Department of Sociology

 

Overview

As Sociology is the scientific study of social behaviour, including its origins, developments, organisation, and institutions, which uses various methods of empirical investigation and critical analysis to develop body of knowledge about social order, social disorder and social change, Salesian College engages itself as an academic institution to promote research, dissemination of knowledge and prepare the students to understand, critic and appreciate this discipline.

Vision

The department of Sociology aspires to deliver a curriculum rigorous and apt to variety of social settings and issues. It aims to give primary importance on enhancing and providing quality oriented teaching aptitude and methodology that may bring out the potentiality of the students. The departmental curriculum shall be inclusive in nature whereby the prime objective shall rest on moulding the student’s overall academic and personality development in the best possible manner. The department with its well-structured academic schedule targets to seriously involve and engage the students in field based research skills, help them enhance their writing skills, develop and create awareness in terms of social responsibilities, broaden their soft and analytical skills. Above all, the department functions to maintain a vibrant and all inclusive environment to achieve its aforesaid visions.

Mission

1. To provide quality oriented teaching and conducive atmosphere for creative thinking and impart profound disciplinary knowledge with an interdisciplinary bandwidth to the learners in order to make them engage in research, social activities, writing skills, creative thinking etc
2. To assimilate and transmit the values of honesty, equality, human dignity and inclusivity.
3. To contribute effectively to the welfare of society, address the local and global challenges; respecting one another’s culture, environment, and sustainability.
4. To encourage the students to take initiatives social forum, as a problem solvers, leaders, entrepreneurs and as writers.

Objective

The Department aims to introduce to its students through its structured syllabus the basic social processes, institutions and patterns of social behaviour of the society. It trains its students to pursue in the objective path of social understandings so that they will be able to objectively interpret the social processes, structures and interactions. The department through its curriculum provides to its students the platform for rigorous academic processes such as in the fields of basic research methodologies, theoretical concepts and the diverse subject matter of the discipline concerned. The department does not believe in restricting its student’s sociological imaginations but rather encourages pursuing one equipped with an inter-disciplinary approach. It believes in training its members to contribute to understanding of the social world (the subject’s laboratory) and human experience by rationalizing the subjective touch with an objective output. Moreover, the department’s professionalism on the lines of Sociological teachings reminds to its leaner’s how diverse the subject is and how human pattern of thought process and knowledge is most invariably influenced by social, political and economic structures, the primary backbone of what frames the discipline’s laboratory.

Course Objectives, Learning Outcomes and Teaching Methodology

1. Introduction to Sociology (CC-01)
Course objectives:
The course seeks to provide a preliminary knowledge of the basic sociological concepts and an understanding of the beginnings and emergence of Sociology as a scientific study of society in the 19th century.It aims to introduce and familiarise students with some of the basic concepts such as Society, community, association, institution ,culture etc.

Learning outcome:
It enables the students to examine the relevance of sociology with other social science disciplines such as History,Anthropology, Economics and Political Science. The students will be able to understand and interpret the historical background and emergence of Sociology as a result of major changes in Europe such as the French Revolution, the Industrial revolution, the Enlightenment period ,the Scientific revolution and the Renaissance.

Teaching Methodology:
The theoretical knowledge is explained in the form of lecture method. A two way communication between the teacher and student where the former helps the latter to stimulate thinking and interest.ICT method will also be implemented for the purpose of PPT , illustrations and examples. Students will be evaluated through assignments, projects, presentations etc.

 

2. Indian Society-I (CC-02)
Course objectives:
The course aims to construct a critical understanding of Indian society with primary attention provided to the knowledge discourse circling the Colonial ,National and Subaltern perspectives. Moreover the course also seeks to provide a vivid understanding of the nature of societal institutions (marriage and family) as an integral part for the maintenance and propagation of societal values and norms.

Learning outcome:
The course enables the students to have a strong foundation in trying to comprehend the Indian society with its socio-economic, political and historical complexities along with the challenges faced by the institutional structures at the face of globalisation, modernisation and westernisation. It aids the students with the needed understanding and reflexivity in articulating the issues of the phenomenon concerned.

Teaching Methodology:
The students will be engaged in critical discussions and debates. The use of instructional method using aids such as chalk, boards and handouts will be applied. ICT method will also be implemented for the purpose of PPT, illustrations and examples. Students will be evaluated through assignments, projects, presentations etc.

 

3. Introduction to Sociology- II (CC-03)
Course Objectives:
The aim of the paper is to introduce to its students the theoretical foundation of Sociology as a concrete and scientific disciplinary approach. Moreover, it shall also throw light and address the socio-economic and political circumstances which led to the development of diverse Sociological theoretical orientations.

