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WEST BENGAL STATE UNIVERSITYCHOICE BASED CREDIT SYSTEMLIST OF PAPERS AND COURSESB.A (HONOURS) POLITICAL SCIENCE(The Syllabus for Semester 2 to Semester 6 may be slightly modified later)CODES PLSACOR denotes Political Science HONOURS(CORE) PLSHGEC denotes Political Science GENERIC ELECTIVE (For Honours in other subjects) PLSADSE denotes Political Science DISCIPLINE SPECIFIC ELECTIVE(For Honours in PoliticalScience) PLSSSEC denotes Political Science SKILL ENHANCEMENT COURSE (For Honours/general inPolitical Science) PLSGCOR denotes Political Science GENERAL(CORE) PLSGDSE denotes Political Science DISCIPLINE SPECIFIC ELECTIVE((For pure Generalstudents with Political Science as one of the subjects) PLSGGEC denotes Political Science GENERIC ELECTIVE((For General students not havingPolitical Science as one of the core subjects) PLSA /PLSG – SUBJECT ABBREVIATIONS MADE BY THE UNIVERSITYCREDIT/MARKS DISTRIBUTIONCore course – CC – 14 Core courses – 6 Credits/PaperGeneric Elective – GE – 4 courses - 6 Credits/PaperDiscipline Specific Elective – DSE -4 courses - 6 Credits/PaperAbility Enhancement Compulsory Course – AECC – 2 courses – 2 Credits/paperSkill Enhancement Courses - SEC – 2 Courses – 2 Credits/paperTotal : CC 84 GE 24 DSE 24 AECC 4 SEC 4 140 CREDITS1

A) CORE COURSE (14) – COURSE TITLESSemester - IPLSACOR01T – CC1.1- Paper I- Understanding Political TheoryPLSACOR02T – CC1.2 -Paper II- Constitutional Government and Democracy in IndiaSemester - IIPLSACOR03T - CC2.1 Paper III – Political Theory-Concepts and DebatesPLSACOR04T - CC 2.2 Paper IV- Political Process in IndiaSemester - IIIPLSACOR05T - CC3.1 Paper V- Introduction to Comparative Government and PoliticsPLSACOR06T - CC3.2 Paper VI –Perspectives on Public AdministrationPLSACOR07T - CC3.3 Paper VII- Perspectives on International Relations and World HistorySemester - IVPLSACOR08T - CC4.1 Paper VIII- Political Processes and Institutions in Comparative PerspectivePLSACOR09T - CC4.2 Paper IX- Public Policy and Administration in IndiaPLSACOR10T - CC4.3 Paper X- Global PoliticsSemester - VPLSACOR11T - CC5.1 Paper XI- Classical Political PhilosophyPLSACOR12T - CC5.2 Paper XII- Indian Political Thought-ISemester - VIPLSACOR13T - CC6.1 Paper XIII- Modern Political PhilosophyPLSACORT4T - CC6.2 Paper XIV- Indian Political Thought-II2

B) GENERIC ELECTIVE-(GE-Interdisciplinary): (Sem. I, II, III, IV)[For the Honours students with subjects other than Political Science] – GE Paper I - Introduction to Political Theory - Semester - 1PLSHGEC02T – GE Paper-II - Indian Government and Politics – Semester -2PLSHGEC03T – GE Paper-III- Comparative Government and Politics – Semester- 3PLSHGEC04T – GE Paper-IV- Introduction to International Relations – Semester – 4C) PLSSSEC - SKILL ENHANCEMENT COURSE: Any Two (Sem.–3 & 4)Semester – III1. PLSSSEC01M Democratic Awareness with Legal LiteracySemester – IV2. PLSSSEC02M Public Opinion and Survey ResearchD) PLSADSE - DISCIPLINE SPECIFIC ELECTIVE(DSE): Any Four (Sem.–V and VI)Semester – V(Any two)1. PLSADSE01T Reading Gandhi2. PLSADSE02T Women, Power and Politics3. PLSADSE03T Understanding Global PoliticsSemester – VI (Any two)4. PLSADSE04T Public Policy in India5. PLSADSE05T Human Rights in a Comparative Perspective6. PLSADSE06T Governance: Issues and ChallengesE) ABILITY ENHANCEMENT COURSE (COMPULSORY) :ANY TWO1. Language-MIL/ENGLISH2. Environmental Science3

COURSE OBJECTIVES(HONOURS/CORE COURSE - 14)Paper – 1Understanding Political TheoryThis course introduces the students to the idea of political theory, its history and approaches, and anassessment of its critical and contemporary trends and is designed to reconcile political theory and practicethrough reflections on the ideas and practices related to democracy.Paper – 2 Constitutional Government and Democracy in IndiaThis course acquaints students with the constitutional design of state structures and institutions, and theiractual working over time. It further encourages a study of state institutions in their mutual interaction, andin interaction with the larger extra-constitutional environment.Paper – 3Political Theory-Concepts and DebatesThis course helps the student familiarize with the basic normative concepts of political theory. Eachconcept is related to a crucial political issue that requires analysis with the aid of our conceptualunderstanding. This exercise is designed to encourage critical and reflective analysis and interpretation ofsocial practices through the relevant conceptual toolkit. It further introduces the students to the importantdebates in the subject.Paper – 4Political Process in IndiaThis course maps the working of ‗modern‘ institutions, premised on the existence of an individuatedsociety, in a context marked by communitarian solidarities, and their mutual transformation thereby. It alsofamiliarizes students with the working of the Indian state, paying attention to the contradictory dynamics ofmodern state power.Paper 5Introduction to Comparative Government and PoliticsThis is a foundational course in comparative politics. The purpose is to familiarize students with the basicconcepts and approaches to the study of comparative politics. More specifically the course will focus onexamining politics in a historical framework while engaging with various themes of comparative analysisin developed and developing countries.Paper 6Perspectives on Public AdministrationThe course provides an introduction to the discipline of public administration. This paper encompassespublic administration in its historical context with an emphasis on the various classical and contemporaryadministrative theories. The course also explores some of the recent trends, including feminism andecological conservation and how the call for greater democratization is restructuring public administration.4

