BA Philosophy: Course structure
BA Philosophy course is of 3 years duration and generally, each academic year is divided into two semesters. The undergraduate course for philosophy is designed in a way to include both Indian and Western Philosophy which form the part of core courses. Apart from the core courses, students also have to study a minimum of two concurrent courses out of which at least one is a language paper.
The course delivery method includes lecture, seminars, group and solo presentation, classroom discussion etc.
The assessment method for BA Philosophy involves internal assessment and semester/year end examination. For distance mode of education, there is only one method of assessment which is the annual exam held at the end of an academic session. The scheme of assessment is explained in the table given below:
|Type of Course||Theory Paper Weightage||Internal Assessment Weightage|
Internal assessments include performance in class assignments, presentation, class participation and in some cases attendance too falls in this criteria.
BA Philosophy: Course Overview
An overview of the syllabus of BA Philosophy is given below:
|Name of the Course||Topics||Description|
|Logic||Connotation and Denotation of Terms Distribution of Terms Aristotelian Categorical Proposition Logical Form: Truth and Validity Laws of Thought Theory of the Square of Opposition of Categorical Propositions Laws of Conversion, Obversion and Contraposition Syllogism Inductive Reasoning and Probability Simple Enumeration and Analogy Mill’s Methods of Experimental Enquiry||This course introduces to the crucial branch of logic and the various concepts and theories related to logical reasoning.|
|Indian Philosophy||Nature of Darsana; Difference between Darsana and Philosophy Carvaka School Early Buddhism Jainism Nyaya-Vaisesika Samkhya-Yoga Philosophy of the Upanishads Purva-Mimamsa Samkara Advaita Vedanta Ramanuja’s Visistadvaita||This course focuses on the various treatise on Indian philosophy and enquires into the different texts which laid the foundation for Indian Philosophy.|
|History of Western Philosophy||Descartes Spinoza Leibnitz Locke George Berkeley David Hume Immanuel Kant Hegel||In this course, students learn the various thinkers who shaped the form of Western Philosophy.|
|Social and Political Philosophy||Nature and Scope of Social and Political Philosophy Society Contemporary Indian Social Thinkers Humanism, Multiculturalism and Secularism||This course inquires into the social and political aspects of philosophy especially in the context of Indian society.|
|Greek Philosophy||Milesians Pythagoras and 4th century Pythagoras Heraclitus Eleatics: Melissus, Parmenides and Zero Empedocles Anaxagoras The Atomists The Sophists Socrates Plato Aristotle||Greek Philosophers are one of the earliest thinkers and hence form an integral part of a philosophy curriculum.|
|Ethics||Conventional and Reflective Morality Aristotle’s conception of virtue and well-being Kant’s conception of Good Will, duty and Categorical Imperative Joseph Butler’s theory of Conscience and Self Love J.S. Mill’s Utilitarianism Freedom and Responsibility||This course introduces the idea of Ethics and its relevance to society. In this paper, a student studies some of the prominent theorists related to ethics.|
|Philosophy of Religion||Nature of the Philosophy of Religion and its difference from Theology Nature of Religion and the concept of Dharma Attributes of God Prayer and Bhakti Reason, Faith and Revelation Immortality of the Soul and the Doctrine of Karma Religious Experience and Knowledge Plurality of Religion and Religious Tolerance||In this course, the focus is on the various philosophies and theories related to religion and their relevance.|
|Contemporary Philosophy||Heidegger Rudolf Carnap Richard Rorty Ramchandra Gandhi Jonathan Dancy||This course introduces some of the theories of contemporary philosophers.|
|Applied Ethics||Normative Ethics and Applied Ethics Theories of Anthropocentrism Bio-Technology and Ethical Problems Ethics and Family Concept of Professional and Business Ethics Concept of Environmental Ethics||In this paper, a student learns the application of the principle of ethics in various aspects of life and society.|
|Philosophy of M.K. Gandhi||Background of Gandhian Philosophy Concept of Religion and Education Critique of Modern Civilization Economic Equality Concept of Trusteeship Swadesi and Swaraj Satyagraha Nationalism and Internationalism||M.K. Gandhi holds a special place in the philosophic tradition of India. This paper focuses on the Gandhian theories which have shaped modern Philosophic trends in India.|
|Philosophy of Science||Origin of Scientific Thought Probability and Introduction, Problem of Induction Mill’s method of Experimental Inquiry, Nature of Causality Measurements Observation, Experiment, Explanation, and Prediction Nature and Types of Scientific Theory Scientific Progress and Change Moral Limits of Scientific Research||All the modern forms of sciences are said to be originated from the early forms of Philosophy. This paper examines the relationship between Science and Philosophy and how two have mutually evolved through the centuries.|