Introduction to Sociology I

By Dr. Sarbani Bandyopadhyay   |   St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Kolkata
Learners enrolled: 915
This course covers the basic introduction to sociology through a wide and interesting range of topics. It is not limited to the usual topics covered in introductory courses in several places. The range makes this introduction contemporary and relevant and draws on topics relating to India and other societies. Thus, it is intended as a broad and comprehensive introduction to the discipline.
Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 02 Aug 2021
End Date : 23 Oct 2021
Exam Date :
Enrollment Ends : 31 Aug 2021
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 4
Level : Undergraduate

Course layout

Week 01 :
01: Enlightenment 
02: Industrial Revolution 
03: French Revolution

Week 02 :
04: Conservative Romantic Reaction 
05: Birth of Sociology 
06: Auguste Comte I

Week 03 :
07: Auguste Comte II 
08: Understanding Social Stratification 
09: Class and Intersectionality

Week 04 :
10: Introduction to Classical Sociological Thought I Marx 
11: Classical Sociological Thought II Weber 
12: Classical Sociological Thought III Durkheim

Week 05 :
13: Feminist Theories: An Introduction 
14: Sociology and Postmodern 
15: Kinship

Week 06 :
16: Understanding Work 
17: Sociology and science 
18: Sociology and Common sense 

Week 07 :
19: Research Methods: Competing Paradigms 
20: Sociology of Consumption 
21: Understanding India: Approaches to the Study of Indian Society 

Week 08 :
22: The tradition-modernity debate 
23: Modernisation 
24: The Rising importance of the Middle Classes in India 

Week 09 :
25: A Silent Revolution: Dalit Politics and the rise of the lower castes 
26: Caste, Class and Gender
27: Social Structure and Social Change 
28: Socialisation 

Week 10 :
29: Marriage: Patterns and Change 
30: State 
31: Education and Social inequalities 
32: The challenge of ethnic identities

Week 11 :
33: The language debate in India 
34: Religious Pluralism and the debate on Secularism 
35: Social Institutions Online 
36: Social Institutions and Everyday life

Week12 :
37: Family in Flux 
38: Markets and Globalization
39: Media, Culture, Society  
40: Introduction to Sociology of Gender 

Books and references

1. Ritzer, G., & Stepnisky, J. (2018). Classical Sociological Theory. Los Angeles: Sage

2. Bottomore, Tom, ed. (1983), A Dictionary of Marxist Thought, Cambridge, Harvard University Press

3. Coser, L. A. (1977). Masters of Sociological Thought: Ideas in Historical and Social

4. Weber. Translated by R. Howard and H. Weaver. New York: Basic Books

5. Abbott, P. A., Wallace, C. D., & Tyler, M. (2005). An Introduction to Sociology: Feminist Perspectives (3rd ed.). Routledge

6. Firestone, S. (1970) The Dialectic of Sex: the Case for Feminist Revolution. New York: Morrow

7. Butler, C. (2002). Postmodernism: A very short introduction. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press

8. Dreyfus, H. L., & Rabinow, P. (1982). Michel Foucault: Beyond Structuralism and Hermeneutics. Brighton: Harvester Press

9. Beattie, John.1999. ‘Kinship’, Other Cultures: Aims, Methods and Achievements in Social Anthropology. London: Routledge.pp- 93-116

10. Eggan, F. and Sills, D.L., 1968. Kinship. International Encyclopedia of the Social Science, New York: Macmillan. Pp -390-393

11. Castells, Manuel and Cardoso, Gustavo, eds., 2005. The Network Society: From Knowledge to Policy. Washington, DC: Johns Hopkins Center for Transatlantic Relations, Massachusetts

12. Pocock, David. 1998. ‘Economic Anthropology’. Understanding Social Anthropology. The Athlone Press, London and New Brunswick NJ. Pp-97-127

13. Bilton, T. (1981). The New Dynamics of Class. In T. Bilton, Introductory Sociology (pp. 173-177). London: Macmillan Press Limited

14. Chatterjee, P. (1993). The Nation and Its Fragments: Colonial and Postcolonial Histories. In P. Chatterjee, Whose Imagined Community? (pp. 3-13). Princeton University Press

15. Sheth, D. (1999). Secularization of Caste andMaking of the New Middle Class. Economic and Political Weekly, 2502-2510

16. Rudolph L. 1. and S. Rudolph. 1967. Introduction in Rudolph and Rudolph. The Modernity of Tradition : Political Development in India. pp 5-14. Chicago : University of Chicago Press

17. Sheth. D.L. 1999. Secularisation of Caste and the Making of the New Middle Class. Economic and Political Weekly. 2502-2510

Instructor bio

Dr. Sarbani Bandyopadhyay

St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Kolkata
The course coordinator has been teaching sociology for 18 years, she has her PhD from IIT Bombay. She has published on caste, research methods and is currently working on post-Partition narratives in West Bengal.

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