The course does not have a rigidly fixed syllabus, and is designed to
incorporate the research interests of students who take the course in each
successive year. Broad topics that can be covered include the following areas:
Historical understanding of political, socio-economic and cultural
issues in India.
Legal and constitutional history – Ancient Indian and medieval
traditions of law, Law in India
during the colonial era, Post-independence legal developments
Structure of government and the judiciary – Powers of the
Legislature, Executive and the judiciary as well as other important
institutions of democratic governance.
Analysis of Institutions in India: Parliament, political
parties, the Supreme Court, the Election Commission, the Press, Police, etc.
Broad trends in the jurisprudence evolved by courts in
post-independent India–rights and Public Interest Litigation (PIL)
jurisprudence, Administrative Law innovations, non-constitutional law in
important areas, etc.
Liberalisation/Privatisation/Law and Development
issues – changes in the telecom and Information Technology sectors,
Secularism and Religion issues;
Caste and Affirmative Action/Reservation
Arbitration/ADR, Intellectual Property laws, Outsourcing etc.
Other topics will be included
based on student interest, availability of materials, and the topical nature of
the issue concerned. The course does not
rely upon any single textbook and employs reading materials from a variety of
sources, all of which will be listed in the finalised syllabus.