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The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) at BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus serves a unique purpose in an institute dedicated to the study and excellence of science and technology. We believe that engineering and science are by their nature humanistic and socially derived enterprises. Therefore, a holistic science and technology education must include liberal arts, economics, social and behavioral sciences where students learn to combine the application of scientific principles with a humanist, moral and social understanding of the world.

The Department offers a diverse range of courses at the First Degree, Higher Degree and the Doctoral levels from the sub-disciplines of Economics, English, Finance, Languages (Arabic and Japanese), Linguistics, Management, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy and Sociology. The undergraduate courses seek to engender a practice of critical thinking and questioning, and sensitizes students to the broader social, cultural, economic, ethical issues that surround them. The courses at the Higher Degree level are advanced. These courses aim at cultivating critical and analytical skills. The Department also offers a Higher Degree in Masters in Business Administration (MBA). The two-year MBA program aims to provide broad knowledge on all the contemporary areas of business management using case-based learning and simulations. LINK

The Department offers excellent opportunities and facilities for the pursuit of research and development. The Department faculty also guides projects, theses and dissertations at the First Degree and Higher Degree levels.

The Department offers training programmes in the areas of Research Techniques and Data Analysis, Finance and Accounting, Presentation Skills, Interpersonal Skills, Leadership Skills, Group Discussion Skills, Business/Managerial Communication, as well as Effectiveness of Teaching. The Department also offers certificate and diploma courses in Management, Finance, English and other foreign languages.   
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The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences provides opportunities and resources to its faculty and students for the pursuit of research and development. The faculty members of the department have varied research interests and have published in reputed national and international journals. The department organizes seminars, workshops and also publishes the Campus newsletter and student journal.

The Department offers Ph.D. programmes in various disciplines of Humanities and Social Sciences such as Sociology, Public Policy, Economics, Linguistics, Finance, Management, International Relations, Political Science and Psychology. The faculty of the Department have a wide range of research interests and expertise that include sustainable happiness, linguistics, technical and business communication, human resource management, corporate sustainability, organizational behavior, macroeconomics, international trade and finance, applied microeconomics, public policy and governance, urban development, international relations, contemporary Japanese politics and East Asian affairs, political geography, security studies childhood studies and social theory, positive psychology, work family studies, wellbeing research, stock market dynamics and corporate finance. Several of the Department’s doctoral students have already been awarded their PhDs, while several are currently working on their doctoral theses. For the guidelines and requirements for the Ph.D. programme, refer to: LINK
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The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences offers courses covering a broad range of subjects such as Economics, English, Finance, Languages (Arabic and Japanese), Linguistics, Management, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy and Sociology. It offers courses to all Integrated First Degree Programs and Higher Degree Programs of BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus. Please click on Bulletin 2020-2021 to be directed to course descriptions and links to syllabi LINK.

The courses are designed:

       To broaden the students’ horizons and shape their personality

       To make them aware of the important political, social, economic issues of the contemporary world

       To enhance the expertise and understanding of students in emerging areas of humanities and social sciences

       To enhance their ability to think critically, write clearly, and speak articulately

       To develop their entrepreneurial, managerial and marketing skills to perform better in the corporate world

       To increase their cultural, social, and ethical knowledge and skills to make them effective and influential members of a global society

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The faculty members of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences are highly qualified and have both local and international experience. They are committed to excellence in teaching and research.

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