Sociology XI Part-I

By Dr. Sheetal Sharma   |   School of International Studies, JNU, New Delhi
Learners enrolled: 1378
This Course is an introductory course in Sociology. It gives you basic idea about the subject of sociology, what is the subject matter of sociology, what do sociologists deal with, and how do they study society. It will help us to understand better, the society we live in. The course will attempt to familiarise students with the idea of what is sociological perspective, concepts in sociology and tools of research to carry our investigations. It seeks to establish how sociology as a discipline is different from common sense understandings about society and how do we arrive at sociological understanding. The subject of Sociology equips us to question the taken for granted. While understanding the basics of the subject we will study about the idea of society and what is subject of sociology in the initial modules. After developing an idea about the subject, the Course will introduce the learners with the concepts, and terms used in sociology to make sense of reality. The idea of concepts will be applied to understand social institutions, culture and the process of socialisation.  Finally, the Course will introduce the learners to the process of sociological research. How do sociologist investigate the world and how do they establish sociological understanding. 
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 24 weeks
Category :
  • School
Level : School
Start Date : 12 Apr 2021
End Date : 30 Sep 2021
Enrollment Ends : 31 Aug 2021
Exam Date : 24 Sep 2021 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Chapter No.

Module No.

Module Name

Chapter 1

Module 1

Sociology and Society – Part 1

Module 2

Sociology and Society – Part 2

Module 3

Sociology and Society – Part 3

Assignment 1

Chapter 2

Module 4

Social Groups-concept, features, Types – Part 1

Module 5

Social Stratification- Caste, origin and changes – Part 2

Module 6

Social Stratification- Class, Race and Ethnicity, Gender – Part 3

Module 7

Social status & role, conflict – Part 4

Assignment 2

Chapter 3

Module 8

Understanding social institutions – Part 1

Module 9

Understanding Social Institutions: Economic-Work & Division of Labour – Part 2

Module 10

Understanding Social Institutions : Politics-State & stateless, Religion-Features, Durkheim & Weber concept of religion, Education – Part 3

Assignment 3

Chapter 4

Module 11

Culture: definition and dimensions – Part 1

Module 12

Culture: definition and dimensions – Part 2

Module 13

Culture: definition and dimensions – Part 3

Assignment 4

Chapter 5

Module 14

Doing Sociology: Research Methods – Part 1

Module 15

Doing Sociology: Research Methods – Part 2

Assignment 5

Final Assessment

Books and references

NCERT "Introducing Sociology" for Class - XI

Instructor bio

Dr. Sheetal Sharma is Assistant Professor at the Centre for European Studies. Prior to joining JNU, she was Lecturer at Institute of Technology and Management, Gurgaon, India, since 1999 and taught emergence of Sociological Theory in Europe and Methodology of Social Sciences as curriculum of degree program of London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Dr. Sharma holds a BA (Hon.) in Sociology from the University of Delhi, and holds post-graduate and doctoral degree in Sociology from the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her research interests include social and cultural issues in contemporary Europe and India and their historical roots, multiculturalism and diversity, Methodology of Social Sciences, Gender and empowerment of women. Dr. Sharma avidly follows methodological and theoretical trends in Social Sciences and International Relations. She writes regularly on socially relevant issues in India and Europe for journals and magazines of national and International repute. She is also interested in and writes on issues relevant to education in India particularly higher education. She has completed Video Lecture Series in Sociology for CIET, NCERT’s project NROER (National Repository for Educational Resources and Training), these lectures can be accessed on NROER website. She has also been invited as a discussant on number of programs on radio and TV. She has presented papers in a number of national and international seminars and conferences. Dr. Sharma has also successfully organized and participated in national/ international seminars and lectures at various universities. At the Centre for European Studies, JNU, she offers M.Phil and Ph.D supervision in the broad areas of International Relations with a focus on the sociological understanding of nature, structure and dynamics, of social and cultural institutions in Europe. She takes compulsory course in Research Methodology and is offering a course on European society titled as Social Structure and Dynamics in Europe at M.Phil level, Globalization, Culture and Social Change at MA, and other courses offered by Centre for European Studies at MA and BA level.

Course certificate

The final assessment will be conducted in the last week of the course i.e. from 24 Sept to 30 Sept 2021. The participants will get completion certificate if they score 70% and above in the final assessment.

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