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IGNOU Sociology Study Material

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IGNOU BA Sociology Study Material

[ IGNOU BA Sociology Books ]


ESO-11 The Study of Society

Nature and Scope of Sociology
Basic Concepts in Sociology
Simple Societies
Complex Societies
Nature of Socialisation
Agencies of Socialisation
Processes of Education



Educational Institutions
Economy and Technology
Production Processes
Distribution Processes
Consumption Pattern
Stateless Societies
State in Traditional Societies
State in Modern Societies
State and Other Institutions
Religious Beliefs and Practices



Culture 1-Main Characteristics
Culture 2-Diversity and Change
Concepts of Social Structure
Social Roles
Social Networks
Social Functions
Social Stratification
Social Control



Social Deviance
Social Conflict
Social Change
Social Development




ESO-12 Society in India

Unity and Diversity
Rural Social Structure
Village and the Outside World
Patterns of Urbanisation
Urban Social Structure
Family and its Types
Marriage and its Changing Patterns
Rural Economy



Urban Economy
Rural and Urban Poverty
National Politics
Regional and State Polities
Hindu Social Organisation
Muslim Social Organisation
Christian Social Organisation
Sikh Social Organization
Zoroastrian Social Organisation
Caste Structure and Regional Patterns



Caste – Continuity and Change
The Scheduled Castes
Class in India
Backward Classes
Tribes Social Structure – I
Tribes Social Structure-II
Religion in Tribal Societies
Tribes and Modernisation in India
Status of Women in India
Women’s movements in India



Women and Work
Women and Education
Contemporary Women s Issues Health and Legal Aspects
Ethnic Relations and Conflicts
Social Movements
Development Planning and Change
Ecology and the Future of Society




ESO-13 Sociological Thought

Emergence Of Sociology In Europe
Founding Father’s 1
Founding Father’s 2
History And Development Of Sociology In India -I
History And Development Of Sociology In India – II
Historical Materialism
Forces, Relations and Modes of Production
Class and Class Conflict
Dialectics and Social Change
Sociology as Science



Comparative Method
Collective Representations
Forms of Social Solidarity
Ideal Types
Religion And Economy
Power And Authority
Methodology Marx Durkheim And Weber
Religion Durkheim And Weber
Division of Labour Durkheim And Marx



Capitalism Weber & Marx
Concept of Culture and Function-Malinowski
Magic, Science and Religion Malinowski
Concept of Social Structure Radcliffe.Brown
Concept of Function -Radcliffe-Brown
A Critique of Malinowski and Radcliffe-Brown
The Concept Of Social System Parsons
Functionalism And Social Change Parsons
Manifest And Latent Function Merton
Theory Of Reference Group Merton
Critique Of Parsons And Merton




ESO-14 Society and Stratification

Social Stratification- Meaning and Approaches
Approaches to Social Stratification
Caste and Class in India
Stratification- Implications of Gender and Ethnicity
Marx and Weber
Parsons and Davis
Coser and Dahrendorf on Social Classes
Theories of Stratification- Towards A Synthesis Lenski, Luhmann, Berghe
Ethnicity as a Basis of Stratification
Tribal Ethnicity- The North-East



Religious Ethnicity- The Case of the Punjab
Linguistic Ethnicity in India
Gender as a Basis of Discrimination
Formation of Gender Identities
Gender Status and Power
Women’s Empowerment- Some Illustrations
The Basis of Caste Hierarchy- Purity and Pollution
Dimensions of Caste- Rituals and Power
Caste Identity- Attributional and Interactional Approaches
Caste Dynamics- Economic and Political



Status of Dalits
Other Backward Classes
Scheduled Tribes
Marginalised Groups and Their Changing Status
Agrarian Class Structure
Industrial Classes
Middle Classes in India
Class Conflict
Concepts and Forms of Social Mobility
Social Mobility in Caste and Class
Factors and Forces of Social Mobility
Consequences of Social Mobility




ESO-15 Society and Religion

Sociology and the Study of Religion
Evolutionary Theories of Religion
Functionalist Theories of Religion
The Study of Religious Beliefs
The Study of Religious Symbols
Comparative Sociological Theories of Ritual
Ritual-I- A Case Study from Africa
Ritual-II- A Case Study from South-East Asia
Civil Religion
Religion and the Economic Order



