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  • Department of Political Science Presidency University, Kolkata

    Bachelor of Arts Syllabus (2017) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    FIRST SEMESTER: POLS 0101: Foundations of Political Theory POLS 0102: Colonialism and Nationalism in India SECOND SEMESTER: POLS 0201: Western Political Thought - I POLS 0202: Indian Political Thought THIRD SEMESTER: POLS 0301: Indian Constitution: Major Aspects POLS 0302: Indian Politics since Independence POLS 0303: International Relations FOURTH SEMESTER: POLS 0401: Western Political Thought - II POLS 0402: Comparative Politics POLS 0403: Multilateralism and India’s Foreign Policy FIFTH SEMESTER: POLS 0501: Public Administration POLS 0502: Optional Paper POLS 0503: Optional Paper POLS 0581: Sessional POLS 0582: Sessional: Applied Politics Project Optional Papers: POLS 0502a: Foundations of Peace and Conflict Studies POLS 0502b: Select Indian Political Thinkers POLS 0502c: Foundations of Political Economy POLS 0503a: Nation and Nationalism POLS 0503b: Gender Studies SIXTH SEMESTER: POLS 0601: Political Sociology POLS 0602: Optional Paper POLS 0603: Optional Paper POLS 0681: Sessional POLS 0682: Sessional Optional Papers: POLS 0602a: Foundations of Global Politics POLS 0602b: Marxist Political Theory POLS 0603a: Emerging Issues in the Study of Politics POLS 0603b: Foundations of Civil Society and Democracy All papers carry 50 marks and 4 credits each. Total Marks: 1000

  • POLS 0101: Foundations of Political Theory

    1. Meaning of politics; What is political theory? 2. Approaches to the study of politics 3. Theories of the State 4. Theories of Sovereignty; Changing concept of Sovereignty in the context of Globalization 5. Rights, Liberty and Equality and Justice


    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 India

    1. Colonialism and Nationalism: Historiography 2. Nature of Colonial Rule in India 3. Emergence of Nationalism and Gandhian Movements 4. Alternative Movements in Colonial India 5. Rise of Communalism in India


    Anil Seal, (1971) The Emergence of Indian Nationalism: Competition And Collaboration In The Later Nineteenth Century, Cambridge: CUP

    Bipan Chandra, “Gandhiji, Secularism and Communalism” Social Scientist, Vol. 32, No. 1/2 (Jan. - Feb., 2004), pp. 3-29

    Bipan Chandra,et al, eds. India's Struggle for Independence.

    Christophe Jaffrelot, Hindu Nationalism: A Reader

    Duncan 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 and Political Weekly, Vol. 6, No. 37, pp. 1969-1979

    Gyanendra 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-PE40

    Irfan Habib, (1997) "Civil Disobedience 1930-31", Social Scientist, Vol. 25, No. 9/10, pp. 43-66

    Irfan Habib, (1998) "The Left and the National Movement", Social Scientist, Vol. 26, No. 5/6, pp. 3-33

    K. C. Suri, (1987) “The Agrarian Question in India during the National Movement, 1885-1947”, Social Scientist, Vol. 15, No. 10, pp. 25-50

    K. N. Panikkar (1997) "From Revolt to Agitation: Beginning of the National Movement", Social Scientist, Vol. 25, No. 9/10, pp. 28-42

    Lisa N. Trivedi, (2003) "Visually Mapping the "Nation": Swadeshi Politics in Nationalist India, 1920- 1930", The Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 62, No. 1, pp. 11-41

    V. I. Lenin; Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism

  • POLS 0201: Western Political Thought – I

    1. Greek Political Thought: Features a) Plato b) Aristotle

    2. Roman Political Thought: An Overview 3. Medieval Political Thought: Contributions of St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas 4. Renaissance and Machiavelli 5. Political thought of Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau


    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 Marx

    William Ebenstein, Great Political Thinkers.

  • POLS 0202: Indian Political Thought

    1. Important Features of Ancient Political Thought: Kautilya 2. Important Features of Medieval Political Thought: Barani 3. Liberalism: Raja Rammohun Roy 4. Nationalism and its Critique: Bankimchandra Chatterjee and Rabindranath Tagore 5. Swaraj: M. K. Gandhi 6. Social Justice: B. R. Ambedkar 7. Radical Humanism: M. N. Roy 8. Gender: Pandita Ramabai


    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. 903-905

    Meera 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 Ahmed Khan, Delhi: Primus.

    R. Shamsastry, Kautilya’s Arthasastra (Translated by Weslevan) Mission Press, Mysore, 1929.

    Rabindranath Tagore, Nationalism, Macmillan And Co, London, 1918

    Raja Rammohun Roy (1901) "Conference Between An Advocate For, And An Opponent Of The Practice Of Burning Widows Alive", in Jogendra Chunder Ghosh, (ed.) The English Works of Raja 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. 3959-3969

    Thomas 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 to SOAS, 1955.

  • POLS 0301: Indian Constitution: Major Aspects

    1. The Constitution of India: Philosophy and Amendment Procedures 2. Fundamental Rights; Fundamental Duties; Directive Principles of State Policy. 3. Executive: Union and the States. 4. Legislature: Union and the States 5. Judiciary: Supreme Court and the High Courts 6. Distribution of Power between the Union and the States 7. Election Commission


    A. G. Noorani, Constitutional Questions and Citizens’ Rights.

    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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