Sociology of India

Course Number: 
HSL772
LTP structure: 
3-0-0
Discipline: 
Sociology
Credit: 
3.0

Pre-requisite

Course Objective

This course introduces students to classical and contemporary theories and debates in Indian sociology including the various concepts and approaches used to study Indian society. It provides a historical overview of Indian society from colonial times to the present, focusing on processes and drivers of social change.

Faculty

Course Content

The major themes covered in this course include the debates on continuity and change in relation to colonial rule, ideas of tradition and modernity, models of development, agrarian structure and rural transformation, marriage and family, caste and kinship, secularism, Subaltern religion and religious conflict, class and social mobility. The course takes a critical and engaged perspective on concepts such as the village, family, caste, region, nation, language, religion, gender, class, development, tradition, indigenousness, tribe, modernisation and others. Various approaches that have influenced the study of Indian society such as Orientalism, Indology, Structuralism, Structural-FunctionSubaltern Studies will also be discussed.

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