 Learning Outcome:
It shall provide theoretical foundation needed for other papers in the upcoming semesters. Moreover, the students shall be able to comprehend and make use of the theoretical application in their general as well academic circumstances. As such, the course shall aid in building the student’s critical thought process.

Teaching Methodology:
Shall make use of traditional methods of teaching such as lectures and class notes. Hand out shall also be provided. Students shall be given the platform for clarifying any doubts and difficulties as found during the lecture sessions, class notes and other handouts. Discussion shall also be encouraged. Use of ICT shall also be put into use. Note making exercise shall be strictly conducted by solving the past question papers and question banks.

 

4. Indian Society-II (CC-04)
Course Objective:
The paper aims to draw to the variety of intellectual and critical ideologies and debates which encircled the terrain of Indian society. It aims to throw light on the socio, economic and -political forces surrounding the Indian structure which framed the basic contents of India Sociology.

Learning Outcome:
It helps viewing the Indian structure from a critical sociological gaze. By viewing the ideological foundation and debates of Indian society through sociological lens shall aid in understanding the Indian sociological institutions and concepts. Moreover, through a structured content matter, it shall nurture a critical and reflexive thought process among the students.

Teaching Methodology:
Involvement of students in classroom discussions and debates.Shall also indulge in lecture and notes.Distribution of handouts, use of ICT, term papers, classroom presentations, class tests and assignment.

 

5. RETHINKING DEVELOPMENT (CC-05)
Course Objectives:
Development is also a space of sociological inquiry. The paper examines idea and notion of development to different kinds of perspectives. It deconstructs the perspectives and attributes of development of a specific way. It deals with the different types of development aspects and its relation in the module of constructive society. The paper also put emphasis on the theoretical examinations of development over the years along with importance of sustainability process. It also focuses on the issues of development regimes in Indian context of developing nations. The other areas that it embraces are the gender, environment and population as a factor of development. It also absorbs inter- disciplinary approach to see nexus of developed, developing and underdeveloped aspects.

Learning Outcome:
The course envisaged the broad connotation of development through sociological discussion. It helps the students to make an idea of difference between local and global features of development. The paradigm of developed, developing and underdeveloped explanation will acquaint by addressing the parameters of developmental praxis. It helps to know the juxtaposition of different development theories in contemporary modern society. The students will know the traditional and modern approaches to development of nations and the politics of notion of development in relation to different nations. The students will also know the issues related to gender, population and environment as a product of development keeping the core base of sustainable and liberalization.

Teaching Methodology:
The course helps the students to conceive the vivid objectives of development by learning through the techniques of lectures, tutorials, documentary films on relevant topics, paper presentation, and exchange interaction with other discipline, workshops/talks, debates/discussion, and power-point presentation.

 

6. Sociology of Religion (CC-06)
Course Objectives :
The main objective of this paper is to understanding the importance of religion in society. It introduces the classical writings or thoughts of Marx, Durkheim, and Weber and also historical perspectives of Indian religion.

Learning Outcomes:
By drawing heavily from classical writings of this subject students will observe the society through the lens of religion as one of the important social institution. Students will analyse the types of religion in India and also they can relate the different aspect of religion in contemporary society as well.

Teaching Methodology:
This paper talks about the religion and society with special reference to India. So teaching methods can be used for this paper would be based on lecture, assignment, term paper presentation and also group discussion.

 

7. Sociology and Gender (CC-07)
Course Objectives:
This course aims to further analytical understanding of gender in contemporary India through the concepts and framework of sociology and also women related issues like women movements, feminism etc. It also introduces gender as a critical sociological lens of enquiry in relation to various social fields, categories of gender, sex, sexuality, gender role, inequalities, theories of feminism and initiatives taken for development.

Learning  outcomes:
Analyze complex interconnections of gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, and other categories of power and identity in various spheres of human endeavour ranging from the socio-political to the visual world. Identify a variety of viewpoints and apply sociological theories on controversial topics as they relate to gender and sexuality. Demonstrate an understanding for the research methods employed in the social sciences and feminist frameworks as they apply to gender studies.

Teaching Methodology: The teaching methods in this paper will be carried out in lecture form, group discussion, in case of audio visual documentary, term paper presentation, assignment and also debate on ongoing gender issues.

 

8. RURAL SOCIOLOGY (CC-08)
Course Objectives:

Rural sociology is one of a specialized branch of sociology. It analyses the nature and dynamics of rural settings and space. It addresses an area of rural life and its components with the changing social, political and economic aspects. It also looks into the dimensional need of rural studies in the contemporary society. The course in an Indian context explore the historical existential phenomena of an institutions in a village society impacting the rural way of life and essence on the interaction and reforms of village agricultural habits. It serves to bring the knowhow of local self-government, rural development, its paradigm, rural social problems and rural social structure.

