HS 205 : Introduction to Sociology

1. What is sociology, some sociological concepts:  social structure,  status, role, norms, values etc. Socialization, and culture and change.

2. Social  stratification - various approaches and concept  of social mobility.

3. Population  and society - Trends of demographic  change  in India and the world, Human Ecology, Trends of  Urbanization in the developing countries and the world.

4. Major social institutions - Family and marriage, caste  and tribe    and   organizations:   (i)   formal organization (bureaucracy) (ii) informal organization.

5.    Processes of social change  -  Modernization  (including Sanskritization),     industrialization, environmental/ecological changes and development.

6.    Social movements - protest movements,  reformist  movement and radical movements in India.


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M.  Haralambos Sociology: Themes and  Perspectives,  Oxford University Press, 1980.      

M.S.A. Rao (ed) Social movements in India, vols. 1-2, 1984, Manohar.      

David Mandelbaum, Society in India, 1990, Popular.

M.N. Srinivas, Social change in modern India, 1991, Orient Longman.

Guy   Rocher,   A.  General Introduction to Sociology, MacMillan, 1982.