UG Courses Humanities & Social Sciences

HS101 History of Technology, 3/2-1/2- 0-5/2- 1.5

Pre-requisite: Nil

Objective of the course: Provide a concise understanding of the historical trajectory of science and technology in society. Develop a historical and conceptual analysis of authority, power and social implications of technology over human life starting from prehistoric to modern times.


HS102 English Language Skills, (3) [2-2/3- 2-13/3- 3]

Pre-requisite: Nil

Objective of the course: To help students who are weaker in English learn and master English Grammar To develop the four basic skills of English language—Reading, Writing, Listening, and

Speaking up to the TOEFL standard


HS103 Professional English Communication, 2-0- 2-5- 3

Pre-requisite: Nil

To sharpen the speaking, listening, reading and writing acumen of the students so that they can face the professional world with confidence.


HUL101 Professional Communication, 3 (2-1-0)

Pre-requisite: Nil

Lectures- What is Communication, Process of Communication, Barriers to Communication, Non-verbal Communication, Oral Presentation (theory), Group Discussion (theory), Reading Comprehension & Vocabulary (theory), Technical Style and Vocabulary (theory), Business Letters & Emails, Report Writing (theory), Interview Skills (theory), American and British English. Tutorials- Case Study, Oral Presentation, GD, Reading Comprehension exercises, vocabulary, business letters and emails, mock interviews, grammar, presentation of reports.


HUL451  Introduction to Philosophy, 4 (3-1-0)

Pre-requisite: Nil

This course is meant to introduce students to the range of questions that philosophers seek to address, and also introduce the range of conceptual and logical tools employed in this enterprise. Using materials from both classical and modern authors, the course will attempt to sample issues concerning the notions of knowledge, truth, justification, belief, skepticism, being, substances, qualities, relations, space and time, rightness and wrongness of action, moral judgment and so on.


HUL452  Fundamentals of Linguistics, 3 (2-1-0)

Pre-requisite: Nil

The aim of this course is to introduce the students to the fundamental concepts of different sub areas of linguistics, namely, phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics. It also includes some preliminary discussions on corpus linguistics and psycholinguistics. These areas might be the foundation of future studies in speech and natural language processing as well as cognitive science. This course is designed also to help students to understand and use human sounds and grammatical concepts from a linguistic point of view.


HUL453  Pragmatic Communication, 3 (2-1-0)

Pre-requisite: Nil

The communication process, Barriers to communication, Flow of communication in an organization, Oral and non verbal communication, Oral Presentation skills(theory), Intercultural communication- High context and low context cultures, Theories of motivation - content and process theories, Negotiation skills, Sentence construction and paragraph development, email writing, Vocabulary , indianisms and malapropisms.


HUL454  Leadership, Communication and Decision Making in Organizations, 4 (3-1-0)

Pre-requisite: Nil

The course objective is to acquire an understanding of the psychological principles and factors involved in leadership, decision making, and communication in organizations; with the ultimate aim of using this knowledge in the leader/manager roles that IIT graduates are expected to perform The introductory section is concerned with leadership, the second section deals with communication, and the final section teaches decision making. Understanding the practical applications of the concepts learnt during the course is crucial for success in the course.  As part of the course work, students also work individually or in groups to conduct studies on any topic related to the course, using tests, interviews, or questionnaires.


HUL455  Language Processing, 3 (2-1-0)

Pre-requisite: Nil

Introduction, Linguistics(basics required for this course: Morphology, Syntax, Semantics), Natural language Processing, Parsing, Corpus, Parts of Speech tagging, Word Sense disambiguation, Morphological Analysis, Anaphora, Machine translation, Computational Grammar, Human Language processing, Human Parser, Introduction to Brain and Language.


HUL456  Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology, 3 (2-1-0)

Pre-requisite: Nil

This course is designed for the UG level students to introduce phonetics and phonology.  Learning of these two major areas of linguistics will follow a few sessions of general introduction of linguistics. Phonetics part will mainly concentrate on articulatory phonetics, transcriptions, acoustic phonetics (sound properties) and auditory or perceptual phonetics. Phonology includes phonological features of languages, phonological rules in terms of sound change, syllable structure, Basic concepts of stress and intonation patterns. Students will learn about the basic usage and output of the phonetic tools (e.g., PRAAT) and experiments during the lab sessions.


