Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

The Humanities and Social Sciences at Indian Institute of Technology Palakkad is committed to active engagement in teaching, research and outreach activities. With its focus on interdisciplinary dialogues in humanities and social sciences, the Department carries out research and teaching in emerging fields of enquiries in behavioural and social sciences. The undergraduate courses offered by the Department focus on keeping students abreast of the social, ethical, economic, environmental, cultural and humanitarian concerns that shape their development as socially conscious global citizens. The wide range of courses offered by the Department are designed to enable students to appreciate and engage with the social and economic context relevant to the engineering problems, and to frame questions and formulate solutions that are in harmony with human experience. The department  offers PhD programmes in Economics, English, Linguistics and Philosophy. The discipline also offers a range of undergraduate courses to the students of technology studies from the disciplines of Philosophy, Economics, Culture Studies and Linguistics.

Areas of Research

ECONOMICS: Trade And Development, Economic Growth and Development

Faculty: Dr. Amrita Roy

ENGLISH: Modernity and subject formation in India; Gender and Culture studies; Modern Tamil Literature, Cinema and folk culture

Faculty: Dr. Sujatha G

LINGUISTICS: Phonetics, Sociolinguistics, Bilingual Language Acquisition, World Englishes

Faculty: Dr. Reenu Punnoose

Philosophy: Phenomenology And Existentialism, Philosophy Of Technology, Continental Philosophy

Faculty: Dr. Anoop George

SOCIOLOGY: Ethnography, Neoliberal economy and rural social change, Sociology of political change, Caste based public policy articulations

Faculty: Dr Rahul Choragudi

PSYCHOLOGY:  Mental Health among Marginalised Sections, Alternate Paradigms in Mental Health, Public Health Ethics , Migration and marginalisation,  Sexualities, genders, relationship diversities and disabilities , Community Mental Health, Qualitative research, Non-Humans and Mental Health

Faculty :  Dr. Sudarshan R Kottai

Syllabus of HSS Courses


Research Scholars