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CP101 Introductory Public Policy Analysis
Guides: Pavan Srinath & Pranay Kotasthane
12 Learning Units, 3 Assignments, 3 Webinars

This module covers the analysis, design, evaluation and marketing of public policies in India. It has three broad components. 
The first component deals with an overview of the normative and positive aspects of the Indian state and its governments and focuses on the roles, motivations and behaviours of the various players in the dynamics of policy making. It aims to provide students with a basic framework to understand how public policies are made in India.

The next component introduces key concepts and methods of policy analysis and provides a practical guide on how they might be applied to address India’s developmental challenges.

The final component covers policy assessment and programme evaluation with an emphasis on analytical methods.

CP102 Economic Reasoning and Public Policy

Guide: Anupam Manur & Prof Govinda Rao
12 Learning Units, 3 Assignments, 3 Webinars 

This module concerns the application of economic reasoning to the design, implementation and outcome evaluation of public policies in India. The module will first provide an overview of analytical insights and international experiences on factors contributing to sustained high long-term economic growth. It will then introduce the basic concepts of demand and supply, and how these can be used to analyse such policies as price controls, minimum wage, import and export duties, subsidies and others. The key point which would be emphasised is the need to maintain a reasonable balance between demand and supply in a dynamic context.

The module will then discuss the primary socio-economic function of public sector enterprises and organisations involved in providing basic amenities and services, such as roads, education, healthcare and waste management. This component will also introduce the key economic concepts relevant for public policies.

The rest of the module will focus on selected public policy areas and themes. These include: budgeting for results; reforming public sector enterprises; options for infrastructure development and maintenance; public-private partnerships; food security and agriculture; social protection policies; and India’s urban challenges.

Weekend Policy Workshops
Tentatively scheduled for the fourth and eighth weekends of the course, the weekend policy workshops will cover discussions over course material, contemporary issues and guest lectures over three continuous days (Friday to Sunday) each.

CP121 Workshop
    CP 121 is the first of the two contact sessions that form the offline complement to the largely online certificate course. The workshop has the Takshashila faculty and eminent guest lecturers take sessions on multiple themes ranging from public policy, economic reasoning, geo-strategy and politics.
  • CP122 Workshop
    CP 122 is the second of the two contact sessions that forms the offline complement to the largely online certificate course. The students are split into teams and given a policy problem and are expected to design a policy for practical issues, taking into account multiple factors and challenges that go into policymaking.

CP123 - Guest Lecture Series
Domain experts from a number of disciplines will supplement the GCPP curriculum with interactive webinars on important public policy issues.

Note: This is an indicative list of electives available in the GCPP Programme. Not all electives will be available every term. Students who have completed the GCPP Programme can enlist for additional electives during any term.

  • CP152 - National Security
    6 Learning Units, 2 Assignments, 2 Webinars

The primary aim of this module is to develop an understanding of theoretical issues of war and strategy. It will trace the origins of India’s defence policies from the immediate post-Independence era, assess and discuss the significance of key turning points, evaluate its present status, and discuss some possible future trends. It will further cover the internal security challenges that India has faced, continues to face and is likely to face in the future.

  • CP153 - International Relations & Foreign Policy
    6 Learning Units, 2 Assignments, 2 Webinars

This module introduces the fundamental concepts of international relations from the perspective of the key civilisations of the world. It then discusses important schools of thought in contemporary international relations and contemporary issues in geopolitics, before going on to analyse the development and conduct of foreign policy.

  • CP154 - Topics in geoeconomics
    6 Learning Units, 2 Assignments, 2 Webinars

This module deals with contemporary issues such as the Eurozone crisis, the US dollar standard and its role in precipitating the global crisis, monetary and economic policies of China, India's current account and fiscal deficit problems, exchange rate concepts and global financial markets and why they are correlated. 

  • CP155 - Introduction to public health
    6 Learning Units, 2 Assignments, 2 Webinars
    This module covers the essentials of public health and how it is designed and implemented in India.
  • CP156 - The media and public policy
    6 Learning Units, 2 Assignments, 2 Webinars
    This module covers basic concepts of the media industry in India and the impact of public policy on media. It will also study how the media can help address public policy issues for the greater public good.
  • CP157 - Topics in urban governance
    6 Learning Units, 2 Assignments, 2 Webinars
    This course covers urban governance and current systemic/institutional issues our cities are facing. It introduces modern concepts in traffic, transportation and urban planning as one area of focus to understand city improvement issues. 
  • CP161 - Contemporary issues in the Indian economy
    6 Learning units, 2 Assignments, 2 Webinars

Understanding India's contemporary economic challenges (growth slowdown, inflation, twin deficits, inclusion and crony capitalism) and approaches to addressing them.

