BA / B.Sc. - Dual Specialization - Political Science (3+1 years)

DETAILS

The School of Liberal Studies (SoLS) offers one-of-a-kind transdisciplinary learning and field-based training in disciplines across the humanities, social sciences, and mathematics. 

SoLS offers the following Four-year undergraduate programmes (FYUP) as options for dual majors leading to a BA/BSc research honours degree in Liberal Studies:

  1. Applied Mathematics 
  2. Applied Statistics
  3. Economics with Data Science
  4. History 
  5. Literature
  6. Political Science
  7. Psychology and Behaviour
  8. Sociology

Example: A BSc in Liberal Studies with a double major in Psychology and Behaviour, and Economics with Data Science, could be beneficial not just for those keen on pursuing an MBA in HR or Finance, but also for those interested in financial markets and human behaviour. A BSc. in Liberal Studies, with a major in Economics Data Science, and History, could become a joint major programme geared towards understanding the evolving nature of societies and economic systems and applying their knowledge and training in policy paradigms. Similarly, B.Sc. in Liberal Studies, with a major in Psychology and Behaviour, and Political Science, could help unravel demographic and social changes influencing individual behaviour. The possibilities are endless.

 

Political Science

The programme in Political Science provides students with a conceptual and empirical grounding in Political Science and Public Policy while allowing them to explore synergies with allied disciplines such as history, economics, and sociology. The programme engages with case studies and field-based research to promote a deeper understanding of our surroundings. This transdisciplinary program teaches students to understand the complementarities and interconnections between allied social science disciplines and sub-fields of Political Science such as contemporary Indian politics, comparative politics, political economy, climate, and international relations. The complexities of real-world challenges and the interconnectedness of socio-political and economic issues necessitate an interdisciplinary approach. In this light, our internationally recognised faculty deploys contemporary methodologies to prepare students to think critically about the causalities and processes and understand real-world problems to provide solutions. This comprehensive programme prepares students for higher studies and jobs in the industry.

 

This is a four-year programme with a total of 54 credits for the core courses. With this scheme, students can choose a second major from the allied discipline (such as history, economics or sociology) providing students with a choice of a well-rounded and wholesome curriculum. Students can also choose from a wide array of elective courses available within the program and the school.

Duration

Duration of Program

3+1 Years (6/8 Semesters) Optional

Seats

Seats

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Details

On completion of this course, the students will be able to:

PEO1

Understand the core Political Science and Public Policy theories and concepts

PEO2

Link the theoretical concepts to the empirical material and develop skills to apply it to the real world

PEO3

Gain knowledge about the intricacies of Indian politics, democratic institutions, citizenship, gender, contemporary social, political, economic and policy issues in India, International relations, climate and sustainability

PEO4

Get a comparative orientation towards tackling socio-political and economic problems and provide solutions

PEO5

Identify vexing policy and governance challenges, understand the causal stories and think creatively about solving policy puzzles

 

  1. The praxis and solution-based learning will enable students to work in the private sector, industry, policy-based government and non-governmental think tanks.
  2. Given the hands-on training and mentoring by the Faculty, students would be able to secure MA/PhD positions in institutions of global repute.

Minimum 50% marks in class X and XII (any Stream)

  1. Math/Eco/ Political Sc. in 12th will be preferred.
  2. Non-Mathematics background students will undergo Remedial Mathematics module in Semester 1.

 

 

Aptitude Test/ Valid JEE Score/ CUET Score

Core Courses

Electives

First Year, 1st Sem (3 credits) (Elective 3 credits)

Politics in India (3 credits)

 

Ideas of India (3 credits) (from History foundational course)

First Year, 2nd Sem (9 credits) (Elective 3 credits)

Introduction to Political Economy (3 Credits)

Political Science Research Methods (3 credits)

Introduction to Comparative Politics (3 Credits)

 

Introduction to Climate and Sustainability (3 credits)

 

Optional for those interested in summer programs or workshops can consult the faculty and prepare the application.

