Political Science & International Relations 2020

 

Paper-I : Syllabus

Political Theory and Indian Politics

  1. Political theorymeaning and approaches
  2. Theories of the state:Liberal, Neoliberal, 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.Concept of power, hegemony, ideology and legitimacy.
  7. Political Ideologies:Liberalism, Socialism, Marxism, Fascism, Gandhism and Feminism.
  8. Indian Political Thought:Dharamshastra, Arthashastra and Buddhist traditions ; Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, S r i Aurobindo, M.K. Gandhi, B.R. Ambedkar, M.N. Roy .
  9. Western Political Thought :Plato ,Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, John,S. Mill, Marx, Gramsci, Hannah Arendt.

Indian Government and politics

  1. Indian Nationalism:
  2. Political Strategies of India’s Freedom struggle : constitutionalism to mass Satyagraha, Non-cooperation, Civil Disobedience ; militant and revolutionary movements, Peasant and workers’ movements.
  3. Perspectives on Indian National Movement: Liberal, Socialist and Marxist; Radical humanist and Dalit.
  4. Making of the Indian Constitution: Legacies of the British rule; different social and political perspectives.
  5. 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.
  6.  
  1. Principal Organs of the Union Government: Envisaged role and actual working of the Executive, Legislature and Supreme Court.
  2. Principal Organs of the State Government: Envisaged role and actual working of the Executive, Legislature and High Courts.
  1. Grassroots Democracy: Panchayati Raj and Municipal Government; significance of 73rd and 74th Amendments; Grass root movements.
  2. 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.
  3. Federalism: Constitutional provisions; changing nature of centre-state relations; integrationist tendencies and regional aspirations; inter-state disputes.
  4. 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.
  5. Caste, Religion and Ethnicity in Indian Politics.
  6. 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.
  7. Social Movements: Civil liberties and human rights movements; women’s movements; environmentalist movements

Paper-II: Syllabus

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:
  8. Rise of super powers; strategic and ideological Bipolarity, arms race and Cold War; nuclear threat;
  9. Non-al igned movement : Aims and achievements;
  10. Collapse of the Soviet Union; Unipolarity and American hegemony; relevance of non-alignment in the contemporary world.
  11. 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.
  12. United Nations: Envisaged role and actual record; specialized UN agencies-aims and functioning; need for UN reforms.
  13. Regionalisation of World Politics: EU, ASEAN, APEC, SAARC, NAFTA.
  14. 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 policy-making; continuity and change.
  2. India’s Contribution to the Non-Alignment Movement: Different phases; current role
  3. India and South Asia:
  4. Regional Co-operation: SAARC – past performance and future prospects.
  5. South Asia as a Free Trade Area.
  6. India’s “Look East” policy.
  7. Impediments to regional co-operation: river water disputes; illegal cross-border migration; ethnic conflicts and insurgencies; border disputes.
  8. India and the Global South: Relations with Africa and Latin America; leadership role in the demand for NIEO and WTO negotiations.
  9. India and the Global Centres of Power: USA, EU, Japan, China and Russia.
  10. India and the UN System: Role in UN Peace-keeping; demand for Permanent Seat in the Security Council.
  11. India and the Nuclear Question: Changing perceptions and policy
  12. Recent developments in Indian Foreign policy: India’s position on the recent crisis in Afghanistan, Iraq and West Asia, growing relations with US and Israel; vision of a new world order.

Lecture Plan: Paper – I And II

Lecture No.TopicSubtopic

 

1

IntroductionPolitical Science and International Relations
Discussion on last three years papersPaper – I & Paper – II

 

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Political TheoryMeaning and approaches; Theories of state: Liberal, Neoliberal.
Political TheoryMarxist, Pluralist, post-colonial and Feminist

 

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Justice

Conceptions of justice with special reference to Rawl’s theory of Justice & its communitarian Critique
EqualitySocial, political and economic; relationship between equality and freedom

 

4

Affirmative action RightsMeaning and theories, different kinds of rights, concept of human rights.
DemocracyClassical and contemporary theories, different models of democracy- representative
 Assignment -1Answer Writing Assignment – 1
 Assignment – 2Answer Writing Assignment – 2

 

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AssignmentsDiscussion on the Answer writing Assignments
Democracyrepresentative, participatory and deliberative; Concept of power: hegemony, ideology and legitimacy.

