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Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati

Introduction to Political Theory

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati and NPTEL via Swayam


The major objective of this course is to introduce the students to some of the key concepts and ideas of politics which shape our political discourse. These concepts are essentially contested concepts and yet inevitable for understanding and explaining the politics of any country or society. A clear understanding of these debates or contestations over some of the key concepts and ideas of politics, it is hoped, will help the students develop their own independent views and judgments about politics and democracy in their own societies as well as in the world at large.INTENDED AUDIENCE : UG and PG students of Humanities and Social Sciences, Sciences and EngineeringPREREQUISITES : NoneINDUSTRY SUPPORT : None


Week 1: Political Theory: Introduction & Liberty
Week 2: Liberty & Equality
Week 3: Equality & Rights
Week 4: Rights & Justice
Week 5: Justice
Week 6: Power
Week 7: State and sovereignty - I
Week 8: State and sovereignty - II
Week 9: Democracy
Week 10: Citizenship
Week 11: Politics & Environmental ethics - I
Week 12: Politics & Environmental ethics - II & Concluding lecture

Taught by

Prof. Mithilesh Kumar Jha



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