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As India’s influence increases in the international system, understanding its foreign policy and its engagement with the rest of the world is critical for students of international relations. This subject is designed as a comprehensive review of some of the key issues related to India’s worldview and its behaviour towards the external world. The subject will familiarise students with the origins and conduct of India’s foreign policy. Apart from taking stock of contemporary thinking and policies of the country, the major thrust of the course would be on the following areas: a.) Mapping the historical trajectory and pre-colonial roots of India’s Foreign Policy; b) Institutions and decision-making process; c.) Intellectual debates on the nation’s external relations in both the pre and post- independence era (esp. Moralism-Realism-Pragmatism); d.) Culture of Strategic Thinking in India’s relations with the outside world; e.) India’s approach towards Multilateralism (esp. Non-Proliferation, United Nations, Humanitarian Intervention, Trade and Environmental regimes)
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should:
- be able to demonstrate a specialist understanding of the subject being studied;
- show a good capacity to communicate research in written form;
- have developed the analytical skills to evaluate the core issue of the subject;
- have an awareness of the contemporary theoretical debates in the subject; and
- be able to demonstrate an ability to undertake critical independent research.
On completion of this subject students should have:
- the ability to demonstrate a high degree of conceptual and analytical skills;
- the ability to factor in the importance of history in the analysis of social phenomenon; and
- the ability to apply research skills to a specific area of inquiry.
Last updated: 18 December 2020