The vision guiding AUD is the commitment that prospective students learn to value and appreciate the social privileges they enjoy because of the heavy subsidy that goes into public institutions of higher education in India. Therefore, a minimum proportion of the cost actually to be incurred by the University for each of its students is reflected in the fee being set per semester. Based on this philosophy, AUD has instituted a differential fee structure for different programmes, with an understanding that the upper slab is envisaged not to be so high that only a particular segment of society could afford it and the lower slab not so low that the sense of responsibility among the students goes missing.

  • The differential fee structure ranges from Rs1050 per credit of course work for most of the courses.
  • The fees for most programmes is Rs16800/- per semester,
  • In addition students are required to pay Rs.500/- per semester toward Student Welfare Fund
  • Rs.5000/- is to be paid as refundable security deposit.

It may be noted that at present the fee constitutes not more than 10 per cent of the operational cost. At the same time, it is the stated policy of the University to ensure that no deserving prospective student, as far as possible, is denied the opportunity of studying at AUD merely due to her/his inability to pay the fees.


The University offers full and partial fee waivers to students who are in need of support given their economic backgrounds. In fact, 25 per cent of the fees collected from students are returned to the economically disadvantaged students by way of Fee waivers and scholarships. Over the previous 3 years, 229 students have been awarded fee waivers. Most of these have been full fee waivers.

The University has also created a student welfare fund in order to support needy students in bearing the costs of study material, like photocopying, textbooks, and even subsistence.

Procedure for applying for Fee waiver and Scholarships

  • At the time of admission, a student can apply for fee waiver by submitting supporting documents.

  • If provisionally admitted to a programme, s/he will be permitted to take admission without having to pay the fee.

  • Students, whose combined family income is less than Rs 400000/-, will be eligible for fee waiver. A student will continue to receive fee waiver provided he/she is found regular in attending classes and maintains acceptable level of performance in studies.

  • SC/ST/PwD students are advised to submit their application in the month of February for Scholarships under the SC/ST/PwD categories for the academic session of that year.

Student Welfare Fund:

The University has created 'Student Welfare Fund' with the objective of making financial assistance available for meeting the welfare needs of needy students, such as emergent medical assistance, purchase of books & study material, meeting the boarding & lodging expenses equivalent to the amount that is required to avail of AUD hostel facilities, and any other comparable needs of the student.

An amount of Rs.500/- per semester is collected from all students towards 'Student Welfare Fund' and an amount equal to that collected from students shall be contributed by the University to this fund. The Student Welfare Fund is managed and monitored by a committee which includes a nominee of the student community.

Through the fee structure as well as the exemptions offered, AUD hopes to inculcate a social sensitivity in its students – to respect what they enjoy as privileges and to be able to serve society in their future professional capacities.

REFUND OF FEES - University Policy

Time Period for refund in a particular programme of study

Amount to be deducted

Before Orientation Rs. 1,000
After Orientation Only caution deposit would be refunded

  • The decision of the Admission Committee on all matters of admission will be final.

  • The jurisdiction of any dispute will be limited to the NCT of Delhi.


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