Special Credit Courses

Fees

The fee for each Special Credit Course is ₹8,000 + 18% GST.
The fee covers expenses for accessing Takshashila Institution’s Learning Management Suite which includes curated readings, in-house frameworks and webinars.

Students will be eligible for the certificate if they complete an online assignment at the end of series.

Each course carries 2 credits or 30 hours of learning.

We are offering two courses in the month of August. You will be prompted to select your course when you fill out your form.

1. Inside Xi’s China
China’s rise is reshaping the global economy and international relations. In 2017, the country’s leadership proclaimed the beginning of a new era. This it hopes will culminate with China becoming a global leader in terms of composite national strength and international influence. 

However, what is President Xi Jinping’s roadmap to achieve this goal, i.e., what are the drivers for and faultlines along the way of achieving “national rejuvenation”? And what does all this mean for China’s neighbours and the international system at large? 

Inside Xi’s China is a month-long course that aims to equip students with an understanding of Chinese politics and policymaking in order to answer these questions. The course design makes it accessible to and useful for a range of individuals, including professionals dealing with strategic affairs, journalists, students of political science and international affairs along with individuals working in China or with Chinese enterprises and even those who are simply interested to learn more about the country.

Course Units:

  • The Past as Present: History as a driver of Chinese policy

  • The China Model – Part I (Chinese Political System)

  • The China Model – Part II (The Chinese Economy)

  • Grand Strategy & Chinese foreign policy

  • China’s Approach to National Security

  • Decoding China’s Innovation Quest

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understanding of Xi Jinping’s objective of national rejuvenation.

  • Familiarity with the structural makeup of the Chinese Party-state.

  • Introduction to elite politics and interests groups that drive public policy.

  • An insight into the factors that underpin China’s economic model

  • Understanding of China’s foreign policy and national security objectives.

  • Introduction to China’s technology and innovation ecosystem

 
2. Kautilya & The Art of Statecraft

How did ancient India think about international relations? From the Circle of Kings to espionage, from poison-wielding assassins, from elephant diets to infantry drills, from diplomatic treaties to fort sieges, Kautilya, the author of the Arthashastra, had a lot of interesting ideas. Kajari Kamal’s course unveils the Arthashastra’s philosophical core and its fundamental values in pursuit of ‘yogakshema’ (security and welfare of the people). And as you’ll learn through this course, a lot of these ideas still work in modern geopolitics.

The course will seek to discuss themes that eventually lead to the stated political goal – ‘yogakshema‘. Each of these themes would be discussed from two perspectives – policy prescription in the text and its potential influence on strategic behaviour in the context of a contemporary development, thereby establishing the text’s continuing relevance.

Course units:

1) Introduction to the conceptual and theoretical underpinnings of the text
2) Internal security – Intelligence culture, the handling of the Punjab insurgency
3) Political economy – The ‘artha’ aspect and its importance
4) Grand Strategy – Formulation and constituent elements of Nehruvian grand strategy
5) Foreign Policy – Sadgunyas, rajamandala – India’s bilateral relations with US, China and Pakistan
6) Guest speaker

 

Each course consists of six webinars, three multiple choice quizzes and one final exam assignment. Students will receive a certificate on successful completion of their selected course.

ABOUT SPECIAL CREDIT COURSES

Special Credit Courses help participants go beyond the news cycle and get to the heart of complex topics. It is a 2-4 week online series designed to provide a nuanced take on one ongoing policy issue. Participants dive deep into a current topic through live webinars with experts and comprehensive readings on the topic.

The series is designed such that it can be taken from anywhere and by anyone. The series 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. The previous programmes were on Understanding Xi Jinping’s China: An Indian Perspective, Understanding Rohingya Crisis and India’s Migration Policy, Unpacking India’s Government Budgets and Tackling Epidemics in India.

LEARNING FROM THE BEST

Kautilya & The Art of Statecraft

Dr Kajari Kamal
Dr Kajari Kamal is a PhD in Political Science from the University of Hyderabad. She holds a postgraduate in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Anirudh Kanisetti
Anirudh is a Research Analyst with Takshashila’s Technology and Policy programme. An engineer by training, Anirudh holds a degree in Electronics and Instrumentation with a minor in Philosophy, Economics, and Politics from BITS Pilani (Goa).

