This Subject Includes

  • Course No: HS 501
  • Course: MA in Development Studies
  • Semester: I
  • Title: Essentials of Political Theory
  • Stream: Philosophy
  • Description:

    Basic concepts

    Power; state; freedom; equality: moral, legal, material equalities; justice: egalitarian, libertarian theories of justice; democracy; citizenship


    Classical ideologies

    Liberalism: contractarianism, rights-based liberalism, utilitarianism; conservatism; socialism: utopian socialism, scientific socialism; anarchism; nationalism: liberalism and nationalism, socialism and nationalism; fascism


    Contemporary ideologies

    Feminism: liberal, socialist, radical, black, philosophical feminisms; multiculturalism: culture, race, ethnicity, religion; ecologism: environmental crisis, land ethic, deep ecology; fundamentalism: fundamentalism and religion, modernity and tradition, fundamentalism, democracy and violence


    Contemporary ideas

    Human rights: human rights conventions, relativism v/s universalism, group rights; civil disobedience: civil disobedience and law breaking, civil disobedience and democracy, civil rights movement; terrorism: political violence v/s terrorism.




    1. H. John, G. Paul, Introduction To Political Theory, Pearson Education, New Delhi, 2007

    2. G. Gerald, Political Concepts And Political Theories, Westview Press, Oxford, 2000



    1. M. Tibor, S. J Aeon, Political Philosophy, Pearson Education, New Delhi, 2007

  • Text:

    H. John, G. Paul, Introduction To Political Theory, Pearson Education, New Delhi, 2007^$^G. Gerald, Political Concepts And Political Theories, Westview Press, Oxford, 2000

  • Course References:

    M. Tibor, S. J Aeon, Political Philosophy, Pearson Education, New Delhi, 2007