Bachelor of Arts [BA] (Political Science)

B.A. Political Science: Course Structure

B.A. Political Science is a 3-year program. In this program, apart from subjects related to politics and governance, students also have to study a minimum of two concurrent papers out of which one is necessarily a language paper. The structure of the course is such that the students move from general topics of Political Science to specific topics.

The course delivery methods include lectures, classroom discussion, group and solo-presentation, assignments, quizzes, seminars, debates, etc. The assessments generally involve mainly two criteria: theory paper and internal assessment.

Type of Assessment Weightage
Theory Paper 75%
Internal Assessment 25%

Internal Assessment includes classroom participation, assignments, Project Report etc.

Below is a comprehensive syllabus for B.A. Political Science.

Paper Name Topics Description
Political Theory Introduction to Political Theory Institution of State Sovereignty, Citizenship and Rights Liberty, Equality, Property and Justice Development and changing forms of Government This course introduces the student to the idea of the political theory, its approaches, and practices related to Democracy.
Comparative Government and Politics Approaches: Traditional, Behavioral, Structural and Constitutional Capitalism, State Socialism, Colonialism and Decolonization Government and Politics in United Kingdom, USA, China, Pakistan, Brazil, Nigeria etc. This paper familiarizes students with the basic concepts and approaches to Comparative Politics.
Principles of Public Administration Public Administration as a discipline and profession Administrative Theories Structure and Functions Control over Administration and Public Policy Personnel Administration Development Administration to New Public Management This course introduces the discipline of Public Administration and the structural and Functional aspects of Public Administration in India.
International Politics Introduction Concepts – Power, Ideology, National Interest Structural Aspects – Balance of Power, Collective Security, Arms Control Major issues and Contemporary Challenges Globalization This paper focuses on the various aspects of International Politics and how State and Power are interpreted in different countries.
Colonialism in India Imperialism and Colonialism Foundations of Colonial Rule in India Economy and Society Religion and Society Education Early Indian Responses In this course, students learn the history of colonialism in India and its contribution to various political, social and economic ideas and structures in modern India.
Nationalism in India Approaches to the study of Nationalism in India Reformism and Anti-Reformism in the 19th century Nationalist Policy and expansion of its Social base Social Movements Partition and Independence This course helps students learn the history of Nationalism in India and its contribution to Indian Political Thought.
Constitutional Democracy and Government in India The Constituent Assembly and Constitution in India Organs of Government Federalism and Decentralization Security Laws This course is designed to help a student learn the constitutional designs of state structures and institutions and their work mechanism.
Political Processes in India Political Parties and the Party System Elections and the Electoral System Federalism and Regional Aspirations Religion and Politics Caste and Politics Globalization and the Changing Nature of the Indian State This course examines the various Political processes in India in their social and political context.
Public Policy and Administration in India Public Policy Decentralization Public Finance Citizens and Administration Policies of Social Welfare This course focuses on the relationship between public policy and administration in India.
Indian Political Thought Ved Vyasa – Shantiparva Manu : Social Laws Kautilya : Theory of State Aggannasutta (Digha Nikaya) : Theory of Kingship Barani : Ideal Polity Abul Fazal : Monarchy Kabir : Syncretism Ram Mohan Roy : Rights Pandita Ramabai : Gender Vivekananda : Ideal Society Gandhi : Swaraj Ambedkar : Social Justice Tagore : Critique of Nationalism Iqbal : Community Savarkar : Hindutva Nehru : Secularism Lohia : Socialism This course spans a wide variety of thinkers and their thoughts from ancient to independent India and maps out the development of Indian political thought.
Western Political Thought Origin of Western Political Thought Origin of modern Political Thought – Niccolo Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Jean Jacques Rousseau Enlightenment Movement – Immanuel Kant, Jeremy Bentham, John Stuart Mill, Edmund Burke Dialectic Tradition – Greek Legacy, Aristotle’s Contribution, Hegel, Marx Post-Marxist Tradition – Lenin, Antonio Gramsci, Mao Tse Tung, Contemporary Trends This course focuses on the development of political thought in the western world. In this course, a student has to study thinkers from ancient Greek to modern philosophers like Marx.
International Organization Nature, Basis and Evolution of International Organizations The League of Nations Main Organs of United Nations Other Organs of the United Nations U.N. and Human Rights Regional Conflicts Women’s Rights and Developments Reform and other Critical Issues This course focuses on the evolution and needs for International Organization and their role in various political contexts.
Local Government in India Local Government & Local Self Government in India Background of Local Governance in India Rural Local Government Urban Local Government Evaluation This paper focuses on the local governance systems in both Rural and Urban India in the context of democratic decentralization in India.
Development Processes and Social Movements in Contemporary India Perspectives on Development since Independence in India Industrial Development Strategy and its impact on social structure Agrarian Development Strategy and its impact on social structure Social Movements: Old and New Contemporary Rights based concerns This paper analyzes the various developmental processes in India post-Independence and how these processes affect the power dynamics in modern India.
Understanding South Asia Understanding South Asia as a region Politics and Governance Socio-Economic Issues Regional Issues and Challenges This course focuses on the history and geopolitics of South Asia. It provides an understanding of the various political regimes and the socioeconomic issues in the region in a comparative framework.
African Polity and Economy Situating Africa – Pan Africanism and the Third World Africa in the contemporary World Regional Integration: Problem and Prospects This course introduces the student to the political economy of Africa. It also helps develop an understanding of the effects of colonization, ethnicity, ideology and the state of peripheral economies in different African Countries.
Feminist Theory and Practice Approaches to understanding Patriarchy History of Feminism Feminism in India: History and Practice Feminist Perspective on Indian Politics Contemporary Women’s Issues in India This course aims at familiarizing students with various concepts of feminist theory and its practice in a political context in India.
Dilemmas in Politics The Moral Economy of Violence The Politics of Exclusion Debates on Human Rights Ecology and Political Responsibility Capabilities and the Politics of Empowerment Global Justice and Cosmopolitanism Feminism and the politics of interpretation Legitimacy of Humanitarian Intervention This course focuses on evaluating and analyzing some of the debates, issues and values in the contemporary world which affect normative political inquiry.
India’s Foreign Policy Determinants and Principles of India’s Foreign Policy India and the Global Economic and Political Regimes Changing Relations with the US and Russia during and after Cold War India China Relations India and South Asian States Security Challenges of India India and Regional Organizations – EU, ASEAN, SAARC This course looks closely into the determinants of India’s Foreign Policy and also highlights the various issues and developments regarding India’s foreign policy at the bilateral, regional and global level.
Contemporary Political Economy Approaches to Political Economy Capitalist Transformation Issues in Development Globalization and Development Dilemmas This course familiarizes students with the evolution of the modern capitalist world, the political and economic challenges and issues in the contemporary world and debates on how to address them.

