Introductory Sociology

IIT Kanpur Course , Prof. A.K. Sharma

Lecture 1: What is sociology?

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Introductory Sociology by Prof. A.K. Sharma, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences,IIT Kanpur.For more details on NPTEL visit

Course Description :

What is sociology - Sociological approaches - Nature of society: Individuals and groups - Cooperation and conflict - Definition and classification of family - Perspectives on family - Definition of state - State in India -The concept of power - Functionalist and Marxist perspectives on power - Need for work - Social change and work - Development and work - Capitalism and motivation for work - Social conditions and religious thought - Bases of religion

Forms of religious beliefs - Explanation of Religion - Religion and societyContributions of Marx and Weber - Concept of education? - Functions of education - Social inequality and stratification - Explanations of social stratification - Theories and facts - Stratification in India - Concept of deviance - Perspectives on deviance -Theories of deviance - Definition of social change -Theories of social change - Social change in industrial society - Urbanization and related issues in social change - Malthusian theory of population - Population and Society - Social Problems and Theory - Ethnography in India

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