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Index: BA Political Science

EPS-03 Modern Indian Political Thought

1. Colonial Intervention in Society, Economy and Polity
2. Modern Indian Political Thought Issues and Approaches
3. Introduction
4. Raja Ram Mohan Roy
5. Justice M.G. Ranade
6. Gopal Krishna Gokhale
7. Introduction
8. B.G. Tilak
9. Sri Aurobindo
10. Bhagat Singh
11. Colonialism, Caste Order and Tribal Movements
12. Jyotiba Phule (1827-1890)
13. E. V. Ramaswami Naicker
14. Dr. B.R. Ambedkar
15. Anti-Colonial Tribal Movements In India
16. Introduction
17. Swami Dayanand Saraswti, Swami Vivekananda and V.D. Savarkar
18. Sir Syed and Ahmed Khan, Mohammad Iqbal, M.A. Jinnah and Abdul Kalam Azad
19. Concept of Swaraj, Satyagraha and Critique of Western Civilization
20. Sarvodaya and the Gandhian Alternative
21. Gandhian Social Reform Bhudan Movement
22. Introduction
23. Jawaharlal Nehru
24. Subhash Chandra Bose
25. Political Thought of JP and Narendra Dev
26. Rammanohar Lohia
27. Introduction
28. Communists and the Indian National Movement (1925-47)
29. M.N. Roy Marxism and Radical Humanism
30. Contemporary Marxist Thinking (Indian)
31. Nationalism and Social Revolution An Overview

EPS-06 Government and Politics in East and South East Asia


Introduction to the East Asian Region

Introduction to the South-east Asian Region
Indians in South-east Asia
Chinese in South-east Asia
Revolution and Ideology
Economic and Political Reforms
Foreign Policy

8. Historical Context- Nationalist Upsurge and Rise of Capitalism

9. Politics- Structure and Processes
10. Foreign Policy
11. Evolution of Modern Korea
12. Patterns of Political and Economic Development
13. Foreign Policy
14. Singapore
15. Malaysia
16. Philippines
17. Indonesia
18. Thailand
19. Burma
20. Vietnam
21. Combodia
22. Laos
23. Patterns of Economic Development in Southeast Asia
24. Patterns of Political Development in East and Southeast Asia
25. Ethnicity and Nation-Building
26. Dynamics of State and Civil Society in East and Southeast Asia
27. Regional Co-operatian with Special Reference to ASEAN

EPS-07 International Relations

1. Why Study International Relations? Scope and Approaches
2. Some Concepts Imperialism, Nationalism, Fascism, Revolution
3. Some Concepts State System, Power, National Interest, Security
4. World War I Clauses, Events and Consequences
5. Bolshevik Revolution and its Impact
6. World War II Causes and Consequences (Emergence of Super Powers)
7. Cold War Meaning, Patterns and Dimensions
8. Non-Aligned Movement
9. Arms Race and Nuclear Threat
10. Disarmament and Peace Movement
11. Colonialism & Patterns of National Liberation Movements
12. Features of Third World States
13. The Gulf War
14. Distintegration of the Socialist Bloc
15. Perspectives on the Changing World Order
16. Restructuring of the U.N. System
17. Globalisation of the Economy IBRD, IMF and WTO
18. Regional Organisations European Union, ASEAN, APEC, SAARC, OIC and OAU
19. Environment and Sustainable Human Development
20. Human Rights and International Politics
21. Ethno-National Conflicts-Patterns and Dimensions

22. International Terrorism

23. Revolution in Communication Technology

EPS-09 Comparative Government and Politics

1. Nature, Scope and Utility of Comparative Study of Politics
2. Comparative Method and Strategies of Comparison
3. Institutional Approach
4. Systems Approach
5. The Political Economy Approach
6. Ideology, Social Bases and Programmes of National Movements
7. Patterns of Anti-Colonial Struggles
8. Dynamics of State Formation in Colonial Era
9. Social Structures and Stratification
10. Class Formation
11. Social Bases of State Power
12. Development Strategies
13. Modes of Classification of Political Regimes
14. Democratic and Authoritarian Regimes
15. Civilian and Military Regimes
16. Secular and Theocratic Regimes
17. Organs of Government Executive, Legislature and Judiciary
18. Unitary and Federal Systems Patterns and Trends in Federal Systems
19. Republicanism
20. Party Systems
21. Pressure Groups
22. Electoral Process
23. Trade Union Movement
24. Peasants
25. Womens Movement
26. Environment
27. Human Rights Movements
28. Globalisation- Background and Features
29. Impact of Globalisation on Developing Societies
30. Globalisation and the Response of the Developing Countries

