COURSE DESCRIPTION


B.A. Political Science or Bachelor of Arts in Political Science is an undergraduate Political Science course. Political Science is the study of theory and practice of politics and description and analysis of political system and political behaviour. The B.A. (Political Science) degree course involves study of both national and international political systems. It covers a very broad field which incorporates the study of historical and modern political systems, public administration, governmental policies and procedures, international relations and public affairs. Regarding the duration of course is concerned it is three years.


B.A. Political Science Eligibility

  • Candidates should have been passed with 10+2 or equivalent examination in any stream from a recognised board of the country.

B.A. Political Science Course Suitability

  • Applicants those who have reasoning and logic, argument and debate, Mathematics Skills and want to understand political structures are the most suit for it.
  • Students who want to pursue communication and research work in political science field can go for this course.
  • Students who want to become political analyst/leader also are suitable for the course.
  • Applicants must be courageous, diplomatic, hard worker, good communicator and the like other things.

How is B.A. Political Science Course Beneficial?

  • B.A. (Political Science) degree serves as a basis for further higher studies in this field such as M.A, Ph.D. and M.Phil. Degree in Political Science, the successful completion of which makes one eligible for the post of a lecturer in any university/college.
  • The B.A. in Political Science prepares students for careers in politics, public administration, judiciary, law and other disciplines that require knowledge of functioning of the political systems.
  • The greatest scope after doing B.A. in Political Science is that it not only makes you eligible but also gives you a better chance to qualify the Indian Civil Services exams.
  • Law schools are a very common destination now-a-days for recent graduates in Political Science.
  • B.A. (Political Science) degree holders can do research on political parties in India and in other countries.

COURSE ELIGIBILITY


Candidates should have been passed with 10+2 or equivalent examination in any stream from a recognised board of the country.
  • B.A. Political Science Syllabus

    Syllabus of Political Science as prescribed by various Universities and Colleges.

       Sem. I (Option I): Indian Constitution

    Sr. No.

    Subjects of Study

    1

    Indian Constitution-Sources and Features, Preamble, Fundamental Rights, Fundamental Duties and Directive Principles of State Policy.

    2

    Union Executive - President, Vice-President, Prime Minister, Council of Ministers; State Executive- Governor, Chief Minister and Council of Ministers.

    3

    Union Legislature - Parliament-Composition and Functions; Speaker of Lok Sabha Amendment Process; State Legislature -Vidhan Sabha; Panchayati Raj Institutions-History, Basic Features and 73rd Amendment.

    4

    Judiciary-Supreme Court, High Courts, Judicial Review and Judicial Activism

       Option II: Principles of Political Science

    1

    Political Science: Definition, Nature & Scope; Relation of Political Science with the Social Sciences, Traditional approaches to the study of Political Science.

    2

    State: Definition, Elements, Relations with the other organization, Theories of the Origin of State.

    3

    Sovereignty: Monist & Pluralist; Concept of Welfare State, Liberty, Equality, Rights & Justice.

    4

    Theory & Practice of Govt.: Organs of Government and their relationship, Operational dynamics – Political Parties, Pressure Groups and Bureaucracy.

       Sem. II (Option-I): Indian Politics

    1

    Federalism and its Working with reference to Centre-State Relations, Demand for State Autonomy; Emerging Trends in Indian Federalism

    2

    Election Commission, Electoral Process and its Defects and Voting Behaviour, Electoral Reforms, Problem of Defection

    3

    Party System in India: National and Regional Political Parties, Interest and Pressure Groups

    4

    Role of Caste, Religion, Language, Regionalism in India, Politics of Reservation, Emerging Trends and Challenges Before Indian Political System

       Option II: Contemporary Political Science

    1

    Modern concerns of Political Science, Behaviourism and Post-Behaviourism

    2

    Political Theory: Definition, Scope, Nature, Characteristics, and Decline & Resurgence of Political Theory

    3

    Political Socialization, Political Culture, Ideology, and End of Ideology

    4

    Post-Modernism, Feminism, Environmentalism, RTI and Consumer Welfare

       Sem. III (Option I): Western Political Thinkers I

    1

    Plato & Aristotle

    2

    St. Augustine and Machiavelli

    3

    Hobbes, Locke & Rousseau

    4

    Bentham and J.S. Mill

       Option II: Indian Political Thinkers I

    1

    Raja Ram Mohan Ray & Swami Dayanand

    2

    Dada Bhai Narojee & Gopal Krishan Gokhle

    3

    Swami Vivekanand & Aurbind Ghosh

    4

    Lala Lajpat Rai & Bal Gangadhar Tilak

       Sem. IV (Option I): Western Political Thinkers II

    1

    Hegal and Karl Marx

    2

    Lenin and Mao-Tse-Tung

    3

    GDH Cole and Harold Laski

    4

    John Rowls and Robert Nozik

       Option II: Indian Political Thinkers II

    1

    J.P. Narayan & Ram Manohar Lohia

    2

    Mahatma Gandhi & M.N, Roy

    3

    Jawaharlal Nehru & B,R,Ambedkar

    4

    Subhash Chander Bose & Bhagat Singh

       Sem. V (Option I): Comparative Politics (Theory)

    1

    Comparative Politics-Definition, Scope; Traditional & Modern Concerns; Comparative Methods

    2

    Approaches to the Study of Comparative Politics: Input-Out (David Easton), Structural- Function (G. Almond), Political Development (Lucian W. Pye), Political Culture (G. Almond)

    3

    Constitutionalism: History, Nature, Type and Problem in Modern Times

    4

    Constitutional Structure: (a) Formal-Executive, Legislation and Judiciary, (b) Informal Structures– Political Parties and Pressure Groups

       Option II: International Relations (Theory)

    1

    Definition, Nature, Scope and Development of the International Relations; and Autonomy Debate regarding International Relations

    2

    Approaches to the Study of International Relations: Idealist, Realist; System and Marxist- Leninist

    3

    National Power: Definition, Elements & Assessment; Limitation of Power: International Law, International Morality and World Public Opinion

    4

    Major Concepts: Balance of Power, Collective Security, Environmentalism and Globalisation

       Sem. VI (Option I): Comparative Constitutions of UK & USA

    1

    Evolution, Conventions, Legacies and Basic features of Constitutions of UK & USA; Socio- Economic basis of Constitutions of UK & USA

    2

    Comparative Study of Executive, Legislation and Judiciary System of UK & USA

    3

    Comparative studies of Structures, Functions and roles of political parties and pressure groups of UK & USA

    4

    Electoral Processes, Voting Behaviour, Bureaucracy and Recent Trends of the working of the systems of UK & USA

       Option II: International Organization

    1

    Evolution and Growth of International Organization: League & UN System. Comparison between League and UN Systems

    2

    Organs of the United Nations

    3

    Working of UN towards Peace: Peace-Making, Peace-Enforcement, Peace-Building and Peace- Keeping

    4

    UN & Disarmament; Democratization of UN and India’s Claim for Permanent Seat; and Assessment of UN

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