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.
|B.A. Political Science Course Fee Kerela University||B.A. Hons. Political Science||B.A. Political Science Colleges|
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.
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Internal Assessment includes classroom participation, assignments, Project Report etc.
Below is a comprehensive syllabus for B.A. Political Science.
|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.|