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Department of Political SciencePresidency University, KolkataBachelor of Arts Syllabus -----FIRST SEMESTER:POLS 0101: Foundations of Political TheoryPOLS 0102: Colonialism and Nationalism in IndiaSECOND SEMESTER:POLS 0201: Western Political Thought - IPOLS 0202: Indian Political ThoughtTHIRD SEMESTER:POLS 0301: Indian Constitution: Major AspectsPOLS 0302: Indian Politics since IndependencePOLS 0303: International RelationsFOURTH SEMESTER:POLS 0401: Western Political Thought - IIPOLS 0402: Comparative PoliticsPOLS 0403: Multilateralism and India’s Foreign PolicyFIFTH SEMESTER:POLS 0501: Public AdministrationPOLS 0502: Optional PaperPOLS 0503: Optional PaperPOLS 0581: SessionalPOLS 0582: Sessional: Applied Politics ProjectOptional Papers:POLS 0502a: Foundations of Peace and Conflict StudiesPOLS 0502b: Select Indian Political ThinkersPOLS 0502c: Foundations of Political EconomyPOLS 0503a: Nation and NationalismPOLS 0503b: Gender StudiesSIXTH SEMESTER:POLS 0601: Political SociologyPOLS 0602: Optional PaperPOLS 0603: Optional PaperPOLS 0681: SessionalPOLS 0682: SessionalOptional Papers:POLS 0602a: Foundations of Global PoliticsPOLS 0602b: Marxist Political TheoryPOLS 0603a: Emerging Issues in the Study of PoliticsPOLS 0603b: Foundations of Civil Society and DemocracyAll papers carry 50 marks and 4 credits each.Total Marks: 1000

POLS 0101: Foundations of Political Theory1. of politics; What is political theory?Approaches to the study of politicsTheories of the StateTheories of Sovereignty; Changing concept of Sovereignty in the context of GlobalizationRights, Liberty and Equality and JusticeReferences:Andrew Heywood, Key Concepts in Politics.Andrew Heywood, Political Ideologies: An Introduction.Andrew Heywood, Political Theory: An Introduction.Andrew Heywood, Politics.B. N. Ray, Political Theory: Interrogations and Interventions.C. E. M. Joad, Introduction to Modern Political Theory.Chris Beasley, What is Feminism?E. Barker, Principles of Social and Political Theory.John Gray, Liberalism.Murray Knuttila Wendee Kubik, State Theories.N. P. Barry, An Introduction to Modern Political Theory.R. Marsh and G. Stoker (ed), Theory and Methods in Political Science.Rajeev Bhargava, What is Political Theory and Why do We Need It?Ralph Miliband, Maxism and Politics.S. P. Varma, Modern Political Theory.S. Ramaswamy, Political Theory: Ideas and Concepts.Stephen L. Wasby, Political Science: The Discipline and Its Dimensions.

POLS 0102: Colonialism and Nationalism in India1. and Nationalism: HistoriographyNature of Colonial Rule in IndiaEmergence of Nationalism and Gandhian MovementsAlternative Movements in Colonial IndiaRise of Communalism in IndiaReferences:Anil Seal, (1971) The Emergence of Indian Nationalism: Competition And Collaboration In The LaterNineteenth Century, Cambridge: CUPBipan Chandra, “Gandhiji, Secularism and Communalism” Social Scientist, Vol. 32, No. 1/2 (Jan. Feb., 2004), pp. 3-29Bipan Chandra,et al, eds. India's Struggle for Independence.Christophe Jaffrelot, Hindu Nationalism: A ReaderDuncan Bell, (2010) “John Stuart Mill on Colonies”, Political Theory, Vol. 38 No. 1, 34-64.Gail Omvedt, (1971) “Jotirao Phule and the Ideology of Social Revolution in India”, Economic andPolitical Weekly, Vol. 6, No. 37, pp. 1969-1979Gyanendra Pande, (2002) Remembering Partition: Violence, Nationalism and History in India,Cambridge: CUP.Ian J. Kerr, (1985) “Working Class Protest in 19th Century India: Example of Railway Workers”,Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 20, No. 4, pp. PE34-PE40Irfan Habib, (1997) "Civil Disobedience 1930-31", Social Scientist, Vol. 25, No. 9/10, pp. 43-66Irfan Habib, (1998) "The Left and the National Movement", Social Scientist, Vol. 26, No. 5/6, pp. 3-33K. C. Suri, (1987) “The Agrarian Question in India during the National Movement, 1885-1947”, SocialScientist, Vol. 15, No. 10, pp. 25-50K. N. Panikkar (1997) "From Revolt to Agitation: Beginning of the National Movement", SocialScientist, Vol. 25, No. 9/10, pp. 28-42Lisa N. Trivedi, (2003) "Visually Mapping the "Nation": Swadeshi Politics in Nationalist India, 19201930", The Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 62, No. 1, pp. 11-41V. I. Lenin; Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism

