Political Science & International Relations

PSIR Optional Foundation Batch – CSE 2022

By Tejal Khandelwal Ma’am

Start Date: 20 December 2021
Delivery Mode: Online & Offline
Duration: 100 Classes
Validity: 30 September, 2022

Course Fee: ₹ 34,000 + GST

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Features of the Program:

The aim of this program is to build your basic concepts, provide you a direction to approach the subject, discuss all major topics deeply, focus on clarity of thoughts, develop inter-linkages between topics, ensure you understand the demand of the exam to write answers.

  • Classes five days a week (Monday to Friday – 2:00pm to 4:30pm)
  • Recorded classes can be watched a maximum of 2 times
  • Appropriate resource support for both offline and online students with availability of Handouts before classes.
  • Personalized Doubt Solving Session with faculty after class every day
  • Daily answer writing in class
  • Linking topics with previous year questions even in regular batch so students can develop basic aspects of answer writing
  • Coverage of current topics
  • Available in both online/offline modules
  • International Relations (Section B – Paper-II) to be covered after Preliminary –Students writing mains do not miss out on the two months gap and update
  • Duration: Full Syllabus in 100 classes
  • FOUR MINI TESTS to be provided for Revision
  • Timeline:
    20th December to 1st April – Paper I and Section A (Paper-II)
    07th June to 30th June – Section B (Paper-II)

For complete Terms and Conditions scroll to the bottom

Schedule of Classes:

Day Syllabus
Day 1 – 20th December Western Political Thought:
Day 2- 21st December Plato
Day 3- 22nd December Plato
Day 4- 23rd December Aristotle
Day 5- 24th December Aristotle
Day 6- 27th December Machiavelli
Day 7- 28th December Hobbes
Day 8- 29th December Locke
Day 9- 30th December John Stuart Mill
Day 10- 2nd  January 2022 Marx
Day 11- 3rd January 2022 Marx continued
Day 12- 4th January Gramsci,
Day 13- 5th January 2022 Hannah Arendt
Day 14- 6th January 2022 Political Ideologies: Liberalism
Day 15- 7th January 2022 Socialism, Marxism
Day 16- 10th January 2022 Fascism, Feminism
Day 17- 11th  January 2022 Rights: Meaning and theories; different kinds of rights; concept of Human Rights.
Day 18- 12th  January 2022 Equality: Social, political and economic relationship between equality and freedom; Affirmative action (will be covered with IGP section)
Day 19- 13th  January 2022 Justice: Conceptions of justice with special reference to Rawl’s theory of justice and its communitarian critiques
Day 20- 14th  January 2022 Justice Continued
Day 21- 17th  January 2022 Justice Continued
Day 22- 18th January 2022 Theories of the state: Liberal, Neoliberal, Marxist, Pluralist, Post-colonial and feminist.
Day 23- 19th  January 2022 Theories of the state continued
Day 24- 20th  January 2022 Democracy: Classical and contemporary theories; different models of democracy’ representative, participatory and deliberative.
Day 25- 21st  January 2022 Democracy continued
Day 26- 24th  January 2022 Concept of power, hegemony, ideology and legitimacy
Day 27- 25th  January 2022 Political theory meaning and approaches
Day 28- 26th January 2022 Indian Political Thought:

Ancient Indian Political Thought: Dharamshastra, Arthashastra and Buddhist traditions

Day 29- 27th January 2022 Ancient Indian Political thought continued
Day 30 – 28th January 2022 Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, Sri Aurobindo
Day 31- 31st January 2022 M.K. Gandhi
Day 32- 1st  February 2022 B.R. Ambedkar
Day 33- 2nd  February 2022 M.N. Roy
Day 34- 3rd  February 2022 Indian Nationalism: a. Political Strategies of India’s Freedom struggle : constitutionalism to mass Satyagraha, Non-cooperation
Day 35- 4th  February 2022 Civil Disobedience ; millitant and revolutionary movements, Peasant and workers’ movements
Day 36- 7th  February 2022 Perspectives on Indian National Movement: Liberal, Socialist and Marxist; Radical humanist and Dalit.
Day 37- 8th  February 2022 Making of the Indian Constitution: Legacies of the British rule; different social and political perspectives.
Day 38- 9th  February 2022


Salient Features of the Indian Constitution:

The Preamble

Day 39- 10th  February 2022 Fundamental Rights
Day 40- 11th  February 2022  FR continued
Day 41- 14th  February 2022


Duties and Directive Principles

Parliamentary System and Amendment Procedures

Day 42- 15th  February 2022 Judicial Review and Basic Structure doctrine.
Day 43- 16th  February 2022 Principal Organs of the Union Government: Envisaged role and actual working of the Executive, Legislature and Supreme Court.
Day 44- 17th  February 2022


Principal Organs of the State Government: Envisaged role and actual working of the Executive, Legislature and High Courts.
Day 45- 18th  February 2022


Grassroots Democracy: Panchayati Raj and Municipal Government; Significance of 73rd and 74th Amendments; Grassroot movements
Day 46- 21st  February 2022


Federalism: Constitutional provisions; changing nature of centre-state relations; integrationist tendencies and regional aspirations; inter-state disputes.
Day 47- 22nd February 2022 Federalism continued
Day 48 –23rd  February 2022 Party System: National and regional political parties, Ideological and social bases of parties; Patterns of coalition politics; Trends in electoral behaviour; changing socio- economic profile of Legislators.
Day 49 – 24th  February 2022 Party System continued and Pressure groups
Day 50-  25th  February 2022


Caste, Religion and Ethnicity in Indian Politics
Day 51 – 28th  February 2022




Planning and Economic Development : Nehruvian and Gandhian perspectives; Role of planning and public sector;

Green Revolution, Land reforms and Agrarian relations; Liberalization and Economic reforms.