 

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Political IdeologiesLiberalism, Socialism, Marxism
Political IdeologiesFascism, Gandhism and Feminism

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Indian Political thoughtDharmashastra, Arthashastra and Buddhist tradition.
Indian Political ThoughtSir Syed Ahmed Khan, Sri Aurobindo, M.K. Gandhi
Indian Political ThoughtDr B R Ambedkar, MN Roy

 

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Western Political ThoughtPlato and Aristotle.
Western Political ThoughtMachiavelli, Thomas Hobbes and John Locke.
Western Political thoughtJohn S. Mill, Karl Marx, Gramsci and Hannah Arendt
 Assignment -3Answer Writing Assignment – 3
 Assignment – 4Answer Writing Assignment – 4
 Assignment – 5Answer Writing Assignment – 5
 Assignment – 6Answer Writing Assignment – 6

 

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Indian Nationalism- Political Strategies of India’s freedom struggle

Constitutionalism to Mass Satyagraha

 

CooperationNon-cooperation, Civil disobedience
MovementsMilitant and revolutionary movements, peasant and worker movements.

 

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Indian NationalismPerspectives on Indian national movement
Indian NationalismLiberal, Socialist and Marxist, Radical Humanist and Dalit.

 

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Making of the Indian ConstitutionLegacies of the British Rule, different social and political perspectives.
Discussion on AssignmentsDiscussion On Answer writing Assignments 3 and 4
Assignment -5,6

Discussion On Answer writing Assignments 5 and 6

 

 Assignment -7

Answer Writing Assignment 7

 Assignment – 8

Answer Writing Assignment 8

 

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Assignment – 7 (Discussion)

Discussion On Answer writing Assignments 7

Assignment – 8 (discussion)

Discussion On Answer writing Assignments 8

20Salient features of the Indian ConstitutionPreamble, Fundamental Rights and Duties, DPSP.
Basic Structure DoctrineParliamentary system and amendment procedures, Judicial review and Basic Structure Doctrine.

 

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Principal organs of Union GovernmentEnvisaged role and actual
working of Executive, Legislature and Supreme Court.
Principal organs of State GovernmentEnvisaged role and actual working
of Executive, Legislature and High Courts.
Grassroots DemocracyPanchayati Raj and Municipal Governments;
Significance of 73rd and 74th amendments; Grassroots movements.

 

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Statutory InstitutionsElection Commission, UPSC, CAG and Finance Commission
Statutory InstitutionsNational Commission for STs, National Commission for SCs,
25National CommissionNational Commission for Women, NHRC, minorities, National Commission for backward classes.
FederalismConstitutional Provisions, changing nature of centre-state
relations, integrationist tendencies and regional aspirations, inter-state disputes.
 Assignment – 9

Answer Writing Assignment 9

 Assignment – 10

Answer Writing Assignment 10

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Assignment – 9 &10 (discussion)

Answer writing Assignment Discussion 9 and 10

Planning and Economic development

Nehruvian and Gandhian Perspectives

Economic ReformsRole of planning and public sector, Green revolution, land reforms and agrarian relations, liberalization and economic reforms.

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Indian PoliticsCaste, Religion and Ethnicity in Indian Politics.
Party SystemNational and regional political parties, ideological and
social bases of parties, Patterns of coalition politics
LegislatorsPressure groups, trends in electoral behaviour, changing socio-economic profile of legislators.
32Social MovementsCivil liberties and human rights movements,
Movementswomen’s movements, environmentalist movements
 Assignment – 11Answer writing Assignment 11
 Assignment – 12Answer writing Assignment 12

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Comparative PoliticsNature and major approaches, Political Economy and political sociology perspectives, Limitations of the comparative method.
State in comparative perspectiveCharacteristics and changing nature of the State in capitalist and socialist economies, and advanced industrial and developing societies.
Politics of representation:Political parties, pressure groups and social movements in advanced industrial and developing societies
36GlobalisationResponses from developed and developing societies.
Approaches to study of International RelationsIdealist, Realist, Marxist,
Functionalist and Systems theory.

