Honours Syllabi Part 1

Part- I

GP. 101: Western Political Thought (Ancient and Mediaeval)

Ancient: Development of Political Thought: Ionian School of Philosophy, Greek City States and Greek Philosophy─ Socrates, Plato, Aristotle-contradiction and antithesis. Four Schools of Thought: Sophists, Stoicism, Epicureanism, Cynicism. Roman Thought-Polybius, Cicero, Seneca

Mediaeval: Feudalism, General Features of Kingship, Church vs State; St.  Augustine, Dante, and St. Thomas Aquinas. Marsilio of Padua, Councilor Movement.

Selected Readings

Aristotle, The Politics, Bangla Translation by Sardar Fazlul Karim, Dhaka: Bangla Academy, 1998.

Christopher Morris, Western Political Thought: Plato to Augustine, London: Longmans, 1967.

Ernest Barker, Greek Political Theory, New York: Barnes Noble Inc., 1960.

——–, Political Thought of Plato and Aristotle, New York: Raussel, 1959.

George H. Sabine, A History of Political Theory, New Delhi: Oxford & IBH Publishing, 1973.

J. C. Johari, Political Thought: Ancient and Mediaeval, New Delhi: Metropolitan Book Co., 1985.

J. P. Suda, A History of Political Thought, Meerut: K. Noth Co., 1972.

Mulford Q. Sibley, Political Ideas and Thought, New York: Harper & Row, 1970.

Nickolas Papas, Plato and the Republic, London: Routledge, 1995.

Plato, The Republic, Bangla Translation by Sardar Fazlul Karim, Dhaka: Bangla Academy, 1993.

Rymond G. Gettell, History of Political Thought, London: Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1964.

Gregory Claeys (ed.), Encyclopedia of Nineteenth Century Thought, London and New York: Routledge, 2005.

John T. Ishiyama and Marijke Breuning (eds.), 21st Century Political Science: Reference Handbook, California: SAGE Publications, 2011.

আবদুল লতিফ মাসুম, পাশ্চাত্যের রাষ্ট্র দর্শনঃ প্রাচীন যুগ, ঢাকা: বাংলা একাডেমি, ১৯৯৯।

GP. 102: Political Institutions and Processes

Defining Political Institutions: State, Society, Nationalism, Liberty, Right, Citizenship, Law, Opinion Process and Participation.

Meaning and Classification of  Constitutions.

Classification and Forms of Government: Democratic and Dictatorial-Totalitarian-Cabinet, Presidential and Collegiate, Unitary, Federalism-Problems and New Trends.

Organs of Government, Executive, Legislature and Judiciary; Separation of Power-Variety and Practice, Representation and Electorate.

Political Party, Interest Group, Pressure Group, Bureaucracy, Elite, Civil Society.

Local Government, Local Self-Government.

Selected Readings

Alan Ball, Modern Politics and Government, London: Macmillan Press, 1977.

David Easton, The Political System: An Inquiry into the State of Political Science, New York: Knopf, 1953.

G. Ponton and P. Gill, Introduction to Politics, London: Blackwell Publishers, 1987.

Harold Laski, A Grammar of Politics, London: Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1931.

J. W. Garner, Introduction to Political Science, New York: American Book Co., 1910.

K. C. Wheare, Modern Constitutions, London: Oxford University Press, 1952.

Rodee, Anderson et at, Introduction to Political Science, New York: McGraw Hill, 1983.

Rymond G. Gettell, Political Science, Bostom: Ginn and Co., 1910.

R. A. W. Rhodes, Sarah A. Binder and Bert A. Rockman (Eds.), The Oxford Handbooks of Political Science, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.

মো: মকসুদুর রহমান, রাষ্ট্রীয় সংগঠনের রূপরেখা, রাজশাহী: বুক্স প্যাভিলিয়ন, ২০০৬।

GP. 103:  Principles of Public Administration

Nature and Meaning of Public Administration, Scope and the Main Elements of Public Administration, Public and Private Administration, Approaches to the Study of Public Administration.

Administrative Organization─Formal and Informal Organizations, Theories of Organization─Classical, New-classical and Modern.

Administrative Concepts: Hierarchy, Division of Work, Coordination, Span of Control, Unity of Command, Line and Staff, Centralization and Decentralization, Departmentalization.

Bureaucracy –Meaning and Characteristics: Political and Administrative Role.

Administrative Functions, Decision-Making Theory, Concept of Leadership, Organizational Communication, Motivation.

Personnel Management: Meaning, Scope, Recruitment and Selection, Promotion, Training, Salary and Wage Administration.

Administrative Accountability: Legislative, Executive and Judicial.

Selected Readings

Charles H. Levine, B. Guy Peters, and Frank J. Thompson, Public Administration, Challenges, Choice, Consequence, Scott Foresman & Co,1990.

Chester I. Barnard, The Functions of the Executive, USA: Harvard University Press, 1971.

Dwight Waldo, The Administrative State, New York: The Ronald Press, 1948.

Felix A. Nigro and Lloyd G. Nigro, Modern Public Administration, New York: Harper and Row, 1977.

John M. Pfiffner, Public Administration, New York: The Ronald Press, 1935.

Paul H. Appleby, Public Administration for a Welfare State, London: Asia Publishing House, 1970.

Peter M. Blau and Charles H. Page, Bureaucracy in Modern Societies, New York: Random House, 1956.