The course will also attempt to provide the students a comprehensive understanding on contemporaryadministrative developments.Paper 7Perspectives on International Relations and World HistoryThis paper seeks to equip students with the basic intellectual tools for understanding InternationalRelations. It introduces students to some of the most important theoretical approaches for studyinginternational relations. The course begins by historically contextualizing the evolution of the internationalstate system; then the students are introduced to different theories in International Relations. It provides afairly comprehensive overview of the major political developments and events starting from the twentiethcentury. Students are expected to learn about the key milestones in world history and equip them with thetools to understand and analyze the same from different perspectives. A key objective of the course is tomake students aware of the implicit Euro - centricism of International Relations by highlighting certainspecific perspectives from the Global South.Paper 8Political Processes and Institutions in Comparative PerspectiveIn this course students will be trained in the application of comparative methods to the study of politics.The course is comparative in both what we study and how we study. In the process the course aims tointroduce undergraduate students to some of the range of issues, literature, and methods that covercomparative political arenaPaper-9Public Policy and Administration in IndiaThe paper seeks to provide an introduction to the interface between public policy and administration inIndia. The essence of public policy lies in its effectiveness in translating the governing philosophy intoprograms and policies and making it a part of the community living. It deals with issues of decentralization,financial management, citizens and administration and social welfare from a non-western perspective.Paper 10Global PoliticsThis course introduces students to the key debates on the meaning and nature of globalization byaddressing its political, economic, social, cultural and technological dimensions. It imparts anunderstanding of the working of the world economy, while analyzing the changing nature of relationshipbetween the state and trans-national actors and networks. The course also offers insights into keycontemporary global issues.Paper 11 Indian Political Thought-IThis course introduces the specific elements of Indian Political Thought spanning over two millennia. Thebasic focus of study is on individual thinkers whose ideas are however framed by specific themes. Thecourse as a whole is meant to provide a sense of the broad streams of Indian thought while encouraging aspecific knowledge of individual thinkers and texts. Selected extracts from some original texts are alsogiven to discuss in class.5

Paper 12Modern Political PhilosophyPhilosophy and politics are closely intertwined. We explore this convergence by identifying four maintendencies here. Students will be exposed to the manner in which the questions of politics have been posedin terms that have implications for larger questions of thought and existence.Paper 13Modern Political PhilosophyPhilosophy and politics are closely intertwined. We explore this convergence by identifying four maintendencies here. Students will be exposed to the manner in which the questions of politics have been posedin terms that have implications for larger questions of thought and existence.Paper 14Indian Political Thought-IIBased on the study of individual thinkers, the course introduces a wide span of thinkers and themes thatdefines the modernity of Indian political thought. The objective is to study general themes that have beenproduced by thinkers from varied social and temporal contexts. Selected extracts from original texts arealso given to discuss in the class. The list of essential readings are meant for teachers as well as the moreinterested students.6

PLSACORSemester ICourse CodePaper – ICourse Title –Understanding Political TheoryIntroducing the subjectPLSACOR01TLectures Credits(Th Tut)X15 weeks105 1Marks75Module 1. What is Political and what is political ScienceModule 2.Approaches to the study:a)Traditionalb) Marxistc)Behaviorald)Post BehavioralModule 3. Models of studying Political Theorya) Authority Models(Weber)b) Systems Analysisc) Structural functional Modeld) Post Modernism(to be studied at the backdrop of thecurrent debates)PLSACOR02T2045Paper - IIConstitutional Government and Democracy in IndiaModule 1.Constituion of India(Article-wise)a)Preambleb)Fundamental Rightsc)Directive Principles of State Policy5 17530Module 2. Federalism10Module 3.Constitution of India: Structure, Process,Behavioura)Union Government: Executive(total as it is in theconstitution)Legislature(total, according to theConstitution)Judiciary(total, following the articles of the constitutionwith two additional dimensions: landmark decisions andPILb)State Government:Executive, Legislature, Judiciary(In the same way as the Union government is to be studied)357

Semester IIPLSACORCourse CodePaper – IIICourse Title -Political Theory-Concepts and DebatesLectCredits (Th Tut) MarksX 15 wks8

Module – 1. Core political concepts:PLSACOR03T205 175i. Nationalism and nation stateii. Sovereignty: Monism, PluralismModule – 2. Core Concepts and Debates:i.ii.20Rights, Liberty, EqualityJustice: Plato,RawlsModule – 3. Theories of State35a)Idealist Theoryb)Liberal and Neo-liberal TheoriesPaper – IVCourse Title - Political Process in IndiaPLSACOR04TModule – 1. Structure and process of election systema)Party system in India: features and trends;coalition Governments25b) Electoral process: Election Commission—Composition and Functions25Module 2.Issues in contemporary politicsa) Regionalism in Indiab) Role of religion ,caste, Dalits, WomenModule 3.The concernsa) Corruption and politics: Measures to curbcorruption in Indian politicsb) Media and politicsPLSACORS

Paper 5 Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics This is a foundational course in comparative politics. The purpose is to familiarize students with the basic concepts and approaches to the study of comparative politics. More specifically the course will focus on examining politics in a historical framework while engaging with various .

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