The main objective of this course is to impart students to basic concepts and theoretical understanding of sociology so that students will be able to understand the social issues and their impacts on governance.
- Concept of sociology
- Evolution of sociology
- Similarities and differences between sociology and anthropology
- Relationship of sociology with history, political science, economics, social psychology, and biological sciences
- Use of sociological knowledge in public administration
- Society, culture and social groups
- Status and role
- Norms and values
- Social stratification: Class, caste, and ethnicity
- Organizations: Formal and informal
- Social interaction: Cooperation, conflict, coercion and social exchange
- Social institutions
- Family, marriage, and religious institutions
- Political institutions
- Economic institutions
- Necessity of nurture
- Difference between humans and animals
- Acculturation and assimilation
- Process, stages and agents of socialization
- Social theories
- Concept of theory and meta-theory
- Theoretical perspective: Functionalism, conflict paradigm, and interactionism
- Positivism, constructivism and modernism
- World system theory, structuralism and feminism
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