CBSE Syllabus for Class 11 Political Science
Course Structure for Class XI Political Science (2017-18)
|Part A: Indian Constitution at Work|
|1.||Philosophy of the Constitution||12|
|2.||Rights of the Indian Constitution|
|3.||Election and Representation||10|
|9.||Constitution as a Living Document||8|
|Part B: Political Theory|
|10.||Political Theory : An Introduction||10|
Part A: Indian Constitution at Work
1. Philosophy of the Constitution
Constitution: Why and How, The making of the Constitution, the Constituent Assembly, Procedural achievements and 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.
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.
What is an Executive? Different Types of Executive. Parliamentary Executive in India, Prime Minister and Council of Ministers. Permanent Executive: Bureaucracy.
Why do we need an Independent Judiciary? Structure of the Judiciary, Judicial Activism, Judiciary and Rights, Judiciary and Parliament.
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 Politial Theory?
The Ideal of Freedom. What is Freedom? Why do we need constraints? Harm principle. Negative and Positive Liberty.
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.
What are Rights? Where do Rights come from? Legal Rights and the State. Kinds of Rights. Rights and Responsibilities.
What is citizenship? Citizen and Nation, Universal Citizenship, Global Citizenship.
Nations and Nationalism, National Self-determination, Nationalism and Pluralism.
What is Secularism? What is Secular State? The Western and the Indian approaches to Secularism. Criticisms and Rationale of Indian Secularism.
What is Peace? Can violence ever promote peace? Peace and the State. Different Approaches to the pursuit of peace. Contemporary challenges to peace.
What is development? Criticism of the dominant. Development Model. Alternative conceptions of development.
- Indian Constitution at work, Class XI, Published by NCERT
- Political Theory, Class XI, Published by NCERT