2016 Mains OFFLINE Class – SOCIOLOGY Schedule !

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  • August 26, 2016
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IASbaba Offline, Sociology
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For those who have enrolled for 2016 OFFLINE SOCIOLOGY Classes, please find below the schedule –


SOCIOLOGY – Schedule (TLP 2016 – Offline)

Test Series Date                                                            Syllabus
    Paper 1 Paper 2

Timings – 2 PM to 5 PM

Test – 1 11-Sep Religion and Society:
A. Sociological theories of religion.
B. Types of religious practices: animism, monism, pluralism, sects, cults.
C. Religion in modern society: religion and science, secularization, religious revivalism, fundamentalism.
1. Religion and Society:
A. Religious communities.
B. Problems of religious minorities.2. Social change in India:
Visions of Social Change in India:
A. Idea of development planning and mixed economy.
B. Constitution, law and social change.
C. Education and social change.
Test – 2 18-Sep Systems of Kinship:
A. Family, Household, Marriage.
B. Types and forms of family.
C. Lineage and descent.
D. Patriarchy and sexual division oflabour.
E. Contemporary trends.
1. Systems of kinship in India:
A. Lineage and descent in India.
B. Types of kinship systems.
C. Family and marriage in India.
D. Household dimensions of the family.

2. Population Dynamics:

A. Population size, growth, composition and distribution.
B. Components of population growth: Birth, death, migration.
C. Population policy and family planning.
D. Emerging issues: ageing, sec ratios, child and infant mortality, reproductive health.

Test – 3 25-Sep Politics and Scoiety:
A. Sociological theories of power.
B. Power elite, bureaucracy, pressure groups, and political parties.
C. Nation, State, Citizenship, Democracy, Civil Society, Ideology.
D. Protest, agitation, social movements, collective action, revolution.
Politics and Scoiety:
A. Nation, Democracy and Citizenship.
B. Political parties, pressure groups, social and political elite.
C. Regionalism and decentralization of power.
D. Secularization.
Test – 4 2-Oct 1. 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.
Social Structure:

1. Rural and Agrarian social structure:
A. The Idea of Indian Village and village studies.
B. Agrarian social structure – evolution of land tenure system, land reforms.2. Caste System:
C. Perspective on the study of caste systems: GS Ghurey, M N Srinivas, Louis Dumont, Andre Beteille.
D. Features of caste system.
E. Untouchability – forms and perspectives.
Test – 5 9-Oct 1. Research Methods and Analysis:
A. Qualitative and quantitative methods.
B. Techniques of data collection.
C. Variables, sampling, hypothesis, reliability and validity.2. Sociological Thinkers:
d. Karl Marx – Historical materialism, mode of production, alienation, class struggle.
e. Emile Durkheim – Division of labour, social fact, scicide, religion and cosiety.
Prespectives on the Study of indian Society:
A. Indology (GS. Ghurey).
B. Structural functionalism (M N Srinivas).
C. Marxist sociology (A R Desai).
Test – 6 16-Oct A.  Max Weber – Social action, ideal types, authority, bureaucracy, protestant ethic and the spirit of capitalism.
B. Talcolt Parsons – Social systems, pattern variables.
C. Robert k. Merton – latent and manifest functions, conformity and deviance, reference groups.
D. Mead – Self and identity.
1. Impact of colonial rule on Indian society:
A. Social background of Indian nationalism.
B. Modernization of Indian tradition.
C. Protests and movements during the colonial period.
D. Social reforms.2. Social classes in India:
A. Agrarian class structure.
B. Industrial class structure.
C. Middle classes in India.
Test – 7 23-Oct Stratification and Mobility:
A. Concepts – equality, inequality, hierarchy, exclusion, poverty and deprivation.
B. Theories of social stratification – Structural functionalist theory, Marxist theory, Weberian theory.
C. Dimensions – Social stratification of class, status groups, gender, ethnicity and race.
D. Social mobility – Open and closed systems, types of mobility, sources and causes of mobility.
1. Industrialization and urbanization in india:
A. Evolution of modern industry in India.
B. Growth of urban settlements in India.
C. Working class: Structure, growth, class mobilization.
D. Informal Sector, child labour.
E. Slums and deprivation in urban areas.2. Tribal Communities in India:
F. Definitional problems.
G. Geographical spread.
H. Colonical policies and tribes.
I. Issues of integration and autonomy.
Test – 8 30-Oct Works and Economy Life:
A. Social organization of work in different types of society – Slave Society, Fedual society, industry / capitalist society.
B. Formal and informal organization of work.
C. labour and society.
1. Social movements in Modern India:
A. Peasants and farmers movemnets.
B. Women’s movement.
C. Backward classes and Dalit movement.
D. Environmental movements.
E. Ethnicity and Identity movements.

2. Rural and Agrarian transformation in India:
A. Programs of rural development, community development program, cooperatives, and poverty alleviation schemes.
B. Green revolution and social change.
C. Changing modes of production in Indian agriculture.
D. Problems of rural labour, bondage, migration.

Test – 9 6-Nov Social Change In Modern Society:
A. Sociological theories of social change.
B. Development and dependency.
C. Agents of social change.
D. Education and Social Change.
E. Science, technology and social change.
Challenges of social transformation:
A. Crisis of Development: Displacement, Environmental Problems and Sustainability.
B. Poverty, Deprivation and Inequalities.
C. Violence against Women.
D. Caste Conflicts.
E. Ethnic Conflicts, Communalism, Religious Revivalism.
F. Illiteracy and Disparities in Education.
Test – 10  13-Nov Paper 1 and Paper 2 (Full Test)


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