Learning Outcomes:
As a course, it brings the understanding of various aspects of village life and peoples. It helps the students to perceive the rural culture, their way of living by simple activities. It also makes the students to know the types of groups and individuals interactional behavior in some sort of customs and norms. It produces the sense of analyzing the problems of village life in particular and rural society as a whole. The students will also be able to locate vividly the local self-governmental role and rural developmental programmes for the mobilization of underprivileged sections of the rural demography. The course also makes the understanding of social structure and the importance of rural sociology in India for knowing the society contrast to urban.

Teaching Methodology:
The course will bring the different techniques of teaching looking to its vast area of study. It includes the Lectures, assignments, field visits, discussion, movies related to sociological issues, documentary, power-point presentation, outreach programmes, weekly test.

 

9. Sociology of Kinship (CC-09)
Course Objective:
The paper shall discuss the basic premises and general principles of kinship and family as one of the primary institutions framing the human society as a concrete and balanced whole. It introduces the students to the heterogeneous cultural norms and values along with the diverse theoretical trajectories on the lines of anthropological studies.It shall also surface the issue for discoveries of ‘why’ ‘what’ and ‘how’ of kinship.

Learning Outcome:
Shall broaden the student’s understanding of cultural diversity. . It is also essential in understanding personal, social, cultural and interactive relationships between the structure and the agency. Introduction to the theoretical foundations coupled with the studying of the kinship relevance, shall aid in shaping the student’s rationale for society’s adherence to various cultural norms, regulations and practices. Shall be able to grasp a better understanding of historical evolution of kinship theories from biological deterministic approach to cultural relevance. .

Teaching Methodology:
Shall employ the traditional method of teaching as well indulge in movie screening highlighting the course objective. The students shall also be asked to present power point presentations, submission of term papers, classroom discussion and debate. Apart from the university exams, the student’s performance shall be assessed based on the above mentioned methodologies as well as assignments.

 

10. Social Stratification (CC-10)
Course Objective:
This paper introduces the students with concepts of social stratification social inequality, with an emphasis on the major dimensions and forms of stratification in India and global society with the help of theoretical perspectives.This course discusses major sociological approaches to the study of social stratification and inequality.

Learning Outcomes:
Through this learning it will be able to explain the basic concepts and theories of social stratification and inequality. It will help to develop a theoretical and methodological framework for analysing social inequalities. Students may also identify the reasons for social inequalities and social mobility, hierarchy, social class, gender, race and ethnicity.

Teaching Methodology:
This paper deals with meaning and theoretical approach of social stratification, in terms of caste, race, ethnicity and also social mobility. So teaching methods carrying out in this paper is based on lecture methods, group discussion, case study and also term paper presentation by the students.

 

11. Sociological thinkers (CC-11)
Course Objective:
The course introduces to the students the classical theorists and their contribution in the making of Sociology as an informed and concrete discipline. The focus shall be on understanding the evolution of the subject supported by objective theory building process. The process as such is to be viewed as a result of the dynamic social circumstances.

Learning Outcome:
The student shall be able to present complex theoretical ideas in writing as well critically evaluate those ideas. They shall also be able to correlate the relationship between theory and perspectives. They shall be learning the theories in depth as compared in the previous semester. More importantly, they shall not be merely introduced to the theoretical diversities but shall employ to the best of their abilities to interpret and critique the original works.

Teaching Methodology:
Vigorous reading of multiple reviewed works as well as the original texts.Involvement in classroom discussions and debate, writing term papers, power point presentations and use of ICT.

 

12. Sociological Research Methods -1 (CC-12)
Course Objectives:
The purpose of this course is to build scientific perspective, attitude and skills for systematic enquiry by developing understanding of philosophical foundations of research, various elements of research design and methods and tools for data collection and analysis. The course will enable comprehension of principles and elements of research methodology, to formulate research problem, objectives and questions.

Learning Outcomes:
Through this paper students can carry out independent research pertaining to any specific issue. Design a research, justifying use of various methods/tools to carry out the same. Collect data from both primary and secondary sources, analyze and interpret both quantitative and qualitative data.

Teaching Methodology:
In this sociological research methodological paper -1 teaching methods would be based more on lecture methods by defining various methodological perspectives and concepts about research, the difference between theory and research and also data collection from the field work.

 

13. Sociological Thinkers –II (CC-13)
Course Objective:
The present paper introduces the students to the post classical writings and theories. Apart from aiding the students in theory building process and ideologies, it primarily aims to enable them to apply theory to their own everyday life experiences. It aims to enhance their sociological imagination by correlating theoretical construction with a pragmatic approach.

