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BSW-42: Tribal Society

IGNOU via Swayam


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 4



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

Taught by

Dr. Saumya & Dr. Sayantani Guin

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