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«Syllabus Institute of Humanities & Social Sciences M. Phil (POLITICAL SCIENCE) ANNUAL SCHEME OF EXAMINATION: 1. Every candidate shall be required to ...»

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Sikar Road, Ajmer



Institute of Humanities & Social Sciences

M. Phil



1. Every candidate shall be required to offer three written papers and one

dissertation (equivalent to one paper). Within this frame work the Board of

Studies shall recommend the course of study for the M. Phil examination.

2. The course of study for the M. Phil degree shall extend over a period of one academic year. There shall be a continuous internal assessment and as external assessment. The proportion of internal and external assessment shall be 30:70.

There will be no internal assessment in the dissertation. Total marks for M. Phil will be 400. Dissertation may be written by the candidates under the supervision of any teacher who is registered as M. Phil Supervisor. Supervisor can guide normally five dissertations. However, the maximum limit may be relaxed by the permission of Vice-Chancellor on the recommendation of Head. The internal Supervisor can guide five candidates and workload of six hours is admissible for each M. Phil course for dissertation. The Supervisor will sign and issue a certificate counter signed by the Head of department concerned.

3. The internal assessment may be evaluated on the basis of:

(a) Mid Terms : 15 Marks (b) Assignments /Seminar Presentation /Group Discussion: 15 Marks

4. Each theory paper shall consist of 100 marks. The dissertation shall also consist of 100 marks. For a pass, a candidate shall be required to obtain (a) at least 40% marks in each paper separately (b) a minimum of 50% marks in the aggregate of all the papers prescribed for the examination. In the mark sheet, successful candidates shall be classified as under First Division 65% or more.

Second Division 50-65% 6- A candidate will have to pass individually both in the Internal as well as external examination and it should be shown separately in the marks sheet.

7- The placement of every candidate under a Supervisor/Guide shall be decided within two months from the last date for admission.

8- A candidate who fails at the examination even in one paper/dissertation shall be required to reappear at the examination in a subsequent year in all the papers/dissertation prescribed for the examination, provided that a candidate who obtains at least 50% marks in dissertation shall be exempted from the submitting a fresh dissertation and the marks obtained by him shall be carried forward for working out his result.

9- For each theory paper 10 questions will be set for the final ex

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Paper-I Research Methods in Social Science

Paper Code:

01MPL27101 Unit-I Fundamentals of social science research Critical thinking: seeing the structure of arguments, uncovering hidden assumptions.

Planning a research project Picking a study topic, conducting literature review, choosing a research question, Formulation of central question and hypotheses, Difference between a Research Interest, Area, Problem and Question Preparing Research design, different types of research design - Experimental Design, Longitudinal Design, Cross-Sectional Design, Case-Study Design Use of concepts, operationalization of concepts and variables, Measures and indicators, issues of Reliability and Validity Unit-II Quantitative Research Methods How numbers are used in Society Survey and Aggregate Data Other types of database- longitudinal, qualitative, meso, panel Sampling Techniques: central concepts, probability and non-probability techniques, Sampling representative-ness and error Designing a questionnaire Questions and response categories Translation Missing data Data Analysis Quantitative data analysis Basics of SPSS Unit-III Qualitative Research Methods Ethnography Oral History Different kinds of Interviews Focus groups Case Study Content analysis Participant and Non-participant Observation Quantitative Data Analysis Issues of representation and translation Unit-IV Archives, Texts and Documents What is a text? Reading different kinds of texts Textual Exegesis, Hermeneutics and Interpretation Issues posed in archival research Combining quantitative and qualitative methods Dissertation Writing Presenting Research Findings, writing research proposal and reports Chapterisation Plagiarism Documentation Referencing and Bibliography Ethics of Social Science research

Suggested Readings:

1) King, Keohene and Verba: Designing Social Inquiry: Scientific Inference in Qualitative Research

2) Research methods in the social sciences by David Nachmias; Chava FrankfortNachmias

3) RESWELL, J. W. (2003). Research design: qualitative, quantitative, and mixed method pproaches. Thousand Oaks, Calif, Sage Publications.

4) Shively, W. Phillips. The Craft of Political Research. London: Pearson, 2005.


Tesch, Renata. 1990. Qualitative research: analysis types and software tools. New York:

Falmer Press.

Miles, Matthew B., and A. M. Huberman. 1994. Qualitative data analysis: an expanded sourcebook. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.

Dey, Ian. 1993. Qualitative data analysis: a user-friendly guide for social scientists.

London: New York, NY.

