Department of Sociology

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  • Syllabus and Course Outcome
  • Faculty Profile
  • Study Materials
  • Extension Activities
  • Results and Student Progression
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Initiation and brief overview

 The Department of Sociology started in 2003 and has been operating as an Honours Department since 2008. From its inception, the Department has a good academic record with a high pass percentage for all its outgoing batches. The Department has also consistently produced University rankers. At present, the Department has a four-member faculty (2 Assistant Professors, 1 SACT I and 1 SACT II lecturer) with different specializations who teach various papers of the discipline.

Vision and outlook

The Department strives to inculcate a strong sociological sense among students with a specific focus on developing their analytical and writing abilities. At the same time, it focuses on introducing students to empirical field-based research which is central to Sociology as a discipline. The Department further ensures that students are well prepared academically and otherwise to chart their career paths in future while applying the skills they have picked up in the three years at this Department.

Methods of Teaching

The Department believes in a comprehensive approach towards teaching keeping in mind the nature and scope of Sociology as a discipline. Apart from the usual lecture method, the Department uses audio-visual aid, such as power point presentations and films to stimulate the learning process and to ensure that students develop a keen and critical sociological sense. The Department also encourages a field-based approach towards Sociology and regularly organizes educational and field trips to expose students to sociological processes and changes in society around them. Projects both individual and group-based also form an integral part of the evaluative scheme for students. Regular assessments through class-tests and written assignments ensure that students are well prepared for their final end-semester examinations.

Email: sociology@rksmvv.ac.in

 

 

Syllabus

WBSU syllabus for Sociology BA under the UGC prescribed syllabus template for CBCS Semester.

 Courses offered

Honours

Generic Elective

 Programme Specific Outcomes (PSOs)

The undergraduate BA Sociology Honors course as offered under the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) is aimed at helping students develop a critical sociological acumen, understand and articulate sociological theories and learn and apply sociological methods to understand the social worlds they live in. The specific learning outcomes are detailed as follows:

  1. Sociological Imagination: Sociology offers a perspective to understand and evaluate social worlds. Its debunking motive, often termed as the ‘sociological imagination’, prepares the student to dive beneath the taken-for-granted and normalized social structures and question how norms and institutions operate in society. A well-formed sociological imagination helps the students locate the ‘social’ as against the historical, the political, the psychological and the economic. Sociological Imagination also has an applied angle and allows students to evaluate the social structures they find themselves in, thus paving a way for informed civic engagement.

 

  1. Social Structure, Social Process and the Individual: On completing the Sociology undergraduate course, students will be able to identify and understand the universal social institutions which form the framework of any society. They will also be able to comprehend the processes through which social structures respond to change and evolve with time. The macro- and micro perspectives in Sociology help students understand the interconnections between institutions and individuals and locate how social institutions shape individuals and, are in turn, shaped by individuals through collective action.

 

  1. Sociological Theory: The undergraduate course will help students get acquainted with classical and contemporary sociological thought. The course prepares students to apply sociological theory to make sense of the social issues around them. While the functional and structural-functional perspectives help them to understand the role of institutions in society, critical and conflict perspectives help them in comprehending the entrenched power structures and inequalities endemic in many of the primary social institutions.

 

  1. Sociological Research Methods: Students will be trained in quantitative and qualitative research methods which will help them apply their theoretical knowledge in Sociology to study events and processes in their lived worlds. Two core courses on research methods will acquaint students with the nature of sociological research, its relationship with theory-building, qualitative and statistical research methods pertaining to the collection and analysis of empirical data as well as techniques of secondary data analysis. This will also help in inculcating a scientific temper in students necessary for following up on unfolding social issues within the boundaries of a disciplinary rigor.

 

  1. Social Problems: The knowledge of sociological theory along with a generalized sociological imagination will help students in developing the ability to identify issues that are construed as ‘problems’ in a society by uncovering the social processes and underlying power structures that are instrumental in ‘creating’ them. Thus, students will be able to tackle a range of issues, from race, ethnicity, class and caste, to those of gender, child socialization, queer rights and the like, globally as well as in the specific context of India. This has the potential to inculcate in students the vision of a just and egalitarian social world, where lives are lived with dignity, honor and equity.

