CBSE (UGC) NET June-December 2016 Syllabus for Sociology

CBSE (UGC) NET Sociology Syllabus 2012

Code No: 05

Subject: Sociology


  • There will be two question papers, CBSE (UGC) NET Paper II and Paper III.
  • Paper II will consist of 50 questions worth 2 mark each.
  • Paper III will consist of 75 questions worth 2 mark each.

CBSE (UGC) NET Sociology Paper II

Sociological Concepts

Nature of Sociology

  • Definition
  • Sociological Perspective

Basic Concepts

  • Community Institution Association Culture.
  • Norms and Values.

Social Structure

  • Status and role, their interrelationship.
  • Multiple roles, Role set. Status set, Status sequence.
  • Role conflict.

Social Group Meaning

  • Types: Primary-Secondary, Formal-Informal, Ingroup-Outgroup, Reference group.

Social Institutions Marriage

  • Family
  • Education
  • Economy
  • Polity
  • Religion


  • Socialization, Resocialization, Anticipatory socialization, Adult socialization Agencies of socialization Theories of socialization.

Social Stratification

  • Social differentiation, Hierarchy and Inequality Forms of stratification: Caste, Class, Gender, Ethnic Theories of social stratification Social mobility.

Social Change

  • Concepts and Types: Evolution, Diffusion, Progress, Revolution, Transformation, Change in structure and Change of structure
  • Theories: Dialectical and Cyclical.

Sociological Theory


  • Nadel
  • Radclifife Brown
  • Levi-Strauss


  • Malinowski
  • Durkheim
  • Parsons
  • Merton


  • Social action: Max Weber, Pareto
  • Symbolic Interactionism: G H Mead, Blumer


  • Karl Marx
  • Dahrendorf
  • Coser
  • Collins


Meaning and Nature of Social Research

  • Nature of social phenomena
  • The scientific method
  • The problems in the study of social phenomena: Objectivity and subjectivity, fact and value.

Quantitative Methods

  • Survey
  • Research Design and its types
  • Hypothesis
  • Sampling
  • Techniques of data collection: Observation, Questionnaire, Schedule, Interview.

Qualitative Methods

  • Participant observation
  • Case study
  • Content analysis
  • Oral history
  • Life history

Statistics in Social Research

  • Measures of Central Tendency: Mean, Median, Mode
  • Measures of dispersion
  • Correlational analysis
  • Test of significance
  • Reliability and Validity

CBSE (UGC) NET Sociology Paper III-A Core Group

Unit-I: Phenomenology and Ethnomethodology

  • Alfred Shultz, Peter Berger and Luckmann
  • Garfinkel and Goffman

Unit-II: Heo-functionalism and Neo-Mawdsm

  • J Alexander
  • Habermass, Althusser

Unit-III: Structurisation and Post-Modernism

  • Giddens
  • Derrida
  • Foucault

Unit-IV: Conceptualising Indian Society

  • Peoples of India: Groups and Communities.
  • Unity in diversity.
  • Cultural diversity: Regional, linguistic, religious and tribal.

Unit-V: Theoretical Perspectives

  • Indological/Textual Perspective: G. S. Ghurye, Louis Dumont.
  • Structural-Functional Perspective: M. M. N. Srinivas, S. C. Dube.
  • Marxian Perspective: D P Mukherjee, A R Desai.
  • Civilisational Perspective: N. K. Bose, Surajit Sinha.
  • Subaltern Perspective: B R Ambedkar, David Hardiman.

Unit-VI: Contemporary Issues: Socio-cultural

  • Poverty
  • Inequality of caste and gender
  • Regional, ethnic and religious disharmonies.
  • Family disharmony:
    1. Domestic violence
    2. Dowry
    3. Divorce
    4. Intergenerational conflict.

Unit-VII: Contemporary Issues: Developmental

  • Population Regional disparity Slums
  • Displacement
  • Ecological degradation and environmental pollution
  • Health problems

Unit-VIII: Issues Pertaining to Deviance

  • Deviance and its forms
  • Crime and delinquency
  • White collar crime and corruption
  • Chaging profile of crime and criminals
  • Drug addiction
  • Suicide

Unit-IX: Current Debates

  • Tradition and Modernity in India.
  • Problems of Nation Building: Secularism, Pluralism and Nation building.

