The major objective of this course is to introduce the students to some of the key concepts and ideas of politics which shape our political discourse. These concepts are essentially contested concepts and yet inevitable for understanding and explaining the politics of any country or society. A clear understanding of these debates or contestations over some of the key concepts and ideas of politics, it is hoped, will help the students develop their own independent views and judgments about politics and democracy in their own societies as well as in the world at large.
UG and PG students of Humanities and Social Sciences, Sciences and Engineering
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Dr. Mithilesh Kumar Jha teaches Political Science in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. His research interests are – political thought in comparative perspective particularly Indian and Western political thought, political theory, Indian politics especially language and related issues of state formations in modern India. His important publications are Language Politics and Public Sphere in North India: Making of the Maithili Movement, Oxford University Press, New Delhi (2018); Glimpses of Mithila and Maithili: The Correspondence of George Abraham Grierson, Kalyani Foundation: Darbhanga (2013).
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Week 1: Political Theory: Introduction & Liberty Week 2: Liberty & Equality Week 3: Equality & Rights Week 4: Rights & Justice Week 5: Justice Week 6: Power Week 7: State and sovereignty – I Week 8: State and sovereignty – II Week 9: Democracy Week 10: Citizenship Week 11: Politics & Environmental ethics – I Week 12: Politics & Environmental ethics – II & Concluding lecture
Books and References
Catriona Mckinnon (ed.), Issues in Political Theory, Oxford University Press, 20122.
H. John and G. Paul, Introduction to Political Theory, Pearson Education, New Delhi, 20073.
G. Gerald, Political Concepts and Political Theories, Westview Press, Oxford, 20004.
Rajeev Bhargava and Ashok Acharya (eds.), Political Theory and Introduction, Pearson, 20085.
Bryan Barry, Liberty and Justice: Essay in Political Theory, Clarendon Press, 19916.
Will Kymlicka, Contemporary Political Philosophy: An Introduction, Oxford University Press, 20027.
Robert A Dahl, Democracy and Its Critique, Yale University Press, 19898.
A. Dworkin, Taking Rights Seriously, Duckworth, 19779.
Steven Lukes, Power: A Radical View, Macmillan Press, 1974.
John Rawls, A Theory of Justice, Oxford University Press, 1971
Amartya Sen, The Idea of Justice, Allan Lane, 2009
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