BA (Hons) in Political Science and International Relations

BA (Hons) in Political Science and International Relations


First year – Semester One

PSC1101- Introduction to Political Studies

  • Political Science
  • Political Theory
  • Political Philosophy
  • Islamic Politics

PSC1102- Sri Lankan Politics

  • Constitutional Changes
  • State Reforms
  • Power Sharing Processes

PSC1103- Iran & Persia

  • The Political Thought and Political System in Iran
  • Islamic & Persian Civilization

PSC1104- Religion

  • History of Religions

PSC1105- English – 1&II

First year – Semester Two

PSC1201- International Relations

  • Introduction – Theories
  • Issues in World Politics After 1945
  • International and Regional Organizations

PSC1202- Developing Countries & Middle-East

  • Political, Social & Economic Issues in the Developing Countries
  • Geo-Politics and the Socio-Political Reforms in the Middle East
  • Globalization and the Modern Political development in the Middle-East

PSC1203- Politics of Climate Change

PSC1204- Mysticism and Ethics

PSC1205- Arabic Grammar

  • Primary
  • Intermediate
  • Advance

Second year – Semester One

PSC2101- Introduction to Political Psychology, Political Sociology and Political Anthropology

PSC2102- Introduction to Politics of South Asian Countries

PSC2103-Research Methodology in Political Science

PSC2104- International Law, Political Law & Legal System

PSC2105- Cultural and Academic Management

 Second year – Semester Two

PSC2201-Introduction to Bio-Politics

PSC2202- War, Peace and Conflict Resolution

PSC2203- Philosophy & Logic

PSC2204- Principles of Jurisprudence

 PSC2205- Exegesis of the Quran – 1 & II

 Third Year – Semester One

PSC3101-Political Thought

  • Political Thought in the 21st Century
  • Religious Political Thought

PSC3102- Public Policy and Public Administration

 PSC3103- Foreign Policy & Diplomacy

  • Foreign Policy of Major Powers
  • Foreign Policy of Sri Lanka
  • Diplomacy and Contemporary Strategic Issues
  • Diplomatic Relations in Islam

 PSC3104– Hadith

 PSC3105– Theology – I & II

Third year – Semester Two

PSC3201-Approaches to Comparative Politics

PSC3202-Contemporary Political and Social Movements

PSC3203- Political & Ideological Revolution

  • Theories
  • Marxism after Marx

 PSC3204- Jurisprudence I & II

PSC3205- Thesis

Introduction to Political Studies

Course Code                                      : PSC1101

Recommended Study Year         : First Year

No. of Credits                                    : 4

Mode of Tuition                               : Lecture/ Group work/ Tutorial Class

Discipline                                            : Political Science



This course is a general understanding of Political Science, Political Theory and Political Philosophy. Students are not required to have any background in the discipline and, in fact, the course is designed to introduce some basic concepts, approaches and theories in Political Science. This curse is important that it provides the foundation for future studies in the field. It intends to promote students’ appreciation of the role of politics in daily life and why it is important to get involved in exercising their responsibilities and duties as a global citizen.

Learning outcomes:

On completing this course, successful students will be able to:

  1. Understand political issues better with the concepts, theories and perspectives learned from the course; and
  2. Analyze critically political processes and evaluate events in local, national and international politics; and
  3. Compare and contrast various political ideologies and forms of government and governance; and
  4. Communicate political issues clearly and effectively in group work and individually, in oral as well as written forms.

Assessment of Learning Outcomes:

Assignments                            50%

Final Exam                              50%

Recommended Reading

  1. Agarwal, R.C., 1986. Political Theory – Principles of Political Science. New Delhi.
  2. Grigsby, Ellen. 2011. Analyzing Politics: An Introduction to Political Science, Fifth Edition. Wadsworth Publishing.
  3. Ishiyama, J. T., & Breuning, M. (2011). 21st century political science: A reference handbook. Thousand Oaks, Calif: SAGE Publications.
  4. J.C. 2014. Principles of Modern Political Science. New Delhi. Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
  5. A.C. 2014. Principles of Political Science. New Delhi, S. Chand Company PVT. LTD.
  6. A., 2004. Political Theory, An Introduction. New York. Palgrave Macmillan
  7. Gerald F. Gaus &Chandran Kukathas., 2004. Handbook of Political Theory. Thousand Oaks, Calif: SAGE Publications.
  8. J, Honig. B & Phillips. A, 2008. The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory. Oxford Handbooks
  9. G, Turner, S 2011 Routledge International Handbook of Contemporary Social and Political Theory, , Routledge,
  10. L, 2002. Thinking Politics; Perspectives in ancient, modern and postmodern political theory. Second Edition New York Chatham House Publishers
  11. J, 1997. Political Philosophy. Boulder. Westview
  12. G, 1987, Political Philosophy. New Jersey. Prentice Hall
  13. Kavka, G, 1986, Hobbesian Moral and Political Theory. Princeton, Princeton University Press.
  14. J. 1992, Political Obligation. New Jersey, Humanities Press
  15. Barry, B. 1989, Theories of Justice. Berkeley, University of California Press
  16. D. 2002, Democracy. Massachusetts, Blackwell.
  17. Beitz, C. 1979, Political Theory and International Relations, Princeton, Princeton University Press.
  18. Abdul Rauf, M. 1988. The concept of Islamic State: With Particular Reference to Treatment of Non-Muslim Citizens. Kuala Lumpur. Islamic Affairs Division, Prime Minister’s Dept.
  19. Abu Sulayman. A. 1987. The Islamic Theory of International Relations: New Directions for Islamic Methodology and Thought. The International Institute of Islamic Thought.
  20. M. 1982. Islamic Political System in the Modern Age: Theory and Practice, Karachi. Saad
  21. T.W. 1965. The Caliphate, London. Routledge & Kegan Paul
  22. M. 1980. The Principles of State and Government in Islam, Gibraltar. Dar al- Andalus.
  23. W. T. 1978. Theories of Political System. New Jersey. Prentice Hall

PSC1101- Introduction to Political Studies

Sample Exam Paper

Political Science

  1. (i) Define briefly what is state and the elements of state?
  • Is Political Science, a science?
  1. Discuss the relationship between Political Science and three other social Sciences?
  2. Briefly define four of the following concepts

Government, Civil Society, Power, Rule of Law, Citizenship, Nation

  1. Is Sri Lanka a Democratic Country? Discuss your views

Political Theory

  1. Compare and contrast Liberalism and Marxism
  2. Briefly discuss three of the following

                                        i.            Freedom

                                        ii.           Equality

                                        iii.          Rights

  1. Briefly explain how the following theories explain the origin and historical development of state

Devine Right Theory, Evolutionary Theory, Social Contract Theory, Marxist Theory, Liberalism

  1. What is theory and how is this helpful to understand your field of study?

Political Philosophy

  1. What is political philosophy? Briefly discuss the problems of political philosophy?
  2. Discuss what is political obligation and its problems
  3. Briefly explain justice in Political Philosophy
  4. How do you justify Democracy?

Islamic Politics

  1. Write a brief essay about the historical development of Islamic state
  2. Briefly explain two of the following
  3. The Islamic legal Order
  4. The Islamic Social Order
  • The Islamic Political Order
  1. Accountability in Islam
  2. Compare and contrast the religious state and secular state
  3. Write an essay on the topic of Islam and Democracy