BoSS Course Summary
KATHMANDU UNIVERSITY Affiliated Program

First Year, First Semester Courses: Briefs
English I: Writing and Vocabulary

Upon the completion of this course, students will be able to write structured essays as per the writer’s techniques, maintain a journal, use development related vocabulary, and explain in English the intercultural communication, education, mass media, gender roles and work. This course will be continued with ENGL1162 in1 st Year, 2 nd Semester

Introduction to Human Geography

This course will focus on the geographical concepts pertinent to sociology and anthropology, and will be a base for the courses having geographical dimensions and covering the fields of culture, indigenous people, environment, ethnicity, tourism, heritage, social impact assessment as well as the subjects to be offered in the electives such as rural/urban sociology, migration, and natural resource management. This will also highlight concepts of field research techniques while covering field works on socio-cultural-economics.

Sociology I

The main objective of this introductory/foundation course in Sociology is to familiarize the students dealing with the fundamental concepts of Sociology and basic theories, researches and implications in the society. After completing this course, students will become able to analyze the social issues and conduct the basic sociological researches

Introduction to Economics

The objective of this course is to acquaint the students with basic economic principles and phenomena. The course expresses the theories of demand and supply, factor pricing, national income, accounting and government's role in market economy. Also, the impacts and implications of economy in the society will be expressed through this course. After getting acquired with all these parameters, students could be able to understand the complex national economy. The course should also be able to interrelate itself with the social issues as well.

Nepali : Grammar, Writing and Literature (NEPL110)

यो पाठ्यांशको तर्जुमा नेपाली भाषाको व्याकरण र अभिव्यक्ति शैलीको अध्ययन गरेर यसको मौखिक र लिखित प्रयोग गर्न, शव्दभण्डारका ज्ञानको अभिवृद्धि गर्न, र लेखनका सीपहरुको विकास गर्न गरिएको हो । यसले नेपाली भाषाको सार्वजनिक व्यवहार, ज्ञान–विज्ञान, समाजशास्त्र र साहित्यका क्षेत्रमा प्रयुक्त हुने विशेष शव्दावलीको प्रयोग उपयुक्त र प्रभावकारी ढंगले गर्न मद्दत पु¥याउने छ । यस अन्तर्गत नेपाली साहित्य कृतिविवेचना भित्र उपन्यास, कथा, नाटक, निबन्ध र कविता समेटिएका छन् ।
यो विषयको अध्ययन गरिसकेपछि विद्यार्थीहरु नेपाली भाषामा लिखित एवम् मौखिक पठन, बोध तथा अभिव्यक्त गर्न सक्षम हुनेछन् ।

NEPL105 Nepali – I

नेपाली भाषाको व्याकरण र अभिव्यक्ति शैलिको अध्ययन गरेर यसको मौखिक र लिखित प्रयोग गर्न, शव्दभण्डारका ज्ञानको अभिवृद्धि गर्न, र लेखनका सीपहरुको विकास गर्न यो पाठ्यांशको तर्जुमा गरिएको हो । यसले नेपाली भाषाको सार्वजनिक व्यवहार, ज्ञान–विज्ञान, समाजशास्त्र र साहित्यका क्षेत्रमा प्रयुक्त हुने विशेष शव्दावलीको प्रयोग उपयुक्त र प्रभावकारी ढंगले गर्न मद्दत पु¥याउने छ ।

Seminar: Creative Writing

The focus of this course is on the writing skills of students. A student has to first identify a social science topic to write on (taking help from the college) and submit the paper to the college research committee.

First Year Second Semester Courses: Briefs
English II : Literature

This course is in continuation with English I (ENGL161) offered in the 1 st year, 1st semester.Upon the completion of this course, students will be able to use the English language skills and strategies of continuing ideas, making passive sentences and making connections pertinent to the world health scenario; share main ideas, unfavored as well as favored views and reduced relative clauses for living in a multicultural society; use English language for definition, classification, tabulation, illustrations, comparison and contrast; and apply the concepts of Problem-Solution Texts, -ing Words that express results and nominalization.

Introduction to Anthropology

This course is an introduction to the field of Anthropology. As a broad and diverse discipline, Anthropology aims to construct a holistic understanding of the human species by integrating research on the cultural, biological, evolutionary, linguistic and historical aspects of our kind. Anthropology’s array of sub - disciplines contributes to this in different ways.

Quantitative Methods

After the completion of this course, the students will be able to understand the concepts of elementary mathematics, learn the techniques of problem-solving and apply to different fields of human life; be acquainted with necessary mathematical tools and statistical methods; understand how the simple models can be used to solve different types of problems in multiple areas of application.

