BSW-42: Tribal Society

By Dr. Saumya & Dr. Sayantani Guin   |   Indira Gandhi National Open University
Certificate in Tribals Studies (CTRBS) is a unique programme started by the School of Social Work, IGNOU. In this course BSW-042 ‘Tribal Society’ apart from learning about the Tribal society in India you shall also be learning about the question of their identity as well as the tribal society in transition.

There are four blocks in this course comprising of 16 units which have been prepared by experts on the subjects.

Block 1 deals with ‘Introduction to Tribal Society and Culture’. The block has attempted to highlight the tribal religions and social systems as well as their rites of passage which is distinctive of every tribal group. The language, art and culture of the tribes are also discussed in the block.

Block 2 is on ‘Tribal Society in Transition’. It provides information about how the tribal societies in India have been in transition from the governance to the economy to the shift in the gender and class within the tribal society. It also points out the intersection between gender, class and caste in relation to Tribes.

Block 3 and Block 4 are about the ‘Tribal Identity and Ethnicity I and II’. The two blocks highlights the concept of difference and inequality among the tribes as well as the tribal identity in the modern world. The block also touches the issue of alienation and migration, which is prevalent among the tribal groups of different regions and also talks about the employment trends of the tribals among other issues.

Course Credit


Learners enrolled: 936


Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Not Applicable
Duration : 16 weeks
Start Date : 15 Jul 2020
End Date :
Exam Date :
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Level : Undergraduate




    Block 1: Introduction to Tribal Society and Culture

    Week 1

     Unit 1: Tribal Social Systems

    Week 2

    Unit 2: Tribals and Religions

    Week 3

    Unit 3: Rites of Passage

    Week 4

    Unit 4: Tribal Language, Art and Culture

    Block 2: Tribal Society in Transition

    Week 5

    Unit 1: Tribal Governance and Polity

    Week 6

    Unit 2: Tribal Economy

    Week 7

    Unit 3: Gender and Class Stratification in Tribal Society

    Week 8

    Unit 4: Intersection between Gender, Class and Caste in relation to Tribes

    Block 3: Tribal Identity and Ethnicity-1

    Week 9

    Unit 1: Concept of Difference and Inequality

    Week 10

    Unit 2: Ethnic Relation, Conflict and Change

    Week 11

    Unit 3: Tribal Identity in a Modern World

    Week 12

    Unit 4: Structural Conflict in Sectors of Tribal Development

    Block 4: Tribal Identity and Ethnicity-II

    Week 13

    Unit 1: Development and Progress: Economic and Social Dimension

    Week 14

    Unit 2: Alienation and Migration

    Week 15

    Unit 3: Employment trends among tribals in India

    Week 16

    Unit 4: Land, Environment and Sustainable Livelihood


    IGNOU’s CTRBS Materials-BSW-042


    Dr. Saumya is an Assistant Professor at School of Social Work, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi, India. Prior to joining IGNOU, she taught at University of Delhi as Lecturer in Department of Social Work. She has received Visiting Fellowship to Shanghai Open University, China in 2014 and Commonwealth Fellowship in 2018 to attend the 32nd Annual Conference of AAOU at Hanoi, Vietnam. She has
    won the 2018 Young Innovator Award for her paper at 32nd Annual Conference of The Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU). She has published books and many articles and presented several papers in national and international seminars.

    Research Area: Open and Distance Learning, Tribal issues, Migration and Community Organization

    Dr. Sayantani Guin is an Assistant Professor at School of Social Work, IGNOU. Dr. Guin is the coordinator of Bachelor in Social Work (BSWG) programme and Certificate in Social Work and Criminal Justice System (CSWCJS) programme at IGNOU. She has coordinated workshops on Field Work practicum in Social Work programmes and taken sessions as resource persons at several places across India. Dr. Guin has been taking Interactive Radio Counselling Sessions (IRC) through Gyanvani and teleconferencing sessions through Gyandarshan channel of IGNOU. She has also taken sessions at the Pan Africa e-network project (MEA-GOI initiative) which is a virtual face-to-face real time classroom teaching since 2010.

    She holds MPhil and PhD degrees in Social Sciences from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She was a recipient of Junior & Senior Research Fellowship from UGC between 2004 and 2009. She has presented various academic and research papers at several International and National Conferences held in India and abroad including USA, Hong Kong and Vietnam. She was awarded the Commonwealth of Learning fellowship to attend the 32nd Asian Association of Open University Conference in 2018 at Hanoi, Vietnam. She has published extensively in a wide range of international scholarly journals. Her academic and research interests include Open and Distance Learning, Tribal Studies, Case Work and HIV in prisons.