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M.A. International Relations, Security, and Strategy (Online)

Start Date

1st March 2022
End Date
31 July 2025
24-36 months
(Estimated 10 hours / week)

Programme Fee

Rs. 4.5 Lacs

M.A. International Relations, Security, and Strategy (Online)

Course Curriculum: M.A. International Relations, Security, and Strategy

International Relations Theory and Praxis: Praxis investigates both the existing practices of international politics and relations both during and after the Cold War, and whether problems of praxis (individual and collective choices) can be subjected to a ‘theoretical treatment’.

Diplomatic Practice: In this course, you’ll be given an introduction to the ecosystem within which diplomacy is practiced. This involves, but is not limited to: international relations, foreign policy, and the global architecture. It will also describe the role of Embassies, High Commissions, Consulates, Special Missions and Trade/Cultural Offices. Various types of diplomacy, namely, economic, cultural, diaspora, passport and consular services, and military intervention, in the context of war and peace will be touched upon.

Students will be able to gain practical knowledge of how diplomacy is conducted and practiced by states defending their respective national interests. Diplomatic practice has evolved over centuries. It has recently undergone dramatic transformation due to globalization, speedier communication, and of course, the ubiquitous internet and social media. Yet, despite all this, diplomatic practice has retained some fundamental features such as the presence of Embassies, a role for Ambassadors, and the practice of various types of diplomacy, namely, economic, cultural and diaspora, to name a few.

Maritime Security and Naval Strategy: In this course, you will develop a comprehensive understanding of all prevailing maritime threats and challenges of the 21st century, with a focus on the Indo-Pacific region. The curriculum includes an overview of international maritime law covering the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and various IMO conventions related to maritime safety and security. The course will also cover a study of naval strategy and the contemporary role of world navies.

Intelligence, War and Weapons: In this course, you will discuss the fundamentals of intelligence gathering and will examine how warfare is conducted, the importance of weapons, and the strategies employed in different wars. You will examine ancient wars as well as studying contemporary wars. Additionally, you will also look into different weapon systems and discuss the role and utility of new systems in defining new templates for wars.

Foreign Policies of Great, Middle and Small Powers: In this course, you will discuss the foreign policies of various countries classified by size and comprehensive power. Develop your ability to compare and contrast the strategies of superpowers or great powers vis-à-vis weaker countries. Students will also learn how to approach key events counterfactually and counter-intuitively, developing a thorough understanding of policy making processes, causes, and consequences.

Law and Ethics in International Relations: Normally when we talk about International Relations, we speak of power, interests, cost benefit analysis of states, and state actors. This course will introduce you to the major theoretical and applied dimensions of normative theories and international ethics by engaging you in critical debates surrounding complex moral questions of the contemporary world. Through a multidisciplinary approach, you will examine multiple ethical dilemmas of the 21st century in the context of debates about drone warfare, terrorism, torture, humanitarian interventions, climate change etc. to evaluate current international practices through a moral prism.

Negotiating and Resolving International Conflicts: The study of international conflicts is highly fraught due to three reasons; multi-causality of the conflict, consequences ranging from micro to macro level, and the lack of accurate knowledge about the motivations of the parties in the conflict. In this course, you’ll receive an overview of various theories that explain processes of negotiations, peacebuilding and conflict-transformation. It will enable you to rethink the efficacy of commonly accepted theories in light of case studies of conflict resolution from around the world, offer practical exercises of peace design, and develop tools to assess government and civil society actions in contexts of internal and inter-state armed conflict.

Course Curriculum

1st Year

Semester 1 (Total Credits= 20)

S. NoCourses and InstructorsCore /ElectiveCredit
1International Relations TheoryCore5
2Diplomatic PracticeCore5
3Intelligence, War and WeaponsCore5
4Maritime Security and Naval StrategyCore5

Semester 2 (Total Credits= 20)

S. NoCoursesCore /ElectiveCredit
1Foreign Policies of Great, Middle and Small PowersCore5
2Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism and Unconventional ThreatsCore5
3Law and Ethics in International RelationsCore5
4Negotiating and Resolving International ConflictsCore5

2nd Year

Semester 3 (Total Credits= 20)

  • 4 Electives of 5 Credits each

Semester 4 (Total Credits= 20)

Students have the option to undertake any one among the two distinct pathways in the final semester of their studies at JSIA, as listed under:

  • Coursework in the form of 4 more elective courses amounting to 20 credits
  • Masters Dissertation (20 Credits)