  • CP162 - Understanding the Parliamentary System
    6 Learning units. 2 Assignments, 2 Webinars
    The objective of this course is to understand the design and working of Indian Parliamentary system.
  • CP163 - Topics in Constitutionalism
    6 Learning units, 2 Assignments, 2 Webinars
    This elective will explore the themes related to the spirit, philosophies, features, working and evolution of the Indian constitution.
  • CP164 Kashmir – Past, Present and Future
    6 Learning Units, 2 Assignments, 2 Webinars
    This elective will introduce the history and transition of Kashmir with and emphasis on the socio-political developments in the state. The objective of the course is to give a balanced perspective of the situation in Kashmir and analyze its history objectively.
  • CP165 Understanding Indian Elections
    6 Learning Units, 2 Assignments, 2 Webinars
    The purpose of this module is to study the impact of elections within the context of India’s larger constitutional and governance issues. The students would be expected to develop a basic understanding of Indian constitution, political context, and the social and economic imperatives which influence it.
  • CP166 Internal Security: Challenges, Achievements and Policy Making
    6 Learning Units, 2 Assignments, 2 Webinars
    The objective of this course is to acquaint the students with architecture of India's internal security doctrines, system and policy. A study of various internal security problems in India will bring out inadequacy of the current system to meet these modern threats. It will establish the need for a comprehensive security policy to be implemented effectively at all levels.
  • CP167 Understanding Elections in India
    6 Learning Units, 2 Assignments, 2 Webinars
    The objective of this course is to study and appreciate the key factors that drive elections in India. It will enable to indulge in intelligent conversations on elections and separate the signal from the noise in the election coverage in the media.
  • CP168 Violent Non State Actors in World Politics
    6 Learning Units, 2 Assignments, 2 Webinars
    The purpose of this module is to give a thorough understanding of theoretical models that help to explain VNSAs; an appreciation of the historical trends and developments that have made VNSAs increasingly powerful; and a firm foundation for understanding appropriate state responses.
  • CP169 Geopolitics of India’s Boundaries
    6 Learning Units, 2 Assignments, 2 Webinars
    The course gives an indepth view of the history, force, ideology  and geopolitical importance of securing and maintaining of India's National boundaries. The course aims to highlight the many influences that have shaped India's national and internal boundaries. The student can gain a better understanding of the historiographical, political and geopolitical influences that have impacted India's boundaries. 
  • CP171 Macroeconomic concepts and the Indian context
    6 Learning Units, 2 Assignments, 3 Webinars
    The course aims to provide an understanding of basic Macroeconomic concepts and learn to think about them – their content, meaning, relevance, limitations and usefulness. It will help apply the concepts to the present Indian context and, where necessary and applicable, to the history of Indian economy post-independence.It aims identify and develop a basic appreciation of the issues in public policy on economic matters, with particular reference to India.
  • CP172 Topics in Urban Governance
    6 Learning Units, 2 Assignments, 3 Webinars
    This course introduces participants to understanding what cities are, and the challenges in governance that they present. It introduces concepts in resource utilisation, public finance, provision of traffic, transportation and other topics pertaining to urban governance.
  • CP173 Public Finance and Indian Development Policy
    6 Learning Units, 2 Assignments, 3 Webinars
    This course introduces students to the fundamentals of public finance in the Indian context.
  • CP174 National Security and Defence Reform
    6 Learning Units, 2 Assignments, 3 Webinars
    The National Security and Defence Reforms module focuses on national security along with related domestic, regional and international issues. The initial lectures will introduce the students to a broad framework of strategy and national security issues. The next part of the module will explore external security issues, cross-national disputes over territory, and the problems of nuclear proliferation and terrorism in India’s neighborhood. The final part of the course will focus on major internal security challenges facing India.
  • CP176 Diplomacy and International Relations
    5 Learning Units, 2 Assignments, 3 Webinars
    This course, consisting of 6 modules, will cover diplomacy and international relations, keeping in view a good governance perspective, and contemporary trends. It will look at the current world scene, the drivers & influences, bilateral diplomacy and complexity management, economic diplomacy, public diplomacy, country brand, soft power, regional and multilateral relationships, and India’s external challenges.
  • CP177 Fundamentals of Macroeconomics
    6 Learning Units, 2 Assignments, 3 Webinars
    The course will outline a macroeconomic framework and apply it to analyzing and assessing the health of an economy and appropriate policy responses. Concepts learnt in the course will be related to actual current macroeconomic and financial market situations and events to make the course contemporary, relevant and applicable.
  • CP178 Basics of Public Health
    6 Learning Units, 2 Assignments, 3 Webinars
    In this course, we will briefly review the definition and scope of public health, its history in India and current policies and programs. Particular attention will be paid to developing alternate perspectives which allow the students to think critically about public health in general with a particular focus on India. You will also be introduced to the important health policy debates particularly on universal health coverage, its financing and whether it is feasible at India’s current economic level.
  • CP179 Introduction to Contemporary China
    6 Learning Units, 2 Assignments, 3 Webinars
    This is an introduction to post-revolution China. This section will provide an understanding of China, 1949 - 1966 - and focus on the impact of communism on the social, political and economic landscape.


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