B.A. (General) in Political Science

The University of Burdwan
In Bardhaman

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Typology Bachelor
Start Bardhaman
Duration 3 Years
  • Bachelor
  • Bardhaman
  • Duration:
    3 Years


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The University of Burdwan, Rajbati, Bardhaman , 713104, West Bengal, India
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The University of Burdwan, Rajbati, Bardhaman , 713104, West Bengal, India
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Course programme

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.

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.

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.

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.

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