Symbiosis International University Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts

Introduction to Political Science

Faculty Course Type Credits Prerequisites Semester
Ms. Sulakshana Sen Major / Minor 4 Pol Sci Major / Minor III

 Brief Overview 

This first paper of the Political Science and Public Policy major / minor will introduce students to the fundamental principles of the discipline. It has been designed to provide students with the tools necessary for the study of Political Science as an academic discipline and an applied field. Units in this course will cover fundamental concepts such as the State, Sovereignty, Liberty, Equality, Democracy, Rights and Political Obligation, Power and Legitimacy, National Interest, Civil Society, Civil Disobedience and Revolution.

 Course Objectives 

Students in this course will be able to –

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental concepts of Political Science, to aid them in their further study of the discipline.
  • Understand and relate the current political affairs to the theories learnt in class.

 Teaching Methodology 

The course is conducted mostly through interaction based lecture method, with regular Teach-A-Class by the students, where a group of students take that particular lecture in the manner in which they desire. Moreover, the course includes film screenings and analyses, case studies, etc.


Students are expected to –

  • Complete all required reading for each scheduled class as per the course outline,
  • Actively participate in class activities and discussions, and
  • Complete all evaluative processes for successful course completion!