Learning Outcome:
Enables to understand the post classical theoretical perspectives in understanding the dynamics of social realities.Appreciating the limitations and relevance of theories in understanding social construction of realities.

Teaching Methodology:
Encouraging the involvement of the students as well as the teachers in a robust, critical and analytical discussions and debates.Vigorous use of secondary materials for knowledge compilations.Asking the students to submit their term papers and assignments.Movie screening, after which the students shall indulge in critically assessing the movie and applying the relevance of theories in making sense of the social reality.

 

14. Sociological Research Methods-II (CC-14)
Course Objectives:
The objective of this course is to introduce how actually the research can be done with the help of formulating research design, methods of data collection, and data analysis. It will also provide students with some elementary knowledge on how to conduct both, quantitative and qualitative research.

Learning Outcomes:
With the help of this paper students can conduct a research, field visits, census survey along with observation methods and also to carry out communities study independently research pertaining to any specific issue. They can use various methods/tools and techniques to carry out the same..

Teaching Methodology:
In this sociological research methodological paper –II apart from traditional method of teaching it would also be based implementing various methodological perspectives and concepts about research, the difference between theory and research and also data collection from the field work.

1. Sociology of Media (SEC-01)
Course Objective:
The purpose of this paper is to introduce the students to certain major themes of outlining the interconnections between media and society. The focus specifically is on the transmission and reception of media content and thus the various sections in this paper study the production, control and reception of media and its representations.

Learning Outcome:
The students can articulate an understanding of how society and media operate. An understanding of the evolution and current role of different media:newspapers, television, new media and advertising will be acquired.

Teaching Methodology:
 The use of instructional method using aids such as chalk, boards and handouts will be applied. ICT method will also be implemented for the purpose of PPT , illustrations and examples. A sufficient interaction between the teacher and the students to create better understanding. Provision of books, articles, notes to supplement the regular lectures. Regular group discussions to provide the time and space for the students to express their opinions, ideas and share personal experiences.

 

2. Visual Sociology (SEC-02)
Course Objectives:

This course focuses on doing sociology through forms other than the written in particular Visual object; Visual sociology is an area of sociology concerned with the visual dimensions of social life. It is the use of sociological imagination to tell a story visually about social phenomena such as gender, social status, cultural forms and other social interactions in spatial contexts.

Learning Outcome:
The students will be able to determine the relationship between sociology and visuality. They will be able to explain ways of seeing as a sociological point of view and implement visual ethnographic methods in field research.Students learn to create sociological portraits, to study sociological landscapes, to do studies on socials traumas and to study signs and representations. Students utilize digital cameras and other recording technology to collect data.

Teaching Methodology:
Apart from the traditional lecture method, application of group discussions and group activities and projects will be used. ICT methods through which images and videos will be shown to the students. Interactive and participatory methods will be applied to lay emphasis on student engagement. Reading articles, books and assignments to outline the portion of the syllabus will also be practiced.

1. Urban Sociology (DSE -01)
Course Objective:
As urbanization is an important aspect of modern society, the course shall throw light on the theoretical perspectives for understanding urban phenomena in historical and contemporary contexts. The paper shall enable students to reflect on the complexities of urban life and structure.

Learning Outcome:
Shall seek to evolve critical thinking, develop policy perspective on urban life. Moreover, it will help the students to understand the relevance of city and the process of urbanization ant its global impact. It shall also introduce to key concepts such as migration, displacement, public policy and urban slums. Such themes will aid and broaden student’s academic horizon at par with developmental policies, urban transformation, issues and challenges.

Teaching Methodology:
There shall be blended learning supported by debates and discussions. Classroom lectures, notes and movie screening on urban issues shall be undertaken. Special lectures by experts shall be invited as well.

 

2. Agrarian Sociology (DSE-02)
Course Objective:
The purpose of this paper is to explore the traditions of enquiry and key substantive issues in agrarian sociology. It is a comparative in nature but pays special attention to Indian context. It also introduces emerging global agrarian concerns, changing dimensions in agricultural sector, crisis, and also the reform movements.

Learning Outcome:
Through this agrarian sociology students can understand about the relationship between the subject matter, importance and issues regarding agricultural trends with society. They can also reflect upon objectives and land reforms movements that have taken place and also have some ideas on new global agricultural dimensions.

Teaching Methodology:
This paper is based on defining subject matter and scope in agrarian society, so in case of teaching methods it would be based on lecture; students can participate on discussion, term paper writing along with presentation and also be based on case study on different agrarian movements in India.

 

3. Sociology of Health and Medicine (DSE-03)
Course Objective:
The course shall introduce to its students the sociological and anthropological understanding of health, illness and medical practice by highlighting the importance of socio-cultural dimensions in the construction of illness and medical knowledge. Importance to case studies and health policies shall be explored in order to highlight individual, group and cultural relevance.

