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.

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