CBSE 11th Class Political Science Syllabus


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Course Structure

Part/Unit Topics Marks
A Indian Constitution at Work 50
1 Philosophy of the Constitution 12
2 Rights of the Indian Constitution
3 Election and Representation 10
4 Executive
5 Legislature 10
6 Judiciary
7 Federalism 10
8 Local Governments
9 Constitution as a Living Document 8
B Political Theory 50
10 Political Theory: An Introduction 10
11 Freedom
12 Equality 10
13 Social Justice
14 Rights 10
15 Citizenship
16 Nationalism 10
17 Secularism
18 Peace 10
19 Development
Total 100

Course Syllabus

Part A: Indian Constitution at Work

1. Philosophy of the Constitution

  • The making of the Constitution
  • The constituent Assembly
  • Procedural achievements
  • Philosophy of the Constitution

2. Rights in the Indian Constitution

  • The importance of Rights
  • Fundamental Rights in the Indian Constitution
  • Directive Principles of State Policy
  • Relationship between Fundamental Rights and Directive Principles

3. Election and Representation

  • Elections and Democracy
  • Election System in India
  • Reservation of Constituencies
  • Free and Fair Elections
  • Electoral Reforms

4. Legislature

  • Why 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. Executive

  • What is an Executive?
  • Different Types of Executive
  • Parliamentary Executive in India
  • Prime Minister and Council of Ministers
  • Permanent Executive −
    • Bureaucracy

6. Judiciary

  • Why do we need an Independent Judiciary?
  • Structure of the Judiciary
  • Judicial Activism
  • Judiciary and Rights
  • Judiciary and Parliament

7. Federalism

  • What is Federalism?
  • Federalism in the Indian Constitution
  • Federalism with a strong Central Government
  • Conflicts in India's federal system, Special Provisions

8. Local Governments

  • Why 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 Document

  • Are 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 Introduction

  • What is Politics?
  • What do we study in Political Theory?
  • Putting Political Theory to practice.
  • Why should we study Political Theory?

11. Freedom

  • The Ideal of Freedom
  • What is Freedom?
  • Why do we need constraints?
  • Harm principle
  • Negative and Positive Liberty

12. Equality

  • Significance of Equality
  • What is Equality?
  • Various dimensions of Equality
  • How can we promote Equality?

13. Social Justice

  • What is Justice?
  • Just Distribution
  • Justice as fairness
  • Pursuing Social Justice

14. Rights

  • What are Rights?
  • Where do Rights come from?
  • Legal Rights and the State
  • Kinds of Rights
  • Rights and Responsibilities

15. Citizenship

  • What is citizenship?
  • Citizen and Nation
  • Universal Citizenship
  • Global Citizenship

16. Nationalism

  • Nations and Nationalism
  • National Self-determination
  • Nationalism and Pluralism

17. Secularism

  • What is Secularism?
  • What is Secular State?
  • The Western and the Indian approaches to Secularism
  • Criticisms and Rationale of Indian Secularism

18. Peace

  • What is Peace?
  • Can violence ever promote peace?
  • Peace and the State
  • Different Approaches to the pursuit of peace
  • Contemporary challenges to peace

19. Development

  • What is development?
  • Criticism of the dominant
  • Development Model
  • Alternative conceptions of development

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