Extra Departmental courses in General Sociology

Jadavpur University
In Kolkata

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Raja S. C. Mullick Road Jadavpur, 700032, West Bengal, India
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Open to all undergraduate students of different departments under Faculty of Arts in Jadavpur University

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The Jadavpur University offers a number of courses.One of the courses Extra Departmental courses in General Sociology

This Course is offered by the Department of Arts

The sociological curriculum here at Jadavpur seeks to promote, on the one hand, disciplinary excellence in a wide range of theoretical perspectives and innovative approaches within both the existing and emerging areas of Sociology; on the other hand, students are also required to learn a fairly large variety of historical, qualitative and quantitative methods, keeping in view the vital differences as well as relations between methods and methodology. The students are required to carry out different types of assignments that involve participant/non-participant observation, intensive interviewing, recording of naturally occurring events, large and small scale sample surveys, tapping archival sources, analysis of census and other types of collected data, examining and interpreting historical and contemporary documents, undertaking content, narrative and semiotic analyses, etc. One very important area of emphasis of this Department is contemporary India, a society, which is changing fast in the era of globalisation. At the international level Indian society has become an important global player. At the domestic level, on the one hand, one may notice some positive trends like the growing economy, the aggressive take-over by Indian corporate giants, rapid urbanization in some pockets and the expanding middle class with its changed style of living. On the other hand, there is a growing socio-economic divide among people. The continuing debate on quota-question is one among many indicators of the prevalence of various types of social exclusion as well as unfavourable inclusion still practiced in a formally all-inclusive democratic, equalitarian Indian society. The contradiction becomes more evident from the fact that though it fails to universalize even primary level education, it follows the current pragmatic trend with a focus on sponsored research and market-responsive applied professional training. All these paradoxes make Indian social reality a very interesting ‘problem’ for sociological research and analysis.

The basic character of Sociology lies in its criticality and reflexive nature. In Sociology one searches for and looks at recurrent patterns in the familiar social world quite differently from the way one is conventionally accustomed to do. In doing so students build up a store of sociological knowledge that provides them with necessary faculties to sharpen their observational ingenuity or develop their analytical capability. In a very important sense Sociology thus empowers its students and practitioners by equipping them with powerful insights into the social forces and processes that mould human lives and experiences, opportunities and constraints, and problems and possibilities in the contemporary, and yet historically specific, modern society. This is the liberating spirit that animates and inspires everyone who is concerned with the academic programmes and activities in the Department of Sociology at Jadavpur.

















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