Understanding Politics: Practice, Judgment and Science
An Ashoka University online course for high-school students.
1st June – 6th June
INR 12,000 + GST
4:00 – 6:00pm
About The Course
What does it mean to be political? What is the difference between thinking politically and doing politics? What is the role of ethics in politics? What are some ways in which scholars study political behaviour? This course will help young students to understand political practices and concepts, institutions and ideas, and thereby introduce them to the discipline of political science. Through thematic sessions, the course will equip students with analytical skills to examine political topics – including important and urgent issues we face in Indian politics.
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Prior to joining Ashoka, Malvika taught at Sciences Po, and was a research associate at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. Her research lies at the intersection of political thought and art practice, especially as it relates to phenomena like violence, power, democracy and state capacity.
Her works have been published in journals like Studies in Indian Politics, Economic and Political Weekly, Raisons Politiques, South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal, The Arts Politic among others. Her first book, Art Attacks: Violence and Offence-taking India was published in 2019 by Oxford University Press.
Learning Support for the Course
Amola Mehta – Teaching Assistant
Amola is a fourth year student at Ashoka University with a major in Political Science. Her areas of interest are gender studies, sustainable development, as well as political participation. She has been a teaching assistant with the Political Science department, specifically working as the TA for a course on feminism. In working with a waste management NGO, she has conducted research about micro-plastic textile waste in India. In her free time, she has debated competitively, conducted university elections, started a political party, and adopted a cat.