M.A. Political Science - Kashmir Student


Saturday, January 1, 2011

M.A. Political Science


Unit I: Political Theory (I)
1.1 Nature and Significance of political Theory.
1.2 Approaches to Political theory: Normative and empirical.
1.3 Power, Authority and legitimacy.
1.4 Nationalism: Definition
1.5 State: Origin and Development.
(a) Divine Origin theory.
(b) Social Contract Theories-An introduction
(c) Historical & Evolutionary Theory.

1.6 State: Dominant Perspectives.
(a) Classical liberal View
(b) Modern Liberal View
(c) Marxist Concept of State.

Unit II: Political Theory (II)
2.1 Sovereignty: Definition and Characteristics.
2.2 Monistic and Pluralistic View
2.3 Democracy: Theories :( a) Pluralist (b) Elite
2.4 Welfare State
2.5Citizenship, Rights and liberty
2.6Equality and Justice

Unit –III: Indian Constitution (I)
3.1 Basic features of India’s Constitution
3.2 Permeable, Fundamental Rights and Duties and the Directive principles of State Policy.
3.3 Union Executive: President and Prime Minister 3.4 Union Legislature: Composition and Powers

Unit –IV: Indian Constitution (II)
4.1 Centres-State Relations
4.2 Supreme Court: Jurisdiction with special reference to power of judicial review.
4.3 The Election Commission and electoral reforms.

Unit V: Jammu and Kashmir Politics and constitution
5.1 Features of the J&K constitution
5.2 Article 370 and special position of the J&K State.
5.3 Erosion of State Autonomy over the years
5.4 Governor: Power, Position and Role.
5.5 Chief Minister: Power and Position
5.6 Composition of the State Legislature.
7. Party System in J&K

Unit VI: Western Political Thought (I)
6.1 PLATO: Ideal State, Justice, Communism, Philosopher king, Education.
6.2 ARISTOTLE: Theory of Revolution, Slavery, Views on Citizenship, Classification of Governments

Unit VII: Western Political Thought (II)
7.1 MACHIA VELLI: Views on state-craft, and views on relationship between Ethics and Politics HOBBES: State of Nature, Social Contract, and Concept of Sovereign LOCKE: Theory of Natural Rights, Social Contract, and Constitutional Government

Unit VIII: Western Political Thought (III)
ROSSEAU: Views on State of Nature, Concept of General Will, and Social Contract
BENTHAM: Utilitarianism J.S.MILL: Concept of Liberty KARL MARX: State and Historical Materialism

Unit IX: Constitution of United Kingdom
9.1 Features of the British Constitution.
9.2 Position of Monarchy
9.3 Prime Minister
9.4 British Parliament: Composition, Powers and the relations between the two Houses.
9.5 Part System in U.K

Unit X: Constitutions of United States of America and Switzerland (I)
10.1 Features of the U.S. Constitution
10.2 Separation of powers and the System of Checks and Balances
10.3 Federalism in the US.
10.4 US President, Position and Powers.

Unit XI: Constitutions of United States of America and Switzerland (II)
11.1 U.S Congress: composition and powers
11.2 U.S Supreme Court: Composition and Powers with special reference to Judicial Review
11.3 Swiss Constitution—Nature and Features
11.4 Direct Democracy in Switzerland.

Unit XII: International Relations (I)
12.1 Nature and Scope of International Relations.
12.2 Approaches to the Study of International Relations:
a) Liberalism
b) Realism,
c) System Approach
12.3. Balance of Power
12.4 Theory of Imperialism

Unit XIII: International Relations (II)
13.1 Cold War, D├ętente and New Cold War
13.2 End of Cold War and Aftermath
13.3 NAM: Development, Role and Contemporary Relevance
13.4 North-South Divide and Dialogue and South-South Co-Operation, New International Economic Order.

Unit XIV: International Relations (III):
14.1 National Power: Concept, Meaning, Role and Elements of National Power.
14.2 National Interest: Meaning, Nature, Kinds and National Interest and Foreign Policy
14.3 Actors of International Relations
a) UNO—Structure, Functions and Reforms
b) Regional Organizations: European Union and SAARC.
14.4 International Political Economy: Globalization and Role of WTO
14.5 Specific Issues:
a) Human Rights—Conventions ; Amnesty International and Asia Watch.
b) Environment: Concern and Conventions (Rio Summit and Kyoto Protocol)

Unit XV: Comparative Politics and Government:
15.1 Comparative Politics: Meaning, Nature and Scope; distinction between comparative Government and Politics
15.2 Constitutionalism.
a) Behaviouralism and its Post-Behavioral Critique
b) System’s Theory
c) Structural-Functional Approach.
15.4 Political Socialization: Meaning and Agencies
15.5 Political Culture: Meaning and Types
15.6 Political Development and Political Modernization