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BA (Hons.) Global Affairs



1 August 2018

31 July 2021

3 Years

10 August 2018

Rs. 3.0 Lacs


Upon the completion of the three year BA Hons in Global Affairs, JSIA expects that students would achieve the following learning outcomes: Acquire a holistic understanding of international political theory and greater understanding of international affairs; Develop a specialised field of knowledge by choosing one of the several available specialized fields of knowledge tracks, and develop an in-depth understanding of a region by opting for various study abroad available with top ranking educational institutions across the globe. Apply systematic methodological research and analysis, and historically contextualize contemporary global events; Demonstrate the ability to think, work, study and conduct research independently; Develop a wide range of intellectual, practical and language skills which will enable programme graduates to consider a wide range of post-graduation employment options.



Credit Structure 

90 credits over six semesters. Each core/elective course is worth 3 credits and equivalent  to 45 hours of classroom teaching.



International History – I ( Diplomatic History)

This course gives a broad overview of relations between empires and states over time, starting from the earliest exchanges between major civilisations of the world and coming up to contemporary ties between great powers like China and the United States. It traces how diplomacy has evolved over centuries from ‘club’ models to ‘network’ models.

Philosophy - I ( Continental & Analytical Philosophy)

This course trains students in European philosophical ideas, their evolution and application over time and space. It gives basics of classical Greek and Roman thought, especially with regard to reasoning and logic. It also covers contemporary European philosophical works with political emphasis, such as those of Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida and Jurgen Habermas.

International Economics - I ( Microeconomics)

This course introduces students to basics of supply and demand, individual consumer and firm-level decisions, utility, and production curves, price setting and competition in markets at the international level. It is meant to give students fundamental, understanding of key concepts that would be used in Year 2 and Year 3.

Introduction to Academic College Writing

This course trains students in the basics of academic English, which is different from literary and colloquial English. It introduces students to reading and writing in the social sciences, citation usage, referencing, paragraph construction, sub-headings, staying close to the central argument or theme, Dos and Don’ts etc.

Political Science - I ( Political Theory)

This course trains students in core political theories belonging to the paradigms of liberalism, conservatism and radicalism. It takes students through central concepts such as ‘social contract’, theories of the state, theories of political institutions, theories of political behaviour and participation.


Political Science - II ( Comparative Politics)

This course is designed to introduce students to develop the comparative method of analysing regime types (democracies vs. authoritarian systems), formal institutions (constitutions, legislatures, executives, judiciaries), and basic norms and behavioural patterns of voters, rebels, protesters, lobbying groups etc.

Critical Reading and Writing

This course carries forward the learnings from the Year 1 course, titled ‘Introduction to Academic College Writing’. It develops the basic skill of critiquing written texts through interpretation and analysis. It aims to build argumentation abilities of students by focusing on key published doctrines and tenets of foreign affairs.

International History - II ( History of International Relations Since 1945)

This course builds upon the ‘Diplomatic History’ and introduces students to key trends in world history since 1945 up to the end of the Cold War in 1991. It looks at the division of the world into Western and Eastern blocs, the non-aligned movement (NAM), decolonisation, covert wars and ideological tussles between communism, capitalism and hybrid political ideologies.

International Economics - II ( Macroeconomics)

This course takes over from the ‘Microeconomics’ course of Year I and introduces students to the study of aggregate decisions and outcomes at the level of a country and a region. It will cover key concepts like employment, inflation, currency exchange rates, stock markets, trade and foreign investment strategies.

