Introduction

To enable students understand better the complex forces that will determine the shape of the 21st century, Christ University in 2014 introduced an MA programme in IS with an interdisciplinary approach.

VISION:

To become a globally recognised centre for excellence in the field of International Studies in a manner that is satisfying all stakeholders.

MISSION:

  • To create and proactively generate in-depth knowledge in the student community so that they can transfer their knowledge acquired to the larger benefit of the society in accordance with professional ethics and values.
  • To provide a platform for political learning, experimentation and discovery;
  • Develop moral, ethical and value based politically conscious citizens;
  • Impart knowledge of the science, art and skills of governance and administration ;
  • Mould politically responsible and conscious citizens;

Overview

 

To enable students understand better the complex forces that will determine the shape of the 21st century, Christ University in 2014 introduced an MA programme in IS with an interdisciplinary approach . Broadly defined, international studies include the dynamics of interstate relations; the interplay of cultural, ideological, economic, and religious factors; and the multifaceted structures of Asian, African, Latin American, Middle Eastern, and European societies

 

A global environment demands expertise in international affairs to comprehend the contemporary world shaped by global processes – from the inter-connectedness of business and finance to ethnic violence, terrorism and to the struggles for self-determination. Moreover, in a world characterized by increased international cooperation and the need to be knowledgeable about the other areas of the globe is necessary in most spheres of work. To that extent, globalization of economic, political, social and cultural developments has created new opportunities and challenges for tomorrow’s citizens. Accordingly Christ University has designed an inter-disciplinary post graduate program that focuses on development and the environment, political and economic aspects of globalization, human rights, peace and conflict, and international law and organizations. As an inter-disciplinary program, students integrate and apply knowledge across disciplines in order to analyze global issues and problems.

 

The Master of Arts in International Studies is attributed to our multi-disciplinary faculty that draws members from the humanities, social sciences law and management. It equips students with analytical and critical skills to understand contemporary international politics, and prepare them for a range of professions that require knowledge of international affairs. It offers diverse fields of study: International Relations, International Law, International Political Economy, International Economics, World History, Strategic Studies, Areas Studies – Europe, South East Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, West Asia and Africa; besides research methodology.

The program addresses contemporary developments that impact the governance of societies across the globe, from terrorism to public sector reform. It covers a spectrum of areas that include the study of globalization, development, democracies, and processes of state formation, International Organizations, Theories of International Relations, International Political Economy, International Security, Global Environmental Politics, Asia-Pacific and Northeast Asian Politics. Therefore the program offers a range of papers that makes one knowledgeable about the forces and institutions that shape the relations between states and the governance of societies across the globe.

 

Students would have the potential to develop a strong educational base to successfully attempt the civil services exam which opens avenues to careers in administration, diplomacy, intelligence; besides compete for jobs in the corporate sector, related to exports which would require knowledge of other countries. Other sectors of employment would be International Organizations, Think Tanks, Media and Management consulting firms. Importantly the program would be particularly relevant for those interested in higher study at the PhD level, to obtain a deeper understanding of international politics.

This program provides a comprehensive and an in-depth orientation in the approaches to comprehend the character of contemporary international societies. It is designed to give graduates who participate in this program the expertise and skills appropriate for a range of public and private sector careers where an advanced knowledge and understanding of contemporary international societies is integral to their work. Another aspect of the course would be an emphasis on written assignments that enables development of writing skills which is so necessary for learning in social sciences.

 

We seek to deepen scholarly understanding of government, politics and international relations and to contribute to practical solutions to problems of power, conflict and injustice in political and social life. Our research is organised through the three intersecting fields of Government and Politics, Political Theory and International Relations; our approach is inter-disciplinary with roots in history, philosophy and social science, both statistical and interpretive and ethnographic. We emphasize the rigorous interaction of epistemology and methodology, with developing techniques and methods, and the highest standards of scholarship, to produce research that has impact both academically and publicly.

 

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