23107 Introduction to International Relations

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The course aims at equipping the learners with the basics of International Relations so as to understand the global undercurrents. This basic knowledge will enable the learners, to understand the concepts and acquire skills to apply them to the power dynamics of various states. The nature of national interests, the decision-making process and the way the relations between nations are negotiated and conducted will be enunciated.

The Course will truly enable the learners to know the global character of the World, which stands politically organized in nearly 200 nation states. The learners will be equipped with the ability to understand the relationship between domestic affairs and foreign affairs and more so the pragmatic situation of their lives in the present World society.


Course outline

UNIT- I                                                                                                                                          10hrs

  1. International Relations- Meaning and Significance
  2. International Relations and International Politics—Distinctions
  3. Approaches to the Study International Relations- Game Theory and Decision-Making

UNIT-II                                                                                                                                             10hrs

  1. National Interest
  2. Foreign Policy and Domestic Policy; Factors Influencing Foreign Policy
  3. Authorities involved in the formulation of foreign policy


UNIT-III                                                                                                                                             10hrs

  1. Foreign Policy of India
  2. India and Regional Groupings
  3. India as a Soft power



Kindly note the course will commence from May 20, 2020.

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What Will You Learn?

  • The basic tools to understand International Relations
  • Basic insights on International Relations and politics, national interest, foreign policy, etc.
  • Ability to analyze the current affairs of India’s foreign policy and real-politics

Course Content


  • Introduction to Unit- 1
  • Lecture 1
  • Lecture 2
  • Quiz 1
  • Lecture 3
  • Lecture 4
  • QUIZ 2
  • Lecture 5
  • Lecture 6
  • QUIZ 3
  • Lecture 7
  • QUIZ 4
  • Lecture 8
  • Lecture 9
  • QUIZ 5

Unit 2
Unit II establishes relationship between Foreign Policy and National Interest, lays down the differences between Domestic Policy and Foreign Policy, familiarizes the factors that influence Foreign Policy, and finally explains the authorities involved in the formulation of Foreign Policy.

Unit 3
Deals with the foreign policy of India and particularly explains India's position within regional groupings and its projection as a soft power in international settings.

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