Lt Gen Prakash Menon
Lt. Gen. (Retd) Prakash Menon is the Director of the Strategic Studies Programme. Lt Gen Menon joined the Indian Army in 1972. He has extensive operational experience in commanding counter-insurgency operations in Central, North and South Kashmir.

Inside Xi's China

Manoj Kewalramani
Manoj Kewalramani is an Associate Fellow-China Studies at The Takshashila Institution. Prior to joining Takshashila, Manoj spent 11 years working as a journalist in India and China, where he also helped set up digital newsrooms and train young journalists.

Past faculty for our Special Credit Courses include:
Saurabh Chandra, Tech Entrepreneur, Co-Founder – Ati Motors
Smriti Parsheera, Consultant National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP)
Prashanth Prakash, Partner at Accel Partners
Elonnai Hickok, Chief Operating Officer, The Centre for Internet and Society

WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE

Anyone who wants an in-depth understanding of the geopolitics of China and the relevance of Arthashastra in today's international relations. If you have only a few hours to spend each week on understanding these topics, the Special Credit Courses will give you the opportunity to interact with faculty and convert your learnings into an assignment paper.

SCHEDULE AND STRUCTURE

Series Schedule (These dates are tentative. We will keep you posted on the dates once we receive your application)

Inside Xi's China

Webinar 1: Aug 12, 8-9.30pm
Webinar 2: Aug 17, 4-5.30pm
Webinar 3: Aug 28, 8-9.30pm
Webinar 4: Sept 2, 8-9.30pm
Webinar 5: Sept 4, 8-9.30pm
Webinar 6: Sept 11, 8-9.30pm

Kautilya & The Art of Statecraft

Webinar 1: Aug 13, 8-9.30pm
Webinar 2: Aug 21, 8-9.30pm
Webinar 3: Aug 24, 11:30am-1pm (Tentative)
Webinar 4: Aug 26, 8-9.30pm
Webinar 5: Aug 31, 4-5.30pm
Webinar 6: Sept 4, 8-9.30pm

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q- Do I need to attend all webinars to get the certificate?
A- No, you do not have to attend all the webinars. We will provide recordings of the webinar 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 a 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.

Q- Are the Special Credit Courses just a set of webinars?
A- No, as a part of Special Credit Courses, 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.

Q- Can this series be taken by someone without being familiar with the topic?
A- Yes, we have designed the Special Credit Courses such that the students do not need a background on the topic. Anyone interested in the topic can cogitate.

Q- How will the series be taught?
A- The Special Credit Courses will be held completely online. The 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.

Q- What happens after the webinars are over? 
A- 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.

Q- Will I have access to any learning material?
A- 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.

Q- Whom do I contact with my doubts about the Special Credit Courses?
Please write to: scc@takshashila.org.in

We will get back to you within 24 hours of receiving your query.

FEES AND APPLICATION PROCESS

The full programme fee for individuals is INR 8,000 (plus GST). Fees, once paid, are non-refundable.

All the mandatory categories in the application form must be filled in order for an application to be considered. Further details are provided in the application form.

Your application will be considered only after we receive your application with payment.

Eligibility
Anyone can take this course, as long as you are able to attend all the webinars, complete the quiz and assignment on time.

Faculty

Kajari Kamal

Dr. Kajari Kamal is a PhD in Political Science from the University of Hyderabad. She holds a postgraduate in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University.

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Anirudh Kanisetti

Anirudh is a Research Analyst with Takshashila’s Technology and Policy programme.
An engineer by training, Anirudh holds a degree in Electronics and Instrumentation with a minor in Philosophy, Economics, and Politics from BITS Pilani (Goa).

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Manoj Kewalramani

Manoj Kewalramani is Fellow-China Studies at The Takshashila Institution.
Prior to joining Takshashila, Manoj spent 11 years working as a journalist in India and China, where he also helped set up digital newsrooms and train young journalists.

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Lt General (Dr) Prakash Menon

Lt. Gen. (Retd) Prakash Menon is the Director of the Strategic Studies Programme. He is also Professor Emeritus at Trans Disciplinary University (TDU), Bangalore and Adjunct Professor, National Institution of Advanced Studies, Bangalore.

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