Politics, State and Society

This course aims to explore some of the great debates about the relationship between politics and society. It begins by looking at the canonical writings of authors like Marx, Weber and Tocqueville. The rest of the course will then provide with a chance to study some of the major political changes in Nepal. In addition, the course will discuss the social impact of the political changes

Seminar: Oral and Poster Presentation

The inclusion of this course is to give a student an opportunity to explore and communicate the knowledge on social sciences he/she has gained (or already had) in a presentation in front of the college research committee. The presentation will be oral made using posters.

Foreign Language I

The overall goal of this course is to make the students thinking beyond the customary borders, and expand their view of the world. It will help them communicate with other people in other cultures and societies in a variety of settings, and participate more actively in the global community and marketplace. Specifically, it will also help students develop some language related skills including translation, interpretation, and cultural performance. It will also help them gain direct access to additional bodies of knowledge, and eventually develop their personality.
Under this course, there will be two options with two papers as follows:

Foreign Language # 1: Chinese I, and Chinese II
Foreign Language # 2: German I, and German II

This course will be continued with Foreign Language # 2.

Second Year, First Semester Courses: Brief
Sociology II

The objective of this course is to familiarize students with specific theoretical perspectives in sociology and its various dimensions thereby to help them comprehend social and cultural institutions and processes at both theoretical and practical level. Students through this subject will be able to understand the importance and relate the theories like; Functionism and Diffusionism; Functionalism and Structural Functionalism; Symbol and Meaning; Conflict Theory and Marxist Sociology; Interactionism; Post Modernism; Sociological Perspective.

Social Mobilization

Upon completion of the subject, the student will become able to understand the social and community dynamics, exposure to the realities of community and importance of their mobilization for social change and development along with its various means to mobilize the community. Moreover, students will become able to develop an ability to understand and critically look into community mobilization practices and programs. Also enhance the ability to identify and locate roles and challenges of development workers along with broadening a knowledge base regarding scope and challenges of community mobilization in Nepal.

Indigenous People and Culture

This course will focus on the lifestyle of native ethnic minorities, who have been marginalized from the national development mainstream. It will cover various aspects of their societies such as population and distribution, history, traditional knowledge and culture, especially on their environment. It will include the United Nations’ 2007 Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Policies of International Labor Organization and the World Bank

Social Psychology

This course aims to impart on students a brief knowledge of perspectives in psychology along with its scope. Theories on motivation, emotion, development and personality followed by theories of learning will give the students basic ‘know- how’ of the subject. This will be followed by an introduction to psychosocial development and a very brief introduction to social psychology.

Foreign Language II

This course is a continuation of Foreign Language # 1.

Geographical Information System (GIS)

The main purpose of the course is to equip the students with practical and scientific tool of research in social sciences. Specifically, they will gain concepts and skills GIS and allied subjects and their applications in social sciences. Students will be exposed to latest versions of GIS softwares such as Arc View- ArcGIS desktop software form Environmental System Research Inc (ESRI), and ENVI (Image Processing Software). This course will have 18 sessions (equivalent to 27 lecture hours) of theory and 12 sessions (equivalent to 18 lecture hours) of practical in a laboratory. However, students will be encouraged to continue their practices beyond the session hours.

Second Year Second Semester Courses: Briefs
Social and Cultural Change

This course will focus on concepts, principles and theories of social and cultural change; social order; causes and conditions of socio-cultural change; goals and barriers of socio-cultural change; transition and options etc. It will highlight on authenticity, identity and acculturation. It will cover case studies on major socio-cultural changes pertinent to development in the country, region and the world.

Media and Society

This course will focus on concepts, principles and theories of communication, and their implications in society. It will cover historical development, types, roles and ethics of media in social development. It will highlight on Information Communication Technology (ICT), personal (e.g. telephone, internet), social (internet based) and mass media (e.g. radio, television, print and digital). Field activities will include visitations to radio and television stations, and study on implications of media in a society.

Ethnicity and Social Inclusion

In continuation with the course entitled, SOCL… Indigenous People and Culture, offered in Second Year, First Semester, this course will focus on concepts, principles, policies and practices of social inclusion of ethnic minorities. It will highlight on rationales, barriers and accessing of social inclusion. It will also cover the topics of social exclusion, and contributors and consequences in development. Field activities will focus on the study of social inclusions in development works including governmental, nongovernmental programs.

Economics of Social Issues

Since this course being the follow-up of the courses like economics, sociology and environment, this will particularly help to analyze different social activities and its implications from economic perspectives. After completing this course, students should become able to understand access and analyze the social issues economically.

