MA in Social Systems

Jawaharlal Nehru University
In New Delhi

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Course programme

MA in Social Systems

# SS 201N: Anthropological Theories of Society and Culture
# SS 202N: Themes in Indian Society: Structure and Change
# SS 451N: Methodology of Social Sciences.

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# SS 452N: Sociological Thinkers

1. Credits: 4
The works of Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim and Max Weber constitute the basic building blocks of Sociological Theory. Some of the most important debates in contemporary sociology can be traced to the writing of these scholars. Marx, Durkheim and Weber wrote about modernity and the dilemmas that societies face. As they move out of tradition. The Europe of their times was industrializing rapidly and did not have the settled countenance that it has today. Though India is very different from Europe, we too are going through epochal transitions which make it necessary for us to understand Marx, Durkheim and Europe. The debates that took place in Europe become relevant for us as well. India today is a test case for most theories as it has aspects of tradition and modernity that co-exist but also impact each other and thereby altering their standard profiles.

# SS 453N: Culture, Personality and Society.

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# SS 454N: Family Life and Kinship in India.

1. Credits: 4
This course introduces students to theoretical and empirical issues entailed in the study of family and kinship in India. Beginning with a discussion on main approaches in kinship studies, it charts out key concepts, ideologies, regional variations and structural arrangements of kinship systems in India. This is followed by examination of marriage alliances and practices with special reference to marriage prestations. Next the course critically explores the institutional structure and function of family and household through the lens of gender, caste, class and other sociopolitical dimensions.

# SS 455N: Anthropological Theories.

1. Credits: 4
In this course the rise of Anthropology as a discipline is plotted. The shift from cultural and social anthropology is specially emphasized. The main theories of social anthropology form the bulk of the course. In conclusion the relevance of anthropological theories to current debates is discussed

# SS 456N: Economy and Society in India.

1. Credits: 4
The course has been evolved on the theme of ‘inclusive growth' to highlight how ideas of inclusion highlight the social embeddedness of the Indian economy. Consideration of this theme also brings out the importance of the sociology of economic processes in evaluating discussions of capitalism and socialism.

# SS 457N: Sociology of Social Stratification in India.

1. Credits: 4
As a special branch of sociology, social stratification focuses on different dimensions of social inequalities, a fundamental aspect of virtually every social process. This course is designed to introduce and critically examine the available literature on various dimensions of social stratification in the Indian society. Given that India has recently been witness to various changes in its social and economic structures, unleashed by the forces of technological changes and developmental initiatives, the course will deal with structural as well as processual aspects of social stratification, focusing specifically on caste, class, gender, and ethnicity/communities, and the manner in which these structures or dimensions of social inequalities interact and intermesh with each other.

# SS 458N: Religion and Society in India

1. Credits: 4
The purpose of this course is to introduce the basic concepts, theories and methodology of the Sociology of Religion. It will introduce the M.A student to the wealth of materials that are to be found in Social Science literature, where the focus is on understanding the objective criteria required for the analyses of Religion in India. We use the conventional theoretical concepts placed before us by the Founders of Sociological Thought, Marx, Weber and Durkheim in order to set the paradox placed for us in the contexts of India. Thus the case studies are a very important part of class room teaching, and can be continuously replaced with fresh materials with the passing of the years.

# SS 459N: Sociological Theory.

1. Credits: 4
Unlike the paper on Sociological Thinkers this seeks to focus on a range of theories, both classical and the more contemporary. Keeping both questions of relevance of theory and the pedagogical challenge, an effort is made to raise fundamental questions such as the role of theory and the relevance of reading classical theories in the current globalizing context. An effort is made to look at both the basic contents of theories as well as the skill to think theoretically. The challenges from feminist rethinking run through the course and not as an add on.

# SS 460N: Techniques of Social Research.

1. Credits: 4
This course considers the different ways in which research techniques become instrumental in the understanding and explanation of social phenomena. The goal of this course is to acquaint and engage students in discussing the links between theory, methodology, method and techniques. This is also to emphasize the fact that research is to be viewed as a process and techniques are not to be merely used as technical devices of data collection. Their importance lies in conceiving them as instruments, grounded in certain theoretical and methodological apparatus to be employed in relation to a given situation. This course tries to sensitize and train students to diverse methods of data collection. Along with teaching and methodological reviews of selected books and monographs, the students would be allotted specific areas for field work. They would be encouraged to conceptualize a research problem, prepare a research design, conduct a short field trip and write a report.

# SS 461N: Polity and Society in India.
# SS 413N: Industry and Society in India.

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# SS 414N: Sociology of Knowledge.

1. Credits: 4
The course introduces students to the key perspectives in the sociology of knowledge from European and Indian traditions of social philosophy. The course also provides an overview of four major contributions to sociology of science. The course then critically engages with issues pertaining to knowledge and power, namely colonialism, patriarchy and subaltern identities. Lastly the course critically examines the basis of sociological knowledge and methodology.

# SS 415N: Law and Society in India.

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# SS 416N: Sociology of Medicine.

1. Credits: 4
This course examines the organization of medicine as an institution. We propose to do this by plunging initially into a set of readings on pregnancy and childbirth and subsequently trace the questions and paradoxes it throws up by turning to history and epistemology for their origins and conditions of possibility. In the bargain, some of the questions we examine will be the relationship between doctor and patient, between lay and expert knowledge, and the question of technology, social class and the politics of location.

# SS 417N: Sociology of Science.

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# SS 418N: Sociology of Minorities and Ethnic Groups.

