UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM

Turning Passion to Purpose

Sociology as a social science discipline deals with a systematized study of society, using macro and micro approaches towards understanding societies; social relationships, institutions, processes, issues, policies, movements; and business organizations. As sociologists, it is imperative to engage in critical inquiry and hence deconstruct/debunk realities than accepting them as givens. The centrality of this discipline as a core social science lies in the fact that it enables the learners to raise questions like how significant is a particular process or issue in the social world? How does a particular phenomenon manifest itself across societies? What kind of explanations can be constructed to explain these facts? Hence it facilitates a translation of broader areas of interest into research based modes of inquiry.

The Sociology Major Program endeavors to establish a firm foundation of the discipline. An overview of the discipline based on key paradigms and concepts forms an integral aspect of the program. Students will traverse through a wide range of specialized branches to understand the relevance of the discipline in contemporary society. An approach to different aspects of life based on a diversity of theoretical perspectives will serve to enhance an understanding of ‘social life’. Reflective insights into the role of individuals in institutional contexts against a global backdrop are the major hallmark of this program. Students will be exposed to a range of research-based skills involved in designing and undertaking independent research projects.

The Sociology Minor Program is designed to expose students to a theoretical and conceptual base in different areas of sociology. It aims to provide an understanding of social institutions and social issues within diverse societies in a global context, and to apply sociological perspectives to these areas. Students will learn to view and analyze these issues in different dimensions and multiple perspectives; and will be encouraged to adopt a position in relation to them.

This Program equips students to engage in critical synthesis of existing literature, collection and analysis of data to validate information and logical presentation of the same with clarity and conviction. A series of courses will introduce students to the basic concepts, theoretical models and issues of the discipline with a focus on Indian scenario. The subsequent courses will focus on thematic studies of gender, culture, tourism, and Diaspora. Students will be trained in critical and analytical inquiry in various domains through writing response papers, reflective essays, case studies, review papers, and presentations.

The Sociology Major Program will enable students to engage in advanced learning of different sub-areas. It will also hone their professional competencies equipping them to enter different fields such as teaching, research, journalism, policy analysis, program development, human resource management, public relations and cultural affairs.

The Sociology Minor Program prepares students for graduate studies in specialized branches such as work, labor market and organizations; social behaviour; human rights; gender studies; human relations and global sociology. This Program provides grounding to pursue careers in the fields of journalism; law; development; social work and advocacy; marketing and public relations; NGOs; and advertising, consumer and market research.

PROGRAM AIMS

The Sociology Major Program seeks to:

  • provide students an understanding of sociological concepts and multiple theoretical perspectives
  • enable students to develop critical analysis of the relationship between individuals and social institutions
  • equip students to locate social entities in different socio-cultural contexts with a global perspective
  • provide students an understanding of evolution of sociology as a discipline and its core specialized fields
  • equip students with an understanding of a range of specializations focusing on aspects as diverse as art, science, religion, technology and tourism  
  • develop in students interpretative, reflective and interdisciplinary approach
  • develop in students research based sociological inquiry
  • foster experiential learning through field exposure

The Sociology Minor Program seeks to:

  • provide students an understanding of sociological concepts and multiple theoretical perspectives
  • enable students to develop critical analysis of the relationship between individuals and social institutions
  • equip students to locate social entities in different socio-cultural contexts with a global perspective
  • provide students an understanding of evolution of sociology as a discipline and its core specialized fields
  • develop in students interpretative, reflective and interdisciplinary approach

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

On the completion of the Major Program student will:

  1. have a comprehensive understanding of sociological concepts and multiples theoretical perspectives and their real world applicability
  2. be able to critique theoretical frameworks and assess their relevance in the contemporary world
  3. be able to recognize integral associations between individuals and social institutions
  4. have a critical understanding of varied socio-cultural phenomena in the global context
  5. be able to communicate effectively and work in teams
  6. be able to collect data through various research methods and analyze it
  7. be able to develop an empathetic approach in the study of social phenomena

On the completion of the Minor Program student will:

  1. have a comprehensive understanding of sociological concepts and multiples theoretical perspectives and their real world applicability
  2. be able to critique theoretical frameworks and assess their relevance in the contemporary world
  3. be able to recognize integral associations between individuals and social institutions
  4. have a critical understanding of varied socio-cultural phenomena in the global context
  5. be able to communicate effectively and work in teams

