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Political Science Class 11 ISC (Arts) CISCE Topics and Syllabus

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100.00 Introduction to Political Science

Meaning of Political Science; Scope of contemporary Political Science: Political Theory, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Public Administration and Political Economy. Nature of Political Science.

  • Meaning of Political Science; Scope of contemporary Political Science with reference to Political Theory, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Public Administration and Political Economy. Nature of Political Science - Is Political Science a Science?

Fundamental Concepts

State and its elements; Difference between State and Society, State and Association, State and Government, State and Nation; Nationality

  • Definition of State and elements of the State: (a) Population (b) Territory (c) Government (d) Sovereignty. Definition of Society; Association; Nation and nationality. Differences between – State and Society; State and Association; State and Government; State and Nation
200.00 The Origin of the State

Divine Origin Theory; the Social Contract Theory (Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau); the Evolutionary Theory.

Various theories of the origin of State

  • Divine Theory: brief history of this theory, divine rights of the kings - examples from modern monarchical states like England and Bhutan. Critical evaluation of the theory.
  • The Social Contract theory: Views of Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau; Critical evaluation of the theory.
  • Evolutionary Theory: factors for the growth of this theory such as kinship, religion, economic factors, wars and conflicts and the need for political power
300.00 Political Ideologies
  • Liberalism 

    Meaning, features with reference to the purpose of the State

  • Socialism 

    Meaning, features with reference to the purpose of the State

  • Communism 

    Meaning, features with reference to the purpose of the State

  • Fascism 

    Meaning, features with reference to the purpose of the State

Liberalism, Socialism; Communism and Fascism.

  • Liberalism, Socialism; Communism and Fascism: Meaning, features with reference to the purpose of the State. Critical evaluation of each ideology
400.00 Sovereignty

Meaning, kinds and characteristics. A historical analysis and contemporary issues.

  • Meaning, definition and characteristics. Kinds: Titular and Real, Legal and Political; de-jure and de-facto Sovereign, Popular Sovereignty. Is Sovereignty absolute and indivisible? Brief study of Austin’s Theory and Pluralistic view of Sovereignty with reference to Laski and MacIver. Sovereignty in a globalised World: the role of non-state actors.
500.00 Law

Meaning; Sources and Kinds of Law.

  • Meaning, definition of law. Sources - Customs, Usages, Religion, Judicial Decisions, Scientific Commentaries, Equity, Legislation. Kinds of law – definition and examples of Municipal, National, Constitutional and International Law, Statute Law, Ordinances.
600.00 Liberty

Meaning; Dimensions and kinds of Liberty; Relationship between Liberty and Law; safeguards of liberty.

  • Definition and meaning of Liberty; Dimensions - negative and positive; kinds of Liberty - Civil, Political and Economic Liberty. Relationship between Liberty and Law: Does Law help or hinder Liberty? Safeguards of Liberty - fundamental rights. Separation of judiciary from executive, well-knit party system, economic justice for all, free press and media, vigilance by the people.
700.00 Equality

Meaning and kinds of Equality; Relationship between Equality and Liberty.

  • Meaning and kinds of Equality– legal, social, political and economic; relationship between Equality and Liberty: How do they complement each other?
800.00 Justice

Meaning, Kinds and Contemporary theories

  • Meaning of Justice; kinds: Legal, Social, Economic and Political. Theories of Justice – John Rawls and Amartya Sen
900.00 End of Cold War and Its Impact on the World Order

Disintegration of the Soviet Union and its impact on the World Order

  • A brief overview of the Cold War (for reference only). Impact of disintegration of the Soviet Union on the World Order – end of Cold War confrontation, change of power equations in world politics, emergence of new countries.
1000.00 Unipolar World

U.S. unilateralism: case studies of U.S. intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Meaning of unilateralism.
  • Case studies of the following:
  • Iraq - Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom; Afghanistan - Operation Enduring Freedom
1100.00 Regional Cooperation
  • ASEAN and the European Union, Aims, achievements and challenges
1200.00 The Non Aligned Movement

Relevance of Non Aligned Movement

  • Relevance of Non Aligned Movement (NAM) in the contemporary World.
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