Learning Outcome:
To be able to put a diverse and inter-disciplinary approach towards understanding biomedical and cultural practices of health and illness.To analyse the everyday experiences of health, medicine and illness through social, economic, cultural and political entities.

Teaching Methodology:
As health is personal, one’s subjective experiences and understandings should be given importance. Classroom lectures and discussions shall begin in the form of sharing experiences or story telling of one’s illness and health encounters whereby social construction and debate on health and illness shall be brought into account. Expert panels shall also be invited , engaging students to visit field such as PHCs for a practical approach towards health issues.

 

4. FieldWork (DSC-04)
Course objectives:
This paper aims to equip students with empirical field data collection, analysis and writing analytical and standard dissertation or research report writing in sociology. For the purpose of data collection students require to undertake a field visit of neighbouring /area/ village/ town individually or in a group for 10 days. Students must conduct survey of at least 30 households (for individual independent research) and adequate sample of households in case of survey in a group (Household Census to be provided by the provided by the Department).

Learning Outcome:
Sociology is not only based on theoretical approach it is also more on field based research. So with the help of this paper students will collect primary data from the field, secondary sources form different books, articles, journals, newspapers etc., also in from of narratives, oral sources they will write a dissertation by applying interview schedule, questionnaire, observation etc. under the supervision of departmental faculty.

Teaching methodology:
Before field visit students will be given theoretical lecture, on formulating research problem i.e. topic of their interests, area of the study, steps to be taken during the time of research, methodology and procedures, citation, analysis of data after collecting from the field, and to write references/bibliography etc. Dissertation required to be evaluated by one internal and one external teacher appointed by the UG Board of Studies in sociology.

 

5. Environmental Sociology (DSE-05)
Course Objective:
This course is designed to allow students to reflect on the environment as an object of sociological inquiry. It will orient them to the core debates concerning environmental sociology. It shall also throw light on various theoretical approaches within the discipline in understanding the environmental issues and movement in India specifically. It will throw light on the interrelationship between the environment and the socio-economic and political character of the society.

Learning Outcome:
Understanding the dynamic interplay between the nature and the social order.Shall throw light on the primary theoretical debates concerning environmental sociology. It shall mould the students to be more sensitive and aware about environment. It will also bring into perspective the necessity for framing a justified sustainable and environmental plans and policies.

Teaching Methodology:
Shall depend on classroom lectures and notes.Screening documentaries concerning the environment and later asking the students to have their own critical and innovative ideas on the topic concerned. The students shall also prepare class presentation, use of ICT and project submission.

 

6. INDIAN SOCIOLOGICAL TRADITIONS (DSC-06)
Course Objective:
 Indian Sociology can be traced with the formal teaching of sociology as a subject in Bombay University way back in 1914 while the existence of sociology in India and “Sociology of India “have been largely debated in terms of whether it has been influenced by western philosophy, is there a need for indigenisation etc. Sociologists in India primarily been engaged with issue of tradition and modernity, caste, tribe, and gender.

Learning Outcome:
Through this paper students will get to know about its basic understanding of key sociologists in India and their contribution. India is a land of diversities so as an individual and as a student of sociology it is mandatory to know the importance to study on issues like ethnicity, gender, values, caste and kinship, and also the social change.

Teaching Methodology:
Lecture method is very important in this paper to make them understand about the founding Sociologist and their contributors in Indian context. Apart from lecture they will be given specific topic for term paper writing, presentation through this it can be helpful to explore the ideological concepts from different perspectives.

1.1 Gender Violence (GE-01)
Course Objective:
Gendered violence is routine and spectacular, structural as well as situated. This course attempts to provide an understanding of the logic of that violence, awareness of its most common and tries to equip the students with a sociologically informed basis for making pragmatic, ethical and effective choices while resisting or intervening in the context of gendered violence.

Learning Outcome:
Enhance students knowledge and understanding of the research, policies and practice of gender based violence. Students will be able to distinguish between sex, gender and sexuality and identify the social, economic, political roots of gender based hierarchy and discrimination.

Teaching Methodology:
Direct lectures will be delivered. Reading and assignments will also be given to the students. Case studies on gender based violence will be discussed in the classroom. Movies, recordings and advertisements will be utilized to aid in  teaching.To encourage student participation ,pose thought provoking questions which will inspire the students to think outside the box, encourage them to ask questions and allocate tasks and assignments.

 

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1.2. Sociology of Education (GE-01)
Course Objectives:

This course intends to familiarize the students with perspectives on the social meaning of education and the relationship between education and society. This includes issues of knowledge, comprehension, empowerment and contestation to sites and practices of education.