POLS 0201: Western Political Thought – I1. Greek Political Thought: Featuresa) Platob) Aristotle2. Roman Political Thought: An Overview3. Medieval Political Thought: Contributions of St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas4. Renaissance and Machiavelli5. Political thought of Hobbes, Locke and RousseauReferences:Amal K. Mukhopadhyay, Western Political Thought: From Plato to Marx.Bertrand Russell, History of Western Philosophy.Bronowski and Mazlish, Western Intellectual Tradition.Bruce Haddock, A History of Political Thought.E. Barker, The Political Thought of Plato and Aristotle.G. H. Sabine and T. I. Thorson, A History of Political Theory.Howard Warrender, The Political Philosophy of Hobbes, His Theory of Obligation.Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract and Discourses (translated by G. D. H. Cole).Karl Popper, Open Society and Its Enemies.Leo Strauss and Joseph Cropsey (ed.) History of Political Philosophy.Lucio Colletti, From Rousseau to Lenin: Studies in Ideology and Society.Quentin Skinner, The Foundations of Political Thought (2 vols.)R. Kraut, Aristotle: Political Philosophy.S. Mukherjee and S. Ramaswami, A History of Political Thought, Plato to Marx.Shefali Jha, Western Political Thought: From Plato to MarxWilliam Ebenstein, Great Political Thinkers.

POLS 0202: Indian Political Thought1. Features of Ancient Political Thought: KautilyaImportant Features of Medieval Political Thought: BaraniLiberalism: Raja Rammohun RoyNationalism and its Critique: Bankimchandra Chatterjee and Rabindranath TagoreSwaraj: M. K. GandhiSocial Justice: B. R. AmbedkarRadical Humanism: M. N. RoyGender: Pandita RamabaiReferences:Bhikhu Parekh, Gandhi: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford 1997.George Modelski, “Kautilya: Foreign Policy and International System in the Ancient Hindu World”,The American Political Science Review, Vol. 58, No. 3 (Sep., 1964), pp. 549-560.Hafeez Malik, "Sir Sayyid Ahmad Khan's Doctrines of Muslim Nationalism and National Progress",Modern Asian Studies, Vol. 2, No. 3 (1968).Irfan Habib, “Ziya Barani’s Vision of the State”, The Medieval History Journal, 2 (1) 1998.M. K. Gandhi, Hind Swaraj and Other Writings, Anthony J Parel, ed. Cambridge University Press,Cambridhe, 1997.Meenakshi Mukherjee, "Anandmath: A Political Myth", Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 17, No.22 (May 29, 1982), pp. 903-905Meera Kosambi, Pandita Ramabai: Life and Landmark Writings, Routledge, New York, 2016.Mushirul Hasan and Nishant Zaidi, trans. and eds. (2011) A Voyage to Modernism: Syed AhmedKhan, Delhi: Primus.R. Shamsastry, Kautilya’s Arthasastra (Translated by Weslevan) Mission Press, Mysore, 1929.Rabindranath Tagore, Nationalism, Macmillan And Co, London, 1918Raja Rammohun Roy (1901) "Conference Between An Advocate For, And An Opponent Of ThePractice Of Burning Widows Alive", in Jogendra Chunder Ghosh, (ed.) The English Works ofRaja Rammohun Roy (Vol. II), Calcutta: Srikanta Roy.Tanika Sarkar, “Birth of a Goddess'Vande Mataram', "Anandamath", and Hindu Nationhood”,Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 41, No. 37 (Sep. 16-22, 2006), pp. 3959-3969Thomas Pantham and kenneth L Deutsch, eds. Political Thought in Modern India.Zia Uddin Barni, Fatawa-i-Jahandari, (Translated by Afsar Afzal Uddin), Doctoral Thesis submitted toSOAS, 1955.