 

Course Specific Outcome

Paper Course Specific Outcome
SEM 1
CC1: Introduction to Sociology I Code: SOCACORT01T With this introductory paper, students will come to understand sociology as a discipline and have a firm foundation on all its basic concepts and its relationship with other disciplines.
CC2: Sociology of India I Code: SOCACOR02T In this paper students will learn about the major discourses related to India and will be better in understanding the Indian society and its various cultural institutions.
GE1: Introduction to Sociology Code: SOCHGEC01T This paper introduces the students to the basic concepts of sociology and its various social institutions, social movements, social stratification and social change
SEM 2
CC3: Introduction to Sociology II Code: SOCACOR03T Through this paper students are introduced with sociological theory and will increase their sociological knowledge as they come to look at society through the four major perspectives of functionalism, interpretive perspective, conflict and feminist perspective
CC4: Sociology of India II Code: SOCACOR04T This paper enhances the knowledge of students on Indian society as they learn about the various movements of resistance, mobilisation, change and about its state and society. The students are also introduced to the various thinkers who contributed to Indian Sociology.
GE2: Sociology of India Code: SOCHGEC02T This general paper aims at making the students grasp about the Indian Society, its cultural institutions and its various practices. Students will also come to learn about the movements that led to social change and about the challenges to state and society.
SEM 3
CC5: Political Sociology Code: SOCACOR05T This paper aims at making the students understand the relationship between the state and society. This course introduces the students to the various concepts of political socialization, political culture, power, elites and such which will enable the students to see how major social factors affect the political processes.
CC6: Sociology of Religion Code: SOCACOR06T Students shall be able to understand key concepts & identities of religion. Students will also come to learn the three thinker’s (Marx, Weber & Durkheim) concepts of religion and basic issues of religion.
CC7: Sociology of Gender Code: SOCACOR07T Students will be able to understand Gender as a social construct.
Students will also have an idea about gender discrimination and inequalities and gender, power and resistance.
GE3: Sociological Theories Code: SOCHGEC03T In this paper students will come to learn about the three main thinkers in Sociology, that is, Karl Marx, Max Weber and Emile Durkheim from the three main perspectives of Sociology- Conflict, Interpretive and Functionalist Perspective.
SEM 4
CC8: Economic Sociology Code: SOCACOR08T This course provides an understanding of the interrelation between Economy and Society. It defines globalization and describes its manifestation in modern society. Studying this course students will gather knowledge on
a)Forms of Exchange
b)Systems of Production, Circulation and Consumption
c)Some Contemporary Issues in Economic Sociology.
CC9: Sociology of Kinship Code: SOCACOR09T Students will acquire deep knowledge of the key terms and various approaches regarding kinship. Students will also be able to understand about family, household and marriage. It will help students to get ideas about re-casting kinship.
CC10: Social Stratification Code: SOCACOR10T It will help students to get a basic idea about Sociological Stratification. It also explains the dimensions of Social differentiation. Students will also come to learn the theoretical perspectives of social stratification.
GE4: Methods of Sociological Enquiry Code: SOCHGEC04T Through this paper students will acquire the knowledge of what consists of sociological research, its significance and its practices. The students will also learn the methods of doing research, analysing data and the relationship between theory and research.
SEM 5
CC11: Sociological Thinkers I Code: SOCACOR11T The course aims to provide a general introduction to sociological theory and thought. It provides the students an opportunity to introduce themselves to the classical theories of Sociology.
CC12: Sociological Research Methods I Code: SOCACOR12T It will help students to get a basic idea about sociological research and the importance of research design and formulation. From this course students will able to learn about:
a) What is Sociological Research?
b) Perspectives towards study of social phenomenon
c)Modes of Enquiry
DSE(H)1Urban Sociology Code: SOCADSE01T This is a highly informative course that mentions some important perspectives in Urban Sociology and Politics of Urban Space.
DSE(H) Agrarian Sociology Code: SOCADSE02T With this course students will get a complete knowledge about agrarian societies and agrarian studies, issues in agrarian sociology, themes in agrarian sociology of India and agrarian future.
GDSE (G) Marriage, Family and Kinship Code: SOCGDSE02T Students will learn about the key terms and various approaches to understanding kinship. They will also learn about the institutions of family, household and marriage as well as new issues in the sociology of kinship.
GGE (G) Polity and Society in India Code: SOCGGEC01T This course provides an understanding of the interrelation between Polity and Society in India. This course aims to draw attention mainly to the problems, policies and programmes taken for the upliftment of the backward sections of Indian society and overviews of Indian constitution, separations etc.
SEM 6
CC13: Sociological     Thinkers II Code: SOCACOR13T The course aims to provide a general introduction to sociological theory and thought. The paper acknowledges the contributions of western thinkers in the development of sociology. It provides the students an opportunity to define sociological theory, understand its features and describe and illustrate the role of theory in building sociological knowledge.
CC14: Sociological Research Methods II Code: SOCACOR14T This course is an introductory course on how research is actually done. With emphasis on formulating research design, methods of data collection, and data analysis, it will provide students with some elementary knowledge on how to conduct both quantitative and qualitative research. This paper aims to acquaint students with empirical field data collection, analysis and writing analytical and standard dissertation or research report in sociology.
DSE(H) Sociology of Work Code: SOCADSE04T Students will be able to acquire knowledge about work and industry, forms of industrial culture and organization. It will also help students to learn about dimensions of work and work in informal sector. Students will get to know about industrial hazards and disasters.
DSE(H)6- Indian Sociological Traditions Code: SOCADSE06T Students will gain in-depth knowledge about eminent Indian sociologists.
GDSE (G) Social Stratification Code: SOCGDSE04T This paper allows students to learn about concepts and approaches of social stratification, its forms and social mobility.
GGE (G) Economy and Society Code: SOCGGEC02T This course provides an understanding of the interrelation between Economy and Society. It defines globalization and describes its manifestation in modern society. Students will learn about reciprocity, gift exchange, and the various modes of production through in society.