Second Year, 3rd Sem (9 credits) (Elective 9 credits)

History of Ideas , c. 1500b -1947 (from History Grid) (3 credits)

History of Ideas (India) 1947 to contemporary times (3 credits)

Introduction to International Relations (3 Credits)

Global Politics (3 credits)

Public policies, Governance, and Institutions (3 credits)

Introduction to India’s Foreign Policy Since Independence (3 credits)

Second Year, 4th Sem (8 credits) (Elective 15 credits)

International Organizations and Development (3 credits)

Western Political Thought : Classical Political Philosophy (3 Credits

Indian Constitution: A Living Document? (2 Credits)

United Nation's SDGs and India: Questions on Development (3 Credits)

Transparency, Accountability and Corruption (3 Credits)

India’s strategic culture (3 credits)

Environment and Development (Elective from Economics core grid- 3 credits)

Third Year, 5th Sem (9 credits) (Elective 9 credits)

Introduction to Political Sociology (3 Credits)

Formation of the Modern State (3 credits)

Energy and Geopolitics (3 Credits)

 

 

Applied IR and Geopolitics ( 3 Credits)

Environmental Economics (Elective from Economics core grid- 3 credits)

Evolution of the State in Ancient and Medieval India (3 Credits, from the History Core grid)

Indian Economy Since 1947 (Elective from Economics core grid- 3 credits)

Third Year, 6th Sem (10 credits) (Elective 9 credits)

Institutions of Global Governance and Development (3 credits)

Public Policy and Governance: Locating solutions amidst challenges and pitfalls (3 Credits)

Politics of Climate Change (4 credits)

Indian Political Thought, c. 3rd Century BCE - 1963 (3 Credits) (co-teaching with History)

Gender and Politics (3 Credits)

International Security (3 Credits)

 

[Optional for those interested in pursuing further research: Special program mentoring students applying for MA and PhD programs in top 250 global universities from August-September, anticipating application deadlines in December-January.

 

The faculty would liaise with UPES’ career services, and continue to mentor students, not interested in pursuing a career in academia, helping them in securing industry specific roles.]

 

Fourth Year, 7th Sem (6 credits) (Elective 6 credits)

Governance, Development and Politics of Welfare (3 credits)

Public Administration and Management (3 credits)

 

Politics, Technology and Surveillance (3 credits)

Citizenship and Human Rights (3 Credits)

 

Fourth Year, 8th Sem (12 credits)

 

Dissertation: 7 credits

Fellowship/Internship: 5 credits

 

*Undergraduate students will opt for a supervisor, and present a synopsis, after which they would be allowed to work on their final dissertation (min. 10000 words, max. 15000 words).

 

Final grade based on dissertation. Students are informed of their grade upon successful completion of internship/fellowship

 

Industry Specific Internships (To Be Explored)

LAMP/PRS/ORF Fellowships (TBE)

Interning with MLA’s (TBE)

NGO, Embassy, Thinktank internships (TBE)

 

 

Minor in Political Science (21 credits): All courses under this grid are compulsory for a minor in Political Science and are only available for enrolment in the following order of gradual progression, ensuring initial courses serve as prerequisites for successive ones.

Sem 1: Politics in India (3 credits)

Sem 2: Introduction to Political Economy (3 Credits)

Political Science Research Methods (3 credits)

Introduction to Comparative Politics (3 Credits)

Sem 3: History of Ideas (India) 1947 to contemporary times (3 credits)

Introduction to International Relations (3 Credits)

 Sem 5: Formation of the Modern State (3 credits)

Details

PROGRAM EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES (PEOs)

On completion of this course, the students will be able to:

PEO1

Understand the core Political Science and Public Policy theories and concepts

PEO2

Link the theoretical concepts to the empirical material and develop skills to apply it to the real world

PEO3

Gain knowledge about the intricacies of Indian politics, democratic institutions, citizenship, gender, contemporary social, political, economic and policy issues in India, International relations, climate and sustainability

PEO4

Get a comparative orientation towards tackling socio-political and economic problems and provide solutions

PEO5

Identify vexing policy and governance challenges, understand the causal stories and think creatively about solving policy puzzles

 

Career Prospects
  1. The praxis and solution-based learning will enable students to work in the private sector, industry, policy-based government and non-governmental think tanks.
  2. Given the hands-on training and mentoring by the Faculty, students would be able to secure MA/PhD positions in institutions of global repute.
Eligibility

Minimum 50% marks in class X and XII (any Stream)

  1. Math/Eco/ Political Sc. in 12th will be preferred.
  2. Non-Mathematics background students will undergo Remedial Mathematics module in Semester 1.