POLS 0301: Indian Constitution: Major Aspects1. Constitution of India: Philosophy and Amendment ProceduresFundamental Rights; Fundamental Duties; Directive Principles of State Policy.Executive: Union and the States.Legislature: Union and the StatesJudiciary: Supreme Court and the High CourtsDistribution of Power between the Union and the StatesElection CommissionReferences:A. G. Noorani, Constitutional Questions and Citizens’ Rights.Alladi Krishnaswami Aiyer, Constitution and Fundamental Rights.D. N. Sen, From Raj to SwarajDurga Das Basu, Introduction to the Constitution of India.Durga Das Basu, Shorter Constitution of India.Granville Austin, The Indian Constitution: Cornerstone of a Nation.Granville Austin, Working a Democratic Constitution: The Indian experience.J. C. Johari, Indian Government and Politics.M. C. Setalvad, Union and State Relations under the Constitution.M. V. Pylee, Constitutional Government in India.P. M. Bakshi, The Constitution of India.Pran Chopra (ed.), The Supreme Court versus the Constitution: A Challenge to Federalism.Shiva Rao, The Framing of India’s Constitution.Subhas C. Kashyap, Our Constitution.

POLS 0302: Indian Politics since Independence1. of Indian Society and Politics: Major ApproachesNature of Party system in IndiaInterest Groups in Indian politics: Business, Working Class and PeasantsReligion in Indian politics– secularism and the Indian stateCaste in Indian politics– the issue of reservationNew social movements in India: An OverviewReferences:Atul Kohli (ed), The Success of Indian Democracy.Atul Kohli, Democracy and Discontent in India.C. P. Bhambri, The Indian State: Fifty years.F. Frankel, India’s Political Economy: 1947-2004.F. Frankel, Z. Hasan, R. Bhargava, and B. Arora (ed.), Transforming India: Social and PoliticalDynamics of Democracy.Ghanashyam Shah, Social Movements and the State.Manoranjan Mohanty, Class, Caste and Gender.N. G. Jayal and P. B. Mehta (ed.), Oxford Companion to Indian Politics.N. Jayal, Democracy and State: Welfare, Secularism and Development in Contemporary India.Neera Chandhoke and Pravin Priyadarshini (ed), Contemporary India: Economy, Society, Politics.Partha Chatterjee (ed.), State and Politics in India.Paul Brass, The Politics of India since Independence.Rajeev Bhargava (ed.), Secularism and its Critics.Rajni Kothari, Caste in Indian Politics.Rakhahari Chatterjee (ed.), Politics in India– State Society Interface.S. L. Sikri, Indian Government and Politics.Sobhanlal Datta Gupta (ed.), India : Politics and Society.Sudipta Kaviraj (ed.), Politics in India.T. V. Sathyamurthy (ed.), Social Change and Political Discourse in India, vol. 3.Z. Hasan (ed.), Parties and Party Politics in India.

POLS 0303: International Relations1. and Growth of International Relations, Meaning and ScopeMajor Theories of International Relationsa) Liberal Theory and its Variantsb) Realist Theory and its Variantsc) Marxist Theoryd) Feminist TheoryCold War: Origins and Outline; Non Proliferation RegimeDecolonization and Emergence of the Third WorldPost Cold War Era and GlobalizationReferences:A. Hurrell and N. Woods, Inequality, Globalization and World Politics.Aneek Chatterjee, International Relations Today: Concepts and Applications.C. Sylvester, Feminist Theory and International Relations in a Postmordern Era.Hans J. Morgenthau, Politics among Nations: the Struggle for Power and Peace.J. Baylis, S. Smith and P. Owens, The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to InternationalRelationsJ. Stiglitz, Globalization and Its Discontent.Joseph Frankel, International Relations in a Changing World.Joshua S. Goldstein, International Relations.N. D. Palmer and H. C. Perkins, International Relations.R. Jackson and G. Sorensen, Introduction to International Relations: Theories and Approaches.Stephanie Lawson, International Relations.W. Laquer, A History of Terrorism. Scott Burchill et. al., Theories of International Relation.

