BA.LLB (Hons.) 5 Year


Political Science – II


 Course Introduction:   

Political Science is a very useful social discipline. Its concepts, theories and methods are the outcome of a long academic tradition that started twenty five hundred years ago with Aristotle and Plato. Since then many philosophers and scholars like Machiavelli, J. S. Mill, Rousseau, Hegel, Marx and Gandhi have contributed theirs theories and enriched the subject. The concepts like state, sovereignty, power, authority, legitimacy, liberty, equality, democracy, justice have been analyzed in a scientifically as well philosophically and political theories have been formulated. The understanding of these theories can be very useful for our students of law who will be confronting these concepts in coming days.

The late 20th century demonstrated beyond doubt the world has become a global village. The phenomenon of globalization has have greatly altered our understanding of politics and focus has shifted from national politics to international politics. Political science provides students the understanding of the processes of international politics. Such an understanding is very useful in many ways in this era of globalization. The emerging global issues like New International Economic Order, Feminist Perspective, RealistPerspective,, Regional Organizations, Dynamics of National interest and foreign policy, Impact of nuclear weapons on international relations and such other course topics can help  students to  understand the  trends of the global politics. 

Course Objective:

This Course is designed to give students a sense of some important theoreticalApproaches to understand international relations as well understand the Indian role in the global politics today.

  1. Explain the most important concepts likeInternational politics, realist approach vs. idealist approach to international politics Relevance of Non-Alignment, rising of economic disparities in the world and establishment of New International Economic Order.
  2. Explain the role of United Nations in the contemporary world.
  3. The student would not only have an insight into the foreign policy of India but would also understand the role of India in the international politics as regional power.
  4. See the role of concepts like International Law, World Public Opinion.And International morality as limitations on national power.

Course Outcome:

1.A student who successfully completes this subject will have a general understanding of the International politics.

2.Understand and be able apply the knowledge of these concepts like national power, foreign policy, national interest, balance of power, Power vacuum.

3.Demonstrate awareness of theGlobal politics, and problems being faced by the world in the contemporary world.

A student who completes the course would have an insight into the foreign policy of India.

International Relations and Global Politics

Module—1  International politics

  • Meaning, Natureand scope of International Politics
  • Nature ofglobalizing tendencies.

Module—2 Understanding International politics

  • Realist Theory
  • Idealist Theory.
  • System theory.
  • Marxist theory.

Module—3  National Power

  • MeaningandElements of National Power.
  • National interest and National power.

Module—4  Limitations on National power

  • International law,
  • World Public Opinion,
  • International Morality

Module—-5 Foreign Policy

  • Meaning of  Foreign Policy
  • Determinant of foreign policy;
  • National interest

Module—6 Distribution of Power

  • Balance of Power
  • Collective Security
  • Power Vacuum.

Module—7 Regional Organizations

  • European Union,
  • Arab League.

Module-8    New International Economic Order

  • Need of New International Economic Order.
  • North-South divide.
  • G-7, G – 15, G – 20

Module- 9   India’s Foreign Policy

  • Basic Determinants
  • India’s Policy of Non-alignment.
  • India: an Emerging power.

Module—10         India and United Nations

  • Role of United Nations in maintaining world Peace
  • India and United Nations.

Module –11          Nuclear weapons and the world


  • Impact of Nuclear Weapons on International Relations.
  • Nuclear weapons as deterrent.
  • Non Proliferation treaty (NPT)

Books Recommended

  1. Introduction to International Relations, Couloumbis& Wolfe, New Delhi: Prentice hall, 2000.
  2. The Global System: Economics, Politics, and culture, Axeford, B, Cambridge, Polity Press, 1995.
  3. Global Politics: An Introduction, Oxford, Blackwell, 1966.
  4. International Relations Theory: New Normative approaches, Hemel Hempstead, Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1992.
  5. India’s Foreign Policy and Relations,Appadorai and Rajan, M. S. (eds.) (1985. New Delhi: South AsianPublishers.
  6. India’s Foreign Policy: Retrospect and Prospect.Ganguly, S. (ed.) (2009) New Delhi: Oxford UniversityPress.
  7. India in a Changing World: Problems, Limits and Successes of Its Foreign Policy. Vanaik, A. (1995) NewDelhi: Orient Longma
  8. International Relations and World PoliticsSecurity, Economy,

Identity.Viotti, P. R. and Kauppi, M. V. (2007) Delhi: Pearson Education