UNDERSTANDING POLITICAL SCIENCE
Course Objective 1- Analysing what is Politics and explaining the approaches to the Study of Political Science – Normative, Behavioural, Post Behavioural. Relationship between Political Science with other disciplines. Relationship between political theory and political philosophy,
Course Objective 2- Assessing the theories of State (Origin, Nature, Functions): Contract, Idealist, Liberal, Neo-Liberal and Anarchist Theories.
Course Objective 3- Explaining the Concept of State Sovereignty: Monistic and Pluralistic Theories. Analysing the changing concept of Sovereignty in the context of Globalisation.
Course Objective 4- Understanding basic concepts of Liberty, Equality, Rights, Law and Justice.
PERSPECTIVES ON PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
Course Objective 1- Explaining the nature, scope and evolution of Public Administration; Private and Public Administration.
Course Objective 2- Discussing making of Public Policy Making and methods of Implementation
Course Objective 3- Analysing the major Concepts in Public Administration.
Course Objective 4- Discussing the Classical, neo classical and contemporary approaches to Public Administration. Discussing Weberian and Marxian theories of bureaucracy.
Course Objective 5- Analysing the Administrative Processes: decision making; communication and control; leadership; co-ordination.
Course Objective 6- Tracing the Challenges in the discipline of Public Administration like New Public Administration (NPA); Comparative Public Administration (CPA) and Development Administration. Good governances and feminist perspectives.
INDIAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
Course Objective 1- Introducing the Indian Constitution with a focus on the role of the Constituent Assembly and examining the essence of the the Preamble.
Course Objective 2- Examining the Fundamental Rights and Duties of Indian citizens with a study of the significance and status of Directive Principles.
Course Objective 3- Assessing the nature of Indian Federalism with focus on Union-State Relations. Critically analysing the important institutions of the Indian Union: the Executive: President; Prime Minister, Council of Ministers; Governor, Chief Minister and Council of Ministers; The legislature: Rajya Sabha, Lok Sabha, Speaker, Committee System, State Legislature, The Judiciary: Supreme Court and the High Courts: composition and functions- Judicial Activism.
Course Objective 4- Critically evaluating the Indian Party system – its development and looking at the ideology of dominant national parties. Evaluating the Electoral Process in India with focus on the Election Commission: Composition, Functions and Role Evaluating the role of various forces on Indian politics: religion; language; caste; tribe; regionalism; business; working class and peasants.
WESTERN POLITICAL THOUGHT
Course Objective 1- Providing an insight into the dominant features of Ancient Western Political Thought: Ancient Greek political thought with focus on Aristotle and Plato.
Course Objective 2- Examining the features of Medieval Political Thought. Evaluating the Renaissance; political thought of Reformation; and Machiavelli.
Course Objective 3- Critically examining Bodin’s contributions to the theory of Sovereignty; Hobbes as the founder of the science of materialist politics; Locke as the founder of Liberalism with focus on his views on natural rights, property and consent; and Rousseau’s views on Freedom and Democracy; Bentham’s Utilitarianism; and John Stuart Mill’s views on liberty and representative government.
Course Objective 4- Describing the Marxist Approach to politics. Explaining Dialectical Materialism and Historical Materialism with special reference to relationship between base and superstructure. Discussing Marx’s Theory of State with special reference to Relative Autonomy of the State and Surplus Value theory. Explaining Marxian theory of Revolution. Analysing the theory of class, class struggle and classless society.