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Answer Writing (29 September, 2019)

5 hrs Class unfolding syllabus

Test - 1 (6 October, 2019)

  • Western Political Thought :Plato ,Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, John,S. Mill, Marx, Gramsci, Hannah Arendt
  • Political Ideologies: Liberalism, Socialism, Marxism, Fascism, Gandhism and Feminism
  • Indian Political Thought: Dharamshastra, Arthashastra and Buddhist traditions ; Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, S r i Aurobindo, M.K. Gandhi, B.R. Ambedkar, M.N. Roy .

Test - 2 (20 October, 2019)

  • Justice: Conceptions of justice with special reference to Rawl’s theory of justice and its communitarian critiques.
  • Equality: Social, political and economic; relationship between equality and freedom; Affirmative action
  • Rights: Meaning and theories; different kinds of rights; concept of Human Rights.
  • Democracy: Classical and contemporary theories; different models of democracy - representative, participatory and deliberative.
  • Concept of power, hegemony, ideology and legitimacy.
  • Theories of the state: Liberal, Neoliberal, Marxist, Pluralist, Post-colonial and feminist

Political theory meaning and approaches

Test - 3 (3 November, 2019)

  • Political Strategies of India’s Freedom struggle : constitutionalism to mass Satyagraha, Non-cooperation, Civil Disobedience ; militant and revolutionary movements, Peasant and workers’ movements.
  • Perspectives on Indian National Movement: Liberal, Socialist and Marxist; Radical humanist and Dalit
  • Making of the Indian Constitution: Legacies of the British rule; different social and political perspectives.
  • Salient Features of the Indian Constitution: The Preamble, Fundamental Rights and Duties, Directive Principles; Parliamentary System and Amendment Procedures; Judicial Review and Basic Structure doctrine.
  • Principal Organs of the Union Government: Envisaged role and actual working of the Executive, Legislature and Supreme Court.
  • Principal Organs of the State Government: Envisaged role and actual working of the Executive, Legislature and High Courts.
  • Grassroots Democracy: Panchayati Raj and Municipal Government; significance of 73rd and 74th Amendments; Grassroot movements.
  • Statutory Inst i tut ions/Commissions: Election Commission, Comptroller and Auditor General, Finance Commission, Union Public Service Commission, National Commission for Scheduled Castes, National Comission for scheduled Tribes, National Commission for Women; National Human Rights Commission, National Commission for Minorities, National Backward Classes Commission.

Test - 4 (17 November, 2019)

  • Federalism: Constitutional provisions; changing nature of centre-state relations; integrationist tendencies and regional aspirations; inter-state disputes.
  • Planning and Economic Development : Nehruvian and Gandhian perspectives; role of planning and public sector; Green Revolution, land reforms and agrarian relations; liberalilzation and economic reforms.
  • Caste, Religion and Ethnicity in Indian Politics
  • Party System: National and regional political parties, ideological and social bases of parties; patterns of coalition politics; Pressure groups, trends in electoral behaviour; changing socio- economic profile of Legislators.
  • Social Movements: Civil liberties and human rights movements; women's movements; environmentalist movements

Test - 5 (1 December, 2019)

  • Comparative Politics: Nature and major approaches; political economy and political sociology perspectives; limitations of the comparative method.
  • State in comparative perspective: Characteristics and changing nature of the State in capitalist and socialist economies, and, advanced industrial and developing societies.
  • Politics of Representation and Participation: Political parties, pressure groups and social movements in advanced industrial and developing societies.
  • Globalisation: Responses from developed and developing societies.

Test - 6 (15 December, 2019)

  • Approaches to the Study of International Relations: Idealist, Realist, Marxist, Functionalist and Systems theory
  • Key concepts in International Relations: National interest, Security and power; Balance of power and deterrence; Transnational actors and collective security; World capitalist economy and globalisation.
  • Changing International Political Order:
  • Rise of super powers; strategic and ideological Bipolarity, arms race and Cold War; nuclear threat;
  • Contemporary Global Concerns: Democracy, human rights, environment, gender justice, terrorism, nuclear proliferation.

Test - 7 (29 December, 2019)

Indian Foreign Policy: Determinants of foreign policy; institutions of policy-making; continuity and change.

India's Contribution to the Non-Alignment Movement: Different phases; current role

Non-aligned movement : Aims and achievements;

India and South Asia:

  • Regional Co-operation: SAARC – past performance and future prospects.
  • South Asia as a Free Trade Area.
  • India's "Look East" policy.
  • Impediments to regional co-operation: river water disputes; illegal cross-border migration; ethnic conflicts and insurgencies; border disputes.

Test - 8 (12 January, 2019)

  • India and the Global South: Relations with Africa and Latin America;
  • leadership role in the demand for NIEO and WTO negotiations.
  • India and the Global Centres of Power: USA, EU, Japan, China and Russia
  • India and the UN System: Role in UN Peace-keeping; demand for Permanent Seat in the Security Council.
  • United Nations: Envisaged role and actual record; specialized UN agencies-aims and functioning; need for UN reforms.
  • India and the Nuclear Question: Changing perceptions and policy
  • Recent developments in Indian Foreign policy: India's position on the recent crisis in Afghanistan, Iraq and West Asia, growing relations with US and Israel; vision of a new world order.
  • Collapse of the Soviet Union; Unipolarity and American hegemony; relevance of non-alignment in the contemporary world.
  •  Evolution of the International Economic System: From Brettonwoods to WTO; Socialist economies and the CMEA (Council for Mutual Economic Assistance); Third World demand for new international economic order; Globalisation of the world economy. 
  • Regionalisation of World Politics: EU, ASEAN, APEC, SAARC, NAFTA

Test - 9 (After Prelims)

Mock 1: Paper I

Test - 10 (After Prelims)

Mock 2: Paper II

Test - 11 (After Prelims)

Mock 3: Paper I

Test - 12 (After Prelims)

Mock 4: Paper II

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