Introduction to Public Policy

The objective of this course is to make the students familiar about the nature, process, components and actors of the public policy. In this course, these aspects of public policy will be pursued from a variety of perspectives. The term will be divided into four main components: The Nature, Process, Structure, and Context of Policy making. The Policy Players will be the Institutional and Non-Institutional actors, and the main factors will be: Rules, Strategies, Culture and Resources. In the concluding section of the course, the specific policy domains of the policy pursued will be: education, environmental, health care, social welfare, and immigration.

Biography and Philosophies
Course Description

The course attempts to give to students of social sciences a flavor of life stories of famous and great personalities of the world and particularly of South Asia. The course includes not only the account and description of the personalities—from birth, education, adolescence, professions and relationships-- but also their experiences of major and important events as they went through their lives. A special focus is given on the legacy of the chosen personalities—who could well be living.
The course will cover four personalities relevant to social sciences. The whole course will be divided equally in four parts i.e. 12 lecture hours for the study of a single personality. The onus of selection of personalities will rest with the College Research Evaluation Committee. A major highlight of the course will be guest lecture—at least four—by prominentpersonalities emulating the chosen personalities ways and philosophies

Third Year First Semester Courses: Briefs
Conflict and Society

This subject helps to analyze the complexity of the society and also deals with how challenging the social change/mobilization is. Through studying of various theories and concepts related to both conflict and the society, students should become able to identify the causes and consequences of the conflict and also various ways to resolve/transform it. Both social and organizational level conflict studies are covered by this course.

Religions, Ethics and Society

This course will cover genesis of major religions, history and typology of religions,philosophical backgrounds of religions, religious organizations and their implications in development. It will also cover the topics of religious harmony, secularism, as well as relationship between science and religion. Case studies will cover on nature conservation, cultural activities and religions.

Globalization and Society

This course deals with modernization and its impact on economy of the third world in general and thereby caused globalization and its impact in third world in particular. The course deals with factors behind formation of globalization and its impact on both social and economic level, where impact stand for both short and long term as well as at local and at the global level. After completion of this course, student will be able to identify the factors and issues related with globalization.

Crime and Society

This course mainly deals with criminal activities, its determinants and different categories of crime. The course intends to invent why and how crime occurs in the society and the social factors responsible to generate this. Apart from criminology and society, the complex relation between crime and society, how laws are are formulated to curbed the crime. The role of society in resolving crime will be an important feature of this course.

Women and Feminism Studies

This course attempts to aware the students the fact that any social development must be gender sensitive in order to be sustainable. The course will follow the roles women have played in Indian Sub-continental epics, culture and recorded history, including a brief modern history of gender bias feminism theories and moments, faces of gender inequalities, world conferences on women rights, national and international organizations working for women and their rights with focus on health, education and politics, sexual minority rights.

Governance and Social Accountability

The objective of this course is to expose students to the meaning and concepts of governance, its significance and benefits. Participation being an integral part of good governance, therefore, also needs to be studied in its broader context and dimensions and its relation to good governance.. Since Social Accountability and Social Audit being two major factors ensuring governance, the in-depth studies and the case studies on these topics become important in order to materialize the concept and ideas of governance at both social and institutional level. Upon completion of the study, students become able to understand the meaning, theories as well as practical undertakings of these issues at social, political, institutional and also at national level.

Third Year Second Semester Courses: Briefs
Project Analysis and Design

This course will familiarize the students with the concept of project, project cycle, logical framework, different analyses viz. problem, objective, stakeholder, participant etc. giving concepts of net present value, internal rate of returns and time value with particular focus on projects undertaken by organizations/institutions working on social development issues. This will be done via case studies.

Tourism, Heritage and Society

The course will focus on introduction to tourism (definitions, nature & scope, history, typology etc), and sociological & anthropological aspects with its implications in tourism industry and human development. Specifically, it will deal with tangible and intangible heritage such as culture, events, festivals, monuments, shrines etc. Field activities will cover the study on tourism motivation, attraction, promotions as envisaged by the state and the communities.

Social Impact Assessment

This course mainly deals with the new physical developmental activity and its impact on the surrounding environment such as social, cultural and gender. Basically, the impact of any new project on society will be assessed at spatial, temporal and the magnitude levels. This subject enables students to learn and use the tools that are used to assess the impact of any project on the surrounding social and other environments. Ultimately, based on the severity of the impact,students will become able to term project either feasible or infeasible.

Social Entrepreneurship

This course will focus on the concept of Social Entrepreneurship, best practices, opportunities and constraints in developing new social enterprises, Planning and Managing a Social Enterprise and Public Policy Issues related with Social Enterprise. so that a new social enterprise or funding decision can be taken in the related field. It will cover case studies, field visit activities etc

Research Methodology (DEVS305)

This course intends to provide basic knowledge on the type and method of research appropriate for the social sciences and enable the students to carry out the final semester Project Work with confidence.