Learning Outcome:
The student will be able to apply sociological findings on education. They will gain better understanding of the connection between daily experiences and the wider social context of meaningful education.

Teaching Methodology:
Application of traditional method of delivering lecturers as well as the use of ICT. To encourage student participation ,pose thought provoking questions which will inspire the students to think outside the box, encourage them to ask questions and allocate tasks and assignments. Facilitate self learning and help students develop critical thinking skills. 

 

2.1. Population and Society (GE-02)
Course Objective:
This course provides a critical understanding of the interface between population and society. It analyses the role of fertility, mortality and migration on the composition, size, and structure of population. The course addresses the issue of domestic and international population movements and their economic, political and social implications.

Learning Outcome:
Students will have the knowledge and skills to explain demographic changes and their major determinants. Demonstrate knowledge of social institutions, social processes and social relations and assess them from a demographic perspective. They will be able to identify major population theories.

Teaching Methodology:
Application of traditional method of delivering lecturers as well as the use of ICT. To encourage student participation ,pose thought provoking questions which will inspire the students to think outside the box, encourage them to ask questions and allocate tasks and assignments. Facilitate self learning and help students develop critical thinking skills. 

 

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2.2. Sociology of work (GE-02)
Course Objective:
The course introduces the idea that though work and production have been integral to societies through time, the origin and spread of industrialisation made a distinct rupture to that link. This rupture can also be seen mirrored in the coming of sociology as a discipline that considered work as central to the study of society. It familiarises the students with different types and problems of workers in the changing nature of work, problems of security and risks and hazards facing  the workers.

Learning Outcome:
Students will demonstrate knowledge of core sociological concepts, use sociological theory to explain social problems and issues of the workers.They will gain a clearer understanding of how patterns of thought and knowledge are influenced by social, political and economic structures.

Teaching Methodology:
Group discussions and debates will be organised in the classrooms. Use of ICT for visualisation. Regular lectures supplemented by assignments, readings,projects, term papers etc.

1. Introduction to sociology (DSC1)
Course Objectives:
This course is a broad introduction to the discipline of sociology. It aims to familiarise the students with the origin and history, fundamental concepts and concerns of the disciplines .To enable the students  to understand and interpret the historical background and emergence of Sociology as a result of major changes in Europe such as the French Revolution, the Industrial revolution, the Enlightenment period ,the Scientific revolution etc.

Learning Outcome:
It enables the students to clarify and broaden their notion about the basic sociological concepts. It provides a wholesome picture of the subject.It enables the students to examine the relevance of sociology with other social science disciplines such as History,Anthropology, Economics and Political Science.

Teaching Methodology:
The theoretical knowledge is explained in the form of lecture method. A two way communication between the teacher and student where the former helps the latter to stimulate thinking and interest.ICT method will also be implemented for the purpose of PPT , illustrations and examples. Students will be evaluated through assignments, projects, presentations etc.

 

2. Sociology of India (DSC2)
Course Objectives:
This paper aims to provide an outline of the institutions and process of Indian society. The central objective is to encourage students to view the Indian reality through a sociological lens. It

Learning Outcomes:
This paper brings familiarity in a student about the Indian society. The students will acquire a deeper learning of the dynamics of the Indian society and gain a better understanding of their own situation and region.

Teaching Methodology:
The students will be engaged in critical discussions and debates. The use of instructional method using aids such as chalk, boards and handouts will be applied. ICT method will also be implemented for the purpose of PPT , illustrations and examples. Students will be evaluated through assignments, projects, presentations etc.

 

3. Sociological Theories (DSC3)
Course Objectives:
As theory is an important lens of sociology, the course focuses on the importance and the relevance of sociological theories in explaining the social phenomena and reality. It exhibits the critical understanding of classical sociological traditions for the origin of sociology as a discipline. It also makes the study of subjective and objective school of thought to understand the society and its aspects. The paper provides the knowledge of various theorist interpretation of historical evolution of society and its components, which behaves in certain manner of progress and growth. It makes aware about the ideas and concepts of foundational fathers of sociology in the evolutionary period. It also addresses the generalization and criticism of social reality among different established theoretical advocaters. This paper as a whole examines the overall contribution of early sociologist in building the sociology as a specific or general social science.

Learning Outcomes:
The course will make the students to know the concise traditions of ideas, thought and thinkers of sociology. It enables students to formulate the perspectives that sociology inherits into conflict, functional and interactional. The students will also know about the trend of sociological history, relation of sociology with other subjects in the study of society. It will also make clear to understand the importance of theory or theories in the field of exploring or knowing the society in many ways.

Teaching Methodology:
The techniques that exercised according to need of course understanding for students are lectures as a common learning. Besides this, there are tutorials, class test, discussion, paper presentation, assignments, doubts clearing class and articles reading.