Religion and Politics-State
Religious Organisations- Sects, Cults and Denominations
Religious Specialists- Shamans, Priests and Prophets
Religion- Social Stability and Change
Fundamentalism- Some Case Studies
Secularism and Secularisation
Religious Pluralism in India- As Fact and Value
Tribal Religion- Two Case Studies
Jainism and Buddhism



Medieval Religious Movements I- Bhakti and Sufism
Medieval Religious Movements I- Veerashaivism
Modern Religious Movements II- Arya Samaj
Modern Religious Movements II- Ramakrishna Mission
Life Cycle Rituals-I- Birth and Marriage
Life Cycle Rituals-II- Death
Social Significance of Pilgrimages
Social Significance of Religious Festivals
Fundamentalism, Communalism and Secularism




ESO-16 Social Problems in India

Social Transformation and Problems
Approaches and Paradigms
Social Problems The Indian Context
Social Demography
Changing Family Structure
Labour Industrial
Labour Rural



Labour Women
Labour Children
Poverty and its Social Dynamics
Crime and Delinquency
Drug Addiction and Alcoholism
Violence and Terrorism
Youth Identity And Alienation
The Aged



Scheduled Castes
Scheduled Tribes
Land Access, Control and Management
Water Access, Control and Management
Forests Access, Control and Management
Role of the State and Other Associations



MA Sociology IGNOU

[ IGNOU MA Sociology Study Material ]


MSO-001 Sociological Theories and Concepts

Social Theory and its Context
Concept and Theory
Theory and Paradigm
Social Construction of Reality
Concept and Theories of Structure
Structure and Function
Structure Function and Neo-Functionalism
The Conceptual and Theoretical Issues of Power
Class and Legitimacy
Power- Functional Perspective



Power and Institutions
Evolution Development and Function of Capitalism
Rationality Work and Organisation
Entrepreneurship and Capitalism
Freedom and Liberty
State; Power as Elaborated by Marx Weber Parsons and Others



Civil Society and Democracy
Conceptualising Ethnicity
Construction of Identities
Boundaries and Boundary Maintenance
Concepts of Difference and Inequality
Gender and Social Stratification
Theories of Origin of Caste System
Theories of Modernisation and Modernity
Tradition and Modernity
Post Structuralism and Post Modernism




MSO-002 Research Methodologies and Methods

Logic of Inquiry in Social Research
Empirical Approach
Diverse Logic of Theory Building
Theoretical Analysis
Issues of Epistemology
Philosophy of Social Science
Positivism and its Critique
Comparative Method
Feminist Approach



Participatory Method
Types of Research
Methods of Research
Elements of Research Design
Sampling Methods and Estimation of Sample Size
Measures of Central Tendency
Measures of Dispersion and Variability
Statistical Inference- Tests of Hypothesis
Correlation and Regression
Survey Method



Survey Design
Survey Instrumentation
Survey Execution and Data Analysis
Field Research – I
Field Research – II
Reliability, Validity and Triangulation
Qualitative Data Formatting and Processing
Writing up Qualitative Data
Using Internet and Word Processor
Using SPSS for Data Analysis Contents
Using SPSS in Report Writing
Tabulation and Graphic Presentation- Case Studies
Guidelines to Research Project Assignment




MSO-003 Sociology of Development

Development and Progress-Economic and Social Dimensions
Change, Modernisation and Development
Social, Human and Gender Development
Sustainable Development
Liberal Perspective on Development
Marxian Perspective on Development
Gandhian Perspective on Development
Dependency Theory of Underdevelopment
Social and Human Development



Gender Perspective on Development
Ecology, Environment and Development
Population and Development
Economic, Social and Cultural Dimensions of Globalisation



Liberalisation and Structural Adjustment Programme
Globalisation, Privatisation and Indigenous knowledge
WTO, GATT, GATS- Capital and Human Flows
Dimensions of Knowledge Society- Issues of Access and Equity
Critique of Knowledge Society
Changing Roles of Media and ICTs on Employment
Dam and Displacement
Green Peace Movement
People Science Movement
Civil Society Movements and Grassroots Initiatives




MSO-004 Sociology in India

Social Background of the Emergence of Sociology in India
Emergence of the Discipline -Issues and Themes
Village Studies in India
The Colonial Perspective
Brahminical Perspective
View from the Field
Ambedkar and Lohia on Caste
Census Perspective
The Household and the Family
The Household as a Cooperative Conflicting Unit