EPS-11 Political Ideas and Ideologies


Understanding the Political

Theorising the Political
The Need for Political Theory
Conceptions of Political Theory
Political Arguments and Conceptual Analysis
Indian Political Traditions
The Confucian Tradition

8. Arabic-Islamic Political Traditions

9. Greek and Roman Traditions
10. Western- Liberal and Marxist Traditions
11. Meaning and Nature of the State
12. Sovereignty
13. State, Civil Society and Community
14. Power and Authority
15. Legitimacy
16. Political Obligation and Revolution
17. Rights and Citizenship
18. Equality
19. Liberty
20. Justice
21. Direct and Participatory Democracy
22. Representative Democracy
23. Socialist Democracy
24. Individualism and Communitarianism
25. Fascism
26. Marxism
27. Gandhism (Dharma, Swaraj, Sarvodaya and Satyagraha)
28. State and Globalisation
29. Secularism
30. Development
31. Disadvantaged and Affirmative Action

EPS-12 Government And Politics in India

1. The Consequences of Colonialism
2. Responses of Indian Society
3. National Movement
4. Emergence of New Classes
5. The Making of Indian Constitution
6. Basic Features
7. Vision of Social Transformation
8. Rights and Citizenship
9. What it Means to be A Parliamentary Democracy
10. Legislature
11. Executive
12. Judiciary
13. Bureaucracy in India
14. Nature of Indian Federalism
15. Special Provisions for North-East, J&K, Etc
16. Issues in Conflict and Cooperation in Indian Federalism
17. Autonomy Movements and State Reorganisation in India


Local Self-Government Institutions- Rural and Urban

Nature of Party System in India
National and Regional Parties
Caste, Class and Politics in India
Coalition Politics
Workers and Peasants
Globalisation and Liberalisation
Secularism and Communal Challenge
Democracy in Search of Equality
Crime, Repression and Terror in Indian Politics

EPS-15 South Asia Economy Society and Politics

1. Struggle for Independence and Nationalism in South Asia
2. Human Development Profile
3. India in the Global Power Structure
4. India in the Global Economic Order
5. India and its Neighbours
6. Political Structures and Processes in Pakistan
7. Economy and Society in Pakistan
8. Military in the Politics of Pakistan
9. Political Structures and Processes in Bangladesh
10. Economy and Society in Bangladesh
11. Political Structures and Processes in Nepal
12. Economy and Society in Nepal
13. Economy, Society and Politics in Bhutan
14. Political Structures and Processes in Sri Lanka
15. Economy and Society in Sri Lanka
16. Ethnic Accommodation in the Politics of Sri Lanka
17. Economy, Society and Politics in the Maldives
18. Human Rights
19. Civil Society
20. Challenges to Managing Pluralism in South Asia
21. Liberalisation and SAPs
22. Globalisation and the State
23. Poverty Alleviation and Rural Development
25. Dynamics of South Asian Security
26. Nuclear Issues

27. Resolution and Management of Conflicts

Index: MA Political Science

MPS-001 Political Theory
1. What is political theory and why Study it
2. Democracy
3. Rights
4. Liberty
5. Equality
6. Justice
7. Idea of Duty
8. Citizenship
9. Sovereignty
10. State and Civil Society11. Power and Authority
12. Legitimation and Obligation
13. Civil disobedience and Satyagraha
14. Political Violence
15. Classical Liberalism
16. Welfare State
17. Libertarianism
18. Marx,Lenin and Mao
19. Lukacs, Gramsci and the Frankfurt School
20. Socialism
21. Conservatism
22. Fundamentalism
23. Nationalism
24. Multi-Culturalism
25. Fascism
26. Feminism
27. Gandhism and Pacifism
28. Communitarianism and Civic Republicanism
29. Political Theory in a Globalising World

MPS-002 International Relations- Theory and Problems


Realist and Neo-Realist Approaches

Liberal and Neo-Liberal Approaches
Marxist and Other Radical Approaches
Neo-Radical Approaches
Post-Structuralist and Post-Modernist Approaches
Feminist Approaches
Environmental Approaches

8. Worldviews from Asia, Africa and Latin America

9. End of Cold War
10. Post-Cold War Issues
11. Emerging Powers
12. Regional Groupings
13. Globalisation
14. International Inequities
15. Elements of International Economic Relations
16. Management of International Relations
17. India in the New Global Order
18. Right to Self-Determination
19. Intervention-Invasion
20. Nuclear Proliferation
21. International Terrorism
22. Role of Science and Technology in International Relations
23. Inequality among Nations
24. Global corporatism and state Sovereignty
25. Human Rights and International Trade
26. Changing Nature of American Power
27. China as an Emerging Power
28. Emergence of Central Asian Republics
29. Ethnic Resurgence and Identity Wars
30. Aboriginal-Indigenous Movements
31. Displacement of population- Intra-state and interstate
32. Transnational Movements- Cultural and Civilization
33. Role of NGOS
34. The Concept of Justice in International Relations
35. Human Security

