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Swayam Central

Classical Sociological Theory

By Prof. R. Santhosh   |   IIT Madras
This course introduces students to the formative period of sociology and the socio-cultural as well as the intellectual factors behind the emergence of the discipline. It provides a comprehensive understanding and an in-depth analysis of the stalwarts of classical sociological theory such as Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, and G H Mead. It explains how the theoretical concerns of these scholars laid the foundation for the subsequent development of sociology as a distinct social science discipline with precise theoretical as well as methodological foundations. Thus, the course enables students to develop a sociological perspective and theoretical insights through a systematic analysis of the key theorists of the discipline. 

INTENDED AUDIENCE
Undergraduate as well as postgraduate students of sociology, aspirants of competitive examinations and general public who are interested in the discipline of sociology.
PREREQUISITES None
INDUSTRIES  SUPPORT     : None

Learners enrolled: 778

SUMMARY

Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 20 Jul 2020
End Date : 09 Oct 2020
Exam Date : 17 Oct 2020
Enrollment Ends : 27 Jul 2020
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
    This is an AICTE approved FDP course

    COURSE LAYOUT

    Week 1: Introduction to sociology; uniqueness of sociological perspective
    Week 2: Historical context of the emergence of sociology: European Enlightenment
    Week 3: August Comte, Herbert Spencer and early thinkers of modernity
    Week 4: Karl Marx
    Week 5: Karl Marx
    Week 6: Emile Durkheim
    Week 7: Emile Durkheim
    Week 8: Max Weber
    Week 9: Max Weber
    Week 10: GH Mead
    Week 11: Classical theory and methodological orientations in sociology
    Week 12: Sociology and modernity: wrapping up and conclusion

    BOOKS AND REFERENCES

    1. Haralambos and Holborn. 2014. Sociology Themes and Perspectives. Harpin Collins
    2. Ritzer George. 2016. Classical Sociological Theory. Rawat Publications
    3. Royce Edward. 2015. Classical Social Theory and Modern Society. Rawat Publication
    4. Aron, Raymond. Main Currents in Sociological Thought (Vol. 1 &II).Routledge Publications.
    5. Morrison, Ken 2012. Marx Durkheim Weber: Formations of Modern Social Thought. Sage Publications

    INSTRUCTOR BIO

    Prof. R. Santhosh

    IIT Madras
    Dr. R. Santhosh teaches sociology at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras. He specializes in field of sociology of religion, focusing on Hindu and Islamic religiosity in the late modern contexts in India.

    COURSE CERTIFICATE

    •The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
    •The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
    Date and Time of Exams: 17 October 2020, Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
    •Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
    • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
    •Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.

    CRITERIA TO GET A CERTIFICATE:
    • Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
    • Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
    •Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

    YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75.
    •If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.
    • Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc
    •Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

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