MSO-004: Sociology in India

By Dr. Deepak Paliwal   |   Indira Gandhi National Open University
Learners enrolled: 583

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
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 8
Level : Postgraduate
Start Date : 15 Aug 2022
End Date :
Exam Date :

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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

Dr. Deepak Paliwal

Indira Gandhi National Open University
Dr. Deepak Paliwal presenting working as an Associate Professor (Sociology),School of Social Sciences, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi. He worked as a Joint Director (Behavioral Science), in one of the prestigious Administrative Training Institute of India, Dr.R.S.Tolia Uttarakhand Academy of Administration, Nainital ,Uttarakhand(15.12.2018-12.08.2021). He joined the Higher Education Department in the year 2007 and from the year 2008 to 2011 he worked as Lecturer in different Government Degree Colleges of Uttarakhand. He joined the Department of Sociology, School of Social Sciences, Uttarakhand Open University as Assistant Professor in August 2011. Apart from academic he worked in the different capacities as, I/C (Regional Service Directorate), Assistant Director (Research), Assistant Director (Training & Placement) and Assistant Registrar (Administration) in the University. He is the recipient of the prestigious UGC Research Award (2014-16). Dr. Paliwal completed the research project entitled “Open Schooling in Hilly Areas: A Critical Analysis of its Reach and Responsiveness” in the year 2016 funded by NIOS (Ministry of Human Resource Development, India). He has organized various Conferences, Seminar and workshop fully funded by various national and international organizations i.e. University of Sains Malaysia, ICSSR, National Commission of Women New Delhi and Uttarakhand Open University). His research interests include Research Methodology, Women Health and Traditional Practices, Marginalized Sections of the Society. He also worked as a reviewer of International Journals of Repute i.e.  Journal of Education, Youth and Society, SAGE & Journal of Intellectual Property Rights, National Institute of science Communication and Information Resources, New Delhi etc. Based on his outstanding contribution to both his field as well as to wider society, the International Academy of Social Sciences (IASS), Florida, United States of America bestows the title of ACADEMICIAN OF SOCIAL SCIENCES to him. The title of Academician is the highest honor bestowed by the International Academic of Social Sciences. He was awarded Honorary Fellowship in Social Sciences at BHU (Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi) on 10th of Feb 2017 by Indian Social Science Association for his outstanding contribution in publication and research work.       

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