 

4. TECHNIQUE OF SOCIAL RESEARCH (DSC4)
Course Objectives:
This course aims to provide the significance of Social research and its knowledge of techniques undertaken by the social scientist to study the social phenomena. It emphasized in the research design, data collection and data analysis of the social research problems. It makes an attempt of elementary knowledge in the social science research. The focus is also on how to do research through the help of suggested practices.

Learning Outcomes:
The course provides clear concepts of different methods and techniques for research to be opted. It makes the understanding to students to see the different social phenomena from perspective of empirical grounds. The students will be acquainted with the process and procedures of both quantitative and qualitative data sources. They will also able to decipher the social reality in their own cognition. As a whole, it makes a chain of pragmatic and theoretical establishment in the students to do research.

Teaching Methodology:
The multiple pedagogic techniques used in imparting the knowledge both inside and outside the classroom are Lectures, tutorials, project work, paper presentation, debates, discussion, talks/workshops and ICT.

 

5. Sociology of Media (SEC-01)
Course Objective:
The purpose of this paper is to introduce the students to certain major themes of outlining the interconnections between media and society. The focus specifically is on the transmission and reception of media content and thus the various sections in this paper study the production, control and reception of media and its representations.

Learning Outcome:
The students can articulate an understanding of how society and media operate. An understanding of the evolution and current role of different media:newspapers, television, new media and advertising will be acquired.

Teaching Methodology:
The use of instructional method using aids such as chalk, boards and handouts will be applied. ICT method will also be implemented for the purpose of PPT , illustrations and examples. A sufficient interaction between the teacher and the students to create better understanding. Provision of books, articles, notes to supplement the regular lectures. Regular group discussions to provide the time and space for the students to express their opinions, ideas and share personal experiences.

 

6. Visual Sociology (SEC-02)
Course Objectives:

This course focuses on doing sociology through forms other than the written in particular Visual object; Visual sociology is an area of sociology concerned with the visual dimensions of social life. It is the use of sociological imagination to tell a story visually about social phenomena such as gender, social status, cultural forms and other social interactions in spatial contexts.

Learning Outcome:
The students will be able to determine the relationship between sociology and visuality. They will be able to explain ways of seeing as a sociological point of view and implement visual ethnographic methods in field research.Students learn to create sociological portraits, to study sociological landscapes, to do studies on socials traumas and to study signs and representations. Students utilize digital cameras and other recording technology to collect data.

Teaching Methodology:
Apart from the traditional lecture method, application of group discussions and group activities and projects will be used. ICT methods through which images and videos will be shown to the students. Interactive and participatory methods will be applied to lay emphasis on student engagement. Reading articles, books and assignments to outline the portion of the syllabus will also be practiced.

 

7.1. Religion and Society (DSE-01)
Course Objectives :
The main objective of this paper is to understanding the importance of religion in society. It introduces the classical writings or thoughts of Marx, Durkheim, and Weber and also historical perspectives of Indian religion.

Learning Outcome:
By drawing heavily from classical writings of this subject students will observe the society through the lens of religion as one of the important social institution. Students will analyse the types of religion in India and also they can relate the different aspect of religion in contemporary society as well.

Teaching Methodology:
This paper talks about the religion and society with special reference to India. So teaching methods can be used for this paper would be based on lecture, assignment, term paper presentation and also group discussion.

 

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7.2. Marriage, Family and Kinship (DSE-01)
Course Objectives:
The course provides the basic analysis of three important units of society. It looks into the primary concern of its role in the life of peoples. It throws the light in the changing patterns of practices of contemporary social milieu. It addresses the theoretical issues and ethnographies with particular emphasis on diversity of space.. It highlights the interdependence and interrelation of basic units of society with focusing on the rural and urban universe.

Learning Outcomes:
The paper gives the clear understanding of concepts and meaning of three institutions. The role of ethnographies study will make students to know its importance and the nature of social system. It also gives understanding of the contemporary roles of three units and its types of function in social, economic and political structure of society. The students will also be able to know theoretical concerns in the field of family, marriage and kinship with regard to changing notions and affiliation to rural and urban settings.

Teaching Methodology:
The types of teaching procedure to impart knowledge of the course are lectures, tutorials, assignments, discussion, documentary, movies relevant to issues, articles, ICT.

 

8.1. Social Stratification (DSE-02)
Course Objectives:
The Course introduces the students the various ideas of social inequality and their socio0logical study. The different forms and institutional manifestations of social stratification are explored here both theoretically and through case studies.

Learning Outcome:
The students will be able to explain the main concepts and theories in the study of social stratification and inequality. Identify the factors involved in economic inequality including wealth and poverty and the dimensions of social class, status and power.