W. F. Willoughby, Principles of Public Administration, Washington, DC: The Brookings Institution, 1957.

GP. 104:  Political and Constitutional Processes in British India (1757-1947)

British East India Company and Colonial Structure─ Impact of Permanent Settlement─ Rise of Middle Class─ First War of Independence (1857), Its Causes and Impacts, Faraiji and Alighar Movements, Growth of Subgroups, Associations and Parties, Communalism and Nationalist Movement.

Constitutional Development after 1857─ Growth of Legislative Councils, Problems of Representation and Responsible Government, India Council Acts of 1861 and 1892, Morley Minto Reforms, Montagu-Chelmsford Reforms: Dyarchy and Provincial Autonomy, Simon Commission, Neheru Report, Government of India Act 1935 and Its Working.

The League-Congress Tussle since the Lahore Resolution in the Cripps Mission, Simla Conference (1945), the Cabinet Mission Plan (1946), Transfer of Power, Indian Independence Act 1947.

Selected Readings

Abul Mansur Ahmed, Amar Dekha Rajnitir Panchash Bachar (in Bengali), Dhaka: Naoroze Kitabistan, 1975.

Anil Seal, The Emergence of Indian Nationalism, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1971.

J. H. Broomfield, Elite Conflict in a Plural Society: Twentieth century Bengal, California: California University Press, 1968.

K. B. Sayeed, Pakistan: The Formative Phase 1948-1957, London: Oxford University Press, 1964.

L. A. Gordon, Bengal: The Nationalist Movement 1876-1940, New York: Columbia University Press, 1974.

Nirad C. Chaudhuri, The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian, London: Macmillan, 1951.

R. C. Agarwal, Constitutional History of India and Nationalist Movement, New Delhi: S. Chan and Co., 1978.

R. C. Majumder, History of Freedom Movement in India, Calcutta: Firma K. L. Mukhopadhya, 1963.

Sirajul Islam (ed.), History of Bangladesh 1704-1971, Vol. I (Political History) Dhaka: Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, 1992.

Suprokash Roy, Bharater Jatiyatabadi Baiplobik Songram (in Bengali), Calcutta: Sibam dey, 1983.

GP. 105: Fundamentals of Economics

Introduction: Economics – Definition, Scope and Methods.

Microeconomics and Macroeconomics, Economics and Political Science. Types of Economy, Markets.

Demand─ Determinants, Law of Demand, Production, Cost and Supply. Price and output determination in different types of market. Pricing of inputs – Wage, rent, interest and profit.

Concepts of National output aggregate – Aggregate demand and Aggregate Supply. Determination of National income and output.

Market failure, Role of government in economy Provision of public goods and merit goods. Fiscal policy: public expenditure, revenue and public debt. Taxes, Subsidies, Transfer Payment, Budget, Presentation of budget, Deficit Budget and management of debt, Nationalization and Privatization, Planning in a market economy. Financial Institutions and monetary policy.

Economic Growth and Development: Basic ideas of economic growth and development. Balanced and unbalanced growth, Government role in industrialization in developing countries, Agriculture-agriculture in developing and developed countries, the relationship between agriculture and industry-Role of government in agricultural development.

Selected Readings

A. P. Thirlwall, Growth and Development with Special Reference to Developing Economics, London: Macmillan Education Ltd., 1972.

Alfred Marshall, Principles of Economics: An Introductory Volume, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.: Porcupine Press, 1949.

Charles Beard, Economic Basis of Politics, New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2002.

Elbert V. Bowden, Principles of Economics, U.S.: South-Western Publishing Co., 1983.

K. K. Deweet, Modern Economics Theory, New Delhi: SLT, 1946.

Michael P. Todaro, Economic Development, London: Pearson Education Inc, 2000.

Michael Perkin, Micro Economics, New Jersey: Pearson Education Inc, 2003.

P. A. Samuelson and W. D. Nordhaus, Economics, New Delhi: McGraw Hill, 2009.

R. G. Lipsey, An Introduction of Positive Economics, London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1989.

W. J. Baumol and A. S. Blinder, Economics: Principles and Policy, Ohio: South-Western College Pub, 2008.

GP. 106: Fundamentals of International Politics

International Politics: Meaning, Nature and Scope, Basic concepts, Level of Analysis.

Approaches to the study of International Politics, Game theory, Decision-making theory, Realism, New-realism.

Nature of the Development of International  Society, International and Regional system.

Nationalism  and Elements of National Power. National Interest.

Balance of Power: Bipolarity, Multipolarity, Non-alignment.

Collective Security, Conflict Management.

Foreign Policy: Objectives and goals, determinants of foreign policy.

International Law.

International Organizations – UNO, WB, IMF, ADB, IDB, USAID, JICA.

Regional Organizations – EU, OIC, ASEAN, SAARC.

Selected Readings

J. E. Dougherty and R. L. Pfaltzgraff, Contending Theories of International Relations, New York: Longman, 1997.

J. N. Rosenau (ed.), International Politics and Foreign Policy, New York: The Free Press, 1971.

K. J. Holsti, International Politics, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1967.

Michael P. Sullivan, International Relations: Theories and Evidence, Englewood Cliff, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1976.

N. D. Palmer and H. C. Perkins, International Relations, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1957.

N. J. Padelford and Q. A. Lincoln, The Dynamics of International Politics, New York: Macmillan, 1962.

Normal L. Hill, International Politics, New York: Harper, 1963.

P. A. Reynolds, An Introduction to International Relations, London: Longman, 1994.

Samuel P. Huntington, The Third Wave: Democratization in the Late Twentieth Century, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press, 1992.

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