PSC HSST Political Science Exam Detailed Syllabus – 2018

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Here is the detailed syllabus for the PSC Higher Secondary School Teacher (HSST) Political Science examination 2018.

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PSC HSST Political Science Exam Detailed Syllabus – 2018

Part I: Modern Political Thought

Module I Contratualists
Thomas Hobbes : Metrialist, Absolutist and Individualism in Hobbesian Political Philosophy.
John Docke : Liberal and Revolutionay Thinker.
J.J.Rousseau : Critique of Civil Society, theory of General will.

Module II Utilitarians
Jermy Bentham : Principle of Utility
J.S.Mill : Ideas on Liberty and Representative Government.

Module III Idealists
G.F.Hegel : Dialectics and State
T.H.Green : State and Freedom

Module IV Socialists
Karl Marx : Critical apprisal of Marxism.
V.L.Lenin : Ideas on Imperialism and party organisation

Module V Modern Marxist Thinker
Gramsci : Ideas on Hegemony and Civil Society.

Modern Liberal Thinker
John Ranks : Justice and Liberaism.


Part II: Indian Government and Politics

Module I: Caste/Class Structure in the Indian Society and Polity.
Module II: Constituent Assembly: An analysis.
Module III: Relevane of Fundamental Rights and Directive Principles of State Policy.
Module IV: Dynamics of Federalism : Centre-State Relations.

Module V: Working of Government
A) Functions and role of Union and State Legislatures.
B) Functions and role of Union and State Executives.
C) Role of Judiciay- Judiciary and Social Change – Judicial Reforms.

Module VI: Issues in Indian Politics
A) Securalism – Theory and Practice.
B) Communalism, Regionalism, Socio-economic imbalance and its impact on
marginalised sections.
C) Criminalisation of politics.


Part III: Comparative Politics

Module I

A) Comparative Politics: Meaning, Nature and approaches.
B) Theories of comparaive politics: Input Output analysis, Structural Functional Analysis, Class Theories, Cultural Theories and Developmental Theories.

Module II

A) Federalism and Constitutionalism.
B) A Comparative Study of working of Federalism in USA, Canada and India.

Module III: Interest Aggregration and articulation.

Role of Interest Groups and Pressure Groups in Democratic and non-democratic

Module IV:

Rule Making: Functions and role of rule making bodies in USA, France, U.K.,
India and China.

Module V:

Rule application: An analysis of the role of executive bodies in USA, France,
UK, Switzerland, India and China.

Module VI:

Rule adjudication: Working of Judicial systems in USA, France, U.K., India
and China



Module I: Public Administrtion: Meaning, Nature and scope, its importance in the Era of

Module II: New Trends in Public Administration
A) New Public Administration.
B) Development Administration.
C) Computative Public Administration.

Module III: Approaches:
A) Traditional: Historical, legal, comparative.
B) Modern: Marxian, Behavioral, Ecological, Structural Functional,
C) Contemporary: Public Choice, Rational Choice, Contingency.

Module IV: Perspectives in Public Administration.
A) Scientific Manageent
B) Human Relations Theory.
C) New Public Management.

Module V: Bureaucracy: Meaning and Attributes.
A) Contributions of Max Weber.
B) Models of Bureaucracy.
C) Challanges to Bureauracy.

Module VI: Comparative Public Administration: Meaning, Nature, Scope and Importance,

Part V: International Politics

Module I: International Politics: Meaning, nature and importance.

Module II: Approaches: Idealism vs Realism, Systems Theory, Game Theory, Dependency Theory, Integration Theory, Communications Theory and Decision making theory.

Module III: Limitations of National Power.
a) Collective security under UNO
b) Pacific settlement of disputes: An analysis.

Module IV: Diplomacy: Its meaning and functions – Types of diplomacy – democratic, totalitarian, summit and personal – Decline and Revival of Diplomacy.

Module V: Foreign Policy: Meaning and objectives – Determinants of Foreign policy, Major determinants of Indian foreign policy.

Module VI: Major Issues:
Globalisation: Its impact on Third World Countries.
Terrorism: Causes, dimentions and remedies.
Human Rights protection at global level.

Part VI: Research Metho dology

Module I

A) Social Science Reseach : Meaning, Objectives and importance.
B) Scientific method: Its limitations in social research.
C) Hypothesis, concepts and variables: An overview.

Module II: Formulation of Research Problem

Module III: Research Design: Meaning and Components.
Types: Exploratory, Descriptive, Action research and experimental research design
Module IV Sampling: Meaning and attributes.
Types : Probability and non probability

Module V: Data: Collection, processing, aalysis and report writing.

Module VI: Role of Internet and cmputers in social research.

