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COURSE OUTCOMES OF COMPULSORY PAPERS

PAPER 201: COMPARATIVE POLITICAL ANALYSIS

To instil an informed understanding of the Eurocentric bias in the field of comparative politics so students can critically concepts and approach to read comparative politics in developed and developing world. 

PAPER 301: POLITICS IN INDIA  

To understand the interaction of social processes and political mobilizations in different periods of Indian politics.

PAPER 401: THEORIES OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Students gain a deeper knowledge about diverse traditions of theoretical endeavours in the International Relations as they have evolved around the world.

PAPER 102: ADMINISTRATIVE THEORY

To familiarise with different theories of Administration and analyse to contemporary debates.

PAPER 202: THEMES IN INDIAN POLITICAL THOUGHTS

Students will know about deeper philosophical and historical background of the ways in which ‘India’ came to be thought as a nation and an institution.

PAPER 103: INTERPRETING MODERN INDIA

To critically introduce an outline of the development of national consciousness and various streams of politics that unfolded along the history of colonial and postcolonial experiences in India. 

PAPER 302: THEMES IN WORLD POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY.

The course enables students to get familiarized with key concepts for analyzing International political economy.

PAPER 101: DEBATES IN POLITICAL THEORY

To explore some of the major debates that contemporary political theory is engaged in and aims to enrich students with critical skills of analysis and judgment. 

PAPER 402: KEY TEXTS IN POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY

This course instils in students an interest in reading original works and seeks to encourage them to closely follow the debates around the work, and the different ways in which a text can be read and interpreted. 

PAPER 104: DEMOCRACY AND POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS IN INDIA

Students will understand how institutions are constituted and function in relation to the wider social and political processes.

 

COURSE OUTCOMES OF OPTIONAL PAPERS  

PAPER 01: ETHICS AND POLITICS

To gain a comprehensive engagement between ethics and politics, and inculcate skills of ethical reasoning to evaluate contemporary political practices.

PAPER 02: CRITICAL TRADITIONS IN POLITICAL THEORY

To make students aware of critical challenges to mainstream normative political theory, and acquaints familiarity with theorists and critics who do not belong to the canonical tradition. 

PAPER 03: THE MODERN STATE IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE

To conceptually explore the idea of modern state and its practices through categories that explain its contemporary forms. 

PAPER 04: SOCIAL MOVEMENTS AND REVOLUTIONS

Students gain comparative understanding of ideology and practice different movements as unfolded in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

PAPER 05: PARTIES, ELECTIONS AND POLITICAL PROCESS IN INDIA

To gain deeper understanding of ideological underpinnings of different national and regional parties.

PAPER 06: DEVELOPMENT PROCESS AND POLITICS IN INDIA

This course focuses on a critical analysis of the concept of development and the manner in which it has been operationalised in post-colonial India through policy and practice. 

PAPER 07: DEMOCRACY AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN INDIA

To make students more sensitive to human rights discourse by focusing on various cases of human-right violations in India.

PAPER 08: PUBLIC POLICY

Students will be able to analyse various aspects of public policy related to contemporary issues.

PAPER 09: PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS AND GOVERNANCE

Students gain the significant role of public institutions and their reforms on different aspects of governance.

PAPER 10: RURAL & URBAN DEVELOPMENT & LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

To enable students how to analyse the growth and development of local governments in rural and urban India and observe how they are central to achieving developmental objectives.

PAPER 11: ENVIRONMENT & DEVELOPMENT: POLICY & POLITICS

To make students aware of the limits to growth and how developmental policies affect different section of the society.

PAPER 12: PEACE AND CONFLICT IN INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

To make students familiar with meaning, causes and course of the Cold War and enable them to connect to contemporary problems such as terrorism, related ethnic wars, oil politics and different security perspectives.

PAPER 13: INDIA AND THE WORLD

To understand and analyse multiple determinants, dimensions, and dynamics of India's global engagement and the complex challenges to its security. 

