Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Widely recognized as a research and teaching department, the Humanities and Social Sciences at BITS Pilani, K. K. Birla Goa Campus, was established in 2004. Since its inception the department, which also hosted the management stream but was later merged into the department of Economics, has long been known for its innovations and excellence in teaching and research. The department is dedicated to recruiting faculty members from newer research areas alongside traditional disciplines. It provides support and autonomy to the individual teachers to develop their areas and introduce new courses, particularly in interdisciplinary areas. The expertise of the faculty members range from Shakespearean studies, literary theory, ecocriticism, film studies, meta-cognitive studies, tourism studies to developmental studies, disaster management, environmental social sciences, maritime studies, qualitative psychology, mental health and professional ethics.

The department aims at enriching the knowledge and awareness of students in various areas of humanistic and socio-scientific studies and enhancing their creative and critical thinking skills thereby enabling them to become well-rounded human beings, committed to the society, and to excel in their professional and personal lives.


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Research Opportunities

The strength of the Research Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, BITS Goa, is in the diversity of expertise of the faculty members. The faculty members are engaged in cutting edge research that are socially, culturally and politically relevant and contemporary. The publications of the faculty members are an evidence for their research.

 For more details, click on the link here: https://www.bits-pilani.ac.in/goa/HumanitiesandSocialSciences/Research

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Apart from the teaching and research, the faculty members of the Department contribute to the Institute’s administration by actively participating in its various activities related to PR, Publications, Practice School, Academic Counselling and General Administration. Faculty members guide Ph.D. scholars, examine theses for other institutions, publish research papers in reputed national and international journals, publish books (monographs and edited), write columns in leading newspapers, review research papers, present papers in national and international conferences, act as members of editorial board of reputed journals, Senate, Board of Studies in external institutions and various committees at BITS Pilani.

Visit the personal websites of faculty members here: https://www.bits-pilani.ac.in/goa/HumanitiesandSocialSciences/Faculty

Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) in Liberal Studies

Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) in Liberal Studies


Addressing the 'Disgust': A Scatological Reading of Select Malayalam Movies

Addressing the 'Disgust': A Scatological Reading of Select Malayalam Movies

The Kerala Chalachithra Academy Research Grant is won by the PhD scholar- Mahesh K Varghese on the topic: Addressing the 'Disgust': A Scatological Reading of Select Malayalam Movies.
This study throws light on Malayalam cinema from the perspectives of Scatology- a branch of study that deals with human waste. The movies selected include Amen by Lijo Jose Pellishery, Ustad Hotel by Anwar Rasheed, Kumbalangi Nights by Madhu C. Narayanan and Manhole by Vidhu Vincent. The study proposes to analyse the various implications of scatological references as mere jokes, Postmodern narrative elements and as a mark of an individual's caste. Within the larger theme of Scatology the study takes the elements of Narratology, Psychoanalysis and Dalit studies."

Lakshmi Subramanian

The Sovereign and the Pirate

Ordering Maritime Subjects in India's Western Littoral

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