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B.A. (Hons.) Political Science

Start Date

1 August 2022
End Date
31 July 2025
3 Years

Programme Fee (Yearly)

Rs. 3.5 Lacs

Electives: B.A. (Hons.) Political Science

Students are offered a number of upper level elective courses from their fourth semester of study, within the Political Science programme as well as across the university. These are typically seminar courses. Our electives allow students the flexibility to develop a regional or topical specialisation from the second year onwards.
These include region-focused courses on the politics of 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 topic-focused courses including new national and global challenges such as the changing landscape of war, nuclear proliferation, nationalism and populism, urban politics and infrastructure, organised crime, human rights and transnationalism, gender and sexuality, as well as courses focused on Indian and global political thought.
Some of our electives allow B.A. students the opportunity to study alongside M.A. students, with different assessment requirements but shared readings and discussions.
The successful completion of electives will lead to the awarding of credits based on the number of instructional hours. For example, a three credit course will have at least three hours of classroom lectures per week and one or more hours of tutorial instruction per week.
Students can also take electives across JSIA, and a number of elective courses at other schools of the University are open for cross-registration. For example, a student of the Jindal School of International Affairs may opt for a course on International Humanitarian Law offered by the Jindal Global Law School.

Indicative List of Electives

  • The Role of Regional Organisations in International Politics
  • Formation, Evolution and the Future of the European Union
  • India and Pakistan: The Emerging World Order
  • International Political Economy
  • Politics of Middle-East and North Africa
  • The Rise of Asia Pacific
  • Politics of South Asia
  • USA & Latin American Politics
  • Nuclear Proliferation, Treaties and the Sanctions Regime
  • Geopolitics and Strategy
  • Foreign Policy
  • Drug Trafficking in the Americas
  • Transnational Organised Crime
  • The Politics of Contemporary Civil Wars
  • Civilians in War
  • Human Rights and Transnationalism
  • Nonviolence and Civil Disobedience
  • Freedom
  • Marx and Gandhi
  • Global Urban Politics
  • Cities, Infrastructure, and Power
  • Global LGBTQ Politics
  • Public Policy and Cultural Relativism

JSIA Elective Policy

  • A. (Hons.) Political Science students are offered elective courses from their fourth semester of study. These courses are often interdisciplinary, involving elements of law as well as other disciplines in social science and management.
  • Beside the list of JSIA elective courses that are offered every semester to JSIA students, other JGU schools also offer a number of cross elective courses that are available for bidding to JSIA students.

A. Elective Specialization (Clusters)

Jindal School of International Affairs offers elective courses that are categorised into five main clusters:

  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Economics and Foreign Policy
  • Defence and National Security Studies
  • Human Rights and International Development
  • Global South Studies

BAPS students can select three electives worth 12 credits from one track (cluster) to
specialise in a given concentration and get awarded with a certificate of specialisation after graduation in that cluster.

The three cluster elective courses can be taken in one semester or may be spread over
two or more semesters (upon student choice).

B. Guidelines and Rules for Electives

  • Students can take a maximum of 36 credits outside JSIA electives (i.e. other JGU schools’ cross electives) which represent 25% of BAPS programme’s minimum credit requirements (150 credits).
  • Students should opt for at least one JSIA elective/cross elective course at every elective bidding.
  • External JSIA credits exceeding 25% will imply an approval of the Dean of the School and Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs for the Undergraduate programmes.
  • The removal of an elective with an (F) is possible only after the final semester if the student has successfully substituted the ‘Fail’ elective with a ‘Pass’ elective and fulfilled all credit requirements.