HUL457  Atomism before Dalton, 4 (3-1-0)

Pre-requisite: Nil

The course is an exercise in the history of science and metaphysics, and the course objective is to trace the contours of thinking that led to the postulation of atoms and the subsequent developments of the atomic theory up to the modern period. Starting out from problems of plurality and division, formulated by Parmenides and Zeno and then consider in what sense the thesis of infinite divisibility (propounded by Anaxagoras), and the introduction of ultimate indivisible corporeal constituents and the void (propounded by Leucippus and Democritus), the course will then consider the writings on modern atomism/corpuscular theory such as that of Pierre Gassendi and Boyle. We also address the implications of atomism for epistemology, in particular the relationship between early atomism and skepticism.


HUL458 Object Perception and Memory, 4 (3-1-0)

Pre-requisite: Nil

The course objective is to understand the psychological principles and factors involved in object perception and memory, with the ultimate aim of applying this knowledge to diverse areas such as human-machine interface, designing intelligent systems, improving communication through media, etc . The introductory section of the course explores the basic idea of an object and the perspectives and methods used to study objects. The second section studies the role of features such as location, shape, color, etc. in object perception and memory, whilst the third and final section is concerned with real world objects and factors affecting their perception and memory. As part of the coursework, each student has to independently design and conduct one experiment with at least two independent variables, involving normal human subject(s).


HUL459 Fiction and Film, 3 (2-1-0)

Pre-requisite: Nil

Contemplating novel and film as popular cultural forms. Studying generic connections between novel and film by identifying and analyzing common language, symbolism and iconography in both the art forms. Discussing the elements of literature internalized by cinema, the development if the cinematic language as visual narration. Literary texts into films: The politics and poetics of adaptation/adoption. Examining adaptation as reinterpretation, the issue of translating timeless literary classics for a topical scenario. In depth study of selected works of literature and their cinematic adaptations. Training students to comprehend the major issues of the literary origin of the film and later to read and analyze the film as a visual text. Studying the process of filmic transposition and comparing and analyzing the two genres. Future of Fiction and Film.


HUL460  Principles of Economics, 3 (2-1-0)

Pre-requisite: Nil

Economics, as the study of choice under scarcity, is important to each of us, whether we study it formally or not. This course is an introduction to micro and macro economics. In this course students will learn how these ways of thinking can help to see the world with fresh insight. Students will see new perspectives on the important public policy issues of our day and also see how they can make better informed choices about our own life. Particularly, students will be introduced to basic economic concepts and its uses in modern day environment. The course is an introduction to the principles of economics. We will start by looking at the basic concepts of economics to understand what economics is and what the importance of economics in present day environment is and how to use relevant concepts in our day-to-day activities.


HUL461 Morphology, 3 (2-1-0)

Pre-requisite: Nil

Morphology as a subsystem of grammar-word structure, lexical morphology, inflectional and derivational morphemes, word formation processes, models of morphological analysis, relations between phonology, morphology and syntax, Problem solving in morphology (analysis), generative morphology.


HUL462  Neurolinguistics, 3 (2-1-0)

Pre-requisite: Nil

Introduction, neurolinguistics, theories about brain and language, Lateralization, Handedness and the Hemispheres, co-evolution of language and the brain, Aphasia and its classification, Linguistic account of Aphasia, Dyslexia and its classification, Models of Brain- Language relationship, Classical Connectionist model, Hierarchical Models, Global Models, Process models, Bihemespheric theories of language, Neurocognitive methods.


HUL463  Financial Markets and Institutions, 3 (2-1-0)

Pre-requisite: Nil

Role of Financial Markets and Institutions – Determination and Structure of Interest Rates – Bond Markets – Money Markets – Operation of Commercial Banks – Stock Market:- Derivatives – Regulatory Bodies – Foreign Exchange Market – Mutual Fund Operations – Insurance Market.


HUL464 Syntatic Typology, 3 (2-1-0)

Pre-requisite: Nil

Typology and universals, Word order, Agreement System, Grammatical relations, Case-marking Pattern, Relative clause, Complementizer, Anaphora, causative constructions, participial constructions, Animacy, Topic and Focus constructions, India as a linguistic area.


HUL465 Laboratory Phonology, 3 (2-0-2)

Pre-requisite: Nil

Phonological theories – basics of speech acoustics – acoustic analysis – speech perception – experimental design – digital signal processing – speech corpora – corpus analysis. There will be regular laboratory sessions. Additionally, students will develop and execute their own experimental projects during the course.


