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DU MA Political Science 2022 Syllabus - List of Elective Courses

Rahul Raj
Rahul RajUpdated On: August 29, 2022 10:55 am IST

You can check the detailed syllabus of DU MA Political Science 2022 here along with the list of elective courses here.

DU MA Political Science 2022 Syllabus

The syllabus of MA in Political Science at Delhi University is approved by both Academic Council and Executive Council. The syllabus is effective for the 2022 academic session. Delhi University's  MA in Political Science program is a two-year course designed to impart core and elective courses, both foundational as well as advanced knowledge to students in the field of political science. The syllabus covers the entire spectrum of six sub-disciplines of Political Science including Political Theory, Indian Political Thought, International Relations, Comparative Politics, Indian Politics and Public Administration.The Department offers four core papers in the first semester. Whereas in the second semester, students have to opt for two open elective papers. The third semester consists of four elective papers.

DU MA Political Science is one of the most popular courses in the country. Delhi University receives a large number of applications for the MA in Political Science program. After going through a stringent selection process, the candidates secure a seat for this program. The aim of the Master’s degree program in Political Science is to provide both fundamental and advanced level knowledge of Political Science subjects. The benefit is that the learners get all-inclusive knowledge on the same. To do that, the university has designed the course with core and elective courses which include six sub-disciplines Indian Politics, Public Administration, Political Science including Political Theory, International Relationships, Indian Political Thought, and Comparative Politics. Each of the disciplines comes with special learning benefits. 

DU MA Political Science Choice Based Credit System (CBCS)

MA Political Science course of Delhi University is offered with Choice Based Credit System (CBCS). It provides the scopes to select courses from the prescribed core, elective and open elective programs. Unlike the conventional marking system, Delhi University follows a grading method that helps to maintain an equal evaluation system for the entire course duration. At the end of each evaluation, candidates obtain CGPA scores determined on the basis of their performance. As the CGPA system has national acceptance, enrolling in higher studies becomes easy for them. This CGPA grade also helps the recruiters to assess the candidates’ potential easily.  

DU MA Political Science Course Objective

Following are the course objectives of Delhi University’s MA in Political Science:

  • The DU MA Political Science course aims at providing extensive knowledge of the different sub-disciplines mentioned before.
  • The course focuses on developing the communication, analytical and critical thinking abilities of the candidates. To do that the MA in Political Science course of Delhi University has been prepared with textual analyses, statistical data, and scopes of experiential learning.
  • Apart from this, the course targets to enable the candidates to properly implement the theoretical knowledge in practical work scenarios. With a good understanding of the theoretical knowledge, candidate can show their expertise in the domains like public policy, international relations etc.
  • Other than empowering the knowledge, the course instills values and skills that can be used for the social-cultural development of the nation.
  • One of the significant objectives of the course is to make the candidates engaged in the social problems of the nations and to help them achieve the expertise with which they can bring the appropriate solutions to the respective issues.

DU MA Political Science Program Structure

Given below are the important points one should remember while considering the program structure of the MA in Political Science course of Delhi University.

  • It is a two years course and it is bifurcated into 4 semesters.
  • A MA Political Science candidate requires to earn 80 credits to successfully complete the course.
  • Part I is known as 1st semester which is further divided into two semesters such as Semester I and Semester II.
  • Part II is 2nd Semester which is divided into Semester III and Semester IV

Candidates who want to know about the DU MA Political Science 2022 syllabus must understand the program structure very well.

DU MA Political Science Credit Score

Given below are the DU MA Political Science Syllabus wise credit scores:

Total Credit Score

Semester I

Semester II

Semester III

Semester IV






DU MA Political Science Eligibility

Before we know about the DU MA Political Science Syllabus, we must know the fact that the course requires the candidates to fulfill the following eligibility norms:

  • Candidates who graduated with BA (Hons), BA ( Pass), or received a BA degree from DU or any other universities that offer an equivalent one are eligible for the course. Candidates of this category will require to score at least 50% marks in the last examination.
  • Science, Commerce, and Engineering and other degree graduates of Delhi university or other universities can apply for the DU MA Political Science course provided they have at least 60% marks in the previous qualifying examination.
  • Candidates who are eligible in terms of the above conditions need to appear in the Delhi University entrance test applicable for the MA Political Science course. 

DU MA Political Science Syllabus 2022

Semester Wise Syllabus followed for MA in Political Science Course followed in the Delhi University is mentioned below.

1st Semester


Course Number

Title of the Course/ Major Topics

Core 1

PS-C 101

Debates in Political Theory

Core 2

PS-C 102

Theories of International Relations

Core 3

PS-C 103

Politics in India

Core 4

PS-C 104

Themes in Indian Political Thought

2nd Semester


Course Number

Title of the Course/ Major Topics

Core 1

PS-C 201

Comparative Political Analysis 

Core 2

PS-C 202

Administrative Theory

OE 1

To be chosen from Open Elective papers offered by the Department of Political Science

(Open Elective Course are mentioned below)

OE 2

3rd Semester


Title of the Course/ Major Topics


To be chosen from 30 to 40 papers from the six subdisciplines: Political Theory, Indian Political Thought, Indian Politics, Public Administration, Comparative Politics and International Relations.