21 MAJOR COURSES

1. Introduction to Sociology 8. Research Methods in Sociology 15. Globalization and Social Change
2. Indian Society and Culture 9. Social Issues in Contemporary World 16. Sociology of Education
3. Social Structure, Stratification and Institutions 10. Gender, Culture and Society 17. Sociology of Art
4. Classical and Contemporary Sociological Theory        11. Rural Sociology 18. Science, Technology and Society
5. Sociology of Family 12. Sociology of Work and Organizations 19. Migration and Diaspora
6. Indian Sociology 13. Social Exclusion in India 20. Sociology of Tourism
7. Urban Sociology 14. Sociology of Religion 21. Sociology of Disasters

 

1. Introduction to Sociology

This course provides an overview of the discipline by outlining the core concepts and theoretical traditions which are imperative to understanding the social forces and processes shaping society. It elaborates on the systematic and logical modes of inquiry. The course will adopt exemplary learning by focusing on global issues, yet with the primary focus being on Indian society.

2. Indian Society and Culture

This course is aimed at presenting an integrated understanding of the Indian society and its diverse cultures. It explores the pluralistic composition of Indian society focusing on tribal, rural and urban societies; enabling students to comprehend the diverse nature of Indian society and its culture. By understanding the social structures and cultural patterns embedded within it, the course will also facilitate an intercultural and multicultural understanding of the society. Students will also engage in reflecting on issues of national integration and identity. Students will critically examine the processes of social change and continuity in contemporary India.

3. Social Structure, Stratification and Institutions

This course will engage students in the treatment of social stratification from the perspectives of theory, structure, and process and their variations in societal and cultural contexts. The course focuses on structural units and the study of social stratification, social formation and social interaction and processes involving social stratification. The major forms of social stratification and their relation to economic and political institutions will be examined. The course will concentrate mainly on the structure of social inequality; hierarchies and status structures; class formation; social mobility; processes of ‘social selection’ and status attainment; social stratification and sub-cultural variations etc. Social stratification in relation to social integration, conflict and change, with special reference to industry and politics will be probed.

4. Classical and Contemporary Sociological Theory

This course will take an extensive look at different theoretical frameworks in sociology. It will focus on the contributions of leading sociologists representing different schools of thought. It will expose students to the central tenets and arguments ranging from the "classics" by "founding fathers" to contemporary sociologists, with a focus on their strengths and weaknesses. This will enable students comprehend the social world by exploring distinct trajectories with intersections, critiquing the same and developing a perspective/orientation of their own.

5. Sociology of Family

This course examines the nature and functions of the family from a cross-cultural perspective. It focuses on the family as an institution influenced by cultural factors which is examined through various sociological perspectives. It explores relationship preferences, stages of coupling, marriage and parenting in contemporary context. Through this course diversity in family forms will be understood and challenges to the institution of family will be examined. The aim is to understand how families adapt to current social, economic and political environment.

6. Indian Sociology

The course introduces students to the development and progress of sociology as a discipline in India. It highlights the major concepts and contributions in Indian sociology and their significance in understanding the diversity and complexity that is unique to the Indian socio-cultural milieu.

7. Urban Sociology

This course will engage students in understanding the contours of urban sociology. The course focuses on the dimensions and the perspectives in the study of urban society. The course will enable students to study the distinctive characterization of urban society. The theories pertaining to the urban will be critically examined. The various empirical studies of urban transformations will be reflected upon. The changing dimensions of space, power, caste, gender and class in urban society will be examined. Urban developmental issues will be probed.

8. Research Methods

Sociology is the systematic study of society. This implies that any study within the field cannot be conducted in an arbitrary fashion. This course has been designed to expose students to organized inquiry of social phenomena. Hence it outlines the different components of the research process along with critical decisions that a researcher may be confronted with. Through hands on experience, it will elucidate an understanding of the nature of research problem, sources of data collection, research design, the different methods of obtaining, analyzing, interpreting and presenting the same.

