CURRICULUM B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) FIRST SEMESTER
1.1 Legal Methods, Research Methodology, English language and Communication Skills 4 Credits 1.1 Legal Methods: This introductory course aims to familiarize beginners with the methods and materials of law and with the role of law in contemporary society. The course prepares students to think like lawyers. It explores the relevance of the role of law in the contemporary society and allows for juxtaposition of the legal process with the social, economic and political processes in society. The several perspectives from which question of law can be approached are demonstrated by an introduction to the various schools of jurisprudence. Law as an independent discipline has its own materials and methods. Though related to and reflective of social processes, its development is unique in several respects. The character and content of legal knowledge are explained to the student in a systematic fashion. Familiarity with the sources of law and with legal materials and competence to find the law by the use of the law library are major concerns of this course. The ability to appreciate law as a process in the context of other processes in society (political, economic, cultural, social) is one of the goals of this course. 1.1 Research Methodology: The course may help the student to think and act like a lawyer and responds to law studies accordingly. The course also introduces legal research methodology which includes the art of footnoting etc. 1.1 English language and Communication Skills: English will be taught as a compulsory (Non Credit) course as per the requirements of the Bar Council of India. Our colonial past has been held responsible for alienating common people from the justice delivery system. The language and rhetoric of legal discourse continues to tantalize both the legal expert and the layperson. The course addresses the nature and scope of English as the medium of legal discourse in India. Students are also initiated into self-training methods for improving communication skills in English, particularly for legal transactions. 1.2 Law of Torts and Consumer Protection Laws: 3 Credits
The law of civil liability has been traditionally understood as the law of wrongs against individuals or their property, the remedy for which is damages. In the past, except for
some exceptions, the bulk of litigation has been for the redressal of wrongs suffered by individuals at the hands of each other. However, with rapid industrialization, advances in science and technology, globalization and the absence of social security/insurance, tort litigation has assumed greater significance for the redressal of wrongs committed by private enterprises, multinational corporations, manufactures and government
monopolies. This course examines the Law of Torts in all its complexity. It familiarises students with the current legal position, explaining in the process dominant intellectual ideas and approaches to the Law of Torts over the years. 1.3 Sociology-I: 3 Credits
The course offers an interdisciplinary introduction to Sociology. Taking off from a common-sense understanding, the course encapsulates a brief history of the discipline, and its relevance to the study of Indian society, focusing specifically on the interface between Sociology and Law. Students are introduced to critical texts on caste, tribe, race, religion and gender, across cultures and foregrounding the socio political and historical contexts within which stratification systems have evolved. This enables the students to understand and problematise the social underpinnings of statutes. The broad aim of the course is to introduce students to Sociology as one of the major academic disciplines within the social sciences. This is done by focusing on the key issues of contemporary society and by analyzing a range of explanations provided by sociologists. By the end of this course, through...