Sociology – I

Sociology is a systematic study of the society. It is a dynamic discipline as sociologists study a rapidly changing society which requires constant review of theories and methods of research. It is an intellectual challenging subject as it closely engages with the issues which threaten the human society such as climate change or crime or global inequality. This module will lay the foundation for the students in the core theories in sociology and its application to the contemporary society. The classical theorists whose work will be discussed are: August Comte; Emile Durkheim; Karl Marx; Max Weber and Michel Foucault. It will also include: Gender Equality and Feminist Theory; Post-Structuralism and Post-Modernity; Globalisation and ‘Sociology of Risk’. It will also provide brief overview of various branches of sociology such as: sociology of medicine/ health; sociology of childhood; sociology of family; sociology of ageing; gender studies; sociology of caste; sociology of religion; political sociology and sociology of law. Each of the sub-branches could be linked to laws related to family, children, women, disabled, elderly or marginalized groups in society. This module will aim to enable the student to draw out inter-linkages between theories and practical application specific attention will be paid to some of current issues being faced globally and the ramifications in the Indian society. It will examine and debate ‘law as an instrument of social change’ in a nuanced way. This module will specifically address this issue in relation to ‘social exclusion’ and various dimensions of exclusion based on gender and sexuality; social-economic status (class); caste; race; ethnicity; religion; health, illness and disability. Social exclusion is a concept which depicts both the material and non-material aspects of deprivation experienced by certain groups of people. Social exclusion is largely structured by institutions and processes in the society which label certain groups or individuals with negative attributes and discriminate against them based on these attributes. The patterns and practices of social exclusion are deepening and changing as a result of increasing complexity of various social institutions such as family; religion; education; politics and government. Finally, the course will enable student to appraise sociological concepts, processes and institutions and also establish its relevance to other core modules such as Constitutional Law, Family Law, Human Rights or International Law etc.


Philosophy - II ( Non-Western Philosophy)

This course will cover major non-Western philosophical systems with long civilisational histories, such as those of India, China, the Arab world, Africa and Latin America. Key philosophers of each of these regions will be discussed with the objective of students getting to know how non-Western intellectual traditions have emerged.

Political Science - III ( Introduction to International Politics)

The world today is confronted with several challenges, including terrorism, sectarian violence, and global warming. Governments around the world, either unilaterally or collectively, have taken certain initiatives to address these global issues. Cooperation and collaboration of the international community is becoming increasingly important and necessary. This course is designed for students who are new to international relations and politics. The course is roughly divided into three parts. In the first few weeks, we will go over basic concepts, such as Nation State System, National Interest, Diplomacy, Colonialism and Neocolonialism, and Disarmament, Arms Control and Nuclear Proliferation. We will then look at fundamental theories of International Relations - Liberalism, Realism, Marxism, Feminism, Postmodernism and Constructivism. The latter part of the semester will focus on some key issues in international politics, such as Globalization, The United Nations, Human Rights, Environment, Terrorism, and Development and Security.

Sociology - II

This course examines a number of themes and critical issues related to social change. It represents an introduction to macro-sociology which analyses the ways that people’s lives are shaped by large-scale forces, structures, and institutions. More in particular it will explore a range of conditions in which social institutions may threaten or promote individuals and groups’ freedom and dignity, knowledge and rights, in “ordinary” and “extraordinary” times. The latter terms refer to the level of destabilization of societies considered in each case-study and they are more appropriately functional than the terms “peace/war” since they inspire a less restraint or defined temporal/spatial focus: the role of institutions in promoting or threatening social change, in fact, will be considered not only in peaceful or war-torn societies but also in contexts where the level of tensions is particularly high, where “emergency” is the appropriate word to describe a specific situation or where the conventional structures of societies are weakened or disintegrated. These differentiations are particularly meaningful since they provocatively demand the students to reflect upon the complex interaction between institutions and social norms, individuals and groups, both at domestic and international level. By considering the expression “shades of violence” as a guiding concept, the course tries to shed light on the endless presence of grades of abuse and coercion even in societies experiencing growth and stability.

International History - III ( Decolonization and the Third World)

The study of the contemporary international system is marked by an unparalleled degree of complexity. The social scientific study of international relations seeks to develop models and methodologies that allow analysts to develop greater predictive (and explanatory) capabilities in a rapidly changing environment. Despite significant advances in the scientific analysis of international relations, scholars are repeatedly faced with catastrophic failures in their inability to predict and explain critical events (and processes) that fundamentally reshape the manner in which we understand international politics. It is also problematic that the post-Cold War scholarship on international relations found itself intellectually constrained by an overarching Liberal consensus; a consensus which is marked by a fundamental belief in the benefits accruing from the imposition of democratic institutions and free markets. The recurrence of crises and the existing levels of violence within the international system continuously test the current architecture of the system. At the core of the problem is the extent to which dominant actors within the system (especially nation-states and international organizations) adapt to new forms of resistance and mechanisms of institutional change. One of the least recognized aspects of international relations are the deep linkages and continuities between contemporary problems and the complex historical processes that led to their emergence in the first place. In other words ignoring the burden of history and constructing ahistorical explanations is detrimental to sound predictive and explanatory capability.

