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I have completed my 12th and planning to take admission in Kerala University for doing BA Sociology want course details. Can you please provide me basic details about BA Sociology degree along with syllabus of this course so that I get to know list of subjects I have to study?

The University of Kerala, formerly the University of Travancore, is an affiliating university located in Thiruvananthapuram, capital of the south Indian state of Kerala, India.

B.A. Sociology Eligibility

The main requirement for pursuing B.A. (Sociology) degree is qualifying 10+2 or equivalent examination in any stream from a recognised board of the country

B.A. Sociology Syllabus

Year I: Sem. I (Basic Concepts in Sociology)

I Sociology: Nature, Scope and Significance; Relationship with History, Economics, Political Science, Anthropology and Psychology

II Basic Concepts: Society, Community, Association, Social Structure, Status & Role, Norms and Values

III Social Groups & Processes: Definition, Nature and types of Groups- Primary Secondary & Reference Group; Processes- Co-operation, Conflict and Accommodation.

IV Social Institutions: Marriage, Family, Kinship and Religion; Their Functions and Features

Sem. II (Society, Culture and Social Change)

I Societies: Types and Characteristics- Tribal, Rural, Urban, Industrial and Post-Industrial.

II Culture: Definition and Nature; Types- Material and Non- Material. Socialization: Its importance, Process and Stages. Social Control: Its Types and Means.

III Processes of Social Change: Characteristic Features of Industrialization, Modernization, Globalization and Secularization

VI Social Stratification: Concept and Bases; Forms- Caste, Class, Power & Gender

Year II: Sem. III (Methods in Social Research)

I Social Research: Definition, Nature and purpose; Steps in Social Research; Problem of Objectivity and Subjectivity in Social Research

II Research Method: Research Designs; Social Survey; Hypothesis- Types & significance; Sampling and Sampling Procedure

III Techniques of Data Collection: Types of Data; Techniques- Observation, Interview, Questionnaire, Schedule and Case Study

VI Statistical Analysis and Use of Computer in Social Research: Classification and Tabulation of data; Measures of Central Tendency: Mean, Median and Mode; Use of Computers in Social Research.

Sem. IV (Indian Society Optional I)

I Evolution of Indian Society: Traditional bases of Indian Society; Unity and Diversity in India; India as a Pluralistic Society.

II Indian Social Institutions: Kinship, Family, Marriage; Caste and its Changing Dimensions.

III Processes of Social Change in India: Sanskritization, Westernization, Parochiatization and Universatization

VI Social Issues and Problems: Gender Discrimination, Secularism and Religious Minorities, Problems of Dalits Women and OBC and Affirmative Actions

(Social Problems in India-Optional-II)

I Social Problem: Meaning and Definition; Importance of the Study of Social Problems; Sociological Perspectives on Social Problem-Anomie (Durkheim), Diffential Association (Sutherland), Labelling (Becker).

II Structural Issues: Inequality of Caste, Class Gender and Ethnicity; Communalism; Problems of Minorities.

III Problems and Issues: Female Foeticide, Dowry, Domestic Violence, Divorce; Problems of Aged.

VI Social Disorganization: Crime and Juvenile Delinquency, Corruption, Drug Addiction, Suicide, Prostitution and AIDS

Social Change and Development (Optional III)

I Social Change: Concept, Forms and Factors; Concept and Features of Development.

II Theories of Social Change: Linear (Spencer), Cyclical (Pareto), Fluctuation (Sorokin); Conflict Theory (Marx)

III Social Change in Contemporary India: Trends and Processes of Change – Sanskritisation, Westernisation, Modernisation and Secularisation

VI Development Programmes in India: Development Programme in India; The Five Year Plans, Community Development Programme, , Panchayat Raj; Impact of new Panchayati Raj on Women Empowerment

Year III: Sem. V (Foundations of Social Thought)

I Positivism: Comte’s Law of three stages, Social Static & Dynamics, Evolutionism- Spencer’s Evolutionary Approach

II Functionalism: Durkheims’ Concept of Social Fact, Division of labour in Society; Radcliffe Brown’s Structural-Functional Approach

III Conflict: Marx’s concept of Dialectical Historical Materialism, Class & Class Conflict; Coser’s Approach to Social Conflict

VI Inter-actionalism: Weber’s Interpretative Sociology; Types of Social Action; G.H. Mead’s Concept of Self & Society


Kerala University
Senate House Campus, Palayam
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695034
Phone: 0471 230 5994

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