Day 52 -1st March 2022


Social Movements:

Ø  Civil liberties and human rights movements

Ø  Women’s movements

Ø  Environmentalist movements


Day 53 -2nd  March 2022


Statutory Institutions/Commissions:

Election Commission, Comptroller and Auditor General, Finance Commission, Union Public Service Commission, National Commission for Scheduled Castes, National Commission for scheduled Tribes

Statutory Institutions/Commissions:

National Commission for Women; National Human Rights Commission, National Commission for Minorities, National Backward Classes Commission


Day 54 –  3rd March 2022 Comparative Politics: Nature and major approaches; political economy and political sociology perspectives; limitations of the comparative method.1. Comparative Politics continued
Day 55 – 4th March 2022



State in comparative perspective: Characteristics and changing nature of the State in capitalist and socialist economies, and advanced industrial and developing societies.

State in comparative perspective continued

Day 56 – 7th  March 2022 Politics of Representation and Participation: Political parties, Pressure groups
Day 57  – 8th March


Politics of Representation and Participation: Social movements in advanced industrial and developing societies.
Day 58  – 9th March Globalisation: Responses from developed and developing societies.
Day 59  -10th March


Approaches to the Study of International Relations: Idealist, Realist, Marxist, Functionalist and Systems theory.
Day 60  -11th March Approaches to the Study of International Relations continued
DAY 61- 14th March


Key concepts in International Relations: National interest, Security and power; Balance of power and deterrence; Transnational actors and collective security; World capitalist economy and globalisation.
DAY 62- 15th March Key concepts in International Relations continued
DAY 63 -16th March Key concepts in International Relations continued
DAY 64- 17th March Changing International Political Order:

Rise of super powers; strategic and ideological Bipolarity, arms race and Cold War; nuclear threat;

DAY 65 – 20th March Changing International Political Order:
DAY 66 -21st March Non-aligned movement : Aims and achievements

India’s Contribution to the Non-Alignment Movement: Different phases; current role

DAY 67- 22nd  March Collapse of the Soviet Union; Unipolarity and American hegemony; relevance of non-alignment in the contemporary world.
DAY 68- 23rd March Evolution of the International Economic System:

Ø  From Brettonwoods to WTO

Ø  Socialist economies and the CMEA (Council for Mutual Economic Assistance)

Ø  Third World demand for new international economic order

Ø  Globalisation of the world economy

Ø  Leadership role in the demand for NIEO and WTO negotiations.

DAY 69- 24th March Evolution of the International Economic System continued
Day 70 -25th March United Nations:

Ø  Envisaged role and actual record

Ø  Specialized UN agencies-aims and functioning

Ø  Need for UN reforms

Day  71- 28th March India and the UN System: Role in UN Peace-keeping; demand for Permanent Seat in the Security Council.
Day 72 – 29th  March Regionalisation of World Politics: EU, ASEAN, APEC, SAARC (Regional Co-operation: SAARC’ past performance and future prospects, South Asia as a Free Trade Area.) , NAFTA.
Day 73- 30th March Regionalisation of World Politics continued
Day 74- 31st March Contemporary Global Concerns: Democracy, human rights, environment, gender justice, terrorism, nuclear proliferation.
Day 75- 1st April Contemporary Global Concerns continued
Day 76- 2nd April In case due to any changes , pending topics to be continued .
Day  77- 3rd April In case due to any changes , pending topics to be continued
Day 78 – 4th April Test one – Section A- Paper One
Day  79- 5th April Test two- Section B- Paper One
Day  80- 6th April Test three-  Section A- Paper Two
Day 81- 7th April Test four  Section B- Paper Two


2nd APRIL to 6th JUNE 2022

Day 82- 7th June 1. Indian Foreign Policy: Determinants of foreign policy; institutions of policy-making; continuity and change.
Day 83- 8th June World Order and Role of India
Day 84 -9th June 3. India and South Asia
Day 85 -10th June 3. India and South Asia
Day 86- 13th June 3. India and South Asia
Day  87- 14th June d. Impediments to regional co-operation: river water disputes; illegal cross-border migration; ethnic conflicts and insurgencies; border disputes.
Day  88 -15th  June d. Impediments to regional co-operation continued
Day  89- 16th  June c. India’s “Look East” policy-  Japan
Day   90- 17th June West Asia
Day  91- 20th June West Asia Continued and Central Asia
Day  92- 21st June India’s Ocean Policy

Indo- Pacific Region

Day  93 – 22nd June India and the Global Centres of Power: USA
Day  94- 23rd June China
Day  95- 24th  June China Continued and Russia
Day  96- 25th June India and the Global South: Relations with Africa and Latin America
Day  97- 26th June India and the Nuclear Question: Changing perceptions and policy
Day 98- 27th June PENDING TOPICS  (from Paper Two- if any)
Day  99- 28th June PENDING TOPICS  (from Paper Two- if any)
Day 100-  29th June PENDING TOPICS  (from Paper Two- if any)

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