UGC NET Syllabus - Politics including International Relations/International Studies including Defence/ Strategic Studies, West Asian Studies, South East Asian Studies, African Studies, South Asian Studies, Soviet Studies, American Studies (Sub Code: 90)

UGC NET SYLLABUS (Updated) - Applicable from June 2019 Onwards

Subject: INTERNATIONAL AND AREA STUDIES (Code No.: 90)


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 Democratisation

 United Nations: Role, Relevance, and Reforms

 Global Governance: Issues and Challenges of global commons

 Regional and Sub-regional Organisations

 Impact of Globalisation.

 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 Neighbourhood and Extended Neighbourhood

 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 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 conflicts and issues and role of extra-regional powers

 Regional Trade, Development Cooperation and Strategic Partnership

 Impact of Globalisation

 

Unit IX
Europe and Erstwhile Soviet Union/Russia

 Geopolitical and Geostrategic 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.