Class 11 Political Science Syllabus

Units

Total duration 220 periods

Marks: 80

Part A: Indian Constitution at work

1

Constitution : Why and How, Philosophy of the Constitution, Constitution as a living document

26

10 + 6 = 16

2

Rights and Duties in the Indian Constitution

18

3

Election and Representation

11

8

4

The Executive

11

 

5

The legislature

11

8

6

The judiciary

11

 

7

Federalism

11

8

8

Local Governments

11

 

 

Total

110

40

Part B: Political Theory

9

Political Theory: An Introduction

10

8

10

Freedom  

11

11

Equality

11

8

12

Justice with special reference to Social Justice

12

13

Right

11

8

14

Citizenship

11

15

Nationalism

11

8

16

Secularism

11

17

Peace

11

8

18

Development

11

 

Total

110

 

 

 

 

Part A: Indian Constitution at work

Unit1. Constitution Why and How and Philosophy of the Constitution

 

  • Constitution: Why and How, The making of the Constitution, the Constituent Assembly, Procedural achievements and Philosophy of the Constitution.

  • 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.

 

Unit2. Rights and Duties 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

 

Uni3. Election and Representation

  • Elections and Democracy, Election System in India, Reservation of Constituencies,

  • Free and Fair Elections, Electoral Reforms.

 

Unit4. 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.

 

Unit5. Executive

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

 

Unit6. Judiciary

  • Why do we need an Independent Judiciary? Structure of the Judiciary, Judicial Activism,

  • Judiciary and Rights, Judiciary and Parliament

 

Unit7. Federalism

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

 

Unit8. Local Governments

  • Why do we need Local Governments? Growth of Local Government in India, 73rd and 74th Amendments, implementation of 73rd and 74th Amendments

 

Part B: Political Theory

Unit9. 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?

 

Unit10. Freedom

  • The Ideal of Freedom. What is Freedom? Why do we need constraints? Harm principle.

  •  Negative and Positive Liberty

 

Unit11. Equality

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

 

Unit12. Justice with special reference to Social Justice

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

 

Unit13. Rights

  • What are Rights? Where do Rights come from?

  •  Legal Rights and the State. Kinds of Rights. Rights and Responsibilities.

 

Unit 14. Citizenship

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

 

15. Nationalism

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

Unit 16. Secularism

  • What is Secularism? What is Secular State? The Western and the Indian approaches to Secularism.

  • Criticisms and Rationale of Indian Secularism.

 

Unit17. Peace

  • What is Peace? Can violence ever promote peace? Peace and the State.

  • Different Approaches to the pursuit of peace and contemporary challenges to peace.

 

Unit 18. Development

What is development? Dominant, development Model and alternative conceptions of development.

 

 

 

Project work for CBSE Class 11 Political Science

  • Project work is for 20 marks out of which 10 marks is allotted to viva voce and 10 marks for project work.

  • For class XI, only internal assessment is to be done.

  • Project work can be managed by an individual, group of students of different sizes .Student can chose any of the topics given in the theory syllabus.

  • Recommended activities for project work can be Role Play, Skit, Presentation, Model, Field Survey, Mock Drills or Mock Event.

  • The teacher should give enough time for preparation of the Project Work. The topics for Project Work taken up by the student must be discussed by the teacher in classroom.

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