Part VII: Modern trends in Political Science

 Part VIII: Research Meth odology/Teaching Aptitude

• Teaching: Nature, objectives, characteristics and basic requirements;
• Learner’s characteristics;
• Factors affecting teaching;
• Methods of teaching;
• Teaching aids;
• Evaluation systems.

• Research: Meaning, Characteristics and types;
• Steps of research;
• Methods of research;
• Research Ethics;
• Paper, article, workshop, seminar, conference and symposium;
• Thesis writing: its characteristics and format.

Part IX(a) Salient Features of Indian Constitution

Salient features of the Constitution – Preamble- Its significance and its place in the interpretation of the Constitution.

Fundamental Rights – Directive Principles of State Policy – Relation between Fundamental Rights and Directive Principles – Fundamental Duties.

Executive – Legislature – Judiciary – Both at Union and State Level. – Other Constitutional Authorities.

Centre-State Relations – Legislative – Administrative and Financial. Services under the Union and the States.

Emergency Provisions.

Amendment Provisions of the Constitution.

Part IX (b) Social Welfare Legislations and Programmes

Social Service Legislations like Right to Information Act, Prevention of atrocities against
Women & Children, Food Security Act, Environmental Acts etc. and Social Welfare
Programmes like Employment Guarantee Programme, Organ and Blood Donation etc.

Part X (a) Renaissance in Kerala


Introduction to English education – various missionary organisations and their functioning founding
of educational institutions, factories, printing press etc.


(A) Socio-Religious reform Movements
SNDP Yogam, Nair Service Society, Yogakshema Sabha, Sadhu Jana Paripalana Sangham, Vaala Samudaya Parishkarani Sabha, Samathwa Samajam, Islam Dharma Paripalana Sangham, Prathyaksha Raksha Daiva Sabha, Sahodara Prasthanam etc.

(B) Struggles and Social Revolts
Upper cloth revolts.Channar agitation, Vaikom Sathyagraha, Guruvayoor Sathyagraha, Paliyam Sathyagraha. Kuttamkulam Sathyagraha, Temple Entry Proclamation, Temple Entry Act .Malyalee Memorial, Ezhava Memorial etc.
Malabar riots, Civil Disobedience Movement, Abstention movement etc.

Malayalee, Swadeshabhimani, Vivekodayam, Mithavadi, Swaraj, Malayala Manorama, Bhashaposhini, Mathnubhoomi, Kerala Kaumudi, Samadarsi, Kesari, AI-Ameen, Prabhatham, Yukthivadi, etc.

Novel, Drama, Poetry, Purogamana Sahithya Prasthanam, Nataka Prashtanam, Library movement etc.

Parvathi Nenmenimangalam, Arya Pallam, A V Kuttimalu Amma, Lalitha Prabhu.Akkamma Cheriyan, Anna Chandi, Lalithambika Antharjanam and others.

Thycaud Ayya Vaikundar, Sree Narayana Guru, Ayyan Kali.Chattampi Swamikal, Brahmananda Sivayogi, Vagbhadananda, Poikayil Yohannan(Kumara Guru) Dr Palpu, Palakkunnath Abraham Malpan, Mampuram Thangal, Sahodaran Ayyappan, Pandit K P Karuppan, Pampadi John Joseph, Mannathu Padmanabhan, V T Bhattathirippad, Vakkom Abdul Khadar Maulavi, Makthi Thangal, Blessed Elias Kuriakose Chaavra, Barrister GP Pillai, TK Madhavan, Moorkoth Kumaran, C. Krishnan, K P Kesava Menon, Dr.Ayyathan Gopalan, C V Kunjuraman, Kuroor Neelakantan Namboothiripad, Velukkutty Arayan, KP Vellon, P K Chathan Master, K Kelappan, P. Krishna Pillai, A K Gopalan, T R Krishnaswami Iyer, C Kesavan. Swami Ananda Theerthan , M C Joseph, Kuttippuzha Krishnapillai and others.

Kodungallur Kunhikkuttan Thampuran, KeralaVarma Valiyakoyi Thampuran, Kandathil Varghese Mappila. Kumaran Asan, Vallathol Narayana Menon, Ulloor S Parameswara Iyer, G Sankara Kurup, Changampuzha Krishna Pillai, Chandu Menon, Vaikom Muhammad Basheer. Kesav Dev, Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai, Ponkunnam Varky, S K Pottakkad and others.

Part X (b) General Knowledge and Current Affairs

General Knowledge and Current Affairs.

Note that, apart from the topics detailed above, questions from other topics prescribed for the educational qualification of the post may also appear in the question paper.
Also, there is no undertaking that all the topics above may be covered in the question paper.

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