POLS 0401: Western Political Thought - II1. EnlightenmentUtilitarianism: Bentham and J. S. MillPhilosophical Idealism: HegelScientific Socialism: Marx and EngelsVarieties of Socialism: Fabian Socialism, Guild Socialism, Anarchism and German RevisionismReferences:Amal K. Mukhopadhyay, Western Political Thought: From Plato to Marx.Bertrand Russell, History of Western Philosophy.Bruce Haddock, A History of Political Thought.C. E. M. Joad, Political Thought.G. H. Sabine and T. I. Thorson, A History of Political Theory.H. J. Laski, The Rise of European Liberalism.John Plamenatz, Man and Society (2 Vols.).John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism, Liberty, Representative GovernmentLeo Strauss and Joseph Cropsey (ed.), History of Political Philosophy.Lucio Colletti, From Rousseau to Lenin: Studies in Ideology and Society.Peter Laslett (ed.), John Locke: Two Treatises of GovernmentS. Mukherjee and S. Ramaswami, A History of Political Thought, Plato to Marx.Shefali Jha, Western Political Thought: From Plato to Marx

POLS 0402: Comparative Politics1. of Comparative PoliticsApproaches to the study of Comparative PoliticsPolitical systems and major governing principlesComparative studies of organs of GovernmentFederalismPolitical parties and Interest groups: features and roleReferences:A. Appadorai, The Substance of Politics.A. H. Birch, British System of Government.Alan R. Ball and Guy Peters, Modern Politics & Government.D. Olson, Legislative Institutions: A Comparative View.Dorothy Pickles, The Government and Politics of France (2 Vols.)G. Almond et. al., Comparative Politics Today: A World View.G. Roberts, An Introduction to Comparative Politics.Gokulesh Sharma, Constitutions of the SAARC Nations.H. Eckstein and P. E. Apter (ed.), Comparative Politics : A Reader.J. Blondel, An Introduction to Comparative Government.J. Harvey and L. Bather, The British Constitution.J. T. Dreyer, China’s Political System: Modernization & Tradition.J. Wilson, American Government.Joel Krieger and William A. Joseph, Introduction to Comparative Politics.Judith Bara and Mark Pennington (ed.), Comparative Politics.R. Hague, M. Harrop and S. Breslin, Comparative Government and Politics: An Introduction.R. Sakwa, Russian Politics and Society.Rakhahari Chatterjee, Introduction to Comparative Political Analysis.S. K. Dailey (ed.), American Politics and Government.S. N. Ray, Comparative Politics.The Constitution of the People’s Republic of China (1982).Tony Saich, Governance and Politics of China.Vincent Wright, The Government and Politics of France.Zoya Hasan (ed.), Democracy in Muslim Societies: The Asian Experience.

POLS 0403: Multilateralism and India’s Foreign Policy1.2.3.4.India’s Foreign Policy: Principles and EvolutionIndia and United Nations: United Nations Security Council, United Nations Peace KeepingInternational Political Economy: Present Economic Order and IndiaRegionalism and Regional Organizationsa) SAARCb) ASEAN5. ‘New’ Regionalism: BRICS, Global Climate ChangeReferences:A. W. Knight, A Changing United Nations: Multilateral Evolution and Quest for Global Governance.Aneek Chatterjee, International Relations Today: Concepts and Applications.C. L. Gates and M. Than, ASEAN Enlargement: Impacts and Implications.D. Dinan, Europe Recast: A History of European Union.D. J. Whittaker, United Nations in the Contemporary World.E. Nahar, SAARC: Problems and Prospects.H. G. Nicholas, The United Nations as a Political Institution.Harsh V. Pant (ed.), Indian Foreign Policy in a Unipolar World.R. O. Keohane, After Hegemony: Cooperation and Discord in the WorldS. Hix, The Political System of the European Union.U. S. Bajpai (ed.), Non-Alignment: Perspectives and Prospects.V. P. Dutt, India’s Foreign Policy in a Changing World.Y. Kahol, SAARC through the New Millennium.

POLS 0501: Public Administration1. to Public AdministrationTheories of administrationMajor concepts of administrationTheories of bureaucracyOrganization of the Union & State Government in IndiaAdministrative accountabilityLocal Self-governmentsReferences:A. Avasthi and A. P. Avasthi, Indian Administration.B. Chakrabarty and M. Bhattacharya, Public Administration: A Reader.F. A. Negro and L. G. Negro, Modern Public Administration.G. H. Frederickson, New Public Administration.Mohit Bhattacharya, Public Administration: Structure, Processes and Behaviour.Moitree Bhattacharya, Panchayati Raj in West Bengal.Nicholas Henry, Public Administration and Public Affairs.R. B. Jain, Contemporary Issues in Indian Administration.R. K. Sapru, Development Administration.R. T. Golembeiwski, Public Administration as a Developing Discipline.Ramesh Arora, Comparative Public Administration.S. R. Maheshwari, Administrative Theories.S. R. Maheshwari, Indian Administration.S. R. Maheshwari, State Governments in India.