Marriage and Its Changing Patterns
Descent and Alliance Approaches to the Study of Kinship in India
Agrarian Classes and Categories
The Working Class
The Middle Class
Gender, Caste and Class
Tribe, Territory and Common Property Resources
Tribe and Caste
Elwin and Ghuryes Perspectives on Tribes
Social Differentiation among Tribes



Religion and Politics
Religion and Culture
Cohesive and Divisive Dimensions of Religion
Social Movements- Meanings and Dimensions
Types of Social Movements
Peasants Movements
New Social Movements




MSOE-001 Sociology of Education

The Concept of Education
Theoretical Approaches
Thinkers on Education- I
Thinkers on Education- II
Education Knowledge and Power
Education, Nation-building, State and Ideology
Politics of Educational Curriculum
Education and Socialization
Education and Social Change
Education and Social Mobility 



Role of Education in Social and Human Development Emerging Perspectives
Role of Education for Empowerment of the Marginalized
Education and the Policy of Positive Discrimination and Affirmative Action
Education Pluralism and Multiculturalism
Education in SAARC Countries Case Studies-1
Education in Europe Case Studies-2
Education Expansion and Growth
Constitutional Provisions and Educational Policies in India
Universalization of Elementary Education
Crises in lndian Higher Education



Expansion of Professional Education and Private Sector
WTO, GATS, ICTS and Higher Education
Education Social Commitment vs. Commodification
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Open and Distance Learning
Critical Issues in Open and Distance Learning
ODL Problems and Prospects




MSOE-002 Diaspora and Transnational Communities

Conceptual Understanding of Indian Diaspora and Transnational Studies
Approaches to the Study of Indian Diaspora
Diasporic Communities of the World
Migration and Settlement of Indians Abroad
Indian Emigration During Colonial Rule
Post Independence Patterns of Migration
Indians in the Carribean
Indian Diaspora in Africa
Indian Diaspora in South and South East Asia
Indian Diaspora in Europe



Indian Diaspora in the New World North America
Indians in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji
Indian Diaspora in West Asia
Immigration and Emigration Policies and their Implications
Indian State and Diaspora
Socio-Cultural Linkages Between indian Diaspora
Indian Diaspora-Homeland Linkages
Indian Diaspora in Cyberspace
Indian Diasporic Writing



Popular Perception
Identity, Nation-State and Diaspora
Sub-National Identities and Diaspora
Globalisation, Nationalism and Transnational Communities




MSOE-003 Sociology of Religion

Religion – Sociological Perspectives
Anthropological Approaches
Historical and Comparative Approach
Marxian Theory
Durkheim and Functionalism
Weber and the Question of Meaning
M N Srinivas – The Coorgs
Evans Pritchard- The Nuer
T N Madan- Non- Renunciation



Sudhir Kakar- Shamans, Mystics and Doctors
Peter Berger- Phenomenology of Religion
Clifford Geertz- Cultural Analysis
Levi-Strauss– Totemism
Jainism and Buddhism
Secularism and Secularization



Communalism and Fundamentalism
Religious Conversion
Transcendental Meditation
Hare Krishna Movement
Radhasoami Satsang
Sai baba of shirdi




MSOE-004 Urban Sociology

What is Urban Sociology
Urban Centre, Urbanisation and Urban Growth
City and Metropolis
Rural-Urban Continuum
Invasion, Succession, Concentration, Centralization and Segregation
Models of Urban Growth
Social Area Analysis and Recent Advances
Ancient, Medieval and Colonial Cities Case Studies
Typologies of Cities
Temporal Evolution of Ancient, Modern, Pre-Industrial and Industrial Cities



Functional Classification of Cities Commercial, Administrative and Pilgrimage Towns
Trends and Pattern of Urbanisation
Development of Urban Sociology
Urban Sociology in lndia
Level, Trends and Patterns
Marriage, Family and Kinship
Traditional Neighbourhoods and Modern Cities
Urban lnfluences on Rural Areas
Formal Sector
Urban Informal Sector



Changing Occupational Structure and Impact of Economic Liberalization
Environment and Infrastructure
Local Self Government and the Emergence of Voluntary Organisation
Urban Planning
Media and Urban Governance

IGNOU Sociology Study Material are given above. Kindly refer it.


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