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Syllabus : Political Science


B. A. Political Science

B. A. I  (Paper I)

POLITICAL THEORY

Unit I

Definition, Nature and Scope of Political Science; Relation with other Social Science; Methods of Study; Approaches to the study of Political Science : The Behavioural Approach.

Unit II

The State – Its nature, origin and ends. Theories of State action; Concept of Welfare State; Concepts of Justice, Liberty and Equality.

Unit III

Concepts of Sovereignty and Law; Democracy and Dictatorship; Parliamentary, Presidential and Plural types; Unitary and Federal forms of Government.

Unit IV

Public opinion; Political Parties; Pressure Groups; Electoral Systems; Secularism.

B. A. Political Science

B. A. I

Paper II

NATIONAL MOVEMNT and CONSTITUTION OF INDIA

Unit I

The birth and growth of Nationalism in India. The Indian National Congress; The Moderates and the Extremists; Landmarks of Indian National Movement : Non- Cooperation, Civil Disobedience and Quit India Movements; The Independence

Act 1947.

Unit II

The making of the Indian Constitution; Salient Features of the Constitution; Fundamental Rights and Duties; Directive Principles of State Policy; Indian Federal System; Centre-State Relations.

Unit III

The Union Government; The President; The Prime Minister; The Council of Ministers; The Parliament; The Supreme Court.

Unit IV

State Government; The Legislature; The Executive; The High Court; Panchayati Raj System in India.

B. A. Political Science

B. A. II

Paper I

AN OUTLINE HISTORY OF WESTERN POLITICAL THOUGHT

Unit I

Plato; Aristotle; Cicero.

Unit II

Main characteristics of Medieval Political Thought and the Church- State controversy; St. Thomas Aquinas; Machiavelli; Jean Bodin.

Unit III

Thomas Hobbes; John Locke; J. J. Rousseau; Jeremy Bentham; J.S. Mill.

Unit IV

Herbert Spencer; Karl Marx; T. H. Green; H. J. Laski.

B. A. Political Science

B. A. II

Paper II

COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT

Unit I

United Kingdom :

General Features; Constitutional Conventions; The Crown; Parliament; Cabinet System; The Rule of Law; The Party System.

Unit II

U.S.A :

General Features; Federalism; President; Congress; Federal Judiciary; Method of Amendment of Constitution; Party System.

Unit III

Switzerland :

Main Features; Federal Executive; Federal Legislature; Judicial System; Devices of Direct Democracy; Method of Amendment in the Constitution.

Unit IV

France :

Making of the Constitution of the Fifth Republic and its characteristics; The President and the Government; The National Assembly and the Senate; The Judicial System and Administrative Law; The Party System.

B. A. Political Science

B. A. III

Paper I

PRINCIPLES OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

Unit I

Meaning, nature and scope of Public Administration; Relation of Public Administration to other Social Sciences; Public and Private Administration; The role of Public Administration in the Modern State; Responsive Administration.

Unit II

Bases of Organization – Primacy of the Functional base; Principles of Organization; Hierarchy; Span of Control; Delegation of Authority; Centralisation and Decentralisation; Control over Administration: Legislative, Executive and

Judicial,.

Unit III

The Chief Executive; Line, Staff and Auxiliary Agencies ; The Department; Public Corporations; Independent Regulatory Commissions; Field services / agencies; Bureaucracy.

Unit IV

Personnel Administration : Recruitment, Training and Promotion; Position Classification; Public Relations; Financial administration; budget, audit.

B. A. Political Science

B. A. III

Paper II

INDIAN POLITICAL THOUGHT

Unit I

Manu, Bhishma, Kautilya, Sukra.

Unit II

The Indian Renaissance; Raja Ram Mohan Roy; Gopal Krishna Gokhale; Mahadeo Govind Ranade.

Unit III

Bal Gangadhar Tilak; Aurbindo Ghosh; Swami Vivekanand.

Unit IV

M. K. Gandhi; Jawaharlal Nehru; M. N. Roy; Jai Prakash Narain.

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B. A. III

Paper III

INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Unit I

Meaning, Nature and Scope of International Politics; Theories and Approaches : Traditional Vs Scientific, Behavioural, Idealist, Realist, Systems, Game, Communication; Decision-making.

Unit II

The Modern State System; Power and its elements; National Interest; Balance of Power; Collective Security; Role of Ideology; Foreign Policy – its determinants; Instruments of Foreign Policy – Diplomacy, Propaganda, Economic Instruments and War.

Unit III

Arms Control and Disarmament; Cold War; Détente; New-Cold War; Post-Cold War International Politics; Non-alignment and Non-aligned Movement; Problems of the Third World.

Unit IV

International Law; Global Organization : The U.N.; Regional Organizations : The European Union; S.A.A.R.C; A.S.E.A.N.