Social Accountability/ Social Audit

This subject will be taught as a successor of good governance. Since Social Accountability and Social Audit being two major factors ensuring governance, the in-depth studies and the case studies on these topics become important in order to materialize the concept and ideas of governance at both social and institutional level. Upon completion of the study, students become able to understand the meaning, theories as well as practical undertakings of these issues at social, political, institutional and also at national level.

Fourth Year First Semester Courses: Briefs
Internship

The main objective of this course is to give students firsthand work experience in social and developmental organizations and institutions. By doing this, students will get familiarized with the professional working environments in the social sectors.

Electives (Select any one of the following groups A, B & C below)
A. Demographic Sociology:

i) Rural sociology

The objective of this course is to understand sociology in rural context. Various theories, ideas and practices related to rural sociology should be catered to this course in order to enable students understand sociology in general and rural sociology in particular. This course may cover the issues like, social settings in rural context. Through this course, students should also be able to understand and analyze typical rural social issues and its causes and consequences. This course may require field visit to make theories and practices more understandable.

ii) Urban sociology

The objective of this course is to understand sociology in urban context. Various theories, ideas and practices related to rural sociology should be catered to this course in order to enable students understand sociology in general and urban sociology in particular. This course may cover the issues like, social settings in urban context. Through this course, students should also be able to understand and analyze typical urban social issues and its causes and consequences. This course may require field visit to make theories and practices more understandable.

iii) Sociology of Migration

Migration, being a major issue, deals with the study of the social factor to cause migration as well as impact caused by migration to the society. Upon completing of this course, students become able to analyze identify the social factors that are responsible to cause migration apart from economics. Also the growing social problems caused due to migration will also be highlighted and analyzed through the ideas/tools provided through this course content.

B. Development Anthropology:

i) Anthropology of Modernization

The objective of this subject is to understand social development from modernization perspective. After completing of the course, students should be able to understand as well as analyze the classical and neoclassical theories of development. Some other important theories that should be included are Functionalism, Diffusionalism, Functionalism and Structural Functionalism: Symbol and Meaning , Conflict Theory and Marxist Theories on Modernization, Enlightment, Interactionism and Post Modernism,

ii) Anthropology of Technology Development

The history of natural resource management has got very old history. This course helps to understand important natural resources that are being used by the different ethnic communities for the past several eras and years.

iii) Anthropology of Natural Resource Management

Migration, being a major issue, deals with the study of the social factor to cause migration as well as impact caused by migration to the society. Upon completing of this course, students become able to analyze identify the social factors that are responsible to cause migration apart from economics. Also the growing social problems caused due to migration will also be highlighted and analyzed through the ideas/tools provided through this course content.

C. Social Policy:

i) Health Concept and Policy

This course focuses on the policy issues relating to the provision and organization of health care and also between the policy and practice. It covers the topics such as: the theoretical nature of 'policy'; the history of health policy development; the relationship between research and policy; globalization and policy; needs assessment and health care, health policies and practice in Nepal

ii) Educational Policy

Upon completion of the course, students will have broad and deep understanding of the concept of education from traditional as well as modern approaches. Students will be familiar with main directions of national level policy making in respect to formal and non-formal education in Nepal. They will be given the opportunity to demonstrate a theoretical and an analytical understanding of the practical problems inherent in conducting policy research for education clients. The students will acquire knowledge and skills to articulate theories of action for school improvement and management of instruction that can be useful in their work as education policy makers or analysts, academic researchers and practitioners.

iii) Human right

The objective of this course is to familiarize students with concept of Human Right. Identify key components of Human Right. UN declaration and National level commitment practices

Research Planning

This course intends to help the students understand the preliminary inputs and know how to do an independent research based project work. It includes the significance of developing a research plan, methods to select a research problem, objective framing, methods and techniques used in the research, detailed study of nature of the population/universe, sampling plan and pilot studies. All these constituents of a research plan will be looked on from a proposal writing perspective linking it with logical framework analysis. Writing and presentation of the proposal will be the major part of the course.

Fourth Year Second Semester Courses: Brief
Project Work

This course intends to familiarize students with empirical research on different social science disciplines viz. economics, sociology, anthropology, psychology to name a few. This skill will be further bolstered by the provision that students also have to write a scientific report and make a scientific presentation of their findings to the academia for completing the work.

International Relations

This course will include concepts and principles of international relations as applied in development practices. The topics will include world politics, international law, types and functions of international organizations, world system, and regional cooperation in south Asia. Cases of socio-economic, political and environmental issues will be used for analysis.