(Elective Courses are mentioned below)




4th Semester


Title of the Course/ Major Topics

Elective 5

To be chosen from 30 to 40 papers from the six subdisciplines: Political Theory, Indian Political Thought, Indian Politics, Public Administration, Comparative Politics and International Relations.

(Elective Course are mentioned below)

Elective 6

Elective 7

Elective 8

Skill Based Compulsory Course 1

Applied Political Science

List of Elective Courses

The list of elective courses or major topics followed for MA Political Science is mentioned below.

Course Number

Title of the Course/ Major Topics

PS-E 01

Ethics and Politics

PS-E 02

Global Justice and the South

PS-E 03

Themes in Citizenship

PS-E 04

Theory and Practice of Democracy

PS-E 05

Critical Traditions in Political Theory

PS-E 06

Democracy and Violence: Contestation, Convergence and Discourse

PS-E 07

Key Ideas in Contemporary Critical Theory in India

PS-E 08

Ambedkar in Contemporary India

PS-E 09

Gandhi, Autonomy and Discourse

PS-E 10

Dalit-Bahujan Thought

PS-E 11

Contemporary Explorations in Tagore

PS-E 12

Discourses on Hindu Nationalism

PS-E 13

Culture and Politics in India

PS-E 14

Social Conservatism in India

PS-E 15

Social Exclusion: Theory and Practice

PS-E 16

Indian Strategic Thought

PS-E 17

Gender in International Relations

PS-E 18

State and Society in Pakistan

PS-E 19

Pakistan and the World

PS-E 20

The Politics of Violence in South Asia

PS-E 21

Security Studies

PS-E 22

Comparative Federalism: Theory and Practice

PS-E 23

The Modern State in Comparative Perspective

PS-E 24

Social Movement and Revolution

PS-E 25

Politics of South Asia in Comparative Perspective

PS-E 26

Constitutionalism in Comparative Perspective

PS-E 27

The State in Diverse Political Traditions

PS-E 28

Society, State and Politics: Comparing India and Israel

PS-E 29

Religious Nationalism and Political Violence

PS-E 30

The Politics of Identity in Comparative Perspective

PS-E 31

Nationalism in Comparative Perspective

PS-E 32

Identities and Political Transformation in India

PS-E 33

Development Process and Politics in India

PS-E 34

Democracy and Human Rights in India

PS-E 35

Politics and Ethnic Conflicts in J&K

PS-E 36

Law, Crime and Politics in India

PS-E 37

State Politics in India

PS-E 38

Indian Polity in State Society Interactions

PS-E 39

Elections and Electoral Process in India

PS-E 40

Public Institutions and Governance

PS-E 41

Institutions, Development and Poverty

PS-E 42

Collaborative Governance Transforming Engagements in Public Management

PS-E 43

Corporate Citizenship and Governance: Theories and Practices

PS-E 44

The Political in Local Governance

PS-E 45

Environmental Policies & Politics

PS-E 46

Politics of Knowledge

PS-E 47

Marx’s Politics: Labour, Equivalence, Rights

PS-E 48

Politics and Psychoanalysis

PS-E 49

Political Theology Debates

PS-E 50

Black Radical Tradition

PS-E 51

Comparative Political Theory

PS-E 52

Egalitarianism: Theory and Practice

PS-E 53

Theorizing the Politics of Diversity

PS-E 54

Interpreting Indian Classical Texts

PS-E 55

Modern Indian Political Thinkers

PS-E 56

Regions and Regionalism

PS-E 57

India in World Affairs

PS-E 58

Power Transition and the Dynamics of Foreign Policy in International Relation

PS-E 59

Conflict Analysis

PS-E 60

‘Worlding’ International Relations: Perspectives from the Global South

PS-E 61

Islam and International Relations

PS-E 62

International Relations of South Asia

PS-E 63

United States of America in the Transforming Global Order

PS-E 64

China's Role in Contemporary World

PS-E 65

Citizenship and Borders

PS-E 66

North America in Comparative Perspective

PS-E 67

Contemporary Debates in Indian Federalism

PS-E 68

Political Parties and Party system in India

PS-E 69

International Political Economy

PS-E 70

Key Texts in Political Philosophy

PS-E 71

Public Policy

List of Open Elective Courses

The list of elective courses or major topics followed for MA Political Science is mentioned below.

Course Number

Title of the Course/ Major Topics

PS-OE 01

Ethics and Governance

PS-OE 02

Understanding the International

PS-OE 03

Political Institutions and Processes in India

PS-OE 04

Gender Studies

PS-OE 05


PS-OE 06

Security: An Interdisciplinary Discourse

PS-OE 07


PS-OE 08

Human Rights: Challenges and Concerns

PS-OE 09

Research Methods in Political Science

PS-OE 10

Digital/Social Media and New Public

DU MA Political Science Syllabus Important Points

Given below are some important points related to the syllabus and course of DU MA Political Science:

  • English is the medium of instructions
  • Candidates will have to appear in the exam after each semester. And there will be a written examination
  • An internal assessment is done for each paper including core, elective and open elective
  • The number of seats allotted for the course and the allocation process is decided by the university
  • Successful candidates will get divisions according to their performance
  • The minimum passing mark for each semester is 40%.

DU MA Political Science Seat Matrix 2022

DU offers a total of 202 seats for the MA in Political Science course which is further distributed as follows.

Campus Name


Total Seats






North Campus















South Campus















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