Bachelor of Arts [BA] (Political Science) : 6 answered questions

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Ques. How better is Shyam Lal College evening for a B.A. Hons in political science?

● Top Answer By Debdeep Majumder on 03 Nov 21

Ans. One of my friends studied at Shyam Lal College (SLC) Evening. Let me share his views about the college which might give you some information. The overall performance of the faculty is average. Ad-hoc teachers only take regular classes.  The student crowd is not good. Students who are focused on their career are less, therefore have no sense of enthusiasm or competition. The library is not good. Lots of study materials are unavailable. Due to careless teaching and less dedication in studies, the students during the internals are bound to get low scores. No extracurricular activities take place. Societies are for namesake. They exist only on papers. It is suggested that you opt for other colleges because if you are very ambitious, you might get disheartened studying here.Read more
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Ques. What books should I opt for achieving a gold medal in BA 1st year political science in CSJM?

● Top Answer By Aaditya Hari Nair on 01 Oct 21

Ans. I have a friend who completed her BA in Political Science from CSJM. Here are some of the books she suggested.  Laxmikant - Indian Polity or Gauba J.C Lahiri, B.L Fadia - Public Administration World Constitution - Vidya Bhushan Political Thought - Asraf Ali U.R Ghai - International Relations These books are necessary for B.A Political Science.  Here are some other factors that can help you get a gold medal.  Conceptual clarity. Real-world examples should be provided to back up your answer. Finish the whole syllabus. Read simple language books. Avoid using guides. Every day is a challenge. Having good handwriting also helps. Read more
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Ques. What is the Cutoff for BA Political Science in Fergusson College Pune?

● Top Answer By Aaditya Hari Nair on 30 Sept 21

Ans. For BA, the cut-off is usually around 80-85% as of previous year’s records for the Maharashtra students. If you belong to other states, the cut-off will be around 90-95%. depends on how the rest of your peers have performed. These cut-offs are as per the 1st merit list for Open category students. If you fail to secure a seat, then try during the 2nd and 3rd merit list. If you are financially stable, then there is an option to get admission at the college after paying donation money.Read more
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Ques. Does IGNOU provide a BA (Hons.) degree in political science?

