Proceedings of the Two day UGC sponsored National Seminar on Teaching Social Sciences. Challenges and Opportunities in the New Millennium held at St.Joseph’s College (Autonomous) Bangalore 29th and 30th November 2012
Addressing the Fault lines
Chair: Fr. Ambrose Pinto SJ (Director, St. Joseph’s Evening College)
Prof. Abdul Aziz (NLSIU)
Dr. K.G. Gayathri Devi (ISEC)
Prof. Chitra Pannikar (Bangalore University)
Dr. M. Manisha (Jain University)
All social sciences need to be in relation to the immediate context to respond to the social realities.
- We seem to marketise and corporatize our social sciences.
- Political interference in social sciences – in terms of funding, state ideologies.
- Teaching seems to involve prescribing ‘bazaar’ notes.
- Teaching should inculcate two types of skills from students: analytical and interpretative skills.There is a need for an interdisciplinary approach to economics – sciences and other social sciences are necessary for interpretation and formulation of economic policy.
- There is a growing need to make students more employable – consistency with the changing market demand.
- Examinations seek information and put a premium on the memory of the student.
- The social sciences seem to have become hierarchized – choice for ‘useful’ and ‘non-philosophical’ subjects. But the need is for an integrated whole.
- Colonial understanding of sociology to a global understanding of it – a bottom-up understanding of Indian society.
- Stratification of who delivers and who receives social science teaching.Texts and teaching should be based on keen observation.
- Research methodology should have triangulation.
- Teachers are the ones responsible for ideas that get attached to areas of study.
- There seems to be a move towards territorial invincibility, but there is a need to break the artificial compartmentalization of knowledge.
- Questioning of the relation of art to this society – connecting the verbal artefact of literature to the world that gave rise to it.
- There is a need for subjective involvement of the teacher as an active agent.Distinction between curriculum designing and teaching – the former is an end and the latter, the means.
- Curriculum doesn’t correspond to the lived-in experience of the teacher or the taught.
- The goal of undergraduate education should be to encourage critical thinking, through infusing it into the design and training the teacher.
- There is a need to address the problems of first generation learners.
- Existing system of social science education fails to emphasize originality, interpretative skills and independent research.