B.A. (General) in Political ScienceThe University of Burdwan
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PAPER-I POLITICAL THEORY
1. Subject-matter of Political Science. Political Theory: its meaning. Different approaches to the study of Political Science : (a) Traditional, (b) Marxist and (c) Behavioural
2. Power and Authority : meaning and attributes-Relation between Power and authority.
3. Theories of the state: (a) Idealist (b) Marxist and (c) Gandhian.
4. Concept of Sovereignty: Monistic, Pluralistic and Popular.
5. Rights, Liberty and Equality : meaning and their inter-relationships.
6. Liberalism and Neo-Liberalism : basic Tenets.
7. Concept of Democracy : Liberal and Socialist.
8. State and Nation : Nationalism and Internationalism.
9. Political Parties and Pressure Groups : Concept and Role.
10. Concept of Political Change : Liberal and Marxist.
PAPER-II INDIAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
1. The Constituent Assembly and Making of the Indian Constitution.
2. Preamble to the Constitution and its Significance: Fundamental Rights and Duties; Directive Principles of State Policy.
3. Nature of the Indian Federal System : Legislative, Administrative and Financial Relations between the Centre and the States. Reorganization of States.
4. Union Executive : (a) President – election, removal and powers: Relation with the Council of Ministers, (b) Vice- President, (c) Prime Minister – powers and position.
State Executive: Role of the Governor and the Chief Minister.
5. The Union Legislature – Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha : composition and functions: Inter-relation between the two. State Legislature-Bidhan Sabha and Bidhan Parishad : composition and functions.
6. Urban and rural self-government in West Bengal : Corporations with reference to Calcutta Corporation, Municipalities and Panchayats.
7. Party System in India : its features and trends.
8. Election Commission : composition and functions-Electoral reforms
9. Organization of Indian Judiciary: composition ,function and role of the Supreme Court and High Court.
10. Procedure of amendment of the Constitution special provisions for the S.C,S.T and Other Backward Classes.
PAPER-III COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT
1. Meaning of Comparative Government – Basis of Comparison of Political System : U. K., U S A, France and P .R. C.
2. Rule of Law and conventions of the Constitutions of U. K.
3. The Crown in U. K. – Powers, functions and position: Powers and position of the British Prime Minister and the French and U. S. Presidents, Cabinets in U. K., U. S. A. and France.
4. Popular Chamber – House of Commons in U.K.; House of Representatives in
U. S. A. and National Assembly in France composition, powers and functions. Role of the Speaker in U. K. and U .S. A.
5. Second Chamber : House of Lords, U.S. and French Senate composition, powers, functions and role.
6. The Supreme Court in U.S.A.- Composition, functions and role. Judicial and Procuratorial organs in P.R.C. The French Constitutional Council.
7. Bill of Rights in U.S.A ; Fundamental Liberties in France, Fundamental Rights and Duties of the Citizens of P.R.C.
8. The Sate Organs in P.R.C. : National People’s Congress, The Standing Committee of the N.P.C. : the President and the State Council.
9. Nature of party System in U.K., U.S.A. and France. The uniqueness of the Communist Party of the PRC - Its organization and role.
10. Process of Amendment of the Constitutions of U.K., U.S.A., P.R.C. and France.
PAPER-IV CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN INDIA
1. Secularism and Communalism in India
2. Caste and Politics in India
3. Human Rights in India – violence against women and children and remedial measures
4. Indian Foreign Policy- Basic features
5. Environment and Politics in India
6. Administratative Reforms in India - an overview
7. Gender and Politics : State of Women’s Empowerment in India
8. Nuclear Arms Control : N.P.T. and C.T.B.T.-India’s Position
9. Regional Co-operation : S.A.A.R.C.-objectives, problems and prospects-India’s role.
10. Globalization : role of the international agencies : I.M.F., World Bank, W.T.O. with special reference to India.