UGC NET International and Area Studies Syllabus

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                    UNIVERSITY GRANTS COMMISSION NET BUREAU
Subject: INTERNATIONAL AND AREA STUDIES                                      Code No.: 90
      SYLLABUS

Unit I
International and Area Studies: Concepts, Theories and Approaches
• Major concepts, scope and nature of International Relations and Area Studies
• Theories: Realist, Liberal, Marxist and Critical Theories of IR and Area Studies
• Approaches: Western and Non-Western
• Power Politics: Balance of Power, Geopolitics, Bipolarity, Unipolarity, Multipolarity and Polycentrism
• State and Non-State Actors in IR and Area Studies
Unit II
Evolution of International Relations and Area Studies
• Emergence of nation states and nationalism
• Pre-World War I International System
• Inter-War Period
• Post-World War II Period (Cold War)
• Decolonisation, Global South and International Politics
• Post-Cold War International Relations
• Impact of Globalisation

Unit III
Contemporary World Order
• Changing Patterns of World Order: Unipolarity, Bipolarity, Multipolarity and Polycentrism
• Role of Major Powers: US, Russia, China, Japan, India and EU
• Globality, Globalism and Globalisation
• Democratisation and the World Order
• Science, Technology and Global Order

Unit IV
Conflict, Security and Peace: National and International
• Concepts, components and models of National and International Security
• Evolution of Strategic Thoughts: Kautilya, Sun Tzu, Machiavelli, Antonio Jomini, Carl von Clausewitz, H. Mackinder, A.T. Mahan, G. Douhet, William Mitchell, Alexander de Seversky, H. Kissinger
• Evolution of Strategic Doctrines: Massive Retaliation, Deterrence, Flexible Response, Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD), Strategic Defence Initiative (SDI), NMD
• Evolution of India’s Security Policies and Nuclear and Maritime Doctrines
• New Modes of Warfare: Conventional, Low Intensity Conflicts, Information and Communication warfare, Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Warfare, Revolution in Military Affairs
• Non-Traditional Security Threats: Food and Health Security, Energy Security, Environmental Security, Gender Security, Human Security, Cyber Security and Terrorism
• Conflict Resolution and Peace, Arms Control and Disarmament.

Unit V
International Organisations and Global Governance
• Role of International Organisations in International Peace and Security, Development cooperation and Democratization
• United Nations: Role, Relevance, and Reforms
• Global Governance: Issues and Challenges of global commons
• Regional and Sub-regional Organisations
• Impact of Globalization.
• International Law as an instrument of global governance

Unit VI
India’s Foreign Policy
• Evolution of Objectives and Principles of India’s Foreign Policy
• India’s Relations with Neighborhood and Extended Neighborhood
• India and Major Powers: US, Russia, China, Japan, and EU
• India’s Look East and Act East Policy
• India’s Engagement with International and Regional Organisations
• Role of India’s Soft Power in its Foreign Policy

Unit VII
South Asia and Indo-Pacific Region
• Geopolitical and Geostrategic setting
• Colonialism, nationalism and independence movements
• Nation building, state building and challenges to democratization
• Post-Independence developments: Political Regimes
• Internal and External Threats to State Security and Human Security
• Regional Territorial and Maritime Issues, Role of Extra-regional Powers.
• Regional Trade, Development Cooperation and Strategic Partnership: IORA, SAARC, ASEAN, ARF, APEC, BIMSTEC, Mekong-Ganga Cooperation etc.
• Impact of Liberalisation, Privatisation and Globalisation (LPG)

Unit VIII
Central Asia, West Asia and Africa
• Geopolitical and Geo strategic setting
• Colonialism, nationalism and independence movements
• Nation building, state building and challenges to democratization
• Post-Independence developments: Political Regimes
• Internal and External Threats to State Security and Human Security
• Regional conflicts and issues and role of extra-regional powers
• Regional Trade, Development Cooperation and Strategic Partnership
• Impact of Globalization

Unit IX
Europe and Erstwhile Soviet Union/Russia
• Geopolitical and Geo strategic setting
• Nationalism, Industrial Revolution and State building
• Europe between two World Wars
• Alliances and Accords in Europe: NATO, WARSAW PACT, Helsinki Accord, EU etc.
• Internal and External Threats to State Security and Human Security, Migration refugees and Ethnic Problems
• Trade, Development cooperation and Strategic Partnerships
• Role of US in Europe
• Impact of Globalisation

Unit X
The Americas
• Geopolitical and Geostrategic setting.
• Colonialism, Nationalism and Independence Movements.
• Nation building, state building and challenges to democratization.
• Internal and External Threats to State Security and Human Security.
• Regional conflicts and Issues: Role of US and Extra-regional Powers.
• Regional trade, development cooperation and strategic partnership.
• Globalisation and its impact.

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