Mains Political Science Syllabus


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.

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