HUL466 Topics in Econometrics, 3 (2-1-0)

Introduction and Statistical Background; Classical Linear Regression Models: Two Variable Case; Classical Multiple Linear Regression Model; Violations of Classical Assumptions and Remedies; Stationary Time  Series Models; Modeling Volatility; Models with Trend; Multiple Equation Models; Panel Data Models. There will be regular laboratory sessions for statistical data handling and estimations of parameters by statistical / econometrics software’s. In addition, students will develop and execute their own experimental projects during the course.


HUL467 Topics in Macroeconomics, 3 (2-1-0)

The Solow Growth Model; Elements of Endogenous Growth Models; Infinite – Horizon and Overlapping Generations Models; Rational Expectations and Economic Policy; The Philips Curve; Lucas Model; Consumption under Uncertainty: The Random-Walk Hypothesis; Stochastic Macroeconomics (Behavior Under Uncertainty).


HUL468 Science and Society, 3 (3-0-0)

The course will address the relationship of science and technology with other social institutions in the society. The contents would be – Sociology of science – this will introduce the importance of studying SCIENCE as a social institutions; Science and the state – will discuss the relationship and implications of state support and S&T, or in other words science policy in different countries; Science and the economy – Science and Innovation and its links with the economy of the country will form the crux of this unit; Science and Religion – Religious beliefs in history have facilitated and hindered the growth of science or the extension of new knowledge. The trade off between faith and fact will be covered.


HUL469 History of Science and Technology, 3 (3-0-0)

The course will address primarily 4 major units on the social history of modern western science – Diffusion of S&T: Following an introduction on defining western science, a discussion on the model given by George Basalla on the stages in the spread of western science will constitute the first unit; Organising of S&T: This will address the rise of universities and Development: The divide across the world with respect to advances in S&T and the centre – pweriphery relationships will be the main focus; Modern Science in India: Starting with Colonial science the organisation of science and institutionalisation in post independent India will be covered.


HUL470 Contemporary India: A Sociological Perspective, 3 (3-0-0)

Pre-requisite: Nil

The course will endeavour to provide a compressed overview of four main units necessary to understand Indian society sociologically. They are as follows: Social Institutions Family and Kinship; Religion; State and Society; Social Inequality Caste; Class and Gender; Social Change: Modernisation and Role of the State; Voluntary Action and Social Movements; Globalisation and Acculturation; Social Problems: Population and Poverty; Unemployment and Skill Requirement; Social Exclusion and Affirmative Action.


HUL471 Introduction to Canadian Literature, 3 (2-1-0)

Pre-requisite: Nil

The course provides and Introduction to Canadian Literature in English, where the main emphasis will be on poetry and fiction (novels, play as well as short stories) from the twentieth century, although some central texts from the nineteenth century will also be addressed. The main focus of the course will be on 1) main points of development in Canadian literary history, and 2) some central Canadian theme (e.g. “identity”).


HUL472 International Economics and Finance, 3 (2-1-0

Pre-requisite: Nil

Introduction to the International Economy, Institutions of the International Economy, Modern Theories of Trade, International Movements of Capital, the Balance of Trade and other Measures of International Transactions, the Mundell – Fleming Model and Exchange Rate Regimes, Fixed Versus Floating Exchange Rates, Purchasing Power Parity, Current Account Adjustment and Real Exchange Rates, International Finance (Financial Flows, The role of Multinational corporations, Capital and Labour Mobility, Financial Crises and Currency Crises).


HUL 473 An Introduction to Urban Economics, 3 (2-1-0)

Pre-requisite: Nil

Why Cities Exist-Role of Scale Economies vs Agglomeration Forces-Role of Transport Costs in the formation of Cities-Urban Spatial Structure-Standard Urban Model-Economic Effects on Housing Price-Land Rent-Population Density-Housing Demand-Traditional vs Hedonic Approaches-tenure choice-Housing Policies-Role of Government Intervention in the Housing Market-Role of Rent Control Laws-Housing Subsidy Program-Role of Pollution in Urban Economies-Socially Optimum Level of Pollution-Economic Theory of Crime-Role of Crime reducing Government Expenditure on the volume of Crime-Urban Quality of Life-Theories-Measurement Issues.


HUL 474 Career Success Principles from the West, 3 (2-1-0)

Pre-requisite: Nil

This course teaches IIT students/alumni who are the best and brightest in the field of technology, and helps them develop new strategies and soft skills that provide them fast path to the C-level management or the Boardroom table anywhere in the world, and especially in the West. This course is set up to be a bridge course between the Highly Technical Research and Development World of IIT, and the Business World. The course provides the value systems and emotional drivers that take an intelligent individual to the next level of productivity, and value creation; not just for their organization, but for the society as a whole. Appropriate examples and case studies will be covered to highlight lessons learned and best practices. The students will learn about the 12 key success enablers in the Western business world. Once they understand the necessity of the following 12 success enablers, and acquire the right mindset to attend to them, they can further take additional courses in each of the 12 individual success enablers to deepen their knowledge, understanding, and practice of these enablers.


