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School of Liberal Arts
In Ancient Greece, a Liberal Arts education was pivotal for someone to be considered an educated, informed citizen of the State. With exposure to a wide gamut of disciplines from political science to biology, a liberal arts student was held in high regard and considered to be an “erudite citizen” who was capable of critical thinking and questioning the policies of the state.
In recent years, there has been a slow yet steady revival of liberal arts as a popular academic discipline, proving its relevance in today’s society and its role in developing critical thought and reasoning capabilities in the community.
What is Liberal Arts?
Liberal Arts and Sciences constitutes a wide range of disciplines from four aspects of study – arts, science, social sciences, and humanities. Humanities or humanistic science as a separate discipline focuses on literature, languages, philosophy and ideas, theosophy, music, and art.
Carefully Chosen Subjects
With a combination of carefully chosen subjects from across disciplines, a liberal arts course opens up the minds of students by exposing them to multiple perspectives and diverse thoughts and ideologies on different issues, be it art or politics. It gives them the capacity for critical and independent thinking. Students also learn quick problem-solving techniques, ability to think analytically, write effectively, think differently and speak powerfully. The course strengthens their social and communicative skills, developing leadership qualities in students.
These skills learned through a liberal arts course are valued by employers, and this is what makes liberal arts graduate an ideal choice for any company.
Why get a liberal arts degree?
Several companies are starting to hire liberal arts students to bring in a healthy balance of thoughts and variety in ideas to their business.
A liberal arts student, unlike students who pursue technical courses, is trained in reasoning and critical thinking and therefore will have the ability to question and analyze policies and decisions in a professional set up, making her or him invaluable to the company. They also bring in fresh perspectives, problem-solving techniques and quick solutions which could enhance day-to-day operations and decision making in businesses that otherwise comprise of only persons with technical or financial backgrounds.
Human Aspects of Business
Unlike techies, a professional with a background in liberal arts has the ability to understand the human aspects of business such as client psyche and what appeals to customers and tap these aspects to increase sales or aid the company in other ways. Liberal arts students are also introduced to human psychology and behavior, making them ideal human resource managers in large firms.
Apart from career opportunities, a liberal arts education can also provide you with ideas that can be utilized in the real world, sometimes even becoming skills that you depend on to get ahead in your career. Clear critical reasoning and effective communication are skills that are acquired through a liberal arts education, making them effective leadership qualities and also great skills to have in an employee.
Liberal Arts Knowledge
Another advantage of a liberal arts education is the relative ease in switching from one sector to another. Professionals with a liberal arts knowledge will adapt easier than others as they are introduced to a variety of disciplines and hence would have a basic insight into any field, be it politics, law, economics, arts or academics. Exposure to a range of subjects as a student opens up your worldview and thought process and also helps you make an informed decision about the career you want to pursue.
Liberal Arts Professional
Professionals with a liberal arts background are equipped to grasp the bigger picture and steer the company towards that by visualizing the larger picture and communicating it effectively to their co-workers.
Lastly, liberal arts students get a taste of every discipline, making them well-rounded individuals with leadership capabilities and unconventional talents who prove to become great hires for companies.
What we offer
Our three-month integrated liberal arts course focuses on critical thinking and dialogue and its importance in today’s dynamic world. Our subjects are carefully chosen to be of utmost relevance and importance to students and to benefit them at every point in their lives. Ideas of extreme contemporary relevance from a range of disciplines such as Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Law, Literature are discussed in an intellectually charged environment. The course also encourages critical dialogue and reasoning through student-teacher interactions, group discussion, and debates. Students will also get the opportunity to attend lectures and discussions by luminaries in a variety of fields and get exposed to issues and ideas of contemporary relevance. The course aims to revolutionize the idea of liberal arts for students by doing away with outdated texts and focusing solely on those aspects that would benefit students in the real world.
The leadership classes, communication, and critical thinking sessions that the students will receive will add on to the exposure and knowledge they gain from the course by honing their skills that would be of use to them in the real world.
1. Introduction to Arts
2. Basics of Classical & Modern Literature
3. Creative Writing
4. Critical Thinking & Writing
5. Quantitative and Qualitative Reasoning
6. Study of Human Civilization
7. Multicultural World Views & Diversity Studies
8. Peace and Conflict Studies
9. Urban Studies
10. Introduction to Philosophy
11. Study of Human Psychology
12. Introduction to World History
13. Great Leaders & Creative Thinkers
14. Innovation in Science & Technology
15. Media Studies
16. The Art of Living
Introduction to Arts
The course will be an overview of a wide range of subjects including a brief history of art, different movements within art including the Renaissance, Neoclassical, Romantic, Modern and Contemporary periods. It also covers famous artists and their works. Students will be trained to study and critique a piece of art as well as learn how to view and appreciate great art.
Basics of Classical & Modern Literature
The course will cover relevant texts from Classical and Modern literature. Students will also be taught popular literary theories and study celebrated classical and contemporary writers. They will also have the opportunity to attend lectures by experts in the field, including but not limited to popular contemporary authors.