MPS-003 India Democracy and Development

(It is a common course offered under IGNOUs MA Socio and MA PubAD programs too, and pro
1. National Movement
2. Development Models
3. Constitution And Social Transformation
4. Diversity
5. Inequality
6. Political Economy
7. Economy-Structure And Growth
8. Legislature
9. Bureaucracy, Police, Army
10. Judiciary
11. Federalism


Self Government
Political Parties
Workers And Peasents
Interest Groups
Caste, Regligion, Language
Civil Society
Human Development
Regional Imbalances
Economic Reforms
Religious Politics
Democracy And Development-Assessment

MPS-004 Comparative Politics- Issues and Trends

1. Comparative Politics- Nature, Significance and Evolution
2. Comparative Approaches and Methods- System, Structural, Public Policy
3. Comparative Approaches- Political Economy, Dependency and World Systems
4. Theories of State
5. State in Developing Societies- Asian, African and Latin American Experiences
6. State Civil Society Relations- Evolving Patterns
7. Globalisation and State
8. Regional Integration and State
9. International Organisations and State
10. Transnational Multinational Corporations and State
11. Nationalism- Approaches
12. Forms of Nationalism
13. Anti-Colonial Movements
14. Nationality and Self-Determination
15. State Building and Constitutionalism
16. Ethnicity Politics and State
17. Politics of Community Identities
18. Ethnic Movements
19. Political Regimes
20. Bureaucracy
21. Military in Politics
22. Federalism- Patterns And Trends
23. Parties and Party Systems
24. Interest Groups, Pressure Groups And Lobbying
25. Poverty and Human Development


Gender and Development

Science, Technology and Politics
Decentralisation and Participation
Human Rights

MPSE-001 India and the World

1. Evolution of Indias World-view
2. Approaches to the Study of Indias Foreign Policy
3. Objectives and Determinants
4. Decision marking Institution
5. Policy Development Process
6. Indias Foreign Policy- An Overview
7. U.S.A.European Union
8. Russia, China and Japan
9. India and its Neighbours
10. India and South East Asia
11. India and Central and West Asia
12. India, latin America and Caribbean
13. India-Africa Relations
14. Politico-Security Issues15. Economics Issues
16. Social-Cultural Issues
17. Political and Diplomatic Issues

MPSE-003 Western Political Thought (Plato to Marx)

1. Significance of Western Political Thought
2. Plato
3. Aristotle
4. St. Augustine & St. Thomas Aquinas
5. Niccolo Machiavelli
6. Thomas Hobbes
7. John Locke
8. Jean Jacques Rousseau
9. Edmund Burke
10. Immanuel Kant
11. Jeremy Bentham
12. Alexis de Tocqueville
13. J.S. Mill
14. George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
15. Karl Marx

MPSE-004 Social and Political Thought in Modern India

1. Pre-Modern Socio-Religous Political thought in India- The Diverse Strands

2. Orientalist Discourse and Colonial Modernity
3. Salient Features of Modern Indian Political Thought
4. Early Nationalist Responses- Rammohan Roy, Bankim Chatterjee Saraswati Phule
5. Moderates and Extremists- Dadabhai Naoroji, MG Ranade and BG Tilak
6. Hinduism- Swami Vivekananda and Sri Aurobindo Ghosh
7. Hindutva- VD Savarkar and MS Golwalkar
8. Muslim Thought- Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, MohaIqbal, Maulana Maudoodi and Jinnah
9. Nation and Identity Concerns- EV Naicker, Nazrul, Pandita Ramabai, Jaipal, Kahn Singh
10. MK Gandhi
11. Jawaharlal Nehru
12. BR Ambedkar
13. Rabindranath Tagore
14. Communist Thought- MN Roy and EMS Namboodiripad
15. Socialist Thought- Rammanohar Lohia and jayaprakash Narayan

MPSE-006 Peace and Conflict Studies

1. Peace and Conflict Studies- Nature and Scope

2. Conceptual Analysis of Peace and Conflict
3. Nature and Forms of Conflict- Intra-state, Inter-state and Global
4. Theories of War
5. Types of War- Conventional War, Limited War and Nuclear War
6. Types of War- Revolutionary Civil War, Guerrilla Insurgency Insurgency, Proxy Asymmetr
7. UN System- Pacific Settlement of Disputes
8. UN System- Peacekeeping, Peacemaking and Adjudication
9. Disarmament and Arms Control
10. Confidence Building Measures
11. Conflict Management and Conflict Resolution
12. Functional Approaches and Regionalisrn
13. The Gandhian Approach
14. Human Security
15. Peace Research and Peace Movements

