BA Political Science

In Vishakapatnam

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  • Bachelor
  • Vishakapatnam
  • Duration:
    3 Years

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Where and when

Starts Location
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Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, 530003, Andhra Pradesh, India
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Course programme

PAPER-I Admitted Batch of 2008-09

1. Introduction: Definition, Scope and Importance of Political Science
2. Approaches to the Study of Political Science: Liberal and Marxist
3. State – Nation and Civil Society
4. Sovereignty: Monism and Pluralism
5. Theories of Origin of the State; Social Contact and Evolutionary (Historical)
6. Concepts:
a. Law: Sources of Law and Concepts of Rule of Law
b. Liberty and Equality – Their Relationship
c. Theories and Kinds of Rights
d. Power and Authority

7. Ideologies: Individualism, Anarchism, Fascism and Socialism
8. Forms of Government:
a. Democracy: Direct and Indirect
b. Unitary and Federal
c. Parliamentary and Presidential
9. Theory of Separation of Powers
10. Organs of Government

a) Legislature: i. Unicameral and Bi-cameral
ii. Powers and Functions

b) Executive : i. Powers and Functions.
c) Judiciary : i. Powers and Functions
ii. Independence of Judiciary and Judicial Review.


1. Salient Features of Indian Constitution a Comparative Perspective with the Constitutions of UK, USA and Switzerland.
2. Evolution of Indian Constitution – Nationalist Movement and Philosophical Foundations.
3. Indian Federation – Centre – State Relations – Recent Trends.
4. Fundamental Rights and Duties, Constitutional Remedies with special reference to Writes – Directive Principals of state policy.
5. President – Election, Powers and Functions – Prime Minister and Council of Ministers.
6. Parliament – Composition, Powers and Functions.
7. Judiciary – Supreme Court, Composition, Powers, Functions and Judicial Review- Judicial Activism.
8. Party System: National and regional Parties; Coalitional Politics
9. Election Commission – Electoral Reforms and voting Behavior.
10. State Government – Governor, Chief Minister and Council of Ministers – Powers and Functions.
11. Social and Economics Factors- Language, Religion, Caste and Regional identities.
12. Social movements: Agrarian, Working class, Women, Tribal, Dalit and Environmental.
13. Challenges to National Integration – Communalism and Terrorism
14. Local Government Institutions – 73rd & 74th Constitutional Amendments.


1. Ancient Indian Political Thought

a) Sources of Ancient Indian Political Thought
b) Manu: Varnadharma and Dandaneeti
c) Kautilya: State and Society
d) Goutama Buddha: Dhamma and Sangha

2. Modern Indian Political Thought

a) Gandhi: Ahimsa and Satyagraha
b) Nehru: Democratic Socialism
c) Ambedkar: Annihilation of Caste
d) M.N. Roy: Radical Humanism

3. Western Political Thought

Plato, Aristotle, St. Thomas Aquinas, Machiaveeli, Thomas Hobbes,
John Locke, J.J. Rousseau, Jermy Benthom, J.S. Mill.
Hegel, Marx and Gramsci.



1) International Relations: Evolution, Nature, Scope and Significance

2) History of International Relations: Rise of Sovereign Nation State System. First
World War, Second World War – Impact on International Relations

3) Concepts of International Relations: Power – Elements of National Power, Super
Power, Regional Power, Unilateral Hegemony – Uni-Polarity, Bipolarity,
Multiplicity & Security.

4) International Political Economy:

i) Historical Overview: Colonialism, Decolonization. Developing Nations and Problems.
ii) International Financial Institutions: World Bank, WTO Functions and Role
iii) Globalization and its Impact on Developing Nations.

5) International Organizations: United Nations, Structure and Role, Need for revision of the charter, Regional Organizations, European Union, SAARC and ASEAN.

6) International Security: Arms Race, Arms Control and Disarmament, Issues in Nuclear Politics

7) Foreign Policy: India’s Foreign Policy, Determinants and Features, Non-Alignment, Evaluation and Relevance – Recent Trends.

8) Contemporary Issues in International Relations : Environment, Human Rights and Terrorism



1) Evolution of India Federal Structure = Integration of India States - Constitutional

2) Historical Background of the A.P. State

a. Socio-Political Struggle in Hyderabad State
b. Socio-Political Struggle in Madras Presidency
c. Formation of Andhra State
d. States Reorganization and Formation of Andhra Pradesh

3) Political Institutes

a. Executive Governor, Chief Minister and Council of Ministers -
Powers and Functions.
b, Legislature: Powers and Functions
c. Judiciary, Powers and Functions

4) Party System

a. National and Regional
b. Electoral Process – Voting Behavior
c. Electoral Determinations – Patterns of Political Leadership
d. Pressure Groups.

5) Social and Political Movements.

a. Dalit Movement
b. Agrarian Movement
c. Naxalite Movement
d. Sub-regional Movements – Telangana and Jai Andhra Movements.

6) Local Governance and Politics

a. Panchyati Raj Institutions
b. Urban Local Bodies




1. Meaning, Scope and Importance of Public Administration – Relation with Political Science, Sociology and Economics.

2. Public Administration and Private Administration, Difference and Similarities.

3. Chief Executive – Role and Functions.

4. Line and Staff Agencies

5. Bases of Departmental Organization

6. Principles of Organization – Hierarchy, Span of Control, Coordination, Unity of Command, Delegation of Authority, Centralization and Decentralization.

7. Public Policy Formulation – Decision Making

8. Human Resource Management - Recruitment Training, Promotion, Morale and Retirement.

9. Financial Administration – Budget – Principles – Budgetary Process – Accounting and Auditing – Comptroller and Auditor General.

10. Administrative Accountability – Legislative – Executive – Judicial and Popular Control.

11. Public Relations – Meaning and Importance.

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