Teaching Methodology:
The theoretical knowledge is explained in the form of lecture method. A two way communication between the teacher and student where the former helps the latter to stimulate thinking and interest.ICT method will also be implemented for the purpose of PPT , illustrations and examples. Students will be evaluated through assignments, projects, presentations etc.

 

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8.2. Gender and Sexuality (DSE 2 B)
Course Objective:
This course aims to introduce students to a basic understanding of gender by interrogating the categories of gender, sex and sexuality. The complexity of gender relations in contemporary societies are further explored by looking in the areas of work and family. It also aims to identify the impact of sexuality and body image on women’s lives.

Learning Outcome:
The students will be able to define key concepts and terminology central to the field of gender studies. They will utilise critical thinking and apply central theories from gender studies to their own life experiences and the world around them.

Teaching Methodology:
Lecture sessions and discussion sessions. Facilitate self learning and help students develop critical thinking skills.  Use of ICT method to show movies, recordings, ppt etc. The students will be evaluated through assignments, projects, class participation and group discussions.

 

9.1. Gender Violence (GE-01)
Course Objective:
Gendered violence is routine and spectacular, structural as well as situated. This course attempts to provide an understanding of the logic of that violence, awareness of its most common and tries to equip the students with a sociologically informed basis for making pragmatic, ethical and effective choices while resisting or intervening in the context of gendered violence.

Learning Outcome:
Enhance students knowledge and understanding of the research, policies and practice of gender based violence. Students will be able to distinguish between sex, gender and sexuality and identify the social, economic, political roots of gender based hierarchy and discrimination.

Teaching Methodology:
Direct lectures will be delivered. Reading and assignments will also be given to the students. Case studies on gender based violence will be discussed in the classroom. Movies, recordings and advertisements will be utilised to aid in  teaching.To encourage student participation ,pose thought provoking questions which will inspire the students to think outside the box, encourage them to ask questions and allocate tasks and assignments.

 

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9.2. Sociology of Education (GE-01)
Course Objectives:

This course intends to familiarize the students with perspectives on the social meaning of education and the relationship between education and society. This includes issues of knowledge, comprehension, empowerment and contestation to sites and practices of education.

Learning Outcome:
The student will be able to apply sociological findings on education. They will gain better understanding of the connection between daily experiences and the wider social context of meaningful education.

Teaching Methodology:
Application of traditional method of delivering lecturers as well as the use of ICT. To encourage student participation ,pose thought provoking questions which will inspire the students to think outside the box, encourage them to ask questions and allocate tasks and assignments. Facilitate self learning and help students develop critical thinking skills. 

 

10.1. Population and Society (GE-02)
Course Objective:
This course provides a critical understanding of the interface between population and society. It analyses the role of fertility, mortality and migration on the composition, size, and structure of population. The course addresses the issue of domestic and international population movements and their economic, political and social implications.

Learning Outcome:
Students will have the knowledge and skills to explain demographic changes and their major determinants. Demonstrate knowledge of social institutions, social processes and social relations and assess them from a demographic perspective. They will be able to identify major population theories.

Teaching Methodology:
Application of traditional method of delivering lecturers as well as the use of ICT. To encourage student participation ,pose thought provoking questions which will inspire the students to think outside the box, encourage them to ask questions and allocate tasks and assignments. Facilitate self learning and help students develop critical thinking skills. 

 

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10.2. Sociology of work (GE-02)
Course Objective:
The course introduces the idea that though work and production have been integral to societies through time, the origin and spread of industrialisation made a distinct rupture to that link. This rupture can also be seen mirrored in the coming of sociology as a discipline that considered work as central to the study of society. It familiarises the students with different types and problems of workers in the changing nature of work, problems of security and risks and hazards facing  the workers.

Learning Outcome:
Students will demonstrate knowledge of core sociological concepts, use sociological theory to explain social problems and issues of the workers.They will gain a clearer understanding of how patterns of thought and knowledge are influenced by social, political and economic structures.

Teaching Methodology:
Group discussions and debates will be organised in the classrooms. Use of ICT for visualisation. Regular lectures supplemented by assignments, readings ,projects, term papers etc.

Faculty

Sonada Campus


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Nomu Sherpa
Assistant Professor

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Sumina Chettri
Assistant Professor

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Mr Samip Sinchuri
DHoD

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Augustin Joseph
Vice-Principal

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Sophia Rai
Assistant Professor

Siliguri campus


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Rachel Salomit Sitling
Assistant Professor

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Vivek Kalikotay
Assistant Professor

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Pratishtha Dewan Dewan
Assistant Professor, Sociology

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Chunku Lepcha Lepcha
Assistant Professor

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Arunima Bhowmick Bhowmick
Assistant Professor

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Assistant Professor