EXTENSION ACTIVITIES
Extension Lectures and Seminars

Serial No Date Name and Designation of Visiting Lecturer Topic
1. 29.01.2021 Prof. Maitrayee Chaudhuri

Professor of Sociology, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Feminism in India: The Tale and its Telling
2. 26.06.2020 Dr. Kamalini Mukherjee, faculty, Department of Sociology, The Bhawanipore Education Society and College Challenges of the ‘New’ Normal: A Discussion of Space, Gender and the ‘Other’
3. 25.06.2020 Dr. Kumkum Sarkar, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Netaji Subhas Open University Challenges of the ‘New’ Normal: Covid 19 and Disability in India
4. 24.06.2020 Dr. Basabi Chakraborty

Professor of Sociology, Rabindra Bharati

University.

Challenges of the ‘New’ Normal: Covid 19 and the experiences of Women
5. 14.02.2019 Prof. Prasanta Roy

Emeritus Professor of Political Science and Sociology

Power and its Guises
6. 14.09.2017 Dr. Basabi Chakraborty Professor of Sociology, Rabindra Bharati University. Dalit movement in India: Historical and Sociological Implications
7. 22.08.2017 Dr. Shaoni Shabnam Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology,  St. Xaviers College Stratification: An Overview
8. 16.03.2017 Dr. Punyarupa Bhadury, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Barasat College Karl Marx and his Methodology
9. 15.03.2017 Dr.Basabi Chakraborty, Coordinator and Head, Department of Sociology, Rabindra Bhararti University Political Participation of Women

Educational Trips

Serial No Date Place or Places visited Objective
1. 16.01.2020 Park Street Cemetery, Hogg Market, Indian Museum To introduce students to the dynamics of urban change.
2. 05.01.2019 Eco Park To understand the modalities of urban leisure.
3. 24.12.2017 Indian Museum To understand the processes behind post-colonial museumization.

RESULTS
University Results

Sl. No. Year Name of Student Rank
1. 2012 Priyanka Gupta 1st
2. 2015 Puja Shaw 5th
3. 2015 Anusree Biswas 8th
4. 2016 Ritu  Roy 1st
5. 2016 Aparajita  Mukherjee 5th
6. 2016 Tanima  Ghosh 6th
7. 2016 Riya  Sarkar 7th
8. 2016 Chanchala  Pahari 9th
9. 2017 Lisa  Nath 1st
10. 2017 Sutrishna  Saha 7th
11. 2018 Amrita  Roy 5th
12. 2018 Debjani  Gupta 6th
13. 2018 Riya  Banerjee 7th

Ramakrishna Sarada Mission Vivekananda Vidyabhavan

Department of sociology

Routine 2022-23 (Odd Sem) 

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Ramakrishna Sarada Mission Vivekananda Vidyabhavan

Lesson plan(SOCA) 2022-23

Sociology Department

SEMESTER- I

 CORE COURSE- 1; Introduction to Sociology I (SOCACOR01T) 

NAME OF TEACHER TOPICS NUMBER OF CREDIT HOURS (APPROX.)
Dr. Anasua Chatterjee Social Processes;

Social Change and Mobility.