● Top Answer By Meghdeepa Mondal on 10 Nov 20

Ans. Yes, IGNOU provides BA Honours in Political Science also known as (BAPSH). The course has started in January 2020. It is one of the prominent courses offered by the university attracting a large number of students from across the country. IGNOU has developed a robust mechanism for providing social sciences and is well-reputed for it. The details about the course are as follows. Admission: The course is of distance format but is counted as a full-time course. The minimum duration is 3 years and the maximum is up to approximately 6 years. The fee structure stands at Rs.3,200 per year for general category students. The total comes around Rs.9,600. An additional amount of Rs. 200 is to be paid in the first year for the registration. Eligibility: The minimum criterion stands at 10+2 or its equivalent score. The candidates having Bachelor Preparatory Programme degree are also eligible. It is a kind of non-formal option for students who have not passed 10+2. Program Structure: The course is based on credit mechanisms and contains a total of 148 credits in total. The course curriculum is as follows. Type of course Number of courses Core courses 14 Discipline-specific courses 4 Ability Enhancement Specific Courses 2 Skill Enhancement Courses 2 General Electives 2 All programs carry 6 credits while the skill & ability enhancement carries only 4 credits making it 148 in total. The course is made up of blocks, every 6 credit courses consist of 4-5 blocks. Program Resources: The course is offered in both mediums, i.e. English and Hindi. It depends on the candidate which options to choose during registration. The study material is expected to arrive after 1 month of registration. The study material is provided in the following forms. Self-learning material Audio-video programs Teleconferencing sessions Face to Face counseling by academic counselors Assignments/Tutorials/ Practicals /Dissertation/Project work The university tries to make this course different from conventional universities by giving much scope of the varied course curriculum. It is a good option for students who want to gain interdisciplinary knowledge through distance learning.Read more
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Ques. Which one is better for B.A (Hons.) in political science: Hindu College, University of Delhi, or St. Xavier's Kolkata?

● Top Answer By Sahil Sachdeva on 20 Oct 20

Ans. St. Xavier's College is one of the prestigious colleges of Kolkata. This higher education institute has secured 7th position in the NIRF ranking, 2020. Hindu College ranked at 3 in the NIRF all India ranking 2020. Hindu college is accredited by NAAC with an A+ grade, and SXC is accredited by A++ grade. Admission: SXC: The required eligibility is +2 and the selection to the program is based on merit. English must be a compulsory subject at the +2 level. Applicants are selected based on the index calculated with their +2 marks. The index is calculated as the sum of the percentage in English and aggregate percentage. There should be a minimum of 60% in aggregate subjects. 1st-year fee for BA (Hons.) in Political Science is Rs.32,600. Hindu College: Admissions to UG courses are entrance based or merit-based. The applicants should have a minimum of 60% in their +2 under a recognized board/university. Students should have passed in each subject individually, including the practicals. According to 2019, the cut off required for BA (Hons.) is 99%. 1st-year fee for BA (Hons.) in Political Science is Rs.17,560. Placement Statistics: SXC: The placement cell enables the students to explore and utilize opportunities provided by different companies. Students got placed with salary packages ranging from 3 LPA to 20.5 LPA. The highest salary package offered is 14 Lakhs. The average package was 9.5 Lakhs. Tata Consultancy Services, Deloitte, KPMG, Ernst & Young, PWC, JP Morgan, Google, Zomato, United bank of Switzerland, Verity Solutions, Axis Bank, Citi Bank, ICICI Bank, HSBC, HDFC Bank, Infosys, etc. are the regular recruiter companies. Hindu College: The college has two cells namely “Disha”- The placement cell, and “Abhyas”- The internship cell to provide better career exposure to the students. The college holds 95% of the total placement record. Top recruiters are Google, Deloitte, HDFC, KPMG, Maruti, Jaypee, Ernst and Young, Protiviti, DE Shaw, Essar, and Royal Sundaram Alliance, among many others. Companies like Design Karkhana, Philip Morris International, Indiabulls, Teach for India, Make a Difference, Empower India, Outlook India, Youth Alliance, Thilo, etc. offer paid internships to the students. These are the facts that you need to consider while comparing the two institutes. As for which institute will be better for you, you should decide that.Read more
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