International Economics - III ( Development Economics)

Development Economics as a currency within economics evolved since the early 1950s when economists like Paul Rosentein-Rodan, Pigou, Arthur Lewis, Tibor Scitovsky, Paul Samuelson, Amartya Sen, Kaushik Basu et al. started focusing more on the policy and distributional aspects of economic growth in a given economy. However, most of what was and is studied in modern day economics has an acute connection in the study of development economics. Most of the classical economists and thinkers, like Adam Smith, David Ricardo, Hume etc. kept the “welfare” of an individual at the center of their analysis at a time when empire economies in the West were moving towards industrialization. Ideas in economic growth, economic development, income classification of rich and poor countries, (un)employment, labor productivity, real wage-analysis; including access to public services, public goods, affirmative action by the state etc. are critical to understanding a an economy’s pursuit to greater economic prosperity. While economic growth for a country may broadly be measured by the rise in national income or per capital income and product; economic development as a process and an “end” in itself requires a deeper analysis. A key element in studying processes and outcomes of economic development in an economy is closely linked with the people of the country who should be major participants and beneficiaries in an increasing growth effect. During the course we will closely study the concepts and processes linked with economic development and highlight empirical cases from late developing economies like India, South Korea, China etc. in studying their own endogenous (internally driven) approach to economic development. Additionally, the course will also include concepts from welfare economics, social choice theory, demographic theory and Sen’s capability approach.


Foreign Policy Analysis – I

Foreign Policy analysis is a key component of global affairs and international relations. Courses under this category will examine questions such as:How is foreign policy made and who makes foreign policy? Can foreign policy actors’ achievements best be described as rational responses to the constraints and opportunities existing in their external environment? Or do factors internal to collective entities – the mindsets and psychological predispositions of political leaders, public opinion, economic interest groups, political culture, political structure, and other factors – play a significant role? How do external and internal factors interact in the processes leading to foreign policy actions? Course offerings will include both country based empirical studies and issue based conceptual studies.

International Security - I

Courses in International security will familiarize students with some of the major theoretical issues in the study of international security, and some of the central challenges shaping current debates about security and the use of force. The study of security investigates causes of war, strategies for avoiding conflict, conflict resolution and mediation, and the impact of new technologies, actors, and ideas on calculations about the use of force. Courses will also examine the changing nature of security, the deepening and widening of the security agenda to include concerns like human rights and the environment; what are the implications of these changes, and what are the instituional, legal, and normative transformations related to such a re-conceptualizaion of security.

International Economic Development –I

Courses on international economic development will examine various approaches to international development, including past and present relationships between developed and underdeveloped societies, and pays particular attention to power and resource distribution globally and within nations.Students will become familiar with the “problematic” of development and explore competing conceptualizations of the issues and ideologies at their base. Development courses will also focus on the role of non-state actors, global civil society, and others, in addressing poverty and inequality. Equally, courses will examine the interplay between the development and human rights regimes in international politics, and the interface between development, politics and security.

Culture and Media Studies – I

Courses in Culture and Media studies will examine the relationship between cultures and representation, the relationship between the spread of ideas and media technologies, and the influence of media technologies on social beliefs and values. Because media (forms of information and communication ranging from the written word to print, film, television, radio, and the web) are playing an increasingly visible role in politics and economics, business and education, art and entertainment in local, national, and international contexts, a proper understanding of processes of mediation is key to understanding how cultures are shaped.Course subjects, perspectives, and topics are grouped around issues of identity formation, cross-cultural dynamics, popular and media histories, and new media cultures.