Tutorial

 

7

7

 

3

Ms. Bisaka Blone Some Basic Concepts; Individual, Culture and Society;

Individual and Group

Tutorial

8

5

 

6

6

Ms. Upasana Karmakar Modak Social Institutions;

Social Structure and Social Control

Tutorial

5

5

 

2

Ms. Aparna Chakraborty Thinking Sociologically;

Emergence of Sociology;

Sociology and Other Social Sciences

Tutorial

8

10

9

 

4

 

Student Activity   5
Total Credit Hours   90

 CORE COURSE- 2; Sociology of India I (SOCACOR02T) 

NAME OF TEACHER TOPICS NUMBER OF CREDIT HOURS (APPROX.)
Dr. Anasua Chatterjee The Colonial Discourse;

Caste: concept and critique;

Agrarian Classes

Tutorial

9

7

 

8

6

Ms. Bisaka Blone The Subaltern Critique;

Village: Structure and Change

Tutorial

5

5

 

2

 

Ms. Upasana Karmakar Modak The Nationalist Discourse;

Kinship: Principle and Pattern;

Religion and Society

Tutorial

8

8

 

8

6

 

Ms. Aparna Chakraborty Industry and Labour;

Tribe: Profile and Location Tutorial

6

6

1

 

 

Student Activity   5
Total Credit Hours   90

GE1: Introduction to Sociology ( SOCGCOR01T)

Name of Teacher Name of topic No. of credit
Anasua Chatterjee Basic Concepts

Social movements

Tutorial

12

7

3

Bisaka Blone Basic Concepts

Social Stratification

Tutorial

10

12

3

Upasana Karmakar Modak Sociology the discipline

Marriage and Family

Tutorial

8

9

4

Aparna Chakraborty Social Institution

Social Change

Tutorial

6

6

5

 

Student Activity   5
Total Credit Hours   90

SEMESTER- III

CORE COURSE- 5; Political Sociology (SOCACOR05T) 

NAME OF TEACHER TOPICS NUMBER OF CREDIT HOURS (APPROX.)
Ms. Bisaka Blone Meaning and Dimensions of Political Culture

 

Meaning and types of Political Socialization

 

Agencies of Political Socialization and their role

 

Elites and the Ruling Classes

 

Political Systems: Segmentary, Totalitarian and Democratic

 

Local Governance: Panchayat System

 

Tutorial

 

7

 

 

8

 

 

8

 

 

8

 

 

8

 

 

 

6

 

 

8

Ms. Upasana Karmakar Modak Political Parties: Structure and Functions

 

Types of Pressure Groups and their relationship with Political Parties

 

Tutorial

 

6

 

 

7

 

 

 

4

Ms. Aparna Chakraborty Power and Authority

State, Governance and Citizenship

 

Tutorial

6

 

6

 

3

Student Activity 5
Total Credit Hours   90

CORE COURSE- 6; Sociology of Religion (SOCACOR06T) 

NAME OF TEACHER TOPICS NUMBER OF CREDIT HOURS (APPROX.)
Dr. Anasua Chatterjee Emile Durkheim: Society as Sacred

 

Karl Marx: Religion as Alienation

 

Max Weber: Religion as Social Action

 

Religious Individualism and the Boundaries of Religion

 

Religion and Identity: Class, Gender, Sexuality

 

Tutorial

8

 

 

8

 

 

8

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

8

 

8

Upasana Karmakar Modak Sacred, Myth, Ritual and Prayer

 

Time-Space

Rationality

 

Tutorial

7

 

 

6

 

 

4

 

Aparna Chakraborty Formulating Religion

 

Religious Fundamentalism

The Secularization Debate

 

Tutorial

6

 

6

5

 

3

Student Activity 5
Total Credit Hours   90

 CORE COURSE- 7; Sociology of Gender (SOCACOR07T) 

NAME OF TEACHER TOPICS NUMBER OF CREDIT HOURS (APPROX.)
Bisaka Blone Class, Caste

 

Family, Work

 

Tutorial

 

7

 

7

 

3

Upasana Karmakar Modak Gender, Sex, Sexuality

Production of Masculinity and Femininity

 

Gender Socialization,

Gender Roles and Stereotyping

 

Sexual Identities: Heterosexual, Bisexual, Lesbian and Homosexual, Transgender, Transvestite, Hijra, Koti

 

Social Subordination

 

