School of Conflict and Security Studies
National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS)
Indian Institute of Science Campus (IISc), Bangalore
Name of School:
Conflict and Security Studies
Global Politics: Contemporary International Relations, World Order and Theories
Level of course:
Postgraduate, MPhil, PhD
Name of the instructor:
Prof D. Suba Chandran
Probable starting date and schedule/ timings:
The Course will cover the following:
Unit 01: Brief History of International Relations
From Ancient Greece to Magna Carta
The Age of Renaissance, Reformation and the Treaty of Westphalia
IR in the age of Revolutions
First and Second World Wars
The Fall of Soviet Union and the Rise of China
The Rise of Asia
Unit 02: International Relations through Theories
Unit 03: International Relations through Theories-II
Structuralism, Constructivism and Feminism
Theories of Security and Non-Traditional Security
Theories of Institutions
Unit 04: Contemporary World Order-I
Unit 05: Contemporary World Order-II
Big Power Politics
Unit 06: Contemporary World Order-III
Science, Technology and International Relations
Trade and Political Economy
Unit 07: Contemporary World Order-IV
The idea of State, Nation and Nation-State
The idea of World Order
Nation vs State building
State Failure and Fragility
Course Structure & Duration:
This course will be taught mostly online over a duration of two semesters during 2021-22. Classes will be held online everyday morning between 0900-1030 hrs. The Course will start in August 2021, and end in July 2022.
The Course will include the following:
Student Seminars, Assignments and Publications:
The students are expected to make presentations every Mondays (1600-1730 hrs) as a part of Global Politics, Young Voices (GPYV) Discussions. The objective of the above Student seminars is to improve the presentation and writing skills of the students. Also, the students will be assigned weekly assignments. The assignments will be on current issues aimed at getting published in the Course portal – globalpolitics.in.
Students will have ample opportunities to publish regular focus notes in two weekly publications - The World This Week & Conflict Weekly. The final product of the assignments will be published as commentaries/briefs depending on the length.
Lectures on IR Theories on Mondays:
Regular lectures will be conducted on contemporary international theories. Duration 30 minutes.
Student Briefings on Tuesdays:
Students will make short briefings on contemporary international relations/developments, providing a brief background, major issues, and actors involved. Duration 30 minutes.
Guest Lectures on Wednesdays:
Guest lectures will be organised on Wednesdays on contemporary developments in international relations. Duration 45 minutes.
Book Reviews on Thursdays:
Students will present a review of a book or a journal essay. Duration 30 minutes
Lectures on IR History on Fridays:
Regular/guest lectures on international relations through history. Duration 30 minutes.
Weeklong residential course:
Depending on the availability of funds, the course at the end will have a week-long residential workshop at NIAS. Senior analysts in India, retired diplomats/officials will be invited to provide lectures during the workshop.
Two months internship:
The course will offer a two months internship to a select few at the end of the course.
Candidates applying for the Course should either be an enrolled Post Graduate Student or have completed postgraduation in India. The course is opened to student/ scholars from any field.
How to apply?
Write to Prof D. Suba Chandran, Course Supervisor, with the following:
- Rationale/ Statement of Purpose
- Areas of Interest
- Recommendation letter by the Head of the Department/Supervisor/Director. Email your application and recommendation letters directly to email@example.com.