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KRISHNA KANTA HANDIQUI STATE OPEN UNIVERSITY
SUBJECT: POLITICAL SCIENCE
Paper I: Recent Political Theory (MPS-01)

Home Assignment (MA –First Semester), 2012 (June)
Total Marks = 50
A.

Answer the following three questions:

2 x 3= 6 marks

1.

Write briefly about the Structural-Functional Approach to the study of political theory.

2.

What do you understand by the concept of Initial Acquisition as given by Robert Nozick.

3.

Mention the five variables determining a class in the Marxian sense as identified by Bendix and Lipset.

B.

Answer the following three questions:

1.

Write a short note on the origin of Justice. Explain the different categories of justice.

2.

Explain the meaning of Original Position as propounded by John Rawls.

3.

Explain any four causes for the decline of political theory.

C.

Answer the following two questions:

1.

What is meant by empirical enquiry? Explain the new horizons of political theory.

2.

Explain Marx’s concept of Historical Materialism.

D.

Answer the following two questions:

1.

Examine the concept of communitarianism in the context of the “Debate over Self”.

2.

Explain any ten characteristics of liberal democracy. Examine the merits and demerits of democracy.

4 x 3= 12 marks

6 x 2= 12marks

10 x 2= 20 marks

(Assignments are required to be written in own language. Copying in toto from the learning materials will carry less score)

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KRISHNA KANTA HANDIQUI STATE OPEN UNIVERSITY
SUBJECT: POLITICAL SCIENCE
Paper II: Western Political Thought (Select Political Thinkers) (MPS-02) Home Assignment (MA –First Semester), 2012 (June)
Total Marks = 50
A.

Answer the following threequestions:

2 x 3= 6 marks

1.

What did Lenin mean when he opined that imperialist capitalism was the way to socialism.

2.

Write about the Democratic State as a major tenet of Henry George.

3.

What do you understand by Bentham’s Panopticon.

B.

Answer the following three questions:

1.

Explain Plato’s Division of Labour.

2.

“In John Locke’s theory, the state and society were created in different steps.”-

4 x 3= 12 marks

Examine the above statement in the context of John Locke’s views on social contract.
3.

“The consciousness of the common good prompts human beings to accept Duties”- T.H.Green.
Examine the above statement in the context of T.H.Green’s views on political obligation.

C.

Answer the following two questions:

6 x 2= 12marks

1.

Explain St. Augustine’s views on the relationship between the Church and the State.

2.

Examine Chomsky’s views on the free press. What was his opinion on the adoption of mild social reforms in many western countries?

D.

Answer the following two questions:

10 x 2= 20 marks

1.

Discuss Marx’s Theory of Alienation.

2.

Discuss Machiavelli’s conception of human nature and his advice to the Prince. Explain Machiavelli’s “erastianism”.

(Assignments are required to be written in own language. Copying in toto from the learning materials will carry less score)

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KRISHNA KANTA HANDIQUI STATE OPEN UNIVERSITY
SUBJECT: POLITICAL SCIENCE
Paper III: Indian Political Thought (MPS-03)
Home Assignment (MA –First Semester), 2012 (June)
Total Marks = 50
A.

Answer the following three questions:

2 x 3= 6 marks

1.

Write about Kautilya’s views on Military Administration.

2.

Write about Acharya Vinoba Bhave’s ideas on democracy.

3.

What do you understand by Gandhi’s concept of “good end and good means”?

B.

Answer the following three questions:

1.

Examine the reasons why Manu is called the father of Indian polity.

2.

Explain Nehru’s views on individualism.

3.

Explain any six criticisms of Marxism as put forth by M.N.Roy.

C.

Answer the following two questions:

1.

Discuss Gandhi’s concept of the society and the individual. Examine his theory of

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