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Canadian Studies Programme

Canadian Studies Programme


Canadian Studies Programme (CSP) of the School of International Studies (SIS) at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, is a full-fledged Area Studies programme on Canada. The first of its own kind, CSP is a taught-cum-research programme at the Masters' and Doctoral level on contemporary Canada.

CSP was formally launched in the academic year 2001-02. Together with US and Latin American Studies Programmes, CSP constitutes the Centre for Canadian, US & Latin American Studies in SIS. In brief, CSP is one among the several premier area study programmes in SlS.


Objectives of the CSP

  • To develop and expand inter-disciplinary studies in Canadian Studies including facilitating research and scholarly activity on Canada and contribute further to the tradition of Canadian Studies in India.

  • To provide an outreach programme to the wider community including scholarly conferences/ workshops, field trips and developing curricula for post-graduate studies on Canada in order to raise awareness about Canadian affairs in India.

  • To foster productive exchanges between Indian and Canadian scholarship on themes of mutual interest with a view to improving India-Canada bilateral relations.

In consonance with the objectives of JNU, the CSP aims at developing a pool of scholarly expertise on the foreign policy dynamics and international relations of Canada; and to the extent necessary on the history, society, economy and politics of contemporary Canada.


Teaching and Research Programme at CSP

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Canadian Studies is an eight-semester programme spread over four academic calendar years for the completion of thesis work and one year course work.

  • Besides Ph.D., CSP also offers an elective course at the Master's level for students doing post-graduate studies across the University.


List of MA Courses

Sl. No Course Code Course Title Semester Credits Name of Faculty
1. IS 585 N Canada in World Affairs Winter 4 Dr. Sneha Bhagat


List of PhD Courses

Sl. No Course Code Course Title Semester Credits Name of Faculty
1. AW 650N Multiculturalism, Indigenism and Diasporic Aspects of Canadian Society Winter 2 Dr. Priti Singh
2. AW 651N Political Economy of Canada Winter 2 Dr. Sneha Bhagat
3. AW 648 Foreign Policy of Canada Monsoon 3 Dr. Sneha Bhagat
4. AW 649 Government and Politics in Canada Monsoon 3 Dr. Sneha Bhagat



A warm welcome to the modified and updated website of the Centre for East Asian Studies. The East Asian region has been at the forefront of several path-breaking changes since 1970s beginning with the redefining the development architecture with its State-led development model besides emerging as a major region in the global politics and a key hub of the sophisticated technologies. The Centre is one of the thirteen Centres of the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi that provides a holistic understanding of the region.

Initially, established as a Centre for Chinese and Japanese Studies, it subsequently grew to include Korean Studies as well. At present there are eight faculty members in the Centre. Several distinguished faculty who have now retired include the late Prof. Gargi Dutt, Prof. P.A.N. Murthy, Prof. G.P. Deshpande, Dr. Nranarayan Das, Prof. R.R. Krishnan and Prof. K.V. Kesavan. Besides, Dr. Madhu Bhalla served at the Centre in Chinese Studies Programme during 1994-2006. In addition, Ms. Kamlesh Jain and Dr. M. M. Kunju served the Centre as the Documentation Officers in Chinese and Japanese Studies respectively.

The academic curriculum covers both modern and contemporary facets of East Asia as each scholar specializes in an area of his/her interest in the region. The integrated course involves two semesters of classes at the M. Phil programme and a dissertation for the M. Phil and a thesis for Ph. D programme respectively. The central objective is to impart an interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of history, foreign policy, government and politics, society and culture and political economy of the respective areas. Students can explore new and emerging themes such as East Asian regionalism, the evolving East Asian Community, the rise of China, resurgence of Japan and the prospects for reunification of the Korean peninsula. Additionally, the Centre lays great emphasis on the building of language skills. The background of scholars includes mostly from the social science disciplines; History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, International Relations and language.

Several students of the centre have been recipients of prestigious research fellowships awarded by Japan Foundation, Mombusho (Ministry of Education, Government of Japan), Saburo Okita Memorial Fellowship, Nippon Foundation, Korea Foundation, Nehru Memorial Fellowship, and Fellowship from the Chinese and Taiwanese Governments. Besides, students from Japan receive fellowship from the Indian Council of Cultural Relations.