International Institute for Higher Education Research & Capacity Building

Cross-Electives & Core Courses


Globalization of Education – (MA DLB) 0388

Historically education has been a privilege for the few in every country context. This course takes a global perspective in studying how access to education globalized 1990 onwards with the UN Declaration of Education for All and a more recent focus on access to Quality Education for All under the UN Sustainable Development Goal 4. Students read some of the seminal theoretical texts on globalization and education. Thereafter, by studying case studies from different countries, students learn how global organizations, such as the United Nations, do policy advocacy at the national level and how policy processes have been historically circulating around the world from the colonial period to the contemporary times.

Global Citizenship and International Understanding- MA (DLB) 0446

This course was designed to help students gain a critical understanding of the concept of “global citizenship” in the context of the UN declaration of the 17 sustainable development goals. The course begins with theoretical readings on the concepts of citizenship and globalization. Thereafter, the course materials discuss how and under what circumstances the UN and other global organizations developed the concept of “global citizenship education” building on the earlier concept of “education for international understanding’. Students write a reflection paper, work on a group project and develop a final research paper as part of the continuous learning assessment for the course.

Governance of Higher Education in India (DS-C-04)

The HE sector is getting more complex by the day owing to growth in private and public institutions, as well as the diversity in the models that they utilize to govern, administer, and generate funds. A researcher of higher education is interested in looking at the specific phenomenon that happens within the spaces designated as HEI or allied spaces that are intricately linked to or get impacted by HEI. These phenomena of interest to research scholars occur within particular contexts. This context of HEI can be seen as either illuminating the phenomena under study or influencing them, or in some case, the context itself can be the object of study. The governance structures of HEI and the logics governing these structures can be considered as one such crucial contextual element. Therefore, it becomes crucial for any scholar of HE to have a fair understanding of these governance structures. This Ph.D. elective course is aimed at providing the participants with an understanding of the way Indian HEI are governed through in-depth reading of selected literature (including specific policies or institutions, theoretical frameworks, and comparative perspectives) and in-class discussions.

Compassion and Secular Ethics for Democracy and SDGs

This course focuses on the social and emotional learning of young citizens to implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The course will help students to gain deeper understanding of the concepts of compassion, secular ethics and democracy. Students will read theoretical readings on the 3 main concepts- compassion, secular ethics and, democracy. Thereafter, they will reflect on actual scenarios, stories and case studies based on these concepts. As part of the continuous learning assessment for this course, the students will work on an individual reflection paper on the concepts and a group project to demonstrate how the concepts learnt through this course could be applicable to actually implement the UN Sustainable Development goals. 

Core Course

Research and Publication Ethics (DS-C-005)

Studying the philosophy of a particular subject area helps to learn the basic concepts of logical analysis and how to use them in developing arguments based on evidence. The problems of human life, that are the subjects of inquiry, are embedded within the social and ecological environment. Hence, a philosophical enquiry or research question is expected to contribute to the good of society and the environment. This is where ethics or moral philosophy becomes important for a researcher. The relationship between the researcher and the society/environment thrives on ethical values based on universal principles like honesty, trust, and justice. These ethical values practised by researchers can enhance the credibility of the research findings in the perception of the public. Therefore, these ethical values are the ideals, that each researcher should strive to attain. This course was designed as mandated by the UGC to educate students about this integral relationship between philosophy and ethics, and why both these concepts are critical for a researcher to comprehend.

The Current Global Order: East and West Axis – Fall semester

During this course, the emphasis will be placed on the contemporary global order and the challenges it faces, e.g. growing populism, the spread of authoritarianism, and the rise of non-liberal powers. There is also a concern about general decline of institutionalized multilateralism, e.g. deadlock of international institutions such as the WTO, the potential irrelevance of NATO and unilateral withdrawals from multilateral fora (especially by the U.S.). The course provides an interpretive framework for better understanding of the changes taking place and what kind of international order is emerging., especially considering the global challenges of the 21st century.


Russia’s Geopolitical Rise under Putin’s Leadership – Fall semester

The proposed course covers the important milestones in Putin’s presidency. It traces Russia’s international engagements and involvement in different parts of the world. It also intends to analyze the strategic calculations and rationale behind the major geopolitical decisions taken by V. Putin in the recent decades. The discussions will also be placed around his ability to cease opportune moments and use them to increase Russia’s influence globally. The existing animosity between Russia and the West forces the former to seek new bilateral and international engagements that can be viewed in a broader context of a multipolar world.


Russian Language and Literature – Fall semester

Since our world is becoming increasingly integrated, a knowledge of another language and culture will be an asset no matter what career students will choose to pursue. This course is for those who are interested in exploring the Russian language and literature. During the course, students will familiarize themselves with the basic rules of Russian phonetics and grammar, acquire basic conversation vocabulary, as well as be able to read simple texts and hold conversation on everyday topics such as family, travel, hobbies and personal activities. Students will also have an opportunity to learn more about famous Russian classical authors like Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Anton Chekhov, Mikhail Bulgakov and others through vibrant discussions on their masterpieces.