POLS 0502a: Foundations of Peace and Conflict Studies1. of Peace and Conflict StudiesContending Issues of Peace and ConflictTheories of Conflict ResolutionSources and Levels of ConflictChallenges to Peace in contemporary world: few case studiesReferences:Barash, David P. (2002), Webel, Charles, Peace and Conflict Studies, California: SageDavid Barasch (ed.), Approaches to Peace: A Reader in Peace Studies.Dennis J.D. Sandole Sean Byrne, Ingrid Sandole-Staroste (ed.), (2009), Handbook of Conflict Analysisand Resolution, Oxford: RoutledgeDoucet, Ian (1996), Thinking About Conflict, Resource Pack for Conflict Transformation: InternationalAlert.Elise Boulding (ed.) New Agendas for Peace Research: Conflict and Security Reexamined (Boulder:Lynne Rienner)Fukuyama, F., (1992), The End of History and the last Man, New York: Free Press.Huntington, Samuel (1996), The Clash of Civilizations and the remaking of World Order, New York:Simon & Schuster.Jacob Bercovitch, Victor Kremenyuk, I William Zartman (eds.) (2009), The Sage Handbook of ConflictResolution, London: SageJeong, Ho-Won (2008), Understanding Conflict and Conflict Analysis, (London: Sage)Johan Galtung, Theories of Peace: A Synthetic Approach to Peace.Lake, David and Donald Rothchild (1996), “Containing Fear: The Origins and Management of EthnicConflict”, International Security, 21 (2), Autumn, p.41-75.Ranabir Samaddar (ed.) (2004), Peace Studies: Peace Studies: An Introduction To the Concept, Scope,and Themes, New Delhi: Sage.Samir Das(ed.), South Asian Peace Studies, Vol.II: Peace Accords and Peace Processes.Van Evera, Stephen (1994), “Hypotheses on Nationalism and War”, International Security, 18 (4),Spring.Wallenstein, Peter (2007), Understanding Conflict Resolution. 2nd ed. (London: Sage Publications).Zartman, I. William (2007), Peace Making in International Conflict, Washington, USIP.

POLS 0502b: Select Indian Political Thinkers1. Nehru and Subhas Chandra BoseSyed Ahmad Khan and Md. IqbalB. G. Tilak and AurobindoVivekananda and SavarkarNarendra Dev, Ram Manohar Lohia and Jayaprakash NarayanReferences:A. T. Embree (ed.), Sources of Indian Tradition (Vol. 1)Bidyut Chakraborty and Rajendra Kumar Pandey (ed.), Modern Indian Political Thought: Text andContext.Sankar Ghose, Socialism and Communism in India.T. Pantham and K. L. Deutsch (ed.), Political Thought in Modern India.V. R. Mehta, Foundations of Indian Political Thought: An Interpretation

POLS 0502c: Foundations of Political Economy1. of the State, politics and economicsMarxist Approach: Marxist economics and Value TheoryWelfare economics and StatePost Structural theories of capitalismInstitutionalismReferences:Berlin, Isaiah. "Two Concepts of Liberty." In Four Essays on Liberty. New York, Oxford UniversityPress, 1990.Friedman, Milton. Capitalism and Freedom. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1982, pp. 1-55,108-37, and 161-90.Hayek, Frederich. Chapters 1, 2, 4, and 5 in Individualism and Economic Order. Chicago, IL: Universityof Chicago Press, 1996.Howard, M. C., and J. E. King. The Political Economy of Marx. New York, NY: New York UniversityPress, 1988, pp. 1-180.J.K. Gibson-Graham, Stephen Resnick, and Richard Wolff, "Toward a Poststructuralist PoliticalEconomy," pps 1-22 of GGRW North Douglas.Keynes, J. M. "The Great Slump of 1930," "Economy," and "The End of LaissezLa

Alladi Krishnaswami Aiyer, Constitution and Fundamental Rights. D. N. Sen, From Raj to Swaraj Durga Das Basu, Introduction to the Constitution of India. Durga Das Basu, Shorter Constitution of India. Granville Austin, The Indian Constitution: Cornerstone of a Nation. Granville Austin, Working a Democratic Constitution: The Indian experience.

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