Violence against Women

 

Women’s and LGBTQ Movements in India

 

 

Tutorial

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

11

 

 

 

 

11

 

8

 

 

10

 

 

12

Student Activity 5
Total Credit Hours   90

GE-3; Sociological Theories (SOCGCOR03T)

NAME OF TEACHER TOPICS NUMBER OF CREDIT HOURS (APPROX.)
Upasana Karmakar Modak Max Weber (Types of Authority, Ideal Types)

 

Tutorial

 

20

 

5

 

Dr. Anasua Chatterjee Emile Durkheim

Tutorial

20

5

 

 

 

Bisaka Blone Max Weber (Social Action)

Karl Marx

Tutorial

15

15

5

 

 

Student Activities   5
Total Credit Hours   90

SEMESTER- V

CC- 11; Sociological Thinkers I (SOCACOR11T) 

NAME OF TEACHER TOPICS NUMBER OF CREDIT HOURS (APPROX.)
Bisaka Blone Materialist Conception of History

 

Capitalist Mode of Production

 

Social Action and Ideal Types

 

Religion and Economy

 

Tutorial

12

 

 

12

 

 

12

 

 

12

 

7

 

 

Aparna Chakraborty Social Fact

 

Individual and Society

 

Tutorial

10

 

12

 

8

 

 

Student Activities   5
Total Credit Hours   90

CORE COURSE- 12; Sociological Research Methods I (SOCACOR12T) 

NAME OF TEACHER TOPICS NUMBER OF CREDIT HOURS (APPROX.)
Dr. Anasua Chatterjee Theory and Research

 

Concepts and Hypothesis

 

Field (Issues and Context)

The Scientific Method: Positivism and Empiricism in sociology; Objectivity and Subjectivity; Deductive and Inductive

 

Critique of the Scientific Method: Qualitative, Quantitative and Triangulation

Field Research

 

Tutorial

 

 

7

 

7

 

6

 

 

8

 

 

 

6

 

 

6

 

 

9

 

 

Ms. Upasana Karmakar Modak Objectivity and Reflexivity in Sociology

 

Types of Research: Basic and Applied, Historical, Empirical, Descriptive, Exploratory, Comparative, Feminist

 

Content Analysis

 

Tutorial

5

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

 

3

 

3

Ms. Aparna Chakraborty Critique of the Scientific Method: Quantitative

 

Survey Research

 

Case Study

 

Tutorial

5

 

 

5

 

4

 

3

Students’ Activities   5
Total Credit Hours   90

 DSE- 1; Urban Sociology (SOCADSE01T)

NAME OF TEACHER TOPICS NUMBER OF CREDIT HOURS (APPROX.)
Dr. Anasua Chatterjee Ecological

 

Political Economy

 

Network

 

Tutorial

 

7

 

7

 

8

 

8

Ms. Aparna Chakraborty What is Urban, Urbanism and the City

 

City as Culture

 

Migration

 

Community

 

Culture and Leisure

 

Caste, Class and Gender

 

Tutorial

10

 

 

7

 

7

 

7

 

7

 

10

 

7

Students’ Activities   5
Total Credit Hours   90

DSE- 2; Agrarian Sociology (SOCADSE02T)

NAME OF TEACHER TOPICS NUMBER OF CREDIT HOURS (APPROX.)
Dr. Anasua Chatterjee Agrarian Crisis

 

The Global Agrarian Order

 

Tutorial

 

5

 

5

 

5

Ms. Upasana Karmakar Modak Agrarian Societies

 

Agrarian Studies

 

The Agrarian Question

 

The Moral Economy

 

Agrarian Commodity Systems

 

Labour and Agrarian Class Structure

 

Markets, Land Reforms and Green Revolution

 

Agrarian Movements

 

Caste, Gender and Agrarian Realities

 

Tutorial

 

3

 

3

 

8

 

7

 

6

 

 

7

 

 

12

 

 

6

 

8

 

 

10

 

Students’ Activities   5
Total Credit Hours   90

GGE-1; Polity and Society in India (SOCGGEC01T) 

NAME OF TEACHER TOPICS NUMBER OF CREDIT HOURS (APPROX.)
Aparna Chakraborty

 

Themes in Politics and Society in India

 

Separatism and Secessionism

 

Tutorial

 

24

 

 

23

 

7

 

Bisaka Blone On Studying Politics and Society in India

 

Tutorial

23

 

8

Student Activities   5
Total Credit Hours   90