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Political Science

Bachelor of Arts | B.A.

This is an undergraduate full time 3 year degree course designed to develop pupil’s intellectual, rational up to the mark professional abilities. The intent of this course is to train students to think critically and creatively to find new ways to address and improve developmental and policy concerns and contribute to Political Science as an important discipline of Social Sciences.

This course is spread over 6 semesters. Each successive semester attempts to ensure that you are progressing step by step to meet the opportunities offered in and face the challenges of the dynamic/vibrant and rapidly changing world and the field of Political Science.

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Programme Objectives

  • To train a pupil to face a competitive world of the 21st century by ingraining a strong foundation of the nature of political Institutions - its theory and practice. The training in political theories are firmly interlinked with and are aimed at understanding and analyzing empirical realities, power politics nation- states power relations and principles in maintaining and managing world affairs.
  • To develop a critical edge to the personality as a pupil of practical social science.
  • Through the course, the pupils should be able to analyze the learned lessons in the classroom.
  • During the course, pupils should be taught/trained/guided to write balanced, unbiased, non-partisan answers with complete objectivity.
  • Classroom should provide/encourage dissenting, inclusive critically appreciating atmosphere which will shape a rational personality and will reflect in future knowledge-production.

Association of Political Science

Since 1987, this association has been a part of Political Science Department. The main objectives of this association is to inculcate capacities which will help to become a good pupil and efficient individual in life. Eventually the same person will join in as an actual politicians with commitment to the cause or civil services. Association of Political Science has instilled different skills in our students- such as stage courage, articulation of concepts and many other life skill which will be useful for their academic careers.

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Courses

First Year (Semester- I)

This paper introduced to the FYBA level to deal with Constitution of India, with important debate on and in constitution of India.

First Year (Semester- II)

The semester II deals with the actual politics and relevant articles envisioned in the constitution of India. Wherein Students are made to understand the practice of these articles in the constitution of India in concrete reality.

Second Year (Semester- III)

This paper has been introduced at the SYBA level to make students realize that Institutions and systems have a bearing of a theory that has been developed throughout civilizations on the planet earth from pre-enlightenment to post-enlightenment era. It has several contributions and conceptual framework of Political Theory

This paper deals with the administrative part of the actual functioning of the political systems and institutions. The introduction of this paper at the SYBA level is to make students realize that Institutes and systems work with a theory that has been developed through ages that are actually functioning.

Second Year (Semester- IV)

Likewise, semester IV deals with few prominent ideologies.

Semester IV deals with accountability, Comptroller and auditor general, etc.

Third Year (Semester- V)

This semester starts with historicity -1960 -from the Samyukta Maharashtra movement till the point the struggle and final formation of the autonomous state of Maharashtra away from Mumbai Rajya. Eventually, it speaks about the system Institution, party system, etc.

Thought: It encompasses key western political thinkers who contributed substantially to the growth of Political Science as a discipline, such as John Rawls and Karl Marx, Antonio Gramsci, Simone de Beauvoir, and Will Kymlicka.

This semester deals with Concepts and approaches in International Relations, International Politics its Relevance. Approaches to studying the area International Political Economy, Bretton Woods, Institutions IMF, World Bank, and WTO, European Union, Globalization.

This semester deals with a theoretical understanding of the Public Policy as a discipline and branch of Political Science.

It deals with Making and Philosophy of the Constitution, Federalism, The institutions like President, Congress.

In this semester Students will learn Election Commission with free and fair elections, Electoral Reforms: 61st Constitution Amendment with illustrations of few General Elections: 1977,1989 Electoral Politics, etc.

Third Year (Semester- VI)

This semester takes care of Political Economy of Maharashtra wherein it deals with Business and Politics, Urban and Rural, Political Parties, Coalition Politics, social/political movements of social groups.

It deals with Ideas on State: Mahadev Govind Ranade, Gopal Ganesh Agarkar, Jyotirao Phule, Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar Jawaharlal Nehru, and Rammanohar Lohia, Amartya sen, Indira Jaisingh.

It deals with Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Definition and Objectives. Role, Types and Changing Nature, India and the Major Powers and her Neighbors with change and continuity.

This contextualizes the public policy of India with clear empirical realities.

The Supreme Court Landmark Decisions (Marbury v. Madison, Gibbons v. Ogden, Brown v. Board of Education, New York Times Co. V. Sullivan) Political Parties and Interest Elections and the Media, Civil Rights Movement-African-American and Women.

This semester students are made well versed with Election and Impact of Mass Media, Print Audio – Visual: Radio, Digital Media and Social Networking Sites, Viral Communication, Election Campaigning / Political Marketing, Propaganda and Election Manifesto Public Relation Campaigns , Exit Polls, Electoral Surveys and Analysis ,Critique of Media in Elections, Objective Coverage and Paid News.