B.A. (Hons.) Political Science

Start Date
01 August 2021

End Date
31 July 2024

3 Years

Program Fee (Yearly)

Rs. 3.5 Lacs


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 like the changing landscape of war, nuclear proliferation, nationalism and populism, urban politics and infrastructure, organized crime, human rights and transnationalism, gender and sexuality, as well as courses focused on Indian and global political thought.

Some of our electives allow BA students the opportunity to study alongside MA students, with different assessment requirements but shared readings and discussions.

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

  • S. Foreign Policy

  • Drug Trafficking in the Americas

  • Transnational Organized 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