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The Masters (MA) Programme in Sociology at AUD is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills that will make them engaged citizens of the world capable of critical thinking and reflective action. The unique approach of the program is its focus on orienting students to the relationship between text and context, self and society, and the past and present. Over the course of their program, students develop a reflexive awareness of the historicity of the social and the ability to locate the history of the discipline within the sociology of knowledge production. The MA programme in Sociology envisages its students as compassionate, engaged researchers and active learners committed to principles of social justice. Graduates from our programme are thus taught to think across disciplines and to ask questions from multiple vantage points while maintaining a firm sociological ‘grounding’ when exploring specific research issues.
Unique features of the MA Sociology programme:
MA SOCIOLOGY Programme Structure (Credits in parentheses)
Core (Compulsory) Courses
Social Theory 1: Classical Theory
This course explores frameworks of analysis, perspectives and paradigms that seek to explain the society and aspects within it. The course starts by exploring some foundational ideas and philosophies, underlying social theories and then goes on to discuss the founders of theoretical discourses in sociology. The founding sociologists that this course concentrates on are Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber and Georg Simmel.
Social Theory 2: Contemporary Theory
Our reading of contemporary theory is comparative and historical in ways that productively extend students’ knowledge of classical social theory. This course will examine exemplary works that address a range of social issues and develop varied theoretical standpoints—from later strands in hermeneutics to contemporary forms of discourse analysis, post-Marxism, post-structuralism, postmodernism, post-colonialism and feminism—which are germane to a wide variety of substantive fields in the social sciences.
The course Social Research begins by introducing students to the epistemological foundations of a major methodological tradition in social sciences, namely Positivism and its implications for the pursuit of research. Building on the debates on Positivism, the course trains students in the formulation of research problem, research designs and various techniques of data collection. Here the objective of the course will be to expose students to various statistical methods of data analysis and computer aided packages such as M.S. Excel, SPSS and AtLasti.
Sociology of Indian Society
The course introduces students to the growth and development of sociology in India and the debates pertaining to it. It traces the trajectories of ‘can there be a Sociology of India’ debate initiated in 1957 by Dumont and Pocock. Whether tradition-modernity continuum is still a relevant frame, whether there are distinct schools as articulated by some scholars or whether historicizing Indian society is a way out-are some of the questions the course will address. In addition, the course will examine the dominant and central themes, namely village dynamics, caste and Kinship networks, of the early sociology in India and how the disciplinary focus gradually included themes on gender, sexuality, dalit studies, and media.
Culture, Hierarchy and Difference
This course will examine the ways in which culture re/produces difference, hierarchy and inequality and the produces individuals as cultural subjects. Reimagining a conventional course on Social Stratification, this course will aim at theoretically understand culture as a site where hierarchy and difference gets played out. Besides, theoretically traversing subaltern and cultural studies pathways, issues in Indian culture and polity will capture the key debates.
Protests, Movements and Transformations
Social Movements and Protests as social phenomena are increasingly becoming ubiquitous in today’s world. Instead of perceiving social movements as ‘crowd pathology or ‘mass hysteria’, Sociology asserts that social movements are diverse, creative and progressive as they carry alternative voices and ultimately reconstruct the society. While protests are the strategic manifestations of any social movements, social and political transformation is what they seek to achieve. The aim of this course is to make the students understand how social agents collectively strive for social change by questioning the established power structures of any society.
Economy, Polity and Society
This course aims to capture Indian society in transition. The course studies specific character of economic and political modernizations in India. It moves away from the trinity model whereby market, state and society appear as three distinct entities, towards an examination of the complex process of institution building shaped by colonial modernity and nation building in post colonial India. The course intends to expose students to the changing political economy of India. Apart from looking at state and market as grand institutions articulating and drafting rules of governance, the course visits the idea of everyday state and market. The objective here is to view institutionalization from the bottom.
Faith, Religion and Society
Religion, as a social phenomenon, is of critical importance in the contemporary world. The impact of positivism and classical modernity’s fetish for science, however, brought about a momentary eclipse of the ideas of faith and divinity and god appeared to be on death bed in the social science discourse. The questions of and about life and death, this worldly and otherworldly continued to engage human minds. The course is important as it introduces the students to the world of divinity and the structures of domination within it; prepares them to make sense of the dynamics of diversity that exists and defines the world of faith and spirituality.
Relationships and Affinities
Study of society is a study of human relationships—relationships through blood, marriage, adoption, friendship, and labour. The need for this course emanates from the complex and continuously changing nature of inter-personal relationships in modern, globalized societies. The theoretical perspective of the course is influenced by micro-sociology as the analytical point of departure is relationships and intimacies rather than heterosexual marriage and family.
Sociology elective courses are offered according to interests (and availability) or faculty members as well as expressed preferences of students. Course details will be provided before commencement of each semester.
For any query please contact the Programme Coordinator: Dr. Rukmini Sen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Application deadline: 14 June 2014.
Entrance test: late June 2014.
Entrance interviews: early July 2014.
Be sure to consult the website (aud.ac.in) for specific dates and admission information updates.
Duration: 2 years (4 semesters)
Total Credits: 64
Medium of instruction: English
Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree with 45 % marks (or an equivalent grade) from a recognized University. Relaxation of 5% marks for candidate belonging to SC, ST and PD categories.
Reservation of seats: In accordance with Government of NCT of Delhi rules.
Admission Procedure: Written entrance test and interview
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