M.A. in Diplomacy, Law and Business

Start Date
01 August 2021

End Date
31 July 2023

Duration
2 Years

Program Fee (Yearly)
Rs. 3 Lacs

Course Structure

The M.A. (DLB) degree requires the completion of a minimum 83 credits over 4 semesters. All students are required to take 10 mandatory courses covering the fields of international relations, foreign policy and diplomacy, academic and public policy, international law and organizations, international economics, cultural and social studies, and much more.

Upon completion of the mandatory courses, students may choose from a wide range of elective courses offered by the Schools of International Affairs (JSIA), Law (JGLS), Business (JGBS), Public Policy (JSGP), Liberal Arts and Humanities (JSLH), Banking and Finance (JSBF), Art and Architecture (JSAA), Journalism and Communication (JSJC) and Jindal Institute of Behavioral Sciences (JIBS) at JGU.

In the final semester, students also have the option of completing a dissertation; the dissertation is worth 18 credits and can be done instead of elective courses of the same credit value.

Students are also required to complete a Guided Internship Programme between semester II and III. JSIA has a dedicated team of faculty and staff to assist students with obtaining internships, in both India and abroad, as per student preferences and interests.

The typical format for a class at JSIA is a discussion-based seminar on the principle of student-centred teaching. Students are encouraged to engage in critical thinking and lively debate, to draw links between theory, history and current affairs and to become better aware of the relationship between power, politics, business, law and justice.

Year 1 - Semester I

SL No

Courses

Core

/Elective

Credit

1

International Relations Theory and Praxis

Core

4 credits

2

International Economics

Core

4 credits

3

International Law and Organisations

Core

4 credits

4

Social Science Research Methods

Core

4 credits

5

Foreign Languages: Spanish, German, Mandarin and French

Core

3 credits

6

Academic Writing

Core

3 credits

TOTAL CREDITS

22 credits

7

Elective Course (s)

Optional

4 credits

Year 1 - Semester II

SL No

Courses

Core

/Elective

Credit

1

Political and Business Risk Management

Core

4 credits

2

International History

Core

4 credits

3

Foreign Language (Spanish, German, French and Mandarin)

Core

3 credits

4

Advanced Academic Writing

Core

3 credits

5

Electives (2 Electives, 4 credits each)

Elective

8 credits

TOTAL CREDITS

22 credits

Year 2 - Semester III

MADLB students have the option to undertake only one of the following two pathways in their third final semester:

Pathway One Total credits: 18 credits

  • Electives or Electives + IRS : 16 credits

  • Research Writing and Design Colloquium of 2 credits (Mandatory)

Pathway Two Total credits: 18 credits

  • Semester Abroad of 18 credits

Year 2 - Semester IV

MADLB students have the option to undertake only one of the following four distinct pathways in their final semester:

Pathway One Total credits: 18 credits

  • Dissertation of 16 credits

  • Dissertation Colloquium of 2 credits (Mandatory in Dissertattion Pathway)

Pathway Two Total credits: 18 credits

  • Capstone Internship of 9 Credits

  • Capstone Paper of 9 Credits

Pathway Three Total credits: 18 credits

  • Semester Abroad of 18 credits

Pathway Four Total credits: 18 credits

  • Electives or Electives + IRS : 18 credits

Note

  • Dissertation, Capstone and Semester exchange pathways are having each specific rules and
    guidelines for application and will be communicated by the heads of the three committees and the JSIA Academic Office at the beginning of the semester three.

  • Independent Research Study (IRS) can be conducted for two, four or six credits. The IRS policy
    shall be communicated by the head of the IRS Committee and JSIA Academic Office at the
    beginning of second semester.

Summary of the JSIA M.A. DLB Credit Structure

Semester

Total Credits

Semester 1

22 credits

Semester 2

22 credits

Semester 3

18 credits

Semester 4

21 credits (18 credits + 3 credits internship report)

Total Credits for

Graduation

83 credits

General Guidelines

  • MADLB students should complete three mandatory industry internships, to be completed in semester I, II, and III. And they must submit an internship report of 3 credits in their semester IV.

  • MADLB students are expected to complete a minimum of 83 credits (80 credits of course work + 3 credits for the internship report) to graduate from the M.A. (DLB) programme.

  • All JSIA core and elective courses of 4 credits are comprised of 3 hours of classroombased learning per week and one contact hour of tutorial.

  • All Foreign language courses and Academic Writing Courses are comprised of 2 credits for classroom learning and one credit for tutorials.

Special Guidelines for Residentials Students

  • In first and second semester: Students are offered a mandatory Foreign Language: Spanish, German, French, or Mandarin (Languages offered by the JGU Language Centre)

  • All residentials students have to select a specific language in their first semester (Spanish, German, French or Mandarin) and complete two levels from the same language at the end
    of the second semester.

Special Guidelines for Non-Residentials Students

  • Students enrolled in the Non-Residential program should substitute Foreign Language and Academic Writing with an Independent Research Study (IRS) worth a total of 6 credits.

  • Students enrolled in the NR program that can submit a proof of employment are eligible to substitute the mandatory industry internships with an additional elective /or IRS (no internship report will be submitted in this case).

  • In semester three, the Research Writing and Design Colloquium will be replaced with an additional elective or a short IRS worth 2 credits for the NR students.

  • In semester four, the Dissertation pathway is not available for the NR students.

JSIA Elective Policy

  • JSIA M.A. (DLB)’ Students are offered elective courses from their first 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 M.A. (DLB)
    students, other JGU schools are also offering a number of cross elective courses that are
    available for bidding to JSIA students.

A. Elective Specialization (Clusters)

JSIA is offering elective courses that are categorized into four main clusters:

  • Peace and Conflict Studies

  • Economics and Foreign Policy

  • Defence and National Security Studies

  • Human Rights and International Development

  • Global South Studies

  • M.A. (DLB) Students can select three electives that worth 12 credits from one track (cluster)
    in order to specialize in a given concentration and get awarded a certificate of specialization
    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 20 credits outside JSIA electives (i.e. other JGU schools’ cross electives) which represent a 25% of the entire M.A. (DLB) programme’s minimum credits (the 83 credits).

  • Students should opt for at least one JSIA elective/cross elective course at every elective
    bidding.

  • External JSIA Credits exceeding 25% will imply a sanction of Dean JSIA and Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs of the MA programme.

  • 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.