9. Social Issues in Contemporary World

This course focuses on critically assessing many complex and varied problems and issues plaguing contemporary society. This course enables exploration of local and global scenario of social problems. It will focus on, analysing sociologically, problems such as poverty, inequality, domestic violence, human trafficking, crime and environmental degradation. The causes, consequences and remedial measures will be discussed for in depth understanding of the social issues and problems. Programs and policies for alleviating the negative consequences of social problems will be discussed. In addition to research based articles the issues will be understood through sources such as case analysis, documentaries, films and journalistic articles.

10. Gender, Culture and Society

This course critically examines the socio-cultural construction of gender and explores the gendered institutions such as family, education, work and media. It provides insights into the women’s movement, women’s studies and critically examines perspectives to understand gender inequality. Through intersectional and cross cultural studies a broader understanding of how gender is played out in different cultures and how gender inequality and discrimination leads to marginalization, invisibility and exclusion of women will be understood. Transgendered identities and queer theories will be examined to facilitate a broader understanding of gender conundrum.

11. Rural Sociology

This course will engage students in understanding the contours of rural sociology. The course focuses on the dimensions and the perspectives in the study of rural society. The course will enable students to study the distinctive characterization of rural society. The theories pertaining to the rural will be critically examined. The various empirical studies of rural transformations will be reflected upon. The changing dimensions of power, caste, gender and class in rural society will be examined. Rural governance and developmental issues will be probed.

12. Sociology of Work and Organizations

This course enables students to understand the development of the modern day concept of work and its changing contours. It highlights the interconnections between the industrialisation process on the different phases of the development of society and social experience. It will provide an exploration of how the concept of work continues to be shaped by our contemporary ideas of development and progress in society.

13. Social Exclusion in India

This course aims to understand the social location and issues relating to socially excluded, marginalized and vulnerable communities in India. It focuses on the historically deprived sections of Indian society like Tribals, Dalits, women and minorities. It also examines the issues pertaining to communities like LGBT, urban poor and socially and educationally backward classes who are at the margins because of structural reasons and societal attitudes. Structural and phenomenological reasons for their social exclusion will be probed. Critical analysis of theories of identity and social exclusion will be undertaken. Finally, we reflect on the ways and means through which social justice may be achieved.

14. Sociology of Religion

This course will provide an in-depth understanding of the sociological functions and role of religion in society. It will introduce important concepts and contributions in the study of sociology of religion and give a holistic overview of the key developments in the field.

15. Globalization and Social Change

This course aims to examine the characteristics of and the issues relating to globalization. The focus is on the nature and dynamics of globalization and consequences of globalization. It reflects on the increasing dense networks of global interrelations which have transformed human life. Critical analysis of theories of development, underdevelopment, modernization and globalization will be undertaken. Finally we reflect on the Indian experience of globalization and problems and prospects confronted due to it.

16. Sociology of Education

This course provides students with an in-depth understanding of the mutually impinging relationship between society and education. It elucidates a comprehension of education against a theoretical backdrop. It also highlights focal areas shaping education in the form of curriculum and pedagogical practices. It will also explore the governmental and private influences in education. It will bring the central issues that plague education to the forefront especially in the Indian context.

17. Sociology of Art

This course is an interdisciplinary course focusing on sociological discourses on artistic creations. It entails analysis of the relationships between social structures, patterns of artistic production and consumption. Number of themes related to the fine as well as popular arts will be examined through sociological perspectives. Through this course we will explore the nature of the art world by understanding and examining the interplay between art and society. Reflections on the reception and reputation of the artists will also be engaged through empirical research. Our goal in this seminar course will be to examine and understand the main traditions, concepts, themes and theories associated with the field of sociology of art. We also embark upon exploring the field’s most pressing current questions and concerns.

18. Science, Technology and Society

The course introduces students to the relationship between science, technology and society from a sociological perspective. It highlights the changing dimensions of social experience vis-a-vis development and progress of science and the sociological issues regarding the role of science and technology in modern contemporary society from varied perspectives.

19. Migration and Diaspora

This course explores the development of the concept of diaspora from its very specific origins to the range of theoretical and empirical perspectives it encompasses today. It provides an understanding of the various migration theories, and brings forth the multifaceted nature of the contemporary global Indian diaspora.