PAPER 14: FOREIGN POLICY OF MAJOR POWERS

To learn about foreign policies of the major continental and world powers namely, US, Russia, China, Germany and Japan.

PAPER 15: STATE AND SOCIETY IN SOUTH ASIA

To understand institutions, processes, problems, and solutions that pertain to the region by focusing on political economy, social history of South Asia.

PAPER 16: SOUTH ASIA AND THE WORLD: INTERNATIONAL POLITICS, PEACE AND SECURITY IN SOUTH ASIA

Students gain a comprehensive analytical perspective on interstate and trans-regional issues in South Asia in the context of global politics with reference to security, conflict, cooperation, and confidence building.

PAPER 17: STATE AND SOCIETY IN PAKISTAN

To learn about historical evolution of Pakistan and a struggle for restoration of democracy and the prospects of the idea of Pakistan. 

PAPER 18: PAKISTAN AND THE WORLD

Student gain deeper knowledge about Pakistan’s foreign relations and its role in SAARC.

PAPER 19: STATE AND SOCIETY IN AFRICA

To understand and explore African history and culture especially in the context of colonialism.

PAPER 20: AFRICA AND THE WORLD

Students will learn about the impact globalization on Africa by situating it in the relationship between Africa and India.

PAPER 21: COMPARATIVE FEDERALISM: THEORY AND PRACTICE

To explore development of national and supranational confederal systems especially focusing on the pathologies and failure of federations in a comparative perspective.  

PAPER 22: CULTURE AND POLITICS IN INDIA

To analyse how conceptions of the self and the nation are intertwined and shaped by cultural processes and their institutionalized expressions.

PAPER 23: SOCIAL EXCLUSION: THEORY AND PRACTICE

To examine multifarious forms in which social exclusion is practised in the Indian society.

PAPER 24: GENDER IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Students gain how construction of hegemonic’ masculinities in IR is challenged by feminist contributions to critical International Relations Theory.

PAPER 25: INDIAN STRATEGIC THOUGHT

To explore Indian conceptualization of key strategic concepts such as non-alignment, sovereignty and deterrence and connect them to contemporary security discourse in South Asia.

PAPER 26: THE POLITICS OF VIOLENCE IN SOUTH ASIA

To make students informed of different strategies adopted by states for coping with violent conflicts in a comparative framework. 

PAPER 27: INTERNATIONAL SECURITY

To critically engage with literatures on international security, both theoretical and policy-oriented by focusing on security issues of Third World countries and especially South Asians thinking on security.

PAPER 28: STATE AND SOCIETY IN CANADA

To explore Canadian political experience with reference to the nature political and judicial institutions and Centre-State relations.

PAPER 29: STATE AND SOCIETY IN THE US

Students will understand how the US is and will remain for some time the world’s single most dominant power.

PAPER 30: CONSTITUTIONALISM IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE

To explore working of constitution, processes through which constitutions evolve, and different underlying principles they pledge.

PAPER 31: RELIGION, REFORM AND RELIGIOUS NATIONALISM IN MODERN INDIA

To examine how religion is imbricated in movements of reform and nationalism in modern India.

PAPER 32: GANDHI, AUTONOMY AND DISCOURSE

To assess the significance of Gandhi’s ideas especially with regard to how he articulated them to mobilize an unarmed section of humanity against the colonial state.

PAPER 33: AMBEDKAR IN CONTEMPORARY INDIA

To assess the significance of Ambedkar’s thought and politics in contemporary political discourse in India.

PAPER 34: DALIT BAHUJAN POLITICAL THOUGHT

To provide an alternative understanding of caste, conjugality, and patriarchy in contemporary India.

PAPER 35: CONTEMPORARY EXPLORATIONS IN TAGORE’S IDEAS AND ACTIONS

To engage with Tagore’s thought especially in the context of nationalism and discuss these in the light of recent commentaries drawn from different disciplinary backgrounds.

