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.