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Semester and Year Offered: First semester (Monsoon Semester 2018)
Course Coordinator and Team: S.R.Prabakaran
Email of course coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Aim of the course
On successful completion of this course. The students will be able to
Brief description of modules/ Main modules:
Module 1 (Week 1 and 2): The Constituent Assembly and the Constitution - The module talks about the political history of framing the Constitution and the formation of Constituent Assembly. It focuses about how past and present, aims and events, ideals and personalities moved the members of the Constituent Assembly to write the constitution as they did. It shall discuss the Indian model of Constitutionalism.
Module 2 (Week 3 and 4): Features of the Constitution -In this module, the Preamble of the Constitution of India will be taken as the basic text. The fundamental Constitutional principles and concepts like Individual freedom, Justice, Equality etc will be discussed.
Module 3 (Week 5): Separation of Power -The separation of power is generally the mode of governance of democratic states, in a way to check and balance the Legislature and the Executive. This module shall introduce to concept of Parliamentary Executive. It shall focus on functions, accountability, political relationship and limitations of the Parliament and the Government, including role of Presidency.
Module 4 (Week 6): Indian Judiciary- The role of the judiciary is also analogous to the separation of power along with the executive and the legislature. The module discusses the independence, uniformity and integrated judicial system of India. The module takes further than formal allocation of power to discuss how the role of judiciary has been evolving and expanding.
Module 5 (Week 7): Federalism and Centre-State Relations -India's commitment to federalism strengthened in the wake of demands from States, strong assertion of regional politics and decentralisation needs. The module shall introduce to the students the design and working of the Indian federal system. It shall discuss the political and administrative relation between Centre and states and introduce briefly the third tier of federalism.
Module 6 (Week 8 and 9): Fundamental Rights - Any democracy is strengthened by the charter of rights that it provides to its citizens. India has made historic commitments by expanding its constitutional provision of rights. The module shall discuss the meaning of rights and probe its importance in everyday life, discuss in details the Fundamental Rights guaranteed by the Constitution and parallel to it debates on its realization and restrictions will be further probed.
Module 7 (Week 10): Reservation as a Constitutional provision- The Constitutional scheme of compensatory preference was initiated to undo the unequal social structure. Reservation is given as a Constitutional right however the matter doesn't rest by the very fact that it is given. The module shall introduce to students the idea of reservation and affirmative action; and throw light of its various dimensions of understanding in the present context. The issue of women's reservation will also feature in this module.
Module 8 (Week 11): Social Movements- Various movements and struggles have been waged by socio-economic groups like peasants, farmers, women, dalits, workers', etc since independence. The idea of this module is to explore the social and political context in which the movements arose and how they have been shaped by the push and pull of democratic practices in India. A detailed discussion of any one genre of social movement will be focused.
Module 9 (Week 12): Grassroots Democracy- The module discusses about history, importance and Acts of local governance. The grassroots aspirations, realities and working of panchayats and Gram Sabha shall be discussed. It shall focus on the renewal of Panchayati Raj with special attention to women's empowerment in the local self-government.
Assessment structure (modes and frequency of assessments)
The course will have four types of assessment:
Signature of Course Coordinator(s)
Recommendation of the School of Studies:
The proposal was discussed by the Board of Studies in its ………………………meeting held on…………………………and has been approved in the present form.
Signature of the Dean of the School