Syllabus & Subjects Bachelor of Arts [BA] (Sociology):

BA Sociology Syllabus

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Introduction to Sociology

Nature and Scope of Sociology – The Sociological Perspective, Origins, and History of Discipline

Sociological Concepts – Individual and Group, Culture, Social Change

Theoretical Orientations – Functionalism, Marxism, Interpretive Sociology, Interactionism

Sociology and its relationship to other Social Sciences – History, Social Anthropology, Psychology

Sociological Concepts – Order & Social Control, Difference, and Inequality, Institutions

Sociology of India

The Rise of Sociology and Anthropology in India

Social Institutions – Caste, Class, Tribes, Village, Kinship, Religion

India as an object of knowledge – Introduction, the Colonial Discourse, the Nationalist Discourse, Subaltern Critique

Social Change – Change and Resistance, Sanskritization and Westernization, the Dalit Movement in India, the Women’s Movement in India, Peasant Movement in India, Middle-Class Aspirations

Communalism, Secularism, and Nationalism

Visual programme – Contemporary sources on social institutions and Indian society

Sociology of Religion

The sacred and the profane

Magic, Science, and Religion

Representation of World Religion – Islam, Hinduism, Christianity

Religious Practices – Rites of passage, Practices of inversion

Economic Sociology

Perspectives on Economic Sociology – Formalism and Substantive, New Economic Sociology

Forms of exchange – Reciprocity and Gift, Exchange and Money

Systems of Production, Circulation, and Consumption – Hunting and Gathering, Domestic mode of Production, Peasant, Capitalism, and Socialism

Globalisation, Economy, and Society

Sociology of Kinship

Introduction to the study of Kinship – Basic Concepts, Approaches, Descent, Inheritance, Authority, Residence, Alliance, Culture

Conceptualizing Family, Household, and Marriage

Re-casting Kinship – Kinship and Gender, Relatedness, Re-imagining Families, New Reproductive Technologies

Political Sociology

Nature and context of Sociological study of Politics

Concepts and Paradigms – Power and Authority, Political Systems, Conflict and change, Action and Process in Politics

State and Society – States, Classes and Elites, Democracies and Civil Society, Protest, Movements, and Resistance

Society and Polity in India

Environment and Society

Social Construction of Nature and the Environment

Ecological Perspectives – Cultural Ecology, Political Ecology

Contemporary Environmental Concerns – Environmental Movements, Gender, and Environment, Global Issues

Sociology of Gender

Gendering Sociology

Gender as a Social Construct – Sex, Gender, Sexuality, Production of Femininity and Masculinity

Gender differences and inequalities – Gender, Class, Caste, Race; Family, Work, and Property Rights

Gender, Power, and Resistance

Sociological Theories

Karl Marx

Max Weber

Talcott Parsons

Emile Durkheim

G.H. Mead and E. Goffman

Pierre Bourdieu

Social Stratification

Understanding Social Stratification – Natural inequalities and social inequalities; Hierarchy and differences

Approaches to studying Social Stratification – Functionalist approach, Marxist approach, Weberian approach, Feminist approach

Social Inclusion and Social Exclusion

Social Mobility

Contemporary Issues and debates in stratification

Methods in Sociological Research

Sociology as a Science –

Objectivity, Understanding, and Reflexivity

The Comparative Method

Relationship between Theory and Research

Concepts, Hypotheses, Field

Analysing data: Quantitative and Qualitative

Research Design and Data Collection – Survey method, Sampling, Questionnaire, Interview, Focus Group Discussions, Participant Observation, Case Study

Statistical Methods – Statistical Analysis, Measures of Central Tendency, Measures of Dispersion and Correlation

Urban Sociology

Ecological and Cultural Perspectives in the study of Urban Sociology

The city and society

Dimensions of urban life – Neighbourhood, Slum, Migration, Popular Culture

Industrial Sociology

Industrial Society: Concept and Approaches – Industrialization, Industrialism, Post-industrial society, Information Society

Aspects of Industrial Society – Industrial Bureaucracy, Alienation, Industrial Conflict

Industrialisation in India – Labor Policy, Informal Sector, Impact of Globalization

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