Sociology XII Part-I

By Dr. Sheetal Sharma   |   School of International Studies, JNU, New Delhi
Learners enrolled: 1016
Sociology is an interesting subject attempting to understand nature and structure of society, functions of social institutions and their impact on our lives. Sociology is academic and systematic study of society we live in. This course introduces you to Indian Society. In the various Modules of this course we will discuss about the Demographic structure of the Indian Society, population, its expansion and what are the various aspects of demographic composition. There are Modules focusing upon significant social institutions such as religion, caste, tribes, family and Kinship. There is an attempt to understand the nature and structure of these institutions and how these institutions have changed in the contemporary times because of forces of modernity and change. Also, what are the essential elements within these institutions that have remained unchanged in spite of many changes. The course also introduces the learners to institution of market, traditional forms of exchange, transaction among various communities and evolution of markets. Yet another important aspect discussed in the course is of cultural diversity in India. Related to forms of various social institutions, what are the sources of diversity, how this diversity is manifest in everyday life, how are different groups related to one another, and how they interact with groups and communities placed at different levels in social hierarchy. One of the important challenge is to manage cultural diversity and maintain harmony and peace among diverse groups. Cultural diversity and differences can also be sources of social inequality, exclusion and discrimination. The course will discuss some of the important aspect and dimensions of inequality.
In sum, the course offers a brief introduction to social, economic and politic institutions, which defines the basic shape and contours of Indian society.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 24 weeks
Category :
  • School
Credit Points : 2
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

Introducing Indian Society – Part 1

Assignment 1

Chapter 2

Module 2

Demographic Structure – Part 1

Module 3

Demographic Structure – Part 2

Module 4

Demographic Structure – Part 3

Module 5

Demographic Structure and Indian Society/ Population Policy – Part 4

Assignment 2

Chapter 3

Module 6

Social Institution – Part 1

Module 7

Tribes in India and tribal culture – Part 2

Module 8

Family, kinship and marriage – Part 3

Assignment 3

Chapter 4

Module 9

Market as a Social – Part 1

Module 10

Market as a Social – Part 2

Module 11

Market as a Social – Part 3

Assignment 4

Chapter 5

Module 12

Stratification, social inequality, exclusion – Part 1

Module 13

Caste, other backward classes and untouchability – Part 2

Module 14

Adivasis and Adivasi struggles – Part 3

Module 15

Women’s struggles and disability – Part 4

Assignment 5

Chapter 6

Module 16

Challenges of Cultural Diversity – Part 1

Module 17

Challenges of Cultural Diversity – Part 2

Module 18

Challenges of Cultural Diversity – Part 3

Assignment 6

Final Assessment

Books and references

NCERT "Indian Society" for Class - XII

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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