Coffey, Amanda, and Paul Atkinson. 2007. Making sense of qualitative data complementary research strategies. Thousand Oaks [u.a.]: Sage Publ.


1. Festinger, Leo and Daniel Katz., Research Methods in the Behavioural Sciences, Oryden Press, New York, 1953.

2. Gardner, Lindley and Elliot Arenson eds., The Handbook of Social Psychology, Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1968.

3. Goode, William J. and Paul K. Hatt, Methods of Social Research, McGraw-Hill, New York, International Studies Edition.

4. Greenstein, Fred I., and Nelson W. Polsby eds., Handbook of Political Science, Addison-Wesby, Reading.

5. Holsti, Ole R., Content Analysis for the Social Sciences and Humanities, AddisonWisley Publishing Company, London, 1969.

6. Johnson, Allan G., Statistics Without Tears, Mcgraw-Hill, New York,1977.

7. Mazumdar PK, Research Methods in Social Science, Viva Books Private Limited, 2005.

8. McNabb David E., Research Methods for Political Science, Quantitative and Qualitative Methods, Prentice Hall of India, 2004.

9. Mode, Elmer B., Elements of Statistics, Prentice-Hall of India, New Delhi, Latest edition.

10. Moser, C.A. and G. Kalton, Survey Methods in Social Investigation, Heinemann, London, 1971.

11. NCERT text book on Statistics for Class X, latest edition.

12. Palumbo, Dennis J., Statistics in Political and Behavioural Science, AppletonCentuey-Crofts, New York, 1969.

13. Reichmann, W.J., Use and Abuse of Statistics, Penguin, Harmondsworth, 1961.

14. Robert, N. ed., Use of Social Science Literature, Buttersworth, London, 1977.

15. Saltiz, Calaire et. at., Research Methods in Social Relation, Henry Holt, New York, 1959.

16. Terrence, Jones E., Conducting Political Research, Harper and Row, London, 1971.

17. Tolbert, Charles M., Introduction to Computing: Applications for the Social Sciences, Addison-Wesley, Reading, 1985.

18. Wilkinson, E.S. and P.L. Bhandarkar, Methodology and Techniques of Social Research, Himalaya Publishers, Bombay, 1982.

19. Young, Pauline V., Scientific Social Surveys and Research, Prentice-Hall of India, New Delhi, 1968.

PAPER II Philosophy of Social Science

Paper Code:

01MPL27102 Unit-I The Idea of Social Science The idea of knowledge Notion of science and claims of scientificity in Social Science Human Inquiry and Science, Approaching the difference between natural and social science Is the Study of Politics a Science?

Unit-II Explanation in Social Science Nature of Social Theory. The role of theory in Social Science.

Objectivity in Social Science, Facts and Values, neutrality and the issue of relativism The Idea of Causation in Social Research Scientific method and social science explanation Rationalism, Empiricism, Vienna circle positivism Post-empiricist conceptions of science- Popper and falsification, Kuhn and Paradigm shift Recent developments in science and the implications for science/social science debate Unit-IV Are Explanations Sufficient?

The question of Understanding and Interpretation, Hermeneutics Post structuralism and implications for knowledge Linguistics construction of Social Reality- Wittgenstein and Derrida The idea of Discourse- Foucault and Power/knowledge Critical Theory, Critical Realism, Existentialism, Phenomenology.

Postmodernism Unit-V The Politics of Social Research Cross cultural studies- how to study the other, feminist methodology, indigenous conceptions of knowledge, Marxism and method, social science in the third world context.

Suggested Readings:

Open the Social Sciences, Report of the Gulbenkian Commission on the Restructuring of the Social Sciences, Standford University Press, Stanford, 1996 Malcolm Williams, Science and Social Sciences, London and New York, Routledge, 2000.

R.J. Anderson, J.A. Hughes and W.W. Sharrock, Philosophy and the Human Sciences, London and Sydney, Croom Helm, 1986.

Marc Lange (ed) Philosophy of Science, Blackwell Publishing, 2007 Bhaskar, Roy, A Realist Theory of Science, Brighton, Harvester, 1978.

Giddens, Anthony ‘Positivism and its Critics’ in T.B. Bottomore and R.A. Nisbet (eds), A History of Sociological Analysis.

Kolakowski, L Philosophy From Hume to Vienna Circle, Harmondsworth, Penguin, 1972.

Lakatos, I and A Musgrave (eds), Criticism and the Growth of Knowledge, 1970.

Nagel, E, The Structure of Science, London, Routledge and Kegar Paul, 1961.