The pen is mightier than the sword is a popular adage which quite often times true. In today’s fast-paced world, the importance of effective communication cannot be stressed enough. The ability to write with clarity and effectiveness is valued among people. One of the key subjects in the course is creative writing. It will train students in the art of thinking and writing powerfully. It will also teach students how to effectively communicate their thoughts and ideas through the use of written language. The course successfully trains students to exercise the creative part of their brains and translate their thoughts into words.
Critical Thinking & Writing
A skill that is extremely valued by corporates and other businesses is critical thinking. The ability to analyze and evaluate a problem or situation independently rather than following the popular consensus is a valuable tool. The critical writing course trains students to evaluate a work and come up with their own analysis and conclusions. The course will help students develop the ability to critique things, an extremely valuable skill to possess as a prospective employee.
Quantitative and Qualitative Reasoning
A subject focusing on research methodology, it trains students to analyze and critique a work based on quality as well as quantity. Students will learn to analyze, collate and summarize data, use quantitative methods to measure abstract concepts and study and critique the accuracy of inferences made from the data. Students are also encouraged to participate in debates and discussions, developing their ability to interpret and analyze texts and literary works.
Study of Human Civilization
The subject provides an overview of ancient civilizations and their cultures. Students also acquire an understanding of the workings, formation, and development of these great civilizations. They will also be exposed to cultural theories and trends that have existed since the time of these civilizations, cultures that have significantly influenced modern society.
Multicultural World Views & Diversity Studies
This subject provides students with an in-depth understanding of communities with regard to race, class, minority status, gender, citizenship, ethnicity, sexuality, and religion. This will enable students to understand the cultures and practices of different communities, equipping them with the ability to work in different countries with varied cultural environments.
Peace and Conflict Studies
This subject predominantly deals with conflict related matters, covering everything from local to global issues. Students cover a broad range of material ranging from theories of conflict, and terrorism to war theories, peace talks and resolutions. By exposing themselves to this subject matter, students understand how to perceive and analyze contemporary issues in a well-informed manner.
This subject teaches students to analyze urban environments and settlements. Students understand how cities are born, how they grow and expand and how they decline. They also study how human behavior is affected by urban settlements. Students also develop an understanding of how to conceive and organize cities and urban living spaces, ensuring inclusiveness, sustainability and security for everyone. The subject helps students address pertinent issues in society such as urban poverty, displacement and the unplanned growth of cities.
Introduction to Philosophy
This course studies the works of the greatest minds in philosophy. Students engage in debates to discuss and argue the theories that they learn as well as to analyze them critically. The subject induces philosophical and critical thought in the minds of students, sharpening their critical thinking, analytical capabilities and ideation skills.
Study of Human Psychology
The subject traces some of the crucial developments in psychology over the years and their influence on the interpretation and analysis of human behavior and the human mind. Students also acquire a deeper understanding of the cognitive capabilities of the human mind and an overview of the different psychological ailments that affect it.
Introduction to World History
This subject studies major historical events and attempts to analyze them, identifying commonalities or links with the events happening in the world today. Students realize the importance of having a good understanding of world history and its impact on today’s society, enabling them to grasp the varied nuances of its functioning better.
Great Leaders & Creative Thinkers
This subject studies some of the greatest minds of the century and their ideas on a wide range of issues such as technology, art, politics, and governance. By understanding the ways in which these individuals perceived things, students will be able to sharpen their leadership qualities, think uniquely and innovatively and also have multiple perspectives on various matters. Students are molded into good leaders who are equipped with the tools that make them stand out from the crowd.
Innovation in Science & Technology
One of the key topics covered in this program looks at innovation, inspiring students to be pioneering and unique in their designs and creations. Great technology requires imagination and artistic talent, and the course nurtures these skills by providing students with the ideal environment for creativity, inspiring them to think differently. The course also exposes students to some of the best scientific and technological innovations of the 21st century, encouraging them to analyze the conditions and environment under which these innovations were born.
The dynamic and chaotic world of media has become crucial to understanding our immediate surroundings as well as the world at large. With the advent of digital media, news dispensation has been revolutionized to a great extent, making every social media user a potential journalist. As media influences our lives more than we know, it becomes necessary to understand its functioning and impact on today’s society. The media studies course focuses on theoretical aspects of the subject such as the criticism of media, role of media in shaping public opinion and the impact of media on policy making and law. It also delves into a brief history of the press. Students acquire an overall understanding of the workings of the fourth pillar of democracy, altering the way they look at both micro as well as macro level issues.
The Art of Living
The subject focuses on critiquing and appreciating beauty across disciplines such as art, literature, music, design, food, theater and cinema. It focuses on analyzing the criteria that makes a product exquisite (or have aesthetic value) and understanding the cultural aspects that influence public perception of these same products. The subject encourages students to develop a deeper understanding of the ideas of beauty aesthetics. This enables them to understand how society defines the aforementioned notions of beauty and aesthetics.
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