B.A. (Research) in International Relations

The Department of International Relations seeks to bring world historical developments in conversation with theories of international relations. While conscious of advances in the Anglo-American mainstream, the Department is inclined to pursue more wide-ranging empirical and theoretically anchored accounts of international politics across diverse issue areas – development, security and the environment. Twenty-first century Asia qualifies as a special theatre of attention in this regard from our vantage point.

A dimension germane to the research and teaching sensibilities of the Department is a comprehensive normative engagement with questions relating to epistemic and economic imbalances between the global North and the South, facets relating to war and peace, accounts of global cooperation, utopias and dystopias in world politics and the evolving content of global justice. As the vast menu of issues suggest, research and teaching in international relations has never been more enticing and challenging simultaneously.


  • Rajeswari S. Raina
    Ph.D., Kerala University, India

  • Kaveri Gill
    Associate Professor,
    Ph.D., University of Cambridge, UK

  • Atul Mishra
    Assistant Professor,
    Ph.D., Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

  • Shekhar Pratap Singh
    Assistant Professor,
    Ph.D., Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

Programs Offered

Major: Bachelor of Arts (Research) in International Relations
Minor: International Relations

Representative Courses *

• Introduction to International Relations
• Global History and International Relations
• India in World Affairs
• Theorizing International Relations
• International Organizations and Global Governance
• International Law and World Politics
• China in World Affairs
• Politics and Governance in South Asia
• Literature and World Politics
• Cinema and World Politics
• Understanding Bureaucracies
• Liberalism and its Critics
• Inequality and Social Policy for Development
• Comparative Constitutionalism
• Agriculture in/vs the Environment
• The Nation State and Planetary Limits
• Agri-food Systems: Work and Technology in Contemporary Asia
• Ecological Economics: Nature, Time and Justice
• Science Diplomacy
• International Relations theory
• Contemporary Indian foreign policy
• International thought
• Asian international relations

*This is not an exhaustive list. The courses given in this brochure are reviewed every semester based on the requirement of the program. New courses are added every semester.

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"Out of my six semesters at Shiv Nadar University, my fifth semester was abroad at Duke Kunshan University where I opted for the Undergraduate Liberal Arts Global Semester"

Indranjan Banerjee,
B.A. (Research) in English

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Admission Process

Shiv Nadar University’s selection process has three parts:

Part 1: Eligibility based on Class XII scores as defined in the section - Eligibility for Admissions and Scholarships - Undergraduate Programs

Part 2: Shiv Nadar University Scholastic Aptitude Test (SNUSAT) and Academic Proficiency Test (APT) – A combined three hour test to be administered in more than 100 Pearson VUE test centers across India helping every aspirant to participate in the process. SNUSAT and APT will be available as per the details mentioned under section - Key Dates

Part 3: Review of Application Form for the candidate’s aspiration in life and the ability to be a stakeholder at Shiv Nadar University

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