BA in Sustainable Urbanism

Programme Description

BA in Sustainable Urbanism aims to build an interdisciplinary understanding of the growth and planning of cities nested in a variety of urban ecosystems. It is disposed to preparing technically equipped, analytically adept, and socially-engaged practitioners. Graduates, by the end of the programme, will be in a position to evaluate urban technologies in terms of their design, social interests and ecological sustainability.

We realize that many of our graduates may not immediately seek higher education upon finishing their UG degree. It is therefore our special emphasis to prepare them for the world of work in the field and beyond. Three parts of the programme follow from this objective: first, the strong skill component. Each graduate will undergo 16 credits of coursework learning various analytical methodologies—quantitative, ethnographic, mapping, and visualisation—using tools like ArcGIS. Second, several courses are designed to offer a glimpse of the world of work through practice-oriented content and field engagement. These include courses in areas like waste and sanitation, housing, and urban finance. Third, a practicum component based on team-work that includes 8 credit of collaborative studios. A graduate of such a programme will therefore be well-prepared to meet the requirements of employers in the field and beyond.

Practitioners whom we have consulted note that requisite skills, domain knowledge, and practical familiarity with the urban landscape will place our graduates at an advantage in growing areas like waste management, low-cost housing, transportation, and climate-resilient urban design. On the other hand, for those graduates who choose to continue on to PG programmes, there are several opportunities at hand:

  1. Continue in the field at AUD with the MA in Urban Studies.
  2. Move to other programmes in related interdisciplinary fields such as Development Studies, Environment and Development, Social Design, Global Studies at AUD, or similar programmes at institutions like TISS, Azim Premji, IIHS etc.
  3. Shift to discipline-focused masters programmes in fields like Sociology, Political Science, Geography etc, to which end, the foundation, some of the core courses, and open electives act as preparation.



Programme Structure

Core courses: Students admitted to BA in Sustainable Urbanism will complete their discipline requirement by taking four courses each in the following three core areas: 1) Urbanism and Governance 2) Technology and Environment and 3) Skills. The first course of each core areas is designed as introductory, and others progressively delve deeper.

Foundation courses: 24 credits have to be earned through the Foundation Core courses (English Language 1 & 2; Environmental Issues and Challenges) and Foundation Electives, one each from three distinct baskets viz., Ways of Knowing; Justice and Democracy, and South Asia in the World.

Electives: Two kinds of electives will be offered: those in areas within the two urban domains and related skills, and those collaboratively developed with other Schools and with AUD’s Centres in crossover areas. Students may also choose from electives offered by other BA programmes at Karampura.

Available electives in the first year include: Reading Cities through Neighbourhoods • Essentials of Economics • Electoral Systems • Historio-Graphical Novels • Introduction to Feminist Theory and Practice • The Great Transformations • Language Society and Culture • Sociological Imagination • Anti-Colonialism and Postcolonial Futures • Right-based Political Movements in Contemporary India • The Legal Imagination

Studios: Two of the final year core courses will be transacted in studio mode. These courses will involve collaborative work around questions emerging from engagement with a specific site. This involves delineating the problem, breaking it down into different components, drawing on diverse material — especially local knowledges — to understand each part, and using domain knowledge to iteratively generate practical responses.


Semester Foundation courses Core courses Electives Credits  

Discipline - Domains

Discipline -Skills
I English I

Urban Worlds 

South Asia in the World#
Justice and Democracy#
II Ways of Knowing#

Urban Environments 





III English 2

Governing the City 

Working with Data



IV Environmental Issues and Challenges

Housing and Mobility

Oral histories and everyday Narratives




Right to the City

Basics of Mapping



Waste and Sanitation (studio)


Urban Management and Finance

Advanced Mapping and Visualisation



Health and Well-being

Credits 24





# - One course each from any two of these baskets have to be chosen over the first two semesters


The candidates who have passed the class XII or an equivalent examination from a recognised board are eligible to apply.


  • Anna Zimmer
  • Pritpal Singh Randhawa
  • Rachna Mehra
  • Rohit Negi

Fee Structure

Admission Procedure

Selection will be on the basis of the marks obtained in class XII examination, without including any vocational subject. Reservations norms of Government of NCT of Delhi will apply. Total number of seats: 50

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