 

 

Selection Criteria

Aptitude Test/ Valid JEE Score/ CUET Score

Curriculum

Core Courses

Electives

First Year, 1st Sem (3 credits) (Elective 3 credits)

Politics in India (3 credits)

 

Ideas of India (3 credits) (from History foundational course)

First Year, 2nd Sem (9 credits) (Elective 3 credits)

Introduction to Political Economy (3 Credits)

Political Science Research Methods (3 credits)

Introduction to Comparative Politics (3 Credits)

 

Introduction to Climate and Sustainability (3 credits)

 

Optional for those interested in summer programs or workshops can consult the faculty and prepare the application.

Second Year, 3rd Sem (9 credits) (Elective 9 credits)

History of Ideas , c. 1500b -1947 (from History Grid) (3 credits)

History of Ideas (India) 1947 to contemporary times (3 credits)

Introduction to International Relations (3 Credits)

Global Politics (3 credits)

Public policies, Governance, and Institutions (3 credits)

Introduction to India’s Foreign Policy Since Independence (3 credits)

Second Year, 4th Sem (8 credits) (Elective 15 credits)

International Organizations and Development (3 credits)

Western Political Thought : Classical Political Philosophy (3 Credits

Indian Constitution: A Living Document? (2 Credits)

United Nation's SDGs and India: Questions on Development (3 Credits)

Transparency, Accountability and Corruption (3 Credits)

India’s strategic culture (3 credits)

Environment and Development (Elective from Economics core grid- 3 credits)

Third Year, 5th Sem (9 credits) (Elective 9 credits)

Introduction to Political Sociology (3 Credits)

Formation of the Modern State (3 credits)

Energy and Geopolitics (3 Credits)

 

 

Applied IR and Geopolitics ( 3 Credits)

Environmental Economics (Elective from Economics core grid- 3 credits)

Evolution of the State in Ancient and Medieval India (3 Credits, from the History Core grid)

Indian Economy Since 1947 (Elective from Economics core grid- 3 credits)

Third Year, 6th Sem (10 credits) (Elective 9 credits)

Institutions of Global Governance and Development (3 credits)

Public Policy and Governance: Locating solutions amidst challenges and pitfalls (3 Credits)

Politics of Climate Change (4 credits)

Indian Political Thought, c. 3rd Century BCE - 1963 (3 Credits) (co-teaching with History)

Gender and Politics (3 Credits)

International Security (3 Credits)

 

[Optional for those interested in pursuing further research: Special program mentoring students applying for MA and PhD programs in top 250 global universities from August-September, anticipating application deadlines in December-January.

 

The faculty would liaise with UPES’ career services, and continue to mentor students, not interested in pursuing a career in academia, helping them in securing industry specific roles.]

 

Fourth Year, 7th Sem (6 credits) (Elective 6 credits)

Governance, Development and Politics of Welfare (3 credits)

Public Administration and Management (3 credits)

 

Politics, Technology and Surveillance (3 credits)

Citizenship and Human Rights (3 Credits)

 

Fourth Year, 8th Sem (12 credits)

 

Dissertation: 7 credits

Fellowship/Internship: 5 credits

 

*Undergraduate students will opt for a supervisor, and present a synopsis, after which they would be allowed to work on their final dissertation (min. 10000 words, max. 15000 words).

 

Final grade based on dissertation. Students are informed of their grade upon successful completion of internship/fellowship

 

Industry Specific Internships (To Be Explored)

LAMP/PRS/ORF Fellowships (TBE)

Interning with MLA’s (TBE)

NGO, Embassy, Thinktank internships (TBE)

 

 

Minor in Political Science (21 credits): All courses under this grid are compulsory for a minor in Political Science and are only available for enrolment in the following order of gradual progression, ensuring initial courses serve as prerequisites for successive ones.

Sem 1: Politics in India (3 credits)

Sem 2: Introduction to Political Economy (3 Credits)

Political Science Research Methods (3 credits)

Introduction to Comparative Politics (3 Credits)

Sem 3: History of Ideas (India) 1947 to contemporary times (3 credits)

Introduction to International Relations (3 Credits)

 Sem 5: Formation of the Modern State (3 credits)

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