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B.A. (Hons.) Diplomacy and Foreign Policy

Course Start Date

1st August 2023
End Date
31 July 2026
Duration
3 Years

Programme Fee (Yearly)

Rs. 3.5 Lacs

Course Curriculum: B.A. (Hons.) Diplomacy and Foreign Policy

Number of Courses:  24 core courses over 6 semesters, in addition to electives from Semester 4 onwards, and an option to undertake a guided research paper/semester abroad pathway from semester 5 onwards. B.A. (Hons.) DFP students will be required to mandatorily complete five internships during the entire duration of the course. The Office of Career Services (OCS) will support students in obtaining internships based on merit.

Students are expected to complete a total of 150 credits to earn the B.A. (Hons.) Diplomacy and Foreign Policy degree.

1st Year

During the first year of coursework, this programme will focus on introducing students to the grass root foundations in the concepts and issues of foreign policy. The importance of understanding why diplomacy evolved at times of peace, war, conflicts and crises is a crucial part of this curriculum.
Students will read the classic texts on the correlations and overlaps between foreign policy and diplomacy, focus on key concepts and principles of International Law and review the main outlines of global politics, treaties/agreements on the conduct of foreign policy and diplomacy and implementation of these agreements. Students will rigorously practice expressing themselves both in writing and in speech to learn how to effectively communicate their ideas, negotiate and conclude treaties, agreements, write reports and memos in the style required by embassies and foreign ministries.

Semester 1

Semester A Credits
Understanding Our World 4
International History of the Twentieth Century 4
Introduction to Political Science 4
Introduction to Microeconomics 4
Introduction to Statistics 4
Academic Reading and Writing 3
Foreign Language (Mandarin, Spanish, French, German)  3
Mandatory Industry Internship (1) 2
Total credits28

Semester 2

Semester B Credits
Introduction to Diplomatic Practice 4
War, Peace and Diplomacy 4
Foreign Policy Analysis 4
Introduction to Macroeconomics 4
Foreign Language (continued) 3
Critical Thinking and Academic Writing 3
Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis 4
Mandatory Industry Internship (2) 2
Total credits28

*All students enrolled in the programme must successfully complete five levels of one foreign language in order to be awarded a B.A (Hons.) in D.F.P. Students may choose one from Arabic, Dari, French, German, Mandarin and Spanish and continue learning it semester after year, throughout the three years.

2nd Year

In the second year, students move toward developing the foundational skills of diplomatic correspondence and report-writing and imbibe skills essential for diplomats and related professionals in the context of globalisation. Students will need to identify specific issue areas and regions of the world about which they are passionate and slowly move towards specialising in their chosen sub-fields. Students will start examining how politics and diplomacy play out in specific regions of the world. They will also be moving from the general to the more specific as they enter into new sub-disciplines like foreign policy formation, diplomatic practice and the importance of public diplomacy in the context of the communications revolution.

Semester 3

Semester CCredits
Economic Diplomacy 4
Public Diplomacy and the News Media 4
Indian Foreign Policy in a Changing World 4
Foreign Language (continued) 3
International Organisations 4
Negotiating and Resolving Conflicts 4
Mandatory Industry Internship (3) 2
Total credits25

Semester 4

Semester DCredits
Cultural Diplomacy: Cross- Cultural Communication 4
Foreign Ministries and Bureaucracies 4
Foreign Language (continued) 3
Electives16
Total credits27
*Students must complete two internships to be eligible for award of a B.A (Hons.) degree in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy. The internships can be taken up during the summer and winter breaks. JSIA students enrolled in the programme must successfully complete five levels of one foreign language in order to be awarded B.A. (Honours) degree in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy. Students may choose one among Arabic, Dari, French, German, Mandarin and Spanish and continue learning it semester after year, throughout the three years.

3rd Year

By the third year, students will be deeply immersed in the intricacies of contemporary foreign policy issues and problems. Some of the main themes covered in this year include – How and why do multilateral organisations such as the UN operate and what kind of reforms do they need? What drives the failure and success of post-conflict governance and state building? How do energy and water politics intersect with diplomacy? How should diplomats adapt to the three revolutions of industry, information technology and the rise of the social, economic and political rights, which pose challenges to diplomats and the conduct of foreign policy? What makes this year of study distinct is the requirement to write research papers, essays and summaries that prepare students for practical skills that enhance employability and career planning.

Semester 5

Students must choose only one pathway of 21 credits to complete semester five:

Semester ECredits
Pathway One: Foreign Language (continued) of 3 credits and Electives of 18 credits 21
Pathway Two: Semester Exchange 21
Total credits21

Semester 6

Students must choose only one pathway of 21 credits to complete semester six: 

Semester FCredits
Pathway One: Electives or Electives + IRS of 9 credits 21
Pathway Two: Semester Exchange 21
Total credits21

Summary of the B.A. Hons. Global Affairs

Credit Structure :

Semester ASemester BSemester CSemester DSemester ESemester FTotal credits
28 credits28 credits25 credits27 credits21 credits21 credits150 Credits

Note:

  • B.A. (Hons.) DFP students should complete five mandatory industry internships, to be completed in semester I, II, III, IV & V. Each internship carries two credits.
  • In semester VI: Students can opt for a combination of three electives + one IRS of 9 credits.