20. Sociology of Tourism

Tourism is an expanding industry incorporating a variety of strategies and employment opportunities. The course is an attempt to look at tourism through the sociological lens. Sociological perspectives will be applied to the understanding of this industry. The movement from mass and leisure tourism to new emerging forms of tourism are some of the major highlights. Moreover, it will also look at factors that motivate the tourists and how the latter perceive and ‘construct’ their experiences. The organization of tourist practices and differential socio-cultural-environmental impact of tourism (both domestic as well as international) will be explored. The interface between tourism and media will be looked at.

21. Sociology of Disasters

The course seeks to introduce the sociological theories pertinent to the area of disaster studies and disaster management. While it begins with a historical perspective, it makes connections with the important social, political and technological issues. The course also lays emphasis on the attainment of critical skills to evaluate disaster management and its implementation in India and across the world.

18 MINOR COURSES

1. Introduction to Sociology 7. Social Issues in Contemporary World 13. Globalization and Social Change
2. Indian Society and Culture 8. Gender, Culture and Society 14. Sociology of Education
3. Classical and Contemporary Sociological Theory 9. Rural Sociology 15. Sociology of Art
4. Sociology of Family 10. Sociology of Work and Organizations 16. Science, Technology and Society
5. Indian Sociology 11. Social Exclusion in India 17. Migration and Diaspora
6. Sociology of Religion 12. Sociology of Disasters 18. Sociology of Tourism

 

1. Introduction to Sociology

This course provides an overview of the discipline by outlining the core concepts and theoretical traditions which are imperative to understanding the social forces and processes shaping society. It elaborates on the systematic and logical modes of inquiry. The course will adopt exemplary learning by focusing on global issues, yet with the primary focus being on Indian society.

2. Indian Society and Culture

This course is aimed at presenting an integrated understanding of the Indian society and its diverse cultures. It explores the pluralistic composition of Indian society focusing on tribal, rural and urban societies; enabling students to comprehend the diverse nature of Indian society and its culture. By understanding the social structures and cultural patterns embedded within it, the course will also facilitate an intercultural and multicultural understanding of the society. Students will also engage in reflecting on issues of national integration and identity. Students will critically examine the processes of social change and continuity in contemporary India.

3. Classical and Contemporary Sociological Theory

This course will take an extensive look at different theoretical frameworks in sociology. It will focus on the contributions of leading sociologists representing different schools of thought. It will expose students to the central tenets and arguments ranging from the "classics" by "founding fathers" to contemporary sociologists, with a focus on their strengths and weaknesses. This will enable students comprehend the social world by exploring distinct trajectories with intersections, critiquing the same and developing a perspective/orientation of their own.

4. Indian Sociology

The course introduces students to the development and progress of sociology as a discipline in India. It highlights the major concepts and contributions in Indian sociology and their significance in understanding the diversity and complexity that is unique to the Indian socio-cultural milieu.

5. Urban Sociology

This course will engage students in understanding the contours of urban sociology. The course focuses on the dimensions and the perspectives in the study of urban society. The course will enable students to study the distinctive characterization of urban society. The theories pertaining to the urban will be critically examined. The various empirical studies of urban transformations will be reflected upon. The changing dimensions of space, power, caste, gender and class in urban society will be examined. Urban developmental issues will be probed.

6. Sociology of Religion

This course will provide an in-depth understanding of the sociological functions and role of religion in society. It will introduce important concepts and contributions in the study of sociology of religion and give a holistic overview of the key developments in the field.

7. Social Issues in Contemporary World

This course focuses on critically assessing many complex and varied problems and issues plaguing contemporary society. This course enables exploration of local and global scenario of social problems. It will focus on, analysing sociologically, problems such as poverty, inequality, domestic violence, human trafficking, crime and environmental degradation. The causes, consequences and remedial measures will be discussed for in depth understanding of the social issues and problems. Programs and policies for alleviating the negative consequences of social problems will be discussed. In addition to research based articles the issues will be understood through sources such as case analysis, documentaries, films and journalistic articles.

