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Religion and society

Religion and Society

Sociological theories of religion. Types of religious practices: animism, monism, pluralism, sects, cults. Religion in modern society: religion and science, secularization, religious revivalism, fundamentalism.

Challenges of social Transformation

Challenges of Social Transformation

Crisis of development: displacement, environmental problems and sustainability. Poverty, deprivation and inequalities. Violence against women. Caste conflicts. Ethnic conflicts, communalism, religious revivalism. Illiteracy and disparities in education.

Social Change

Social Change in Modern Society

Sociological theories of social change. Development and dependency. Agents of social change. Education and social change. Science, technology and social change.

Rural and Agrarian Society

Rural and Agrarian transformation in India

Programmes of rural development, Community Development Programme, cooperatives, poverty alleviation schemes. Green revolution and social change. Changing modes of production in Indian agriculture . Problems of rural labour, bondage,migration

Politics and Society

Politics and Society in India

Nation, democracy and citizenship. Political parties, pressure groups , social and political elite. Regionalism and decentralization of power. Secularization

Population Dynamics

Population Dynamics

Population size, growth, composition and distribution. Components of population growth: birth, death, migration. Population policy and family planning. Emerging issues: ageing, sex ratios, child and infant mortality, reproductive health.

Work and economic Life

Industrialization and Urbanisation in India

Evolution of modern industry in India. Growth of urban settlements in India. Working class: structure, growth, class mobilization. Informal sector, child labour. Slums and deprivation in urban areas.

Rural and Agrarian Society

Rural and Agrarian Social Structure

The idea of Indian village and village studies. Agrarian social structure - evolution of land tenure system, land reforms.

Sociology -The Discipline

Sociology - The Discipline

Modernity and social changes in Europe and emergence of sociology, Scope of the subject and comparison with other social sciences, Sociology and common sense.

Sociological Thinkers

Sociological Thinkers : Karl Marx

Sociological Thinkers:Karl Marx : Introduction, Histortical materialism, Class struggle, Alienation, Critical analysis

Work and economic Life

Work and Economic Life

Social organization of work in different types of society, Formal and informal organization of work. Labour and society.

Perspective in Indian Society

Perspectives on the study of Indian society

Indology (GS. Ghurye). Structural functionalism (M N Srinivas). Marxist sociology (A R Desai).

Impact of Colonial rule

Impact of colonial rule on Indian society

Social background of Indian nationalism. Modernization of Indian tradition. Protests and movements during the colonial period. Social reforms.

System of Kinship

Systems of Kinship in India

Lineage and descent in India. Types of kinship systems. Family and marriage in India. Household dimensions of the family.

Sociology as Science

Sociology as Science

Science, scientific method and critique, Major theoretical strands of research methodology, Positivism and its critique, Fact value and objectivity, Non- positivist methodologies.

Sociological Thinkers

Sociological Thinkers : G H Mead

Sociological Thinkers: G. H. Mead : Introduction, Theory of self and Identity , Critical analysis

Sociological Thinkers

Sociological Thinkers : Emile Durkheim

Sociological Thinkers: Emile Durkheim : Theory of Division of labour, social fact, suicide, religion and society.

Stratification in Society

Social Classes in India

Agrarian class structure. Industrial class structure. Middle classes in India.

Politics and Society

Politics and Society

Sociological theories of power. Power elite, bureaucracy, pressure groups, and political parties. Nation, state, citizenship, democracy, civil society, ideology. Protest, agitation, social movements, collective action, revolution.

System of Kinship

System of Kinship

Family, household, marriage. Types and forms of family. Lineage and descent. Patriarchy and sexual division oflabour. Contemporary trends.

Sociological Thinkers

Sociological Thinkers : R. Merton

Sociological Thinkers: Robert Merton : Latent and manifest functions, conformity and deviance, reference groups.

Sociological Thinkers

Sociological Thinkers : Max Weber

Sociological Thinkers: Max Weber : Social action, ideal types, authority, bureaucracy, protestant ethic and the spirit of capitalism.

Stratification in Society

Stratification and Mobility

Concepts- equality, inequality, hierarchy, exclusion, poverty and deprivation, Theories of social stratification Dimensions , Social mobility- open and closed systems, types of mobility, sources and causes of mobility.

Sociological Thinkers

Sociological Thinkers : Talcott Parsons

Sociological Thinkers: Talcott Parsons : Introduction, Social action, Pattern variables, Social system, AGIL, Cybernatic hirerrachy, Critical analysis

Tribal Communities

Tribal communities in India

Definitional problems. Geographical spread. Colonial policies and tribes. Issues of integration and autonomy.

Research Methods and Analysis

Reaserch Methods and Analysis

Qualitative and quantitative methods, Techniques of data collection, Variables, sampling, hypothesis, reliability and validity.

Social Movements

Social Movements in Modern India

Peasants and farmers movements. Women's movement. Backward classes & Dalit movement. Environmental movements. Ethnicity and Identity movements.

Religion and society

Religion and Society in India

Religious communities in India. Problems of religious minorities.

Sociological Thinkers

Sociological Thinkers : Comparative View

Comparisons between thinkers

Stratification in Society

Caste System in India

Perspectives on the study of caste systems: GS Ghurye, M N Srinivas, Louis Dumont, Andre Beteille. Features of caste system. Untouchability - forms and perspectives.

Social Change

Visions of Social Change in India

Idea of development planning and mixed economy. Constitution, law and social change. Education and social change.

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