M.A in Rural Sociology

Rani Durgavati University
In Jabalpur

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  • Jabalpur

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Saraswati Vihar, Pachpedi, Jabalpur (M.P.), 482001, Madhya Pradesh, India
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Course Structure

UNIT-I Meaning and Scope of Rural Society: Meaning and definition of Rural Sociology, Origin and Development of Rural Sociology, Scope of Rural Sociology, Need & Importance of Rural Sociology in India.
Indian Rural Community: Meaning and definition of Rural Community, Elements of Community-Characteristics of Indian Rural Community, Development of Indian Rural Community, Types of villages.

UNIT-II Rural and Urban Life:-Meaning of Rural and Urban Community-Characteristics of Urban Community- Distinction between Rural and Urban Community, Peasant Society in India
Agrarian Society -Meaning and definition of Agrarian Relations-Agrarian Social System and Social Stratification, Poverty in Indian Agrarian, Agrarian Relations and land management in Rural India-Land Reforms in five year plans

UNIT-III Sanskritization-Definition, Concept & Characteristics of Sanskritization, Sanskritization, Brahminazation, Source and promoting factors of Sanskritization, Sanskritization and Dominant Caste, Critical evaluation of Sanskritization
Westernization- Meaning and definition of Westernization, Elements and Characteristics Westernization, Westernization in India, Impact of Westernization on Indian Rural Society, Sanskritization, Westernization and Modernization, Process of Modernizations in Rural India

UNIT-IV Family-Sociological meaning and definition of family, characteristics of family, Joint Family System in India-Characteristics of Rural Joint family, Function or merit of Joint family, Demerit of Joint family-Factors Changing Joint family, changes in Joint family, changing pattern in Joint family-Past, present and future of Joint family

UNIT-V Caste System -Meaning and Definition of Caste System, Charesterstics of Caste, Function of Caste system in Rural India, Defection of the Caste system in rural India, Dominant Caste, Caste Pnachyat, Jajmani System (Advantage and disadvantage), Meaning of Untouchability, Role of Govt. and NGO for removal of Untouchbility.


UNIT-I Rural Religion & Recreation-Definition and Meaning of religion, Aspects of Rural religion, Function of Religion groups in Rural Societies, Role and importance of temple in Rural Societies-Meaning of recreation Kinds of rural recreation -Characteristics of Rural recreation, impact of modernization on rural recreation.

UNIT-II Rural Emigration, poverty, Unemployment-Meaning of migration, Rural Emigration in India, Suggestion for Controlling Rural Emigration, Definition and meaning of Poverty, minimum income, subsistence level and living standard Forms of unemployment, Agricultural unemployment, Causes and remedies of agricultural unemployment.

UNIT-III Rural habitation, Settlement, land less Labour and agrarian movements-Meaning of habitation & Settlement, Major Component of Rural Settlement, Factors influencing rural Settlement, Rural resources and Settlement-Meaning and definition of Landless Labour, Problems of Landless Labour and marginal farmers and causes of unrest Govt. efforts for improvement, Bonded labour, Position of Bonded labour, Remedies for the bonded labour-Meaning and definition of Revolution, Agrarian movements of the 19th century, Agrarian movements of the 20th century,

UNIT-IV Rural Power Structure- Meaning and definition of Power, nature traditional Power structure in Rural India, Characteristics of traditional Rural Power Structure, modernization of traditional rural power structure, Types of flow of rural power, Studies related to rural power structure-Rural power structure to modernity, Factors related to the modernization of traditional rural power structure.

UNIT-V Rural leadership- Concept of leadership, Characteristics of leadership, Traditional basis of rural leadership, traits of a leader, Types of leadership, Function of rural leader, Studies related to rural leadership, Emerging patterns of rural leadership


UNIT-I Planned Change for Rural Community- Meaning & objective of rural reconstruction, importance of rural reconstruction, programs of rural reconstruction, Programs during different Plan Period, Success and Failure and Development of Five Year plan.-Special employment and poverty Elimination Program, Suggestion of rural reconstruction

UNIT-II Panchyati Raj and Democratic decentralization- Meaning of Panchyati Raj System, Forms of village Panchayat in Ancient India, Panchyati Raj in Independent India, Gram sabha, Provision of Gram sabha in the 73rd Constitutional Amendment, Evaluation for Gram Sabha, Gram Panchayat, Efforts made by the Government for the Development of Gram Panchayat, Causes of failure and suggestion of Panchayat -Power and Function of Gram Panchayat, Composition of Panchayat Samiti and its Power and function

UNIT-III Community Development program-Meaning and definition of Community Development program, Organization of Community Development program, Program and achievement of Community Development Plan, Critical evaluation of the Community Development program, suggestion for making Community Development program, Green revolution, Features of green revolution, Evaluation of green revolution.

UNIT-IV Integrated Rural development Program and Agrarian Relation-Meaning and Nature of Integrated Rural development Program, Objective and Strategy of IRDP, Organization of Integrated Rural development Scheme, Utility and importance of IRDP, Drawback and obstacles of IRDP, Suggestion for the Success of IRDP, Meaning and definition of Agrarian Relation, Agrarian Social System.

UNIT-V Water, Agriculture & Rural Social Structure- Water, Agriculture, Irrigation management, Practice-Water management, Policy and aim of irrigation management in Plan period-Irrigation, Policy and management of Indian Government, Reason for non-completion of Indian irrigation project in time, Agrarian legislation & Rural Social structure before and after independence.


UNIT-I Social Research and methods:-- Meaning and Definition, Difference between Social research and Social survey, Quality of a researcher, Methods of Social research. Hypothesis:-Definition of Hypothesis, Characteristics of hypothesis, Sources of hypothesis, Importance of Hypothesis, Disadvantage of Hypothesis.

UNIT-II Interview method:--Meaning and Definition of interview method, Characteristics of interview technique, Objective of interview, Steps of interview technique. Observation methods:- Meaning and Definition of observation methods, kinds of observation, Reliability of observation, Importance of observation.

UNIT-III Questionnaires: -Meaning and Definition, Object Questionnaires,
Utility and limitation of Questionnaire.Sampling Methods: -Meaning and Definition of sampling, Essential Characteristics of good sample, Advantage and limitation of sampling, Type of sampling.

UNIT-IV Sources of Data: - Primary data, Secondary data, Method, technique and Tools of Data collection, Classification and tabulation, Methods of tabulation, Coding and its utility.

UNIT-V Measures of Central tendency: -- Mean, Mode, Median, Standard deviation,Co-relation:- Definition, Methods, Measurement of correlation, Types of correlation.

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