MPSE-007 Social Movements and Politics in India


Social Movements- Meanings, Significance and Importance

Approaches to Study Social Movements- Liberal, Gandhian and Marxian
Classification of Social Movements Including New Social Movements
Democratisation and Changing Nature of Indian Society
Globalisation and Social Movements
State, Market and Social Movements
Dalit Movement
Backward Class Movement
Ethnic Movements with Special Reference to Tribals


Womens Movements
Regional Movements
Religious and Communal Movements
Agrarian Movements
Working Class Movement
Fisher Folks Movement
Environmental and Ecological Movements
Social Movements and Democracy- An Assessment

MPSE-008 State Politics in India

1. Development of State Politics in India
2. Frameworks for Analysis
3. Nature of Indian Diversities and Nationalist Responses
4. States in the Constitutional Scheme
5. Development of State System
6. Elections and Electoral Politics
7. Political Parties and Party Systems
8. Patterns of dissent and Protest Movements in Indian states
9. Developmental Issues and Regional Disparities
10. Agrarian Transformation and Land Reforms
11. Industry and Labour
12. Globalisation and Liberalisation- Implications for State Politics
13. Inter-state Disputes- Water and Territorial Boundaries
14. Patterns of Communal Politics
15. Assertion of Dalits and Backward Castes
16. Linguistic and Ethnic Minorities in State Politics
17. State Autonomy Movements in India

MED-002 Sustainable Development- Issues and Challenges

1. What is Sustainable Development
2. Parameters of Sustainable Development
3. Approaches to the Study of Sustainable Development
4. Issues and Challenges
5. Natural Resource Exploitation
6. Patterns of Industrialisation
7. Global and Regional Dimensions
8. State Initiatives
9. Regional Initiatives
10. Global Initiatives
11. Community Knowledge
12. Cooperation and Partnership

MED-008 Globalisation Environment and Development

1. Environmental Dimensions of Globalisation

2. Environmental Calamities
3. Man-made Disasters
4. MNCs, TNCs and Developing Countries
5. International Summits and Declarations
6. International Environmental Laws and Agreements
7. Role of the United Nations Agencies
8. Environment in Multilateral Perspectives
9. South Asian Response to Environmental Concerns
10. Non-Governmental Agencies Initiatives

Official UPSC Syllabus Pol.Sci. Paper 1

Political Theory and Indian Politics:

1. Political Theory: meaning and approaches.

2. Theories of the State: Liberal, Neoliberal, Marxist, Pluralist, Post-colonial and feminist.
3. Justice: Conceptions of justice with special reference to Rawls theory of justice and its c
4. Equality: Social, political and economic; relationship between equality and freedom; Affi
5. Rights: Meaning and theories; different kinds of rights; concept of Human Rights.
6. Democracy: Classical and contemporary theories; different models of democracy repre
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
10. Western Political Thought: Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, John S. Mill, Mar

Indian Government and Politics:

1. Indian Nationalism:
a. Political Strategies of Indias Freedom Struggle: Constitutionalism to mass Satyagrah
b. Civil Disobedience; Militant and revolutionary movements, Peasant and workers mov
c. Perspectives on Indian National Movement: Liberal, Socialist and Marxist; Radical hum
2. Making of the Indian Constitution: Legacies of the British rule; different social and politic
3. Salient Features of the Indian Constitution:
a. The Preamble, Fundamental Rights and Duties, Directive
b. Principles; Parliamentary System and Amendment Procedures; Judicial Review and Ba
4. Principal Organs of
a. The Union Government: Envisaged role and actual working of the Executive, Legislatu
b. Principal Organs of the State Government: Envisaged role and actual working of the E
5. Grassroots Democracy: Panchayati Raj and Municipal Government; significance of 73rd a
6. Statutory Institutions/Commissions: Election Commission, Comptroller and Auditor Gene
a. Commission for Scheduled Tribes, National Commission for Women; National Human
7. Federalism: Constitutional provisions; changing nature of centre-state relations; integrat
8. Planning and Economic Development : Nehruvian and Gandhian perspectives; role of pla
9. Caste, Religion and Ethnicity in Indian Politics.

