Sociology Syllabus for Main Examination

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a. Modernity and social changes in Europe and emergence of sociology. b. Scope of the subject and comparison with other social sciences. c. Sociology and common sense.

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Sociology Syllabus for Main ExaminationPAPER - IFUNDAMENTALS OF SOCIOLOGY1. Sociology - The Discipline:a. Modernity and social changes in Europe and emergence of sociology.b. Scope of the subject and comparison with other social sciences.c. Sociology and common sense.2. Sociology as Science:d. Science, scientific method and critique.e. Major theoretical strands of research methodology.f. Positivism and its critique.g. Fact value and objectivity.h. Non- positivist methodologies.3. Research Methods and Analysis:i. Qualitative and quantitative methods.j. Techniques of data collection.k. Variables, sampling, hypothesis, reliability and validity.4. Sociological Thinkers:l. Kar l Marx- Histor ical mater ial ism, mode of production, alienation, class struggle.m. Emile Durkheim- Division of labour, social fact, suicide, religion and society.n. Max Weber- Social action, ideal types, author i ty, bureaucracy, protestant ethic and the spirit of capitalism.o. Talcolt Parsons- Social system, pattern variables.p. Robert K. Merton- Latent and manifest functions, conformity and deviance, reference groups.q. Mead - Self and identity.5. Stratification and Mobility:r. Concepts- equality, inequality, hierarchy, exclusion, poverty and deprivation.s. Theories of social stratification- Structural functionalist theory, Marxist theory, Weberian theory.t. Dimensions - Social stratification of class, status groups, gender, ethnicity and race.u. Social mobility-

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