B.A. (Hons.) Political Science students should complete five mandatory industry internships, preferably during semester’s 1,2,3,4, & 5. Additionally, they must submit two internship reports of 5 credits in semester 5 (2 credits) & 6 (3 credits).
In semester 6*: Students can opt for a combination of 3 electives + one Independent Research Study of 9 credits.
Topics covered in the curriculum include states and institutions, political behaviour and communication, public opinion and voting, regional issues and perspectives in national politics, as well as a global perspective on politics including peace and conflict studies, international cooperation, globalisation, and different forms of government.
Another novelty of this programme is that it provides students detailed knowledge of politics of different regions including Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Afghanistan, and China and Southeast Asia, and emerging economies and the global south, as well as the opportunity to take interdisciplinary elective courses on new national and global challenges like the changing landscape of war, nuclear proliferation, nationalism and populism, urban politics and infrastructure, transnational organised crime, human rights and transnationalism, and gender and sexuality.
The conventional undergraduate degree in Political Science fails to take into account contemporary global political developments that have changed the way politics is understood, usually from the western world’s vantage point. The course is focused on Indian as well as global political perspectives which help broaden our analysis of politics beyond Western-centric frameworks, connecting India’s politics and intellectual traditions to those from other global south countries.
The study of politics also requires an adequate background understanding of related social sciences and humanities. Students enrolled in this degree programme take foundational courses that include the principles of economics, history, and philosophy so that students have a holistic and well-rounded understanding of political affairs. Existing Political Science Honours programmes in India tend to neglect these related disciplines, thus omitting vital components of developing strong interpretations of political developments. At JSIA, students receive a grounding in core political science subjects as well as subjects from related disciplines so that they can tackle contemporary issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students in good standing are given the option to develop a regional or topical area of specialisation in their pathway through the programme, with faculty guidance.
As a world class university that is ideologically pluralistic, JSIA’s B.A. (Hons.) Political Science will equip students with thorough understanding of multiple ideological perspectives in both, Indian and global contexts. Political Science as a discipline emphasises neutrality and pluralism, and students are taught to go beyond perspectives covered in media in order to develop their own analysis and political commitments rigorously and freely. Students have access to sources from multiple disciplines and ideological frameworks, as well as insights from theory and practice, through courses taught by our diverse international faculty that includes political scientists, sociologists, economists, historians and diplomats.
Experiential and immersive learning also takes place in class and on campus. Our innovative pedagogy includes simulations, site visits and guest speakers, advanced training in research methods used by practitioners, and collaborations with partner organisations. We offer on-campus opportunities for learning and research collaboration, including through faculty mentored independent research and collaborations in JGU’s research centres focusing on topics that are missing or underrepresented in Indian academia. Our advanced research electives offer methodological training in research skills used by practitioners as well as academics. Students are encouraged and guided to develop an area of specialisation through their choice of internships and placements as well as their third year electives. Unlike most other political science programmes, we offer the option of language learning to complement regional specialisations through our electives. Students can focus on Europe, China, Latin America, as well as regions closer to home like Southeast Asia and Afghanistan.
Students enrolled in the B.A. (Hons.) Political Science programme can also opt for elective courses from their fourth semester onwards. The foreign affairs option will give students a special edge, as no other undergraduate degree programme in India offers a range of options on international, comparative, and regional politics that is nearly as substantial. Our programme also strongly emphasises the development of critical, analytical, research, and oral and written communication skills. Students are taught vital skills in writing, communication in a wide variety of registers beyond the academic alone, and critical thinking and presentation skills in both foundational and elective courses. Our students are encouraged to plan their own learning pathways through the careful and intentional choice of internship opportunities, electives, and research with the help of one-on-one faculty mentoring beginning from when students enter the programme.
The B.A. (Hons.) in Political Science at JSIA brings multiple social science perspectives to canonical questions of political science, and takes a holistic approach to a political science education that extends well beyond the classroom.
We bring in practitioners’ knowledge to ground theory, incorporate domestic, regional, and global politics through our diverse global faculty, provide opportunities for experiential learning in India and abroad with the help of dedicated staff, and incorporate skills-based learning into our curriculum. We do this through research methods focused courses, opportunities to take part in faculty collaborations with external partner organisations, study abroad and semester exchange programmes, research experience gained through working with faculty mentors and in our research centres, and courses that focus on skills and political literacy – from a year-long grounding in critical reading and writing, to learning to analyse news media and political institutions through primary sources with a critical perspective in your first year, to advanced elective options for multi-methods training and independent research studies.