MSO 004 Sociology in India

By Prof. Debal K. SinghaRoy   |   Indira Gandhi National Open University
Learners enrolled: 1429

This course introduces students to Indian society and to the sociological understanding of Indian society in terms of its institutions, social processes and their dynamics. Towards this endeavour besides engaging the students with the historical understanding of development of sociology in India, it engages them with the dynamics of caste, tribes, religion, gender, family marriage, kinship, social classes in the contests of fast change and transformation in the society. It also focuses on the issues of migration, industrialization, globalization, communalism, secularism and social movements in Indian society and their sociological understanding.

Course Credit


Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Not Applicable
Duration : 16 weeks
Start Date : 15 Feb 2021
End Date :
Exam Date :
Enrollment Ends : 30 Jun 2021
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 8
Level : Postgraduate

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Course layout

Sociology in India


Week 1          

Unit-1 Social Background of the Emergence of Sociology in India

Week 2 

Unit-2 Emergence of the Discipline: Issues and Themes

Unit-3 Village Studies in India


Week 3

Unit-5 Brahminical Perspective

Unit-6 View from the Field

Week 4

Unit-7 Ambedkar and Lohia on Caste

Unit-8 Census Perspective


Week 5

Unit-9 The Household and the Family

Unit-10 The Household as a Cooperative—Conflicting Unit

Week 6

Unit-11 Marriage and Its Changing Patterns

Unit-12 Descent and Alliance Approaches to the Study of Kinship in India


Week 7

Unit-13 Agrarian Classes and Categories

Unit-14 The Working Class

Week 8

Unit-15 The Middle Class

Unit-16 Gender, Caste and Class


Week 9

Unit-17 Tribe, Territory and Common Property Resources

Unit-18 Tribe and Caste

Week 10

Unit-19 Elwin and Ghurye’s Perspectives on Tribes

Unit-20 Social Differentiation among Tribes


Week 11

Unit-21 Religion and Politics

Unit-22 Religion and Culture

Week 12

Unit-23 Cohesive and Divisive Dimensions of Religion

Unit-24 Secularisation


Week 13

Unit-25 Urbanization

Unit-26 Migration

Week 14

Unit-27 Industrialisation

Unit-28 Globlisation


Week 15

Unit-29 Social Movements: Meanings and Dimensions

Unit-30 Types of Social Movements

Week 16

Unit-31 Peasants Movements

Unit-32 New Social Movements

Books and references

This course is self-contained. 

Instructor bio

Prof. Debal K. SinghaRoy

Indira Gandhi National Open University

Prof. Debal K. SinghaRoy MA, MPhil, PhD, is Professor of Sociology in the Faculty of Sociology, School of Social Sciences, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi.
Professor SinghaRoy is a recipient of an Australian Government Endeavour Fellowship, 2010. He was a Visiting Scholar with the Cosmopolitan Civil Societies Research Centre, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. He was a Commonwealth Fellow and Visiting Professor of Sociology of Social Movements at The Open University, United Kingdom (2006-2007); a Fellow with the Alternative Development Studies Programme, Netherlands (2003); Visiting Research Fellow in the University of Alberta, Canada (2001); Visiting scholar in the La Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris, (1999 & 2007). Recently (2018) he was also in the University of Alberta, Edmonton, and University of McMaster, Hamilton, Canada as Shastri-Indo Canadian Visiting Fellow. 
 Professor Singharoy has researched extensively in the areas of identity and identity construction, social movements, agrarian studies, social development, marginalization, social exclusion, sociology of distance education and knowledge society. His important  publications include Identity, Society and Transformative Social Categories, Sage Publication, New Delhi 2018, Towards a Knowledge Society: New Identities in Emerging India: Cambridge University Press, New Delhi, 2014, Peasant Movements in Post Colonial India: Dynamics of Mobilisation and Identity, Sage Publication, 2004; Social Development and the Empowerment of the Marginalised Perspectives and Strategies(ed), Sage Publication New Delhi, 2002; Women, New Technology and Development, Manohar Publication 1995; Women in Peasant Movements: Tebhaga, Naxalite and After, Manohar Publication 1992; Social Movements: A Course Guide, Athabasca University, Canada, 2006; Dissenting Voices and Transformative Actions: Social Movements in Globalizing World (ed) Manohar Publication, New Delhi, 2010; Interrogating Social Development: Global Perspectives and Local Initiatives (ed), Manohar Publication, New Delhi, 2010; Surviving Against Odds: Marginalized in a Globalising World, (ed), Manohar Publication, New Delhi, 2010. His upcoming book is Partition, Nationalism and Patriotism. He has published several research papers in nationally and internationally reputed journals and in the international Encyclopedia of Social Movements. 
Professor SinghaRoy is member of Member Board of Studies, Academic Council and Board of Management of several universities of the country. He is member of several professional

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