IGNOU SYLLABUS Master of Arts (Political Science) (MPS)


 Master of Arts (Political Science) (MPS)
School of Social Sciences (SOSS)
The aim of the Master’s Degree in Political Science (MPS) is to provide the learners a sound base in political studies by an in-depth investigation into a broad range of political phenomena at the national, regional and international levels. The programme provides option for specialising in Political Theory, Comparative Politics, International Relations and Indian Government and Politics. Learners would thus acquire skills in political analysis as well as sharpen their critical and analytical abilities.
This is a 64 credits programme with compulsory and optional courses. The student has to take compulsory courses worth 32 credits in the first year and optional courses worth 32 credits in the second year.

Eligibility: Bachelor’s Degree or a higher degree from a recognized University.

Medium of Instruction: English & Hindi


Duration: Minimum 2 years and Maximum 5 years; offered in both January & July cycle of

Admissions.Fee Structure: Rs. 10,800/- for full programme to be paid year wise @Rs. 5,400/- per year

Programme Details:
Course Code Title of the Course Credits
I Year
MPS 1 Political Theory (CREDITS)
MPS 2 International Relations: Theory and Problems 8
MPS 3 India: Democracy and Development 8
MPS 4 Comparative Politics: Issues and Trends 8

II Year (Choose 32 credits only)
MPSE 1 India and the World 4
MPSE 2 State and Society in Latin America 4
MPSE 3 Western Political Thought 4
MPSE 4 Social and Political Thought in Modern India 4
MPSE 5 State and Society in Africa 4
MPSE 6 Peace and Conflict Studies 4
MPSE 7 Social Movements and Politics in India 4
MPSE 8 State Politics in India 4
MPSE 9 Canada: Politics and Society 4
MPSE 11 The European Union in World Affairs 4
MPSE 12 State and Society in Australia 4
MPSE 13 Australia’s Foreign Policy 4
MED 2 Sustainable Development: Issues and Challenges 4
MED 8 Globalisation and Environment 4
MGP 4 Gandhi’s Political Thought 4
MGPE 7 Non-Violent Movements after Gandhi 4
MGPE 8 Gandhian Approach to Peace and Conflict Resolution 4
MGPE 10 Conflict Management, Transformation & Peace Building 4
MGPE 11 Human Security 4
MGPE 13 Civil Society, Political Regimes and Conflict 4
Total Credits 64

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