School of Humanities and Social Science

Department of Political Science

The B.A degree course was started in St Joseph’s college, in the year 1926. The students were admitted to B.A Course in July 1926. Fr. J .Argaunt, Principal of the College during the years (1924-1926), played a key role in the introduction of B.A Course.

During the early 1920’s the different subjects were taught under the nomenclature of History, Economics, Political Science and Logic. All these subjects were under the Department of Social Sciences. The last professor to hold such position was Prof.S. Asirvatham. The Department system came into existence only in the year 1962, with each Department headed by a professor. The Department of Political Science came into existence the same year.

The Department of Political science during the last ninety five years has been served by eminent Professors like P.M. Francis, Michael, S. Clement, Balakrishna, Dr. Benny Peters, Fr. Ambrose Pinto,S.J Fr. Francis D’ Almeda, S.J, Prof Jerome Nirmal Raj and many others. Dr. Benny Peters secured Ph.D. degree in the year 1993 and has the unique honor of being the first Ph.D. holder to teach in the Humanities section.


Vision

To create a community of learning and to develop knowledge and understanding of Politics guided by concerns of people and the natural environment.


Mission

The courses in Political Science aim to:

  • Ensure students of Political Science acquire knowledge and understanding of appropriate areas of theory;
  • Enable students to understand and use concepts, approaches and methods of the discipline.
  • Develop in students a capacity to think critically about events ,ideas and institutions
  • Cultivate skills aimed at understanding and comprehending complex issues.
  • Create a learning environment that is receptive to the needs and views of students
  • Provide opportunities and prepare students for higher learning.


COURSES OFFERED:
1. B.A ( HEP)
2. B.A ( EPS)
3. B.A ( CPE)
4. B.A ( JIP)
5. M.A POLITICAL SCIENCE)
*In the backdrop of the Implementation of the New National education Policy-2020, the Combination system may be replaced by the Subject/ Discipline system.

Academic Curriculum
The Academic Curriculum is framed keeping in view the mission and vision statement of the department. Topics like social justice, socialism, secularism, ecologism, new social movements, judicial activism, public policy, Human rights, Peace studies, Civil services etc., are the major highlights of the academic curriculum. The curriculum is revised every three years by taking advice and inputs from subject experts drawn from Bangalore University, ISEC, Christ University, National Institute of Advanced studies, National Law School of India University etc.,
Eminent political scientists like Prof. M.J. Vinod, Prof. Jeevan Kumar, Prof. Supriya Roy Chowdhury, B.M. Chengappa and Prof. Sitaram Kakarala, Dr. Subachandran, Dr. Surendra Kumar, and Dr Joseph Rasquina are on the Board of Studies.

Student admission and diversity
There is a steady and consistent enrollment of students to the UG and PG courses offered by the department. About 60% of the students are from other states of India mainly from the North-Eastern states. A few students from foreign countries also join the course from time to time. As per the records, International Students from twelve countries have pursued Graduate and Postgraduate studies in the Department. During the last 10 years about 50 students from Afghanistan have enrolled for graduate and post-graduate courses.

Teaching Methodology
The faculty in the department adopt multiple teaching methodologies depending upon the nature of the syllabi and the topics. The traditional method of lecturing using the board, followed by Q and A session is being followed by most of the faculty. This apart group discussion method, PPT mode of teaching, screening of documentaries and YouTube videos are also initiated by the teachers. The ICT instruments like Internet, E-journals (JSTOR and Inflibinet), and search engines like Google etc. are used to supplement additional information about the topics mentioned in the syllabus by the faculty members.

Bridge and Remedial courses
Bridge courses are conducted for the 1st year students during the beginning of the new academic year. This is done through a series of introductory lectures where a student is introduced to the basic terminologies of the discipline. This is given the status of glossary in the 1st year syllabi. Remedial classes are conducted for those students who find the subject difficult to understand and follow, especially the 1st year students. This apart the students who fail in the test and examination are given assignments. Difficult topics are explained to them outside the class room whenever they approach the concerned teachers’ teaching the respective paper.

CBCS Open Elective papers
The Department offers five Open Elective papers for the non-humanities students under the Choice Based Credit System. The Open elective papers are: 1. Civil Services 2. Development: Concepts and Issues 3. Electoral Politics and Processes in India 4. Peace Studies & 5. Elements of Public policy

Assignments
Assignments are given to students in the form of questions specifically framed which falls outside the chapters stated in the syllabi, but very much connected to the paper under study. For final year students it will be in the form of report writing after the completion of a study visit, if at all it has taken place.

Certificate Courses
Legal Literacy Certificate Course
The Department in association with NLSIU is conducting a 60 Hours Legal Literacy Certificate course for the last 26 Years ,which is kept open for the students of the college and even others outside college, with a maximum enrolment of 60 students a year.

The United Nations and Global governance Certificate Course
The Department is conducting a two credit 60 Hours Certificate course on the United Nations and Global governance from the academic year 2021-2022, which is kept open for the students of the college and even others outside college, with a maximum enrolment of 60 students a year.

Internship and Field Trips
A small number of students take up internships in their own interests, during the course of their study in the college. The Department plays the role of a facilitator. The HOD gives them the necessary recommendation letter to enable them to pursue their internship in certain institutions, academic bodies, NGO’s etc. The final year BA students are taken on a field visit to give them an exposure and practical experience about the working of the Government bodies, NGO’s and other institutions. Students have been taken on a study trip to Government Cocoon Market- Ramnagar , Police Training School- Chennapatna, APMC Yard, -Ramnagar, National Law School India University, and to an organic farm .

Spectrum
The Department has a very vibrant association called SPECTRUM which is a forum for politics, governance and international affairs for the students of Political Science in particular and others in general. It organizes guest lectures by eminent speakers, diplomats, academics, bureaucrats, military personnel, distinguished scholars and eminent authors.
The association has organized and coordinated seminars and conferences in association with Sarvodaya International Trust, US Consulate, Chennai, American Corner, Bangalore, National Law School of India University, Bangalore, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru.

Collaborations
The Department of Political Science has collaborations with, National Law School of India University, Bengaluru, National Institute of Advanced Studies, (IPRI network), Bengaluru, Swiss Consulate, Bengaluru, Indian Institute of Public Administration (Karnataka Branch), Bengaluru, and Karnataka State Political Science Association, Mysore.

INNOVATIONS AND BEST PRACTISES
▪ Grooming students with leadership qualities, communication skills and art of public speaking through the conduct of Model Parliament activity.
▪ Arranging study visits of students to Government Departments, Marketing Yards, Training center’s etc. to enable students to gain practical knowledge about the working of the Government Departments.
▪ Dispatching individual students of final year classes to Government Departments with permission letters, to interact with officials working in different Government Departments to facilitate students understand the working and functions of the particular Departments. The students are guided to make a report on their Departmental visit and the same is considered for awarding of marks under the CA Activity.
▪ Mandating students to make PPT Presentations on the assigned topics related to the syllabi of the 6th Semester of the BA Course.
▪ Facilitating Internship programs for students.

Dr. P. E. Somaiah

HOD

Dr. Sujit Kumar

Coordinator, Post Graduate Courses

Dr. Neil Tannen

Assistant Professor

Dr.Karamala Areesh Kumar

Assistant Professor

Dr.Parvathy Poornima

Assistant Professor

Dr Anitha.V

Assistant Professor

Dr. K.P.Ashwini

Assistant Professor

Fr. Maxim Dias,SJ

Assistant Professor

Justin Johnson

Assistant Professor