 

 

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Key Concepts in International RelationsNational interest, security and power, Balance of power and deterrence, Transational actors and collective security, World capitalist economy and globalisation.
Key Concepts in International RelationsNational interest, security and
power, Balance of power and deterrence, Transational actors and collective security, World capitalist economy and globalisation. (…contd.)
Changing International Political OrderRise of super powers, Strategic and ideological bipolarity, arms race and cold war, Nuclear threat.

 

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Non-aligned Movementaims and achievements; Collapse of Soviet union

Non-aligned

Movement

Unipolarity and American hegemony, Relevance of non-alignment in the contemporary world.
 Assignment -13Answer Writing Assignment 13
 Assignment -14Answer Writing Assignment 14
 Assignment – 15Answer Writing Assignment 15
41Assignment – 13,14,15 (discussion)Answer Writing Discussion 13,14 & 15
42Evolution of International Economic systemEvolution of International Economic system: From Brettonwoods to WTO; Socialist economies and the CMEA (Council for Mutual economic Assistance).
GlobalisationThird world demand for new international economic order, Globalisation of world economy.

 

 

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United NationsUnited Nations: Envisaged role and actual record, Specialised UN
agencies- aims and functioning, need for UN reforms
Regionalisation of World PoliticsEU, ASEAN, APEC, AARC, NAFTA.
44Contemporary Global ConcernsDemocracy, human rights, environment, gender justice terrorism, nuclear proliferation.
Contemporary Global concernsDemocracy, human rights, environment, gender justice terrorism, nuclear proliferation.
45Indian Foreign PolicyDeterminants of foreign policy, the institutions of
policy-making; Continuity and change.
India’s ContributionIndia’s Contribution to the Non-Aligned Movement, different phases and current role.
 Assignment -16Answer Writing Assignment 16
 Assignment – 17Answer Writing Assignment 17
 Assignment -18Answer writing Assignment 18
 Assignment – 19Answer writing Assignment 19
46Assignment -16,17,18,19Answer Writing Assignment Discussion 16 17 18 & 19
47India and South AsiaRegional co-operation: SAARC- past performance
and future prospects; South Asia as a free trade area.
Look East PolicyIndia’s “Look East Policy”.
48Impediments of regional co-operationRiver water disputes, illegal cross border migration, Ethnic conflicts and insurgencies, Border disputes.
India and the global SouthRelations with Africa and Latin America,
Leadership role in the demand for NIEO and WTO negotiations.
49India and global Centres of powerUSA, EU, Japan, China and Russia.
India and the UN systemRole in UN-peace keeping, Demand for permanent seat in Security Council.
50India and the Nuclear QuestionChanging perceptions and policy.
Recent developments in Indian Foreign policyIndia’s position on recent crises in Afghanistan, Iraq and West Asia, growing relations with US and Israel; Vision of a new world order.
 Assignment – 20Answer Writing Assignment 20
 Assignment -21Answer Writing Assignment 21
51Assignment – 20 & 21Answer Writing Assignment Discussion 20 and 21

Notes:

  1. Schedule of days, time and duration will be adhered to. However there may be fluctuation due to requirement of syllabus coverage, availability of faculty  or other unforeseen circumstances. But it is ensured that the syllabus will be covered within time frame.
  2. Schedule of each week will be forwarded in advance to student portal.
  3. Assignments will be forwarded to each student at their respective portal. Thereafter discussion will be held as per schedule. There will not be any evaluation of assignments.
  4. Test Series will be scheduled as per the syllabus coverage to enable the students to have proper assessment of their performance. Each test paper will be forwarded to students at their respective portal. Students are required to submit scanned copy of their answer sheets for evaluation. Evaluated copy of answer sheets will be forwarded as softcopy followed by discussion in virtual class.
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