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Syllabus and Mark Distribution – Grade 11 – Political Science

Course Structure

Part A: Indian Constitution at Work  
1.Philosophy of the Constitution12
2.Rights of the Indian Constitution
3.Election and Representation10
8.Local Governments
9.Constitution as a Living Document8
Part B: Political Theory 
10.Political Theory : An Introduction10
13.Social Justice

Part A: Indian Constitution at Work

1. Philosophy of the ConstitutionThe making of the Constitution, the constituent Assembly, Procedural achievements and Philosophy of the Constitution.2. Rights in the Indian ConstitutionThe importance of Rights, Fundamental Rights in the Indian Constitution, Directive Principles of State Policy, Relationship between Fundamental Rights and Directive Principles.3. Election and RepresentationElections and Democracy, Election System in India, Reservation of Constituencies, Free and Fair Elections, Electoral Reforms.4. LegislatureWhy do we need a Parliament? Two Houses of Parliament. Functions and Power of the Parliament, Legislative functions, control over Executive. Parliamentary committees. Self-regulation.5. ExecutiveWhat is an Executive? Different Types of Executive. Parliamentary Executive in India, Prime Minister and Council of Ministers. Permanent Executive: Bureaucracy.6. JudiciaryWhy do we need an Independent Judiciary? Structure of the Judiciary, Judicial Activism, Judiciary and Rights, Judiciary and Parliament.7. FederalismWhat is Federalism? Federalism in the Indian Constitution, Federalism with a strong Central Government, conflicts in India’s federal system, Special Provisions.8. Local GovernmentsWhy do we need Local Governments? Growth of Local Government in India, 73rd and 74th Amendments, implementation of 73rd and 74th Amendments.9. Constitution as a Living DocumentAre Constitutions static? The procedure to amend the Constitution. Why have there been so many amendments? Basic Structure and Evolution of the Constitution. Constitution as a Living Document.

Part B: Political Theory

10. Political Theory: An IntroductionWhat is Politics? What do we study in Political Theory? Putting Political Theory to practice. Why should we study Politial Theory?11. FreedomThe Ideal of Freedom. What is Freedom? Why do we need constraints? Harm principle. Negative and Positive Liberty.12. EqualitySignificance of Equality. What is Equality? Various dimensions of Equality. How can we promote Equality?13. Social JusticeWhat is Justice? Just Distribution. Justice as fairness. Pursuing Social Justice.14. RightsWhat are Rights? Where do Rights come from? Legal Rights and the State. Kinds of Rights. Rights and Responsibilities.15. CitizenshipWhat is citizenship? Citizen and Nation, Universal Citizenship, Global Citizenship.16. NationalismNations and Nationalism, National Self-determination, Nationalism and Pluralism.17. SecularismWhat is Secularism? What is Secular State? The Western and the Indian approaches to Secularism. Criticisms and Rationale of Indian Secularism.18. PeaceWhat is Peace? Can violence ever promote peace? Peace and the State. Different Approaches to the pursuit of peace. Contemporary challenges to peace.19. DevelopmentWhat is development? Criticism of the dominant. Development Model. Alternative conceptions of development.

Prescribed Books:

  1. Indian Constitution at work, Class XI, Published by NCERT
  2. Political Theory, Class XI, Published by NCERT