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SYLLABUS FOR POLITICAL SCIENCE

 
Part B - Optional subject - Political Science & International Relations
 
     
 
PAPER - I
 
     
  Administrative Theory  
 

Political Theory and Indian Politics

 
 

1. Political Theory: meaning and approaches.
2. Theories of the State: Liberal, Neo-liberal, Marxist, Pluralist, Post-colonial and feminist.
3. Justice: Conceptions of justice with special reference to Rawl 's theory of justice and its communitarian critiques.
4. Equality: Social, political and economic; relationship between equality and freedom; Affirmative action.
5. Rights: Meaning and theories; different kinds of rights; concept of Human Rights.
6. Democracy: Classical and contemporary theories; different models of democracy - representative, participatory and deliberative.
7. Concept of power, hegemony, ideology and legitimacy.
8. Political Ideologies: Liberalism, Socialism, Marxism, Fascism, Gandhism and Feminism.
9. Indian Political Thought : Dharamshastra, Arthashastra and Buddhist traditions; Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, Sri Aurobindo, M.K. Gandhi, B.R. Ambedkar, M.N. Roy .
10. Western Political Thought: Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, John S. Mill, Marx, Gramsci, Hannah Arendt.

 
     
 
Indian Government and Politics
 
  1. Indian Nationalism  
 
a.
Political Strategies of India 's Freedom Struggle: Constitutionalism to mass Satyagraha, Non-cooperation, Civil Disobedience; Militant and revolutionary movements, Peasant and workers ' movements.
b.
Perspectives on Indian National Movement: Liberal, Socialist and Marxist; Radical humanist and Dalit.
 
     
  2. Making of the Indian Constitution: Legacies of the British rule; different social and political perspectives.  
     
 
3. Salient Features of the Indian Constitution: The Preamble, Fundamental Rights and Duties, Directive Principles; Parliamentary System and Amendment Procedures; Judicial Review and Basic Structure doctrine.
 
     
 
4. (a) Principal Organs of the Union Government: Envisaged role and actual working of the Executive, Legislature and Supreme Court.
(b) Principal Organs of the State Government: Envisaged role and actual working of the Executive, Legislature and High Courts.
 
     
 
5. Grassroots Democracy: Panchayati Raj and Municipal Government; significance of 73rd and 74th Amendments; Grassroot movements.
 
     
 
6. Statutory Institutions/Commissions: Election Commission, Comptroller and Auditor General, Finance Commission, Union Public Service Commission, National Commission for Scheduled Castes, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes, National Commission for Women; National Human Rights Commission, National Commission for Minorities, National Backward Classes Commission.
 
     
 
7. Federalism: Constitutional provisions; changing nature of centre-state relations; integrationist tendencies and regional aspirations; inter-state disputes.
 
     
 
8. Planning and Economic Development: Nehruvian and Gandhian perspectives; role of planning and public sector; Green Revolution, land reforms and agrarian relations; liberalilzation and economic reforms.
 
     
 
9. Caste, Religion and Ethnicity in Indian Politics.
 
     
 
10. Party System: National and regional political parties, ideological and social bases of parties; patterns of coalition politics; Pressure groups, trends in electoral behaviour; changing socio- economic profile of Legislators.
 
     
 
11. Social Movements: Civil liberties and human rights movements; women 's movements; environmentalist movements.
 
     
     
 
PAPER - II
 
     
  Comparative Politics and International Relations
Comparative Political Analysis and International Politics:
 
     
  1. Comparative Politics: Nature and major approaches; political economy and political sociology perspectives; limitations of the comparative method.  
     
  2. State in comparative perspective: Characteristics and changing nature of the State in capitalist and socialist economies, and, advanced industrial and developing societies.  
     
  3. Politics of Representation and Participation: Political parties, pressure groups and social movements in advanced industrial and developing societies.  
     
  4. Globalisation: Responses from developed and developing societies.  
     
  5. Approaches to the Study of International Relations: Idealist, Realist, Marxist, Functionalist and Systems theory.  
     
 
6. Key concepts in International Relations: National interest, Security and power; Balance of power and deterrence; Transnational actors and collective security; World capitalist economy and globalisation.
 
 
 
 
7. Changing International Political Order:
(a) Rise of super powers; strategic and ideological Bipolarity, arms race and Cold War; nuclear threat;
(b) Nonaligned movement: Aims and achievements;
(c) Collapse of the Soviet Union; Unipolarity and American hegemony; relevance of non-alignment in the contemporary world.
 
 
 
 
8. Evolution of the International Economic System: From Brettonwoods to WTO; Socialist economies and the CMEA (Council for Mutual Economic Assistance); Third World demand for new international economic order; Globalisation of the world economy.
 
 
 
 
9. United Nations: Envisaged role and actual record; specialized UN agenciesaims and functioning; need for UN reforms.
 
 
 
 
10. Regionalisation of World Politics: EU, ASEAN, APEC, SAARC, NAFTA.
 
 
 
 
11. Contemporary Global Concerns: Democracy, human rights, environment,gender justice, terrorism, nuclear proliferation.
 
     
     
  India and the World:  
     
 
1. Indian Foreign Policy: Determinants of foreign policy; institutions of policymaking; continuity and change.
 
     
 
2. India 's Contribution to the Non-Alignment Movement: Different phases; currentrole.
 
     
 
3. India and South Asia:
(a) Regional Co-operation: SAARC - past performance and future prospects.
(b) South Asia as a Free Trade Area.
(c) India 's "Look East" policy.
(d) Impediments to regional co-operation: river water disputes; illegal cross-border migration; ethnic conflicts and insurgencies; border disputes.
 
     
 
4. India and the Global South: Relations with Africa and Latin America; leadership role in the demand for NIEO and WTO negotiations.
 
     
 
5. India and the Global Centres of Power: USA, EU, Japan, China and Russia.
 
     
 
6. India and the UN System: Role in UN Peace-keeping; demand for Permanent Seat in the Security Council.
 
     
 
7. India and the Nuclear Question: Changing perceptions and policy.
 
     
 
8. Recent developments in Indian Foreign policy: India 's position on the recent crises in Afghanistan, Iraq and West Asia, growing relations with US and Israel; vision of a new world order.
 
     
     
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