ISC Class 11 Political Science Syllabus 2023-24

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There will be two papers in the subject:

Paper I: Theory 3 hours ------ 80 marks

Paper II: Project Work --------20 marks

PAPER - I (THEORY) – 80 Marks

S.No Unit Topic Sub-Topic Marks
Section A
1 Introduction to Political Science (i) 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?
(ii) 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.
2 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.
3 Political Ideologies 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.
4 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.
5 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.
6 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.
7 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?
8 Justice Meaning, Kinds and Contemporary theories. Meaning of Justice; kinds: Legal, Social, Economic and Political. Theories of Justice – John Rawls and Amartya Sen.
Section B
Contemporary International Relations
9 End of Cold War and its impact on the World Order Disintegration of the Soviet Union and its impact on the World Order. Meaning of Cold War. 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. India’s relations with Russia after Cold War (after 1991).
10 Unipolar World Meaning; Dimensions and kinds of Liberty; Relationship between Liberty and Law; safeguards of liberty. Meaning of unilateralism.
Case studies of the following (causes, main events and consequences):
Iraq - Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom; Afghanistan - Operation Enduring Freedom;
India’s relations with USA after 1991.
11 Regional Cooperation ASEAN and the European Union. Aims, achievements and challenges.
12 The Non-Aligned Movement Relevance of Non-Aligned Movement. Meaning of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM); Relevance of NAM in the contemporary World. Role of India in NAM.

Paper II (Project Work) – 30 Marks

Candidates will be required to undertake one project which may be any one of the following:

(i) A case study.

(ii) Survey study with a questionnaire.

(iii) Research based project with in depth analysis.

(iv) Local/ national/ global political issue.

(v) Book review/ film review/ documentaries/ posters/ newspapers/ advertisements/ cartoons and art.

The project must not be based primarily on the syllabus; students must be encouraged to produce original, creative and insightful perspectives on an allied aspect of the topic.

For example, if the theme is Fundamental Rights, the project could deal with violation, protection, court verdicts, Public Interest Litigations (PILs), etc. related to socially relevant issues.

Evaluation Criteria:

Mark allocation for the Project will be as follows:

S. No. Assessment objective Criteria Marks
1 Process

Candidate should be able to:

Identify the topic. Plan and detail a research project.

Select and use appropriate research methods.

2 Understanding, application of knowledge and Analysis

Candidate should be able to:

Explain issues and themes clearly and in context.

Interpret, analyse and evaluate critically a range of evidence to present reasoned, substantiated arguments/ statement.

3 Presentation Overall format, referencing (footnotes &/or bibliography), within word limit of 2000 words, title page, header/footer, etc. 5
4 Viva Range of questions based on the project only. 5

2022-23 Reduced Syllabus

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