Combined Syllabus for M.A. Political Science, Public Administration & Human Rights

Part I: Political Theory

  • Nature, scope and methods of political science.
  • State and sovereignty.
  • Political ideologies: Liberalism, Constitutionalism, democracy, dictatorship (traditional and totalitarian), Communism, Democratic Socialism, Fascism and Nazism.
  • Behavioralism in political science.
  • Political culture, political participation and political modernization.
  • Political Thinkers: Plato and Aristotle.
  • Political Thinkers: Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau.
  • Jeremy Bentham, John Stuart Mill and Karl Marx.

Part II: Human Rights

  • Theories of Human Rights
  • Human Rights and duties under the Indian Constitution
  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948; the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
  • National Commission on Minorities; and the National Commission on Women; National Human Rights Commission.

Part III: Government and Politics

  • Main features of the British Constitution and major political institutions of the UK.
  • Main features of the American Constitution and major political institutions of the USA
  • Main features of the Constitution of France and major political institutions.
  • Main features of the Constitution of Switzerland and major political institutions.
  • Landmarks in India’s national movement and constitutional development.
  • Congress-League conflict since 1937; the Muslim League’s demand for Pakistan; The Cripps proposals and the Quit-India movement; the causes of the collapse of the Cabinet Mission Plan, 1946; the Mountbatten Plan and Indian Independence.
  • The main features of the Constitution of the Indian Republic.
  • The Central Government: The President, Parliament, the Prime Minister, the Council of Ministers, the Supreme Court of India.
  • The State Government: The Governor, the Chief Minister, the Cabinet, the State Legislative assembly. Panchayti Raj and urban local bodies.
  • The problems of casteism, communalism and regionalism in Indian politics.

Part IV: Public Administration

  • Nature and scope of public administration; difference between private and public administration.
  • Main features and basic themes of New Public Administration.
  • Principles of bureaucratic organization; line, staff and auxiliary agencies.
  • Public services in India: All India, Central and State; the constitution and role of the Union Public Service Commission.
  • The problems of recruitment for public services in India.
  • The mechanisms of parliamentary control over public administration in India.
  • Judicial Control over pubic administration.
  • The budgetary process at the Central level.
  • Development planning at central, state and district levels.
  • The problem of corruption in public services.

Part V: International Relations

  • Nature and scope of the study of International Relations.
  • International politics and foreign policy: main features.
  • International relations since 1945: The Cold War, Détente and post-Cold War phases.
  • Main features and current developments in the foreign policy of the USA.
  • Main features and current developments in the foreign policy of China.
  • Main features and current developments in the foreign policy of India.
  • Basic concepts of International Law (Peace).
  • Basic concepts of International Law (War).
  • The United Nations: The Charter, the Security Council, the General Assembly; International Court of Justice; the Specialized Agencies: The UNESCO, ILO, IBRD, IMF and WTO.
  • Regional Organizations: OAS, EU, ASEAN, SAARC and OIC.

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