B.A. (Hons.) Political Science

Start Date
01 August 2021

End Date
31 July 2024

Duration
3 Years

Program Fee (Yearly)

Rs. 3.5 Lacs

Pedagogy

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 organizations, study abroad and semester exchange programmes, research experience gained through working with faculty mentors and in our research centers, 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.

Students in good academic standing have the option to tailor an area of specialisation with faculty input, and contingent on clearing the departmental approval process. These could be focused on a region, an area of governance, an empirical theme or problem, a theoretical perspective, and more. Students may also study a foreign language once they reach the elective stage, from among the language options taught at JSIA. These include French, Arabic, Spanish, Mandarin, German, and Dari.

Our courses include creative pedagogical measures, including simulations and roleplay, debates, site visits, case-focused presentations, and in-class assessments and exercises designed to help students develop facility in research but also in grasping unfamiliar contexts and presenting their analyses in effective and compelling ways. Students are expected to go beyond canonical formulations of the discipline, to be analytical, curious, self-reflective, and exploratory, to be open to debate and discussion with diverse points of view, to develop the skills to keep up with rapidly changing political domains, and ultimately, to learn how to deal with these new challenges as analysts, practitioners, and leaders.