Ryan, A, (ed) Philosophy of Social Explanation, London, O.U.P., 1973.

Skinner, Quentin, The Return of Grand Theory to the Human Sciences, Cambridge University, Cambridge University Press, 1985.

Gallie, W, B, ‘Essentially contested concepts’ in Gallie, Philosophy and the Historical Understanding, London, Chatto and Windus, 1964.

Hollis, M, and S. Lukes (ed.), Rationality and Relativism, Oxford Blackwell, 1982.

Lukes, S, Essays in Social Theory, London, Macmillan, 1977.

Taylor, Charles, ‘Neutrality in Political Science’ in Taylor, Philosophical Papers, Vol. 2, Weber, Max, Methodology of the Social Sciences, London, 1964.

Winch, P, The Idea of a Social Science, London, Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1958.

Mahajan, Gurpreet, Explanation and Understanding in the Human Sciences, New Delhi, OUP, 1997.

Martin, M. and McIntyre, L.C. (eds.), Readings in the Philosophy of Social Science, The MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1994.

Hollis, The Philosophy of Social Science, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1994 Bohman, J., New Philosophy of Social Science, Polity Press, Cambridge, 1991.

Harding, Sandra (ed), Feminism and Methodology, 1987.

Olson, Richard, Science and Scientism in Nineteenth-Century Europe, 2008.

Paper-III Introducing Politics of Regional States

Paper Code:


Unit-I Rethinking State Politics in India: Regions within Regions Unit-II Politics of Identity and Representation in a comparative Perspective Region, Religion and Politics of Autonomy: Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir Unit III Dalits on the Margins: Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan State Parties: Shiromani Akali Dal and National Conference Unit IV Politics of Development: Regional Experiences Deceleration of Economic Growth: Punjab Political Economy of a Crisis State: Jammu and Kashmir Developmental Experience of a Small State: Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.

Reading List:

Ahluwalia, Montek Singh (2000): ‘Economic Performance of States in Post-Reforms Period’, Economic and Political Weekly (EPW hereafter), 6 May.

Baruah, Sanjib (1999): India Against Itself: Assam and the Politics of Nationality, Oxford University Press (OUP hereafter), Delhi, Bose, Sumantra (1999): States, Nations, Sovereignty: Sri Lanka, India and the Tamil Eelam Movement, Sage, New Delhi.

Chadha Behera, Navneeta (2000): State, Identity and Violence; Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, Manohar, New Delhi.

Chandra, Kanchan (2005): Why ethnic Parties succeed: Patronage and Ethnic Headcounts in India, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Chibber, Pradeep K (1999): Democracy Without Associations: Transformation of the Party System and Social Cleavages in India, Vistaar, New Delhi.

Chibber, Pradeep K and Irfan Noorudin (1999): ‘Party Competition and Fragmentation in

India’ in Ramasray Roy and Paul Wallace (eds): Indian Politics and the 1998 Elections:

Regionalism, Hindutva and State Politics, Orient Longman, Delhi.

Corbridge, Stuart and John Harris (2000): Reinventing India: Liberalization, Hindu Nationalism and Popular Democracy, OUP, New Delhi Corbridge, Stuart, Glynn Williams, Rene Veron, and Manoj Srivastava (2008): Seeing the State, Cambridge University Press, New Delhi.

deSouza, Peter Ronald and E Sridharan (2006) (eds) India’s Political Parties, Sage, New Delhi.

Dreze, Jean and Amartya Sen (eds) (2002): India: Development and Participation, OUP, New Delhi.

Frankel, Francine and MSA Rao (1990) (ed): Dominance and State Power in Modern India: Decline of a Social Order (in two volumes), OUP, Delhi.

Harriss, John (1999): ‘Comparing Political Regimes across Indian States: A Preliminary Essay, EPW, November 27.

Hasan, Zoya (1989): Dominance and Mobilization: Rural Politics in Western Uttar Pradesh 1930-1980, New Delhi.

Heath, Anthony, Siana Glouharova, and Oliver Heath (2006): ‘India: Two Party Contests within a Multiparty System’, in Michael Gallagher and Paul Mitchell (eds.): The Politics of Electoral Systems, OUP, Oxford.

Jafferlot, Christophe (2003): India’s Silent Revolution: The Rise of the Low Castes in North Indian Politics, Columbia University Press, New York.

Jayal, Niraja Gopal (2006): ‘Federal Anxieties, Democratic Desires: The Politics of Governance Reform in Two Indian States’, www.crisisstates.com.

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