Humanities and Social Sciences
The Bachelor in Community Development (BCD) is a four-year undergraduate program designed to produce leaders and champions for community development and social change in the country. This is a unique professional program designed to cater human resources required for community development through self-entrepreneurship and skilled professionals to work with different sections of the society such as environment, health, development, equity, women, children, youth, elderly, Dalits, people with disabilities, and communities affected by various transformations.
The curriculum covers a wide range of social issues, inter alia, development, environment, economy, equity, health, population, conflict, poverty, and disaster. The program creates a vibrant teaching-learning environment through a mixture of lectures, class discussions, student presentations, research activities, interaction with community development champions, leaders, activists through guest lectures, workshops, and seminars along with action oriented project works, field trips, case study analysis, and urban and rural internships with government and non-governmental organizations. On completion of this four-year BCD program, graduates will have developed competencies in theoretical, practical and analytical skills to work effectively with a range of communities and will be capable of intervening at different levels of community development, from planning and development of programs, service delivery activities, to organizing, and leading people to bring about policy and praxis for social change.
Objectives of the program:
Our teaching pedagogy is student centered and we believe in learning by doing. Classes will include group and individual works, discussions, problem solving, presentations, workshops, seminars, and other techniques. The sessions will be interactive to discuss the topic under study in depth and facilitated by highly qualified faculty members. Students are required to actively participate in class. According to the need of the course, there will be field trips, internship, action oriented project works, and interaction with development workers, activists, and policy makers and guest lectures. Assignments, practical classes and consultation hours are the most integral part of the program. Regular feedback will be provided to students on their progress.
Program Highlights & Course Structure:
The BCD provides 126 credits hour courses in total. The courses cover nine fundamental themes inclusive of ‘community issues’, ‘environment’, ‘understanding community social behavior’, ‘community economics’, ‘community health’, ‘community people and their behavior’, ‘language skills’, and ‘computer and advanced research skills’. Each subject is of 3 credits unless specifically mentioned. Field placements are the integral components of the program. Students participate in field trips, rural camps, and relief works and are placed at community, and government organizations for the firsthand experience of theory learnt in the classroom in praxis. In the final year, students are required to complete 3 months rural (urban) internship and submit a detailed academic report as a partial fulfillment of the degree. In addition to the courses noted in the table below, the program may substitute a few these courses with the courses kept in the ‘additional’ table for innovation from time to time as and when it is deemed required.