The School of Social Sciences (SOSS) is among the larger schools of studies at the University. SOSS offers academic programmes in eight disciplines: Anthropology, Economics, History, Library and Information Science, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, and Sociology.
The programmes offered by disciplines relate to core subject areas but at the same time straddle disciplines, in order to enlarge the canvas for academic pursuits. The School also links the development of courses to the ever-expanding socio-economic and political contexts in which social science processes occur.
In view of the fact that IGNOU is today the foremost centre of open and distance learning and is adequately equipped with modern educational technologies, the School has consciously tried to assign a significant role to ICT tools in devising the learning programmes. The following features are a hallmark of its programmes:
- Basic programmes in various disciplines at the under-graduate and post-graduate levels have been strengthened with foundation and application-oriented courses.
- Short-term and long-term courses focused on vocational and professional needs.
- Programmes and courses geared to meet the requirements of groups located on the fringes of society.
- Programmes in areas of concern to society with a social science perspective.
The School has expanded its academic activities and has launched a research programme that applies newer methodologies to elicit a more creative response, both from within a discipline and from interdisciplinary interactions.
It also undertakes training programmes in the areas of land acquision and resettlement and rehabilitation disaster management, human rights, tourism and other contemporary social issues. In recent years two new disciplines, namely Anthropology and Psychology were established under the School. Further, Indira Gandhi Centre for Freedom Struggle Studies (IGCFSS) and Centre for Gandhi and Peace Studies (CGPS) are also housed under SOSS.
At this juncture the School is in a position to comprehend the “new” social reality in a better light and give Social Sciences a purposeful orientation. The key element in this strategy is the adaptation of Social Science study to the requirements of mass education. Thus modern educational technology including ICT is likely to determine the relevance of Social Sciences and course development in the next decade. The School has brought courses and programmes in the new discipline areas of Anthropology. Besides, the School is adding more optional courses in the existing Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree Programmes. These additions will enrich and make them compatible and appropriate in the light of new developments in the discipline areas.