PAPER 36: DISCOURSES ON HINDU NATIONALISM 

To make students familiarized with original writings of thinkers who have contributed to the discourse on Hindu nationalism.

PAPER 37: SOCIAL CONSERVATISM IN INDIA

To explore various manifestations of conservatism across the political spectrum in India and evaluate them on the basis of contemporary political issues.

PAPER 38: INDIAN POLITY IN STATE SOCIETY INTERACTIONS

To learn how politics in India is enmeshed with wider social, economic and cultural milieu. 

PAPER 39: STATE POLITICS IN INDIA

To examine changing role of caste, class and community and their impact on state politics, particularly in the context of global market economy. 

PAPER 40: IDENTITIES AND POLITICAL TRANSFORMATION IN INDIA

To learn about colonial and postcolonial discourses on identity and political subjectivity in India. 

PAPER 41: POLITICS AND ETHNIC CONFLICTS IN JAMMU & KASHMIR

To highlight Jammu and Kashmir in its historicity which engages with ideas about constitutionalism, federalism, electoral politics and political violence.

PAPER 42: LAW, CRIME AND POLITICS IN INDIA

This course presents intricate relationship between law, crime, judicial intervention.

PAPER 43: THE STATE IN DIVERSE POLITICAL TRADITIONS

To study how debates on the modern state, continue to be influenced by the dominant western European intellectual tradition.

PAPER 44: SOCIETY, STATE AND POLITICS: COMPARING ISRAEL AND INDIA

To explore issues and challenges that have shaped the democratic politics of these two nations, and examine the proposed models for the study of contemporary multicultural societies.  

PAPER 45: RELIGIOUS NATIONALISM AND POLITICAL VIOLENCE

To analyze how intersection of religion and politics generate violent conflicts in modern South and Southeast Asia.

PAPER 46: THE POLITICS OF IDENTITY IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE

To study how identities are shaped not merely by state processes, but also by mobilization undertaken by parties and movements, often in response to state processes themselves.

PAPER 47: NATIONALISM IN A COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE

To inform students of the debates on the emergence of nationalism in a variety of historical and political contexts.

PAPER 48: THEMES IN CITIZENSHIP

To explore debates on citizenship in order to evaluate citizenship practices in different locations.

PAPER 49: DEMOCRACY AND VIOLENCE: CONTESTATION, CONVERGENCE, AND DISCOURSE

To understand how ambiguous relation between democracy and violence constitutes politically separate domains of articulation for both to appear.

PAPER 50: COLLABORATIVE GOVERNANCE: TRANSFORMING ENGAGEMENTS IN PUBLIC MANAGEMENT

To study how fundamental precepts of Weberian hierarchical bureaucracy is not working in India.  

PAPER 51: CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP AND GOVERNANCE: THEORIES AND PRACTICES

To make students familiarized with theories of governance and enable them to critically evaluate corporate social responsibility.

PAPER 52: INSTITUTIONS, DEVELOPMENT AND POVERTY

To explore relations between institutions, development and poverty.

PAPER 53: ENVIRONMENTAL POLICIES & POLITICS

To study emerging political and policy issues related to environmental degradation.

PAPER 54: THE POLITICAL IN LOCAL GOVERNANCE

To explore the practices of decentralization and democratization with a view to understanding how institutional architecture and power relations affect governance outcomes.

PAPER 55: GLOBAL JUSTICE AND THE SOUTH

To evaluates contemporary debates on global justice from the perspective of the global south and interrogate the norms and practices of global institutions.

PAPER 56: THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF DEMOCRACY

To traces the evolution of democracy with a focus on modern and contemporary influences, approaches and theories.

PAPER 57: KEY IDEAS IN CONTEMPORARY CRITICAL THEORY IN INDIA

To engage with key concepts in Indian political and social theory which have been developed over the recent past.

 

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