Philosophy Research Project (PRP) began two years ago under the auspices of the Department of Social Sciences. The project intends to familiarize the students of BPh with basics of social science methodology in designing a research, collection of data, and interpretation of the data. Finally, the students will write up a report and philosophize based on the findings. The approach used in the PRP is one of hands-on learning and involves working personally and in groups. The feasible topic is chosen based on contemporary relevance.
Every step in the research typically includes an input by the staff and a hands-on experience by the students. The PRP broadly follows four stages:
- The first stage covers familiarizing oneself with the nuances of the selected topic. It involves collecting relevant and useful scholarly literature regarding the topic, identifying different variables that are relevant, and operationalizing these variables. The stage typically ends with the construction of a questionnaire, which is then translated into multiple Indian languages.
- The second stage is data collection and it happens during the summer holidays. The students go to different parts of the country and collect data using the instrument developed in stage one.
- The third stage happens after the students return to JDV the next academic year. The data collected by the students are computerized, put together, and cleaned. The students are introduced to basic techniques of data analysis and principles of data-interpretation.
- In the final stage, each student is given a set of data to analyze, interpret and philosophize. This final stage usually ends with the student submitting a scientific paper demonstrating one’s ability to analyze the given data, to interpret and to philosophize based on the findings.
In 2016-17, the topic selected was Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment. The study also covered the relationship of Youth and the Church.
In 207-18, the PRP studied Smartphone Use among the Indian Youth. It covered the extent and purpose of use of smartphones by the young people.
In the current year, the chosen topic is an exploration of the Indian society to understand the extent to which Indian citizens feel any threat to their cultural rootedness.