Scope of International Relations: An Emerging Field of Study


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International Relations is a relatively new academic field of study. The mother subject being Political Science. International Relations is an interesting and significant area of study. It is a field of study that is highly in demand for the past few years.

International Relations, in simple words, as the name in itself is the study of relations and matters between countries, organizations, etc. It is also referred to as International Studies or Global Studies. The scope and importance of this area of study are increasing in today’s world.Many important personalities like Shashi Tharoor, Subrahmanyam Jaishankarare students of international relations.

The study of International Relations is interdisciplinary in nature. The field is a combination of Political Science, Economics and Law. It covers a wide area of studies including International Political Economy, Foreign Policy, Security Studies, International Law, etc.

The first university to offer an undergraduate level of study for International Relations in India is the Central University of Kerala, situated in Kasargod District. The Capital Centre, an extended wing of the Central University of Kerala is situated in the capital city of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram. A few other noted universities offering International Relations at the postgraduate level include Jawaharlal Nehru University, South Asian University, Delhi University, Christ University, Javedpur University, Central University of Gujarat.

The scope of doing a course in International Relations is wide in today’s scenario.

The importance of relations between countries is increasing. As a result, there is a need for people who are able to handle these relations. A few opportunities for a student of International Relations are

  1. Strategist: A strategist formulates and implements strategies.
  2. Political/Foreign Affairs Analyst: An political/foreign affairs analyst is hired in media, non-governmental organizations, and international organizations. They can also be recruited by the government. Political analysts research on various political developments, trends, policies, etc. and analyze the same.
  3. Academician/ Lecturer: University Grants Commission(UGC) conducts the  National Eligibility Test for the junior research fellowship and lectureship. A post-graduation in Political Science or International Relations and UGC-NET is the eligibility for lectureship positions in colleges/universities.
  4. Diplomat: Diplomat represents and safeguards a country’s interests globally. They mediate between countries and organizations. They express their country’s opinion on international platforms.
  5. Intelligence Specialist: National government agencies hire intelligence specialists to collect and analyze intelligence data.
  6. Civil Services: Indian Civil Services includes the post of Indian Foreign Services. Political Science and International Relations is one of the optional papers in the Mains examination.
  7. International Lawyer: Disputes occur between countries and international organizations. International lawyers mediate these disputes. They may also be in dealing with international trade laws, intellectual property, etc.
  8. Lobbyist: A lobbyist may find opportunities in NGOs and corporations. They monitor, research, communicate and tries to convince the government or firms to make a decision in favor of the company they represent.
  9. Communication Specialist: International NGOs hire communication specialists for creating communications strategies, handling communications and writing effective contents.
  10. Journalism: An international relations student can find jobs in the field of journalism because of international relations students getting exposure in various political and current affairs.

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Students of international relations may find opportunities opening up for them in other areas as well. In this era, knowledge of international relations is significant. This is indeed a field that has greater scope of development in the future.


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