HUL 475 Introduction to Fantasy and Science Fiction,  3(2-1-0)

Pre-requisite: Nil

History of Fantasy and science fiction,  definition of key terms and techniques, analysis of each work with focus on theme and attention to characterization and narrative structure, a study of the works from various theoretical perspectives,  discussion of the role of science and technology in modern life as reflected in the works.


HUL 476 Basics of Financial Management, 3(3-0-0)

Pre-requisite: Nil

Nature of Financial Management, Important  Accounting Concepts,Taxes, types ,link with form of business, Financial Statements,Calculation of Important  Ratios Practical Tools for Management Decisions,  Concept of Value & Return, Valuation of Bonds & Shares, Money & Capital   Markets, Concept of Cost of CapitaI, Leverage Analysis, Working Capital, Cash Management, Receivable Management, Inventory Management, Capital Budgeting, Dividend Decisions, Corporate Restructuring. The learning will be reinforced by tests, Assignments & Case Studies


HUL 477 Fundamentals of Management and Marketing, 3 (3-0-0)

Pre-requisite: Nil

Definition, Nature, Purpose & Scope of Management, Functions of a  Manager, Ethics  & Social  Responsibility of Management, Evolution of Management Thought, Schools of Management, Planning, Decision Making, Organizing, Coordination, & Control.

Definition,Scope & Importance of Marketing, Key Customer Markets, Concepts of Marketing, Holistic Marketing Concept, Marketing Mix, Marketing Environment, Analyzing Markets, Market Segmentation,Porter’s  5 Forces Model,Targeting & Positioning,Product Decisions,Pricing Strategies,Marketing Channels, & Marketing Communications


HUL 478 Mathematical Macroeconomics, 3 (3-0-0)

Pre-requisite: Nil

Rational Expectations, Solving Rational Expectations Models, REFV Models, The Sargent-Wallace Model of Hyperinflation, Capital Markets and Partial Macro Information, Evaluating Government Policy, Stabilization Policy, Models with Sargent-Wallace Supply Curve, Optimal economic policies and time inconsistency, The institutional approach to independent central bank, The Lucas Critique of Policy Evaluation, Fiscal Policy and the budget constraint, Government solvency and budget constraint, The fiscal theory of price level, Models of fiscal effect, Unemployment, productivity and growth, The macroeconomics of an open economy, The current account, The capital account and the rest of the open economy model, Confronting models with facts.


HUL 479 Algorithms In Ancient India, 3 (3-0-0)

Pre-requisite: Nil

Binary Number System in India - Relevant sutras from Pingala's Chandashaastra and Kedar Bhatt's Vruttaratnakara - Shulva sutras (Pythagorus Theorem)- Algorithms for drawing a circle of area approximately equal to that of a square - drawing a square of area approximately equal to that of a circle - Value of ∏ , √2, √3, etc. – Combinatorics - Structure of Panini's Ashtadhyayi  - Algorithms for deriving word forms - Rule ordering, rule interacction, rule selection in Ashtadhyayi - Reading of original Sanskrit texts with the help of available Sanskrit - computational tools


HUL 480 Online Economy and Digital Marketing, 3(3-0-0)

Pre-requisite: Nil

Overview of  digital economy- e-Business models: B2B , B2C and other models-E-Commerce Infrastructure - Technology Background & Website Design- Digital Marketing Concepts -Supply Chain Management in e-Commerce-Order fulfillment, eCRM, and other support services-Security, Social and Ethical Issues in E-Commerce.


HUL481 Critical Thinking, 3(2-1-0)

Pre-requisite: Nil

Introduction: Formal logic, Informal logic and Critical thinking. Mapping Arguments. Formal Logic: Sentences and Truth-Values, Validity and Soundness, Truth-Functional Connectives, Other English connectives, Truth functional equivalence, Truth Functional Consistency, Truth functional entailment, Truth functional validity, Methods to prove Validity or Invalidity, Truth table, Short Truth table, Tree method, Derivations. Syllogisms and Venn Diagrams. Fallacies: illogical Thinking, Informal Fallacies, Formal Fallacies, Induction and Scientific Reasoning.