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(2021-2023 Batch onwards)



The Programme Specific Objectives (PSOs), for the Masters stream in Politics and International Relations goes through courses that range from the traditional, interdisciplinary, emergent as well as innovative, in order to equip students to teach and research in the frontier areas of Political Science and International Relations. The programme seeks to develop a high level of understanding of the contemporary political and social issues in their national and international contexts. But it also moves beyond ideas of the national and international into other coordinates like, regional, global or urban for example. It also aims to develop analytical skills in students that can be applied in a wide range of careers. Studies in Politics and International Relations are a vital part of an education for life and work in the contemporary world and combine well with other humanities and social science disciplines. The MA programme has been envisaged to introduce students to the broad fields of theoretical as well as empirical questions encompassed by Political Science and International Relations. It examines the ideas on which modern societies are based and, through an examination of several countries and issues, evaluates the different systems, processes and social/political forces in operation in the world today. The discipline looks at the national, international, regional or global political systems and the manner in which they have evolved, with attention given to a range of contemporary issues, as specific courses with objectives framed by foci like, security, political economy, political ecology, human geography, ideology, human rights, political philosophy, justice, governance, globalisation, technology, media and communication military and political alliances.

The programme currently underway in the School of International Relations and Politics has been designed with the aim of not replicating traditional courses but invigorating the interactive realm of Political Science and International Relations keeping in mind the epistemological unity of the interactive mode and the emerging interdisciplinary concerns and frontier areas of social sciences. The school has also kept in perspective the developments that have been taking place in the global political, ecological, economic, cultural and strategic landscape. The programme has been periodically monitored, reviewed and redesigned in such a way as to strengthen the frontier areas of Political Science.


The courses that comprise the specific Masters level programmes offered at the school are attuned in their course objectives towards envisaged towards outcomes that can be contextually evaluated. Though these start from acquisitions of basic knowledge of the components in each stream, viz. International Relations and Politics, Public Policy and Governance as well as Human Rights, they make sense of the specific matters therein and apply such knowledge to address themes delineated in course modules.

The specific course objectives in each specific programme feed into the larger programme outcomes. This is done also by the interdisciplinary engagements as well as bringing in emergent fields of study as mentioned in the over-arching programme structure. In going beyond paradigms of national international into global, critiquing development, understanding regionalities, bringing in newer domains like ecologies, gender, migrations or urbanisation, the course objectives entail higher learning outcomes that evaluate existing frames in each domain and come out with reevaluations and constructive suggestions in seminars, working papers, and workshops.

The Evaluations:

Following the outcome based educational methods, evaluations can no more be singular in frame and unreflective in form. So, a course on West Asian regional context, will be evaluated on terms and technique different from another one on ethnography and yet another one on international theory. These evaluations, though start from basic learning objectives, goes into critical analysis and evaluations that gets stressed in exam. The school feels a need to engage creatively with the scenarios that come under each of its specific programmes, and so the workshops, and seminar as well as occasional student papers focus on the evaluative and constructive outcomes and will be course dependent. This is indicated along with the respective course syllabus.


OBE MA IR 2022