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In the midst of continuous churning of news and policies everyday, the Cogitatum series is an attempt to equip curious minds with a strong fundamental base on contemporary topics. It is a 4-week online course designed to provide a nuanced take on one present-day policy issue. This course is designed for anyone who wants to go beyond peripheral knowledge on a public policy topic and dig deeper.

Admissions for the first Cogitatum on "Understanding Xi Jinping's China: An Indian Perspective" will be open from August 3-10, 2017.

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The Cogitatum series is designed such that it can be taken from anywhere and by anyone. The course creates an opportunity to start a conversation between smart minds and experts from across the world. In doing so, it helps create intelligent citizens, practitioners and policymakers.

Our first Cogitatum series will be on China. President Xi Jinping's term as president has witnessed a transition in China's domestic and foreign policies in multiple dimensions. The Doklam standoff has brought us to the point where we need to revisit our understanding of Xi's China.

Cogitatum on Understanding Xi Jinping's China: An Indian Perspective


Xi Jinping will complete his first term as the President of the People's Republic China  this year. As President, Xi's decisions have been vital to the economic growth of the country and its emergence on the world stage.

In the first of the Cogitatum series offered by the Takshashila Institution, we help you understand the political and military underpinnings of China under the leadership of Xi Jinping. Over four weeks, the course will cover topics including China's world view, domestic politics, Chinese foreign policy and concepts of power projection.

Faculty: Lt Gen (Dr) Prakash Menon, Dr Alka Acharya, Nitin Pai and Pranay Kotasthane

The course commences on August 12, 2017.

Course Schedule

  • Understanding China's world view: Saturday, August 12, 9:00 am IST.
  • Changes in China's domestic politics: Wednesday, August 16, 8:00 pm IST.
  • China's new approach to foreign relations: Saturday, August 19, 9:00 am IST.
  • China's concept of power projection: Monday, August 21, 8:00 pm IST.
  • Ask Me Anything (AMA) with the faculty chaired by Mr. Anand Arni, a Distinguished Fellow of the Geostrategy Programme, at the Takshashila Institution: Sunday, August 27, 9:00 am IST.

Any change in the above schedule will be informed in advance.

Programme Features

  • Four-week fully online course focused on one policy issue at a time.
  • A pathfinder course that allows you to deep-dive into a current topic through live webinars with experts and comprehensive readings on the topic.

Programme Structure

Students will be eligible for the certificate if they complete an online assignment.

If you have any queries regarding the course, please write to:


Introductory fee: Rs 1179 (999 + 18% GST)

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Do I need to attend all webinars to get the certificate?

No, you do not have to attend all the webinars. We will provide webinar recordings after the live session. You will be eligible for the certificate only if you successfully complete the assignment at the end of the Cogitatum. This assignment will be in the form of an Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) or an essay question. That said, we strongly insist that you do not skip any webinars in order to extract maximum value.

Is the course just a set of webinars?

No, as a part of the course you will also be added to a Flock Team where you can cogitate i.e. you can reflect, comment, and interact with the fellow students and faculty even after the webinars. All readings will also be posted here.

Once you have completed the admission process, you will get an e-mail with the details on how to access Flock.

Can this course be taken by someone without being familiar with the topic? 

Yes, we have designed the Cogitatum such that the students do not need a background on the topic. Anyone interested in the topic can cogitate.

How will the course be taught?

The Cogitatum will be held completely online. The five live webinars by our faculty will serve as pointers to help you explore more about the topic under discussion. At the end of the Cogitatum participants will have to complete an online assignment to be eligible for the certificate.

What happens after the webinars are over? 

You remain a part of the Flock Team and you can continue the discussions on the topic with the fellow students and the experts. You will also continue to have access to the readings shared on the topic.

Will I have access to any learning material? 

Yes, you would be provided reading material after every webinar to help you dig deeper on the topic covered in the webinar. The reading material will mostly be in the form of one to two online readings like research papers, articles etc.

Whom do I get in touch with regarding my doubts about the course? 

Please write to:

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We will get back to you within 24 hours.

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