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Mains Political Science Syllabus

Paper – I

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 .

Political Science and International Relations

Paper – II

Comparative Politics and International Relations

Section-A Comparative Analysis and International Politics

1. Approaches to the study of comparative politics : traditional approaches; political economy, political sociology or political system approaches; Nature of political process in the Third World.

2. The Modern State : Evolution, the contemporary trends in the advanced industrial countries and the third world.

3. Development : Strategies and contemporary discourse.

4. Concepts of International politics : Power, national interest, balance of power, national security, collective security and peace.

5. Theories of International politics Marxist, Realist, Systems, Decision-making and Game Theory.

6. Determinants of foreign policy : Domestic compulsions, geopolitics, geoeconomics and global order.

7. Origin and contemporary relevance of the Cold War, nature of the post-cold war global order.

8. Major issues of world politics : Cuban Missile Crisis; Vietnam War, Oil Crisis, Afghan Civil War, Gulf War, Collapse of the Soviet Union, Yugoslav Crisis.

9. Non-alignment : Concept and movement; Third World Movements for global justice, Non-alignment in the post cold war era.

10. The evolution of the international economic system-from Bretton woods to WTO, the North-South dimension.

11. International organisations UN and its specialized agencies : International Court of Justice; ILO, UNICEF, WHO UNESCO.

12. Regional, organizations such as the ASEAN, APEC, EU, SAARC, NAFTA

13. Contemporary Global Concerns : Democracy, Human Rights, Ecology, Gender Justice, Global commons, Communication.

Section-B India and the World

1. Indian Foreign Policy : Historical origins, determinants; the institutions of policy-making; continuity and change.

2. India and the Non-Alignment Movement : Evolution and contemporary relevance. Socio- political basis of non-alignment-domestic and global.

3. Major issues in Indian foreign policy : Sino-Indian Border War (1962); Indo-Pakistan War (1971) and the liberation of Bangladesh; IPKF in Sri Lanka; India as military nuclear power (1998).

4. Conflict and co-operation in South Asia : India’s relations with Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal. Regional co-operation and SAARC. Kashmir question in India’s foreign policy.

5. India’s relation with Africa and Latin America.

6. India and South East Asia; ASEAN.

7. India and the major powers : USA, EU, China, Japan and Russia.

8. India and the UN System : India’s role in UN Peace Keeping and global disarmament.

9. India and the emerging international economic order; multilateral agencies-WTO, IMF, IBRD, ADB.

10. India and the question of nuclear weapons : NPT and CTBT.