Politics at Krea

The study of politics examines human communities and the ways in which they forge a common life through their ideas and values, interests and institutions, and how they often come into conflict with each other. It seeks an understanding of power in its multiple embodiments, between groups, castes, gender, classes, and between citizens and state. The levels of analysis that students grapple with in their courses range from local, national, regional to the global. We provide the skills required for students to develop evidence-based, historically grounded and conceptually rigorous understanding of political developments, of ideologies and of ethical collective action.

At Krea, we use the term ‘politics’ instead of ‘government’ or political science, deliberately to highlight the large terrain that politics occupies, and the necessity of multidisciplinary approaches to understand various dimensions of political life. Politics, therefore, is not confined only to the inner workings of the governments or to formal institutional spaces in society. It also needs insights from other social science disciplines to make its complex workings visible. We believe the study of politics will prepare students to play the role of active and conscientious citizens in society.


The Approach

Our curriculum covers a large number of themes including democratic practices, violence, social movements, political power, justice and freedom, civic action, populism, state and globalization.  We draw from recognized subfields of political theory, political philosophy, comparative politics, Indian politics, public policy, political economy and international politics.  In exploring the history of ideas, the issues and idioms of politics of the ‘global south’ will be highlighted. A special focus is placed on the Indian democratic experiences and challenges. Through a set of core and elective courses, the students not only broaden their understanding of the field of politics but also deepen their knowledge in areas of their interest within it.

At a time of ecological crisis, global pandemics, abundance of digital objects and communication, the idea of politics, decision-making and territoriality are undergoing significant transformation.  The growing inequality within and across states and societies at a time of rapid globalization throws new challenges before governments and international organizations.  The students doing a politics major will gain expertise to unpack complexities, including deeper ethical questions underlying these phenomena.

Programme Details


To earn a minor in Politics, a student is required to complete six courses and earn 24 credits, among which:

  1. Three courses will be from required courses, and
  2. Three courses will be from electives offered.


In order to qualify for a concentration in Politics, a student is required to complete any three Politics courses and earn 12 credits.

Required Courses Sample Electives
  1. Politics in multiple frames:
    approaches, concepts and
    theoretical perspectives
  2. Understanding Indian Politics: Institutions and Democratic
  3. Introduction to Comparative Politics
  4. Political Imaginings from the Global South
  5. Global Politics in the 21st
    Century (An Introduction)
  6. Researching Politics: Methods and Tools of Enquiry
  1. Public Policies and Democratic Challenges in India: Approaches and Analytical tools
  2. State, citizenship and governance of
    public provisions in India
  3. Democracy and Civil Society in India:
    Contexts, Approaches, and Challenges
  4. Literary and cultural imagination as
    conceptual resource: An Exploration of /in
    India’s Bhasa Literature
  5. Politics and the intimations of modernity
    in Kant, Hegel and Marx
  6. Exploring Western Political Philosophy:
    Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes,
  7. Populism in our time: Its resurgence and
    its significance
  8. State and Industrial Development:
    Historical and Comparative perspectives
    (India, China, South Korea and Nigeria
  9. Feminist thought and women’s movement in India: An Exploration
  10. Politics of/in performance: Studying
    theatre and film as sources of legitimation and resistance in India
  11. Comparative Politics of South Asia
  12. Founding moments of the Indian
    Republic: Re-reading the Constituent
    Assembly Debates (1947-1950)
  13. Politics of Mass Media and New
    Communication Technology
  14. Understanding Critical Issues Through a
    Political lens

Bishnu Mohapatra

Professor of Politics

Bishnu Mohapatra

Professor of Politics

DPhil, Oxford University

The Krea politics graduate will be better prepared to play their role as active citizens and effective members of their political communities. It provides the solid ground on which they can pursue their careers in government, civil service, not-for-profit institutions, international organisations, and media. It also provides a foundation for undertaking further studies in specialised areas such as law and governance, urban politics, public policy, and international studies.
Job Roles Organizations
  • Diplomat
  • Foreign affairs advisor
  • International relations/ trade
  • Journalist
  • Public policy adviser
  • Researcher
  • NGO professional
  • International trade organization
  • Foreign liaison office
  • Non-Government organization
  • Corporate Foundation
  • Publishing house
  • Education institution
  • Corporate international relations