Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses Offered

Our current course offerings in Humanities and Social Sciences are listed below. They include required courses for all students entering a degree program at SRM-AP and elective courses for the students to pursue as humanities electives or open electives.

  • Required Courses

  • COM 112 - Oral Communication & Presentation Skills


The principles and practice of effective oral communication. Through formal and informal speaking activities, students develop skills framing and articulating ideas through speech. Strategies for speaking extemporaneously, preparing and delivering multimedia presentations, formulating persuasive arguments, refining critical clarity of thought, and enhancing general facility and confidence in oral self-expression.

  • COM 122 - Written Communication skills


Covers use of academic, discipline-specific language; determining purpose, audience and context; constructing pursuasive arguments; and substantiation through research and analysis.

  • ENG 156 - Professional Ethics


Moral rights and responsibilities of engineers in relation to society, employers, colleagues, and clients; cost-benefit-risk analysis, safety, and informed consent; the ethics of whistle blowing; ethical conflicts of engineers as expert witnesses, consultants, and managers; ethical issues in engineering design, manufacturing, and operations; ethical issues arising from engineering work in foreign countries; and ethical implications of the social and environmental contexts of contemporary engineering. Case studies, guest practitioners, and field research.

  • ENG 163 - Science, Technology and Society


The course focuses on key social, cultural, and values issues raised by contemporary scientific and technological developments through the STS interdisciplinary lens by developing and applying skills in three areas: (a) The historical analysis of contemporary global matters (e.g., spread of technologies, climate change response); (b) The bioethical reasoning around health issues (e.g., disease management, privacy rights); and (c) The sociological study of knowledge (e.g., intellectual property, science publishing).

  • ENG 172 - Law for Engineers


The objective of the course is to familiarize students (Prospective engineers) with elementary knowledge of laws that would be of utility in their profession. The syllabus covers Constitution of India and new areas of law like IPR, ADR, Human Rights, Right to Information, Corporate law, Law relating Elections and Gender Studies. To be supplemented by the historical development of laws wherever required.

  • Elective Courses

  • PSY 101 - Introduction to Psychology


An introduction to the science of how people think, feel, and behave. Explores such topics as intelligence, perception, memory, happiness, personality, culture, social influence, development, emotion, and mental illness. Students learn about classic and cutting edge research, a range of methods, and discover how psychology informs our understanding of what it means to be human, addresses other fields, and offers solutions to important social problems.

  • LIN 102 - Introduction to Linguistics


In this course, we will seek to uncover the building blocks of language and the laws that govern their interactions. Our goal will be to reach an understanding of the ways in which languages are systematically alike and different, as well as of the nature of language in general. We will investigate a variety of topics, including crosslinguistic differences and similarities with respect to word order, the grammatical structure of questions, and how languages mark subjects and objects. We will explore the structure of both sentences and words, identifying and studying their fundamental properties.

  • ANT 103 - Introduction to Cultural and Social Anthropology


Introduces basic anthropological concepts and presents the discipline's distinctive perspective on society and culture. The power of this perspective is illustrated by exploring vividly-written ethnographic cases that show how anthropological approaches illuminate contemporary social and political issues in a range of different cultural sites.

  • ECO 112 - Principles of Macroeconomics


Provides an overview of macroeconomic issues including the determination of national income, economic growth, unemployment, inflation, interest rates, and exchange rates. Determination of long-run growth and short-term fluctuations. The role of government: regulation, monetary, and fiscal policy. Explores a range of current policy debates. Introduces basic macroeconomic models and illustrates key principles through applications to the experience of the Indian and world economies.

  • ECO 122 - Principles of Microeconomics


Introduces microeconomic concepts and analysis, supply and demand analysis, theories of the firm and individual behavior, competition and monopoly, and social welfare. Applications to problems of current economic policy.

  • ECO 131 - Behavioral Economics


Covers recent theory and empirical evidence in behavioral economics. Topics include deviations from the neoclassical model in terms of (i) preferences (present bias, reference dependence, social preferences), (ii) beliefs (overconfidence, projection bias), (iii) decision-making (cognition, attention, framing, persuasion), as well as (iv) market reactions to such deviations. Applications will cover a large range of fields, including labor and public economics, industrial organization, health economics, finance, and development economics.

  • ECO 161 - Economic Theory and Public Policy


This course applies microeconomic theory to analysis of public policy. It builds from the microeconomic model of consumer behavior and extends to operation of single and multiple markets and analysis of why markets sometimes fail. We will study empirical examples to evaluate theory, focusing on the casual effects of policy interventions on economic outcomes. Topics include minimum wages and employment, food stamps and consumer welfare, economics of risk and safety regulation, the value of education, and gains from international trade.

  • ECO 221 - Economics and E-commerce


Uses theoretical economic models and empirical evidence to help understand the growth and future of e-commerce. Economic models help frame class discussions of, among other topics, content provision, privacy, piracy, sales taxation, group purchasing, price search, and advertising on the internet.

  • ECO 232 - Data Analysis for Social Scientists


Introduces methods for harnessing data to answer questions of cultural, social, economic, and policy interest. Presents essential notions of probability and statistics. Covers techniques in modern data analysis: regression and econometrics, prediction, design of experiment, randomized control trials (and A/B testing), machine learning, data visualization, analysis of network data, and geographic information systems. Projects include analysis of data with a written description and interpretation of results; may involve gathering of original data or use of existing data sets. Applications drawn from real world examples.

  • ECO 236 - Game Theory


The course will provide the basics: representing games and strategies, the extensive form (which computer scientists call game trees), Bayesian games (modeling things like auctions), repeated and stochastic games. We'll include a variety of examples including classic games and a few applications.

  • Foreign Languages - French, German, Spanish, Mandarin,..

  • Historical Thinking

  • Political Science

  • Music

  • Theater