8. Gender, Culture and Society

This course critically examines the socio-cultural construction of gender and explores the gendered institutions such as family, education, work and media. It provides insights into the women’s movement, women’s studies and critically examines perspectives to understand gender inequality. Through intersectional and cross cultural studies a broader understanding of how gender is played out in different cultures and how gender inequality and discrimination leads to marginalization, invisibility and exclusion of women will be understood. Transgendered identities and queer theories will be examined to facilitate a broader understanding of gender conundrum.

9. Rural Sociology

This course will engage students in understanding the contours of rural sociology. The course focuses on the dimensions and the perspectives in the study of rural society. The course will enable students to study the distinctive characterization of rural society. The theories pertaining to the rural will be critically examined. The various empirical studies of rural transformations will be reflected upon. The changing dimensions of power, caste, gender and class in rural society will be examined. Rural governance and developmental issues will be probed.

10. Sociology of Work and Organizations

This course enables students to understand the development of the modern day concept of work and its changing contours. It highlights the interconnections between the industrialisation process on the different phases of the development of society and social experience. It will provide an exploration of how the concept of work continues to be shaped by our contemporary ideas of development and progress in society.

11. Social Exclusion in India

This course aims to understand the social location and issues relating to socially excluded, marginalized and vulnerable communities in India. It focuses on the historically deprived sections of Indian society like Tribals, Dalits, women and minorities. It also examines the issues pertaining to communities like LGBT, urban poor and socially and educationally backward classes who are at the margins because of structural reasons and societal attitudes. Structural and phenomenological reasons for their social exclusion will be probed. Critical analysis of theories of identity and social exclusion will be undertaken. Finally, we reflect on the ways and means through which social justice may be achieved.

12. Sociology of Disasters

The course seeks to introduce the sociological theories pertinent to the area of disaster studies and disaster management. While it begins with a historical perspective, it makes connections with the important social, political and technological issues. The course also lays emphasis on the attainment of critical skills to evaluate disaster management and its implementation in India and across the world.

13. Globalization and Social Change

This course aims to examine the characteristics of and the issues relating to globalization. The focus is on the nature and dynamics of globalization and consequences of globalization. It reflects on the increasing dense networks of global interrelations which have transformed human life. Critical analysis of theories of development, underdevelopment, modernization and globalization will be undertaken. Finally we reflect on the Indian experience of globalization and problems and prospects confronted due to it.

14. Sociology of Education

This course provides students with an in-depth understanding of the mutually impinging relationship between society and education. It elucidates a comprehension of education against a theoretical backdrop. It also highlights focal areas shaping education in the form of curriculum and pedagogical practices. It will also explore the governmental and private influences in education. It will bring the central issues that plague education to the forefront especially in the Indian context.

15. Sociology of Art

This course is an interdisciplinary course focusing on sociological discourses on artistic creations. It entails analysis of the relationships between social structures, patterns of artistic production and consumption. Number of themes related to the fine as well as popular arts will be examined through sociological perspectives. Through this course we will explore the nature of the art world by understanding and examining the interplay between art and society. Reflections on the reception and reputation of the artists will also be engaged through empirical research. Our goal in this seminar course will be to examine and understand the main traditions, concepts, themes and theories associated with the field of sociology of art. We also embark upon exploring the field’s most pressing current questions and concerns.

16. Science, Technology and Society

The course introduces students to the relationship between science, technology and society from a sociological perspective. It highlights the changing dimensions of social experience vis-a-vis development and progress of science and the sociological issues regarding the role of science and technology in modern contemporary society from varied perspectives.

17. Migration and Diaspora

This course explores the development of the concept of diaspora from its very specific origins to the range of theoretical and empirical perspectives it encompasses today. It provides an understanding of the various migration theories, and brings forth the multifaceted nature of the contemporary global Indian diaspora.

18. Sociology of Tourism

Tourism is an expanding industry incorporating a variety of strategies and employment opportunities. The course is an attempt to look at tourism through the sociological lens. Sociological perspectives will be applied to the understanding of this industry. The movement from mass and leisure tourism to new emerging forms of tourism are some of the major highlights. Moreover, it will also look at factors that motivate the tourists and how the latter perceive and ‘construct’ their experiences. The organization of tourist practices and differential socio-cultural-environmental impact of tourism (both domestic as well as international) will be explored. The interface between tourism and media will be looked at.