IIT Madras – Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of Humanities & Social Sciences

Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Indian Constitution: Text and Practice

Course ID
HS 2160

This course will survey the basic structure and operative dimensions of Indian Constitution. It will explore various aspects ot the Indian political and legal system from a historical perspective highlighting the various events that led to the making of the Indian Constitution. It will also socio-political equations. The various challenges faced by the constitution and the corresponding coping mechanisms would also be discussed. Broadly, the students would be exposed to the working of various institutions, offices and political debates ensuing from the operation of the Indian constitution in the last five decades.Historical Background – Principles of the Constitution – Fundamental Rights – Directive Principles – Centre-State Relations – Division of Power: Legislature, Executive, Judiciary; Institutions: President, Governors, Statutory bodies – Amendments to the Constitution.

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