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Political Science

The undergraduate program of Political Science at Ashoka University aims to provide students with a conceptual foundation in the discipline, with an ability to critically analyze the omnipresence of the “political.” Through various courses we shall examine the nature, distribution and dynamics of power – both at the macro level of national and international politics and also at the micro level of the individual, family and community. We will map the ways in which knowledge systems and challenges to particular power relations have been constructed over specific vectors of time and space. We will study both Aristotle and Plato, Gandhi and Iqbal; complementing studies on Cold War politics will be an exploration of party politics in South Asia. The relationship of theory and ethnography, quantitative and qualitative techniques, analysis of objective data and descriptive accounts will provide the background to our studies. Exploration of the ‘field’ and ‘data collection’ will be of vital importance as we seek to prepare a strong foundation in research methodology. Following Ashoka University’s aim of covering the breadth of disciplines and exploring their interconnections, a student of Political Science will be encouraged to identify and pursue areas of interest that go beyond conventional disciplinary structures.

 

Major Requirements

Each student will take a total of 12 courses towards the major. For completing a major in Political Science, one must take the following courses (4 required courses +8 electives):

 

1. Western Political Thoughts (I) or Introduction to Political Theory

2. Introduction to Comparative Politics

3. Introduction to Indian Politics

4. Quantitative Research Methods or Qualitative Research Methods

 

Eight electives in Political Science (including a maximum of three cross-listed courses)

Minor Requirements

Each student will take a total of 6 courses towards the minor. For completing a minor, a student has to take the following courses (3 required courses +3 electives):

 

1. Western Political Thoughts (I) or Introduction to Political Theory

2. Introduction to Comparative Politics

3. Introduction to Indian Politics

 

Three electives in Political Science (including a maximum of 2 cross-listed courses)

Concentration Requirements

Each student will take a total of 4 courses towards the concentration. For completing a concentration, a student has to take any two of the required courses and two other electives (2 required courses + 2 electives):

1. Two required courses other than the methods’ courses

2. Two electives in Political Science (including a maximum of 1 cross-listed course) 

Interdisciplinary Majors

1. Major in Politics and Society (ID Course- Political Science and Sociology & Anthropology)

 

A student needs to take a total of sixteen courses, out of which one needs to take eight courses in Political Science. Out of those eight, four courses are mandatory, while rest four will be electives (4 required courses + 4 electives). The required courses from the Political Science side are:

1. Western Political Thoughts (I) or Introduction to Political Theory

2. Introduction to Comparative Politics

3. Introduction to Indian Politics

4. Quantitative Research Methods or Qualitative Research Methods (in either Sociology & Anthropology or Political Science) 

Four electives in Political Science (including a maximum of 2 cross-listed courses)

 

 

2. Major in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (ID Course- Political Science, Philosophy and Economics)

 

Each student needs to take a total of sixteen courses, out of which one needs to take a minimum of four courses in Political Science. If a student takes a minimum of eight courses in Political Science, then it would qualify for a Degree in PPE with a specialization in Political Science. The mandatory courses from the Political Science side are (3 + 1/5):

1. Western Political Thoughts (I) or Introduction to Political Theory

2. Introduction to Comparative Politics

3. Introduction to Indian Politics

4. One elective in Political Science (4)/Five electives in Political Science (8)

Note: In case of 4 courses in Political Science, a student can take a maximum of 1 cross-listed course. In case of 8 courses in Political Science, a student can take a maximum of 2 cross-listed courses. 

ASP in Political Science

For obtaining an Advanced Diploma in Political Science, students need to submit a thesis proposal in April. 
The thesis will be for 8 credits overall (4 in each semester). Students are expected to take at least three courses (12 credits) in Political Science during their advanced major. They can also choose to TA for Political Science courses instead of an elective and gain credits.

 

Please refer to the handbook for more details.

Other Prerequisites

As you already know that the 100 level courses are entry-level or introductory courses, while the 300 level courses are advanced. The department doesn’t impose a sequence of course as per the level but strongly recommends that a student clear entry-level courses before taking advanced-level courses. Some advanced electives will require you to take Quantitative Research Methods as a prerequisite.

For example (non-exhaustive list):

 

1. Quantitative Research Methods 2: Students must have completed Quantitative Research Methods 1.

2. Theoretical Political Economy: Students should have completed Quantitative Research Methods 1. They should have either completed or be enrolled in Quantitative Research Methods 2.

3. Empirical Political Economy: Students should have completed Quantitative Research Methods 1. They should have either completed or be enrolled in Quantitative Research Methods 2.

 

In the event that a course apart from these has some pre-requisites, it is communicated at the starting of the semester.

Faculty
Political Science Handbook

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Contact

For any queries, kindly contact:

 

  • Anjali Panwar, Department Manager at anjali.panwar@ashoka.edu.in
  • Vaibhav Parik, Student Representative 2020-21 at vaibhav.parik_asp21@ashoka.edu.in