B.A. (Hons.) Political Science

Course Start Date
01 Aug 2020

Course End Date
31 July 2023

3 Years

Last Date to Apply

25 July 2020

Program Fee (Yearly)

Rs. 3.5 Lacs

Programme Details

The B.A. Honours in Political Science degree is a three-year under-graduate programme that is dedicated to the study of political evolution of the world we live in. Political science is the study of theory and practice of politics that involves description and analysis of all political activities, political thoughts and political phenomena. This degree aims to train students in all forms and manifestations of politics in arenas from local, state, national and international levels.


Applicants to the B.A. (Hons.) Political Science at JSIA must have successfully passed the examination at the 10+2 level of schooling or its equivalent. All applicants also need to undertake the mandatory Jindal Scholastic Aptitude Test (JSAT) examination Candidates having valid scores in SAT/ACT are exempted from giving a JSAT score

Students who completed 10+2 in 2020 can also apply. This course is open to students from any stream including Arts, Commerce, Science etc

Credit Structure

From Fall 2019, 142 credits over six semesters.

Why study B.A. (Hons.) Political Science

  1. B.A. (Hons.) Political Science focus on the lived political experiences in the real world in addition to the conventional areas of study such as state, government, institutions, electoral politics and legislative processes.
  2. To develop an in-depth understanding of role of leadership, political communication and social media, public opinion, race, gender, caste, religion and other forms of identity politics in India and around the world.
  3. To acquire deep knowledge of politics of different regions of the world, political economy, regional organisations, war and peace, diplomacy and foreign policy studies.
  4. To develop the ability to think, work, study and conduct research independently.
  5. To develop a wide range of intellectual, practical and language skills which will enable programme graduates to consider a wide range of post-graduation employment options.

Course Structure

Semester 1

  • Political Philosophy – Classic
  • Politics of Developing Nations
  • Nationalism & Indian Freedom Struggle
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Political Evolution of the World
  • Academic Reading  & Writing

Semester 2

  1. Indian Political Thought
  2. Political Philosophy – Modern
  3. Introduction to Political Science Research Methods
  4. Comparative Politics & Government
  5. Indian Foreign Policy
  6. Revolution and Nation Building


Semester 3

  • Evolution of Indian Constitution, Politics & Government
  • Gender, Identity and Politics
  • Globalisation and the Role of International Institutions
  • War and Peace
  • Genocide and State Formation
  • Ethics, Public Administration and Policy

Semester 4

  • Regional Politics of India
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Role of Leaders in Politics
  • Political Communication & Public Opinion
  • Political Systems and Electoral Politics
  • Political News from Multiple Perspectives

Semester 5

  • Populism and Dissent
  • The Role of Regional Organisations in International Politics
  • India and Pakistan : Sibling Rivalry
  • Formation, Evolution and the Future of the European Union
  • The Emerging World Order
  • International Political Economy

Semester 6

  • 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

Progression to M.A. (DLB)

B.A. (Hons.) Political Science students who graduate at the end of 3 years will have a special opportunity to progress directly to JSIA’s Masters in Diplomacy, Law and Business – M.A. (DLB) programme, subject to high meritorious academic performance in the B.A. (Hons.) Political Science. Students can also opt for a second M.A. from Queen Mary University of London, UK; University of Leeds, UK; or University of Warsaw, Poland.

Course Electives

Students are offered a number of elective courses from their third year of study. These courses are often interdisciplinary, involving elements of law as well as other disciplines in social science and management. Successful completion of electives will lead to the awarding of credits, which are ascertained per elective, 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.

Further, a number of elective courses at the various schools of the University are open for cross-registration. For example, a student of the Jindal School of International Affairs shall may opt for a course on International Humanitarian Law offered by the Jindal Global Law School.

Post Program Careers

Political Science Honours is a versatile social science degree leading to a variety of career paths. Political scientists study governing systems, political development, and political theory. While pursuing this degree in Political Science from JSIA, students will not only learn about politics and government, they will also gain valuable analytical, communication and research skills.

Having high quality writing and verbal articulation abilities will enable students to pursue careers in the following fields:  Civil Service and Bureaucracy, Political Leadership, Political Consultancies and Political Parties, Embassies and High Commissions, News Media,  Nongovernmental Organisations (NGOs), Intergovernmental Organisations (IGOs), Public Relations Firms,  Risk Analysts, Think Tanks, Activist and Advocacy Groups and Higher Studies and Academia

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