Unit-X: The Challenges of Globalisation

  • Indianisation of Sociology
  • Privatisation of Education
  • Science and Technology Policy of India

CBSE (UGC) NET Sociology Paper III-B Elective or Optional


  • Rural Sociology
  • Approaches to the study of Rural Society: Rural-Urban differences Rurbanism Peasant studies
  • Agrarian Institutions:
    1. Land ownership and its types.
    2. Agrarian relations and Mode of production debate.
    3. Jajmani system and Jajmani relations.
    4. Agrarian class structure.
  • Panchayati Raj System:
    1. Panchayat before and after 73rd Amendment.
    2. Rural Leadership and Factionalism.
    3. Empowerment of people.
  • Social Issues and Strategies for Rural Development:
    1. Bonded and Migrant labourers.
    2. Pauperization and Depeasantisation.
    3. Agrarian unrest and Peasant movements.
  • Rural Development and Change:
    1. Trends of changes in rural society.
    2. Processes of change: Migration-Rural to Urban and Rural to Rural Mobility: Social/Economic.
    3. Factors of change.


  • Industry and Society
  • Industrial Society in the Classical Sociological Tradition:
    1. Division of labour
    2. Bureaucracy
    3. Rationality
    4. Production relations
    5. Surplus value
    6. Alienation
  • Industry and Society:
    1. Factory as a social system
    2. Formal and informal organization
    3. Impact of social structure on industry
    4. Impact of industry on society
  • Industrial Relations:
    1. Changing profile of labour.
    2. Changing labour-management relations.
    3. Conciliation, adjudication, arbitration.
    4. Collective bargaining.
    5. Trade unions.
    6. Workers'participation in management (Joint Management Councils).
    7. Quality circles.
  • Industrialisation and Social Change in India:
    1. Impact of industrialization on family, education and stratification.
    2. Class and class conflict in industrial society.
    3. Obstacles to and limitations of industrialization.
  • Industrial Planning:
    1. Industrial Policy
    2. Labour legislation
    3. Human relations in industry


  • Sociology of Development
  • Conceptual Perspectives on Development:
    1. Economic growth
    2. Human development
    3. Social development
    4. Sustainable development: Ecological and Social
  • Theories of Underdevelopment:
    1. Liberal: Max Weber, Gunnar Myrdal.
    2. Dependency: Centre-periphery (Frank), Uneven development (Samir Amin), World-system (Wallerstein).
  • Paths of Development:
    1. Modernisation, Globalisation
    2. Socialist
    3. Mixed
    4. Gandhian
  • Social Structure and Development:
    1. Social structure as a facilitator/inhibitor
    2. Development and socio-economic disparities.
    3. Gender and development.
  • Culture and Development:
    1. Culture as an aid/impediment.
    2. Development and displacement of tradition.
    3. Development and upsurge of ethnic movements.


  • Population and Society
  • Theories of Population Growth:
    1. Malthusian.
    2. Demographic transition.
  • Population Growth and Distribution in India:
    1. Growth of Indian population since 1901.
    2. Determinants of population.
  • Concepts of Fertility, Mortality, Morbidity and Migration:
    1. Age and Sex composition and its consequences.
    2. Determinants of fertility.
    3. Determinants of mortality, infant, child and maternal mortality Morbidity rates.
    4. Determinants and consequences of migration.
  • Population and Development:
    1. Population as a constraint on and a resource for development.
    2. Socio-cultural factors affecting population growth.
  • Population Control:
    1. Population policy: Problems and perspectives
    2. Population education
    3. Measures taken for population control


  • Gender and Society Gender as a Social Construct:
    1. Models of Gendered socialisation.
    2. Cultural symbolism and general roles.
  • Social Structure and Gender Inequality:
    1. Patriarchy and Matriarchy.
    2. Division of Labour-Production and reproduction.
  • Theories of Gender Relations:
    1. Liberalist
    2. Radical
    3. Socialist
    4. Post-modernist
  • Gender and Development:
    1. Effect of development policies on gender relations.
    2. Perspectives on gender and development-Welfarist, developmentalist Empowerment.
  • Women and Development in India:
    1. Indicators of women's status: Demographic, social, economic and cultural.
    2. Special schemes and strategies for women's development.
    3. Voluntary sector and women's development.
    4. Globalisation and women's development Eco-feminism.