International Organisations -I

The growth and scope of international organisations is a defining feature of contemporary global politics. Courses on international, organisation will centre around questions on the role and impact of international organisations.Traditional international relations theories characterize the international system as anarchic and focus on interactions between nation-states. Since WWII, international organisations have become more prominent players in the international system. Debate continues in academic and policy communities over why international organisations exist, whether they matter in global politics, and when they can help alleviate global problems. Course offerings will examine the role of the UN, regional organisations, non-state actors, as well as theoretical perspectives on the role of international organisations in promoting cooperation and collaboration at the international level.


Foreign Policy Analysis – II

This course will develop the basic themes learnt in Year 2 under ‘Foreign Policy Analysis-I’ and go into a critical analysis of Indian foreign policy since independence, foreign policies of other major global or regional powers such as the USA, China, Japan, Brazil, South Africa, Nigeria, Turkey, Iran and Egypt. Students will also be introduced to the concept of regionalism in international politics, with case studies on conflicts as well as integration trends in Europe, North America, Africa, Latin America, East Asia and South Asia.

International Security – II

This course is designed to build comprehensive understanding in students about global armed conflicts and their resolution, power structures and alliance patterns, balance-of-power among major international actors and the importance of international law in regulating international security.

International Economic Development –II

This course aims to instil among students basic understanding of how economic development processes around the world are integrated with political calculations and motives. It also takes up key concepts like globalisation and looks at its positive and negative aspects in depth.

Culture and Media Studies – II

This course takes students to a higher level of learning about the relationship between the news media and political transformation in advanced and developing countries. It delves into the concept of the ‘Fourth Estate’, its strengths and weaknesses, and its functions in moulding political culture in democratic and authoritarian political systems.

International Organisations-II

This course will be exclusively devoted to developing student understanding of the complex role played by the United Nations (UN) in a changing world, both as an upkeeper of international peace and security, as well as a facilitator of economic development, human rights and environmental preservation tasks on a worldwide scale.


Foreign Policy Analysis – III

This course is centred around the theme of ‘crises’ and ‘turning points’ in foreign policy of major, middle and small powers. It analyses iconic cases such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, the US-China rapprochement of the 1970s and the US-Iran thaw of 2013 so that students can appreciate how decisions are made by state elites when confronted with big challenges and crossroads-like situations that demand a change of course.

International Security – III

This course will develop student abilities to understand non-traditional international security issues such as human rights and human security. It will connect the ‘hard’ security questions of war and peace, military strategy etc. with the ‘soft’ questions of human dignity and security of individuals and groups that are vulnerable to abuses, genocide and environmental degradation.

International Economic Development –III

This course continues from the previous semester’s ‘International Economic Development- II’ and delves deeper into the politics of globalisation and rising inequalities in income and status across the world. It will also make students do in depth analyses of international trade and capital movements, globalisation of the supply chain and production processes.

Culture and Media Studies – III

This course grapples with the politics of representation of phenomena in the arts and in the media, and encourages students to do detailed case studies from different countries of the intersection of the visual and performing arts with political questions. Diaspora networks and the construction of new transnational communities would also be covered.

International Organisations-III

This course takes students to an in depth analysis of the increasing prominent of non-state actors in global affairs. It will take up prominent examples of non-state actors such as multinational corporations (MNCs), terrorist groups and NGOs to demonstrate how they have transformed the previous state-dominated world order and how they are redefining the meaning of concepts like ‘global governance.’

Post program careers 

A Career Director assists students in finding the right internships in the United Nations system, other intergovernmental, regional and non-governmental organisations, financial institutions, think tanks and diplomatic missions. The curriculum of the B.A. (Hons.) (G.A.) includes a mandatory guided internship requirement that prepares students for careers in the multiple opportunities afforded by ever-expanding career streams like Peace and Conflict Resolution, International Justice, International Economic Development, Humanitarian Relief, Human Rights Advocacy, Political and Economic Risk Analysis etc. Graduates of JSIA go on to become versatile international affairs professionals.