10. Party System: National and regional political parties, ideological and social bases of pa
11. Social Movements: Civil liberties and human rights movements; womens movements;

Official UPSC Syllabus Pol.Sci. Syllabus Paper 2

Comparative Political Analysis and International Politics

Comparative Politics: Nature and major approaches; political economy and political socio
State in comparative perspective: Characteristics and changing nature ofthe State in ca
Politics of Representation and Participation: Political parties, pressure groups and social
Globalisation: Responses from developed and developing societies.
Approaches to the Study of International Relations: Idealist, Realist, Marxist, Functionalis
Key concepts in International Relations: National interest, Security and power; Balance o
Changing International Political Order:
a. Rise of super powers; strategic and ideological Bipolarity, arms race and Cold War; nu
b. Non-aligned movement: Aims and achievements;
c. Collapse of the Soviet Union; Unipolarity and American hegemony; relevance of non-a
8. Evolution of the International Economic System: From Brettonwoods to WTO; Socialist ec
9. United Nations: Envisaged role and actual record; specialized UN agencies-aims and fun
10. Regionalisation of World Politics: EU, ASEAN, APEC, SAARC, NAFTA.
11. Contemporary Global Concerns: Democracy, human rights, environment, gender justic

India and the World

1. Indian Foreign Policy: Determinants of foreign policy; institutions of policy-making; contin

2. Indias Contribution to the Non-Alignment Movement: Different phases; current role.
3. India and South Asia:
a. Regional Co-operation: SAARC past performance and future prospects.
b. South Asia as a Free Trade Area.
c. Indias Look East policy.
d. Impediments to regional co-operation: river water disputes; illegal cross-border migra
4. India and the Global South: Relations with Africa and Latin America; leadership role in th
5. India and the Global Centres of Power: USA, EU, Japan, China and Russia.
6. India and the UN System: Role in UN Peace-keeping;demand for Permanent Seat in the S
7. India and the Nuclear Question: Changing perceptions and policy.
8. Recent developments in Indian Foreign policy: Indias position on the recent crisis in Afg

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orld Systems


Saraswati Phule

doodi and Jinnah

ai, Jaipal, Kahn Singh

gency, Proxy Asymmetrical Terrorism

olonial and feminist.

eory of justice and its communitarian critiques.
ality and freedom; Affirmative action.
Human Rights.
s of democracy representative, participatory and deliberative.

dhism and Feminism.

hist traditions; Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, Sri Aurobindo, M.K. Gandhi, B.R. Ambedkar, M.N. Roy.
Locke, John S. Mill, Marx, Gramsci, Hannah Arendt.

sm to mass Satyagraha, Non-cooperation,

sant and workers movements.
nd Marxist; Radical humanist and Dalit.
erent social and political perspectives.

Judicial Review and Basic Structure doctrine.

the Executive, Legislature and Supreme Court.

actual working of the Executive, Legislature and High Courts.
t; significance of 73rd and 74th Amendments; Grassroot movements.
oller and Auditor General, Finance Commission, Union Public Service Commission, National Commissio
men; National Human Rights Commission, National Commission for Minorities, National Backward Clas
tate relations; integrationist tendencies and regional aspirations; inter-state disputes.
perspectives; role of planning and public sector; Green Revolution, land reforms and agrarian relations;

and social bases of parties; patterns of coalition politics; Pressure groups, trends in electoral behaviou
womens movements; environmentalist movements.

nomy and political sociology perspectives; limitations of the comparative method.

ature ofthe State in capitalist and socialist economies, and, advanced industrial and developing societ
ure groups and social movements in advanced industrial and developing societies.

st, Marxist, Functionalist and Systems theory.

y and power; Balance of power and deterrence; Transnational actors and collective security; World capi

s race and Cold War; nuclear threat;

ony; relevance of non-alignment in the contemporary world.

ds to WTO; Socialist economies and the CMEA (Council for Mutual Economic Assistance); Third World d
agencies-aims and functioning; need for UN reforms.

ronment, gender justice, terrorism, nuclear proliferation.

of policy-making; continuity and change.

hases; current role.


egal cross-border migration; ethnic conflicts and insurgencies; border disputes.

ca; leadership role in the demand for NIEO and WTO negotiations.

ermanent Seat in the Security Council.

the recent crisis in Afghanistan, Iraq and West Asia, growing relations with US and Israel; vision of a ne

r, M.N. Roy.

n, National Commission for Scheduled Castes, National

National Backward Classes Commission.

and agrarian relations; liberalilzation and economic reforms.

s in electoral behaviour; changing socio- economic profile of Legislators.

and developing societies.

ve security; World capitalist economy and globalisation.

istance); Third World demand for new international economic order; Globalisation of the world econom

nd Israel; vision of a new world order.

on of the world economy.