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Introduction to Sociology I

CEC and St. Xavier's College (Autonomous), Kolkata via Swayam


This course covers the basic introduction to sociology through a wide and interesting range of topics. It is not limited to the usual topics covered in introductory courses in several places. The range makes this introduction contemporary and relevant and draws on topics relating to India and other societies. Thus, it is intended as a broad and comprehensive introduction to the discipline.


Week 01 : 01: Enlightenment 02: Industrial Revolution 03: French Revolution   Week 02 : 04: Conservative Romantic Reaction 05: Birth of Sociology 06: Auguste Comte I   Week 03 : 07: Auguste Comte II 08: Understanding Social Stratification 09: Class and Intersectionality   Week 04 : 10: Introduction to Classical Sociological Thought I Marx 11: Classical Sociological Thought II Weber 12: Classical Sociological Thought III Durkheim   Week 05 : 13: Feminist Theories: An Introduction 14: Sociology and Postmodern 15: Kinship   Week 06 : 16: Understanding Work 17: Sociology and science 18: Sociology and Common sense   Week 07 : 19: Research Methods: Competing Paradigms 20: Sociology of Consumption 21: Understanding India: Approaches to the Study of Indian Society   Week 08 : 22: The tradition-modernity debate 23: Modernisation 24: The Rising importance of the Middle Classes in India   Week 09 : 25: A Silent Revolution: Dalit Politics and the rise of the lower castes 26: Media, Culture, Society 27: Introduction to Sociology of Gender 28: Caste, Class and Gender   Week 10 : 29: Social Structure and Social Change 30: Socialisation 31: Marriage: Patterns and Change 32: State   Week 11 : 33: Education and Social inequalities 34: The challenge of ethnic identities 35: The language debate in India 36: Religious Pluralism and the debate on Secularism   Week12 : 37: Social Institutions Online 38: Social Institutions and Everyday life 39: Family in Flux 40: Markets and Globalization

Taught by

Dr. Sarbani Bandyopadhyay



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