1. Credits: 4
Course Outline:
Section I: Minorities and Ethnic Groups - Some theoretical considerations. Defining parameters; boundaries, identities and marginalization; ethnic groups and nationalities; pluralism, interaction and social integration.
Section II: Social Structures and Organisations; Guiding principles of social structures; social structure and status-formation: Social organizations and identity formations; identities, mutualites and systematic goals.
Section III: Change and Continuity Nature and types of change; Factors and forces contributing to change; Cohesion and conflict; Modernisation, development and social transformation.

# SS 419N: Bureaucracy and Development in India.

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# SS 420N: Sociology of Education in India.

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# SS 421N: Tribal Sociology in India.

1. Credits: 4
This course introduces students to following issues:

1. The concept of Tribe and problem of definition
2. Anthropology, Colonialism & Tribes
3. Tribes in Indian Civilization
4. Social Organization & Change: Kinship, Marriage & Family, Polity & Economy, Religion
5. Problems & Approaches to Tribal Development
6. Tribal Movements, Tribal Identity & Ethnicity
7. Theoretical Perspectives & Approaches: Critique & search for an Alternative Paradigm.

# SS 422N: Peasant Sociology in India.

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# SS 423N: Sociology of Urban Life in India.

1. Credits: 4
I. Urban India Some Explanations Disciplinary orientation: Urban growth and Development: Rural-Urban Dichotomy, and rural-Urban Continuum
II. Social Structure and Life in Urban India: Socio-demographic distribution; Religion-ethnic Composition: Institutional Arrangements - Family, Kinship, Caste, Economy and Polity; Slums and Urban Poor.
III. Processes and Change in Urban India. Migration, urbanism, urbanization and industrialization; formal and informal organizations-social participation and social integration; social stratification and mobility; and urban-industrial culture.

# SS 424N: Sociology of Professions.

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# SS 425N: Themes in Social Anthropology-Analysis of Monographs.

1. Credits: 4
This course seeks to examine the historical context of making of ethnographic tradition in social anthropology through analyzing the core themes in few key classical monographs. Contextualizing the contribution of these monographs in the building of theoretical & methodological traditions in anthropology, the course explores the issues in ethnographic writing, selection of areas and themes and the politics of representation.

# SS 426N: Statistics in Social Sciences.

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# SS 427N: Population and Society in India.

1. Credits: 4
This course deals with the relationship between population and society. It starts from an introduction of social demography, theoretical approaches to social demography and development of social demography in India. The course will also deal with the Sociology of demographic processes, sociology of demographic structures, social demography of Dalit and religious minorities, social development and population and sociological analysis of population policies.

# SS 428N: Women and Society in India -A Comparative Perspective.

1. Credits: 4
This course aims to understand the impact of patriarchy and development on the changing roles, status and images of women in India. Methodological issues involved in doing feminist research and theoretical debates about gender would also be discussed. This would be followed by a comparative portrayal of women's situation the world over.

# SS 429N: Modern Indian Social Thought.

1. Credits: 4
To appreciate the sociological significance of social thought - the body of knowledge relating to society, culture, religion, polity and national awakening-that emerged in India through diverse modes of intervention by social thinkers, reformers, freedom fighters and political activists. The course looks at continuity of these debates/discourses in contemporary times - particularly, in the emerging sociological literature.

# SS 430N: Modes of Cultural Analysis.

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# SS 431N: Ecology and Society

1. Credits: 4
This course is intended to examine the multifaceted and dialectical relationship between nature and social organization which had, at a point, become invisible within the social sciences due to the emphasis on sociologism, and in a similar vein, ‘economism' and ‘politicism' if we may put it so. It views the conditioning effect of ecology on social organization and the impact of the latter on the former. It explores how nature is viewed by different groups and addresses the political implications of this pluralism. The course also touches upon some issues pertaining to environmental ethics and looks at some prominent ecological movements.

# SS 435N: South Asian Social Thought and Media

1. Credits: 4
I. The context of south Asian social thought: From Bhakti Movement to Colonization. Modernization and nation-building: Identity, Power, Freedom, Unity, society, Tradition and Modernity
II. Media society relationship in south Asia. Evolution of the media from print to Internet.
III. Changing orientation in the civil society, intelligentsia and the media systems: Westernization, Decolonization, Identity, Ethnicity: representations, regional cooperation and conflicts, south Asian Diaspora and local global nexus.
IV. Some case studies from the south Asian nation-states: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka

# SS 436N: Modernization and Development: Perspectives from South Asia

1. Credits: 4
In this course the focus is on evaluating whether the study of development and modernisation gains by adopting a macro South Asian perspective. The course veers to the conclusion that the conceptualisation of South Asia is itself shifting under the contradictions generated by modernisation.

# SS 437N: Globalization, International Institutions and Society

1. Credits: 4
Several questions and themes of globalization will be addressed in the course as it is clear that one cannot think of globalization without either the state, which it purports to transcend, or its opposite: the local, localization and location. This leads immediately to check of flows: flows of labour, viruses, plants and pets. This in turn leads us squarely to how these flows and checks are organized by Institutions. International Institutions of Health, Finance, Labour and Trade; Institutions of Global Governance that perforce have to grapple with states, citizents and cultures; and with protest, contestation and attrition from civil society, movements and masses. We hope to examine these questions and others along the way by a close reading of selected texts, and through a series of invited lectures by specialists in the field.

# SS 438N: Rural India: Perspectives on Development and Agrarian Change

1. Credit: 4
This course has been designed to provide an introduction to the art of doing sociological research. After providing a broad overview of the commonly used approaches and techniques of social science research, the students will be required to think through a researchable question and prepare a proposal for undertaking empirical field-work. The students will also be introduced to the available sources of secondary/historical data. The students would be required to read some of the core texts on the subject and undertake a few exercises in preparing various tools for empirical/field research.

# SS 462N: Indian Society - Structure and Process.

1. Not available

# SS 463N: Cinema and Culture in India.

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