| Department of International Relations and Governance Studies

B.A. (Research) in International Relations

The B.A. (Research) in International Relations programme requires completion of 150 credits over 8 semesters (four years). These 150 credits belong to two baskets. Basket one contains 108 credits comprising 44 credits of 11 core courses, 12 credits of 3 compulsory courses offered to all students of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, 40 credits of 10 major electives the Department offers, and 12 credits of an undergraduate dissertation. Basket two comprises 24 credits of University Wide Elective (UWE) courses and 18 credits of Common Core Curriculum (CCC) courses. For the spread of courses through the semesters, see the programme structure page.
150

Total Credits

68

Core Credits

40

Major Electives

42

CCC + UWE credits

Core & Elective Courses

The catalogue of core courses required for the major includes 11 courses of 4 credits each offered by the Department, 3 courses of 4 credits each offered by the School, and an undergraduate dissertation of 12 credits. This amounts to a total of 68 credits. The courses along with credit weightage are listed as follows:

  1. Logic and Scientific Methods (4)
  2. Academic Writing (4)
  3. Introduction to International Relations (4)
  4. Global History and International Relations (4)
  5. Understanding Modernity (4)
  6. India in World Affairs (4)
  7. International Organizations and Global Governance (4)
  8. Theorizing International Relations (4)
  9. Global Political Thought (4)
  10. Interrogating Histories and Theories of Economic Development (4)
  11. Knowing and Governing Ecosystems and Economies (4)
  12. International Security (4)
  13. Science, Technology and International Relations (4)
  14. International Law and World Politics (4)
  15. Undergraduate Dissertation (12)

Students are expected to take at least 10 courses of 4 credits each from the Department’s catalogue of major elective courses. The elective weightage is 40 credits. An illustrative list of Departmental elective courses is as follows:

  1. Cities of the Global South (4)
  2. Liberalism and its Critics (4)
  3. Agriculture in/vs the Environment: The Nation-State and Planetary Limits (4)
  4. Agri-Food Systems: Work and Technology in Contemporary Asia (4)
  5. Constitution, Governance and Politics in India (4)
  6. Understanding Bureaucracies (4)
  7. International Relations of Asia (4)
  8. International Thinking in Indian History (4)
  9. Literature and World Politics (4)
  10. Ecological Economics: Nature, Time, Justice (4)
  11. Comparative Constitutionalism (4)
  12. Inequality and Social Policy for Development (4)
  13. Science Diplomacy (4)
  14. China in World Affairs (4)
  15. India’s Development in Comparative Perspective (4)
  16. Deciphering Perceptions: Masking and Unmasking World Politics (4)
  17. Political Biographies and World Politics (4)
  18. Cinema and World Politics (4)
  19. Problem-Solving in International Relations (4)