5Indira Gandhi National Open University
Core Course in M.A. Sociology
MSO-002: Research Methodologies and Methods
Tutor Marked Assignment (TMA)
Maximum Marks: 100 Programme Code : MSO
Weightage : 30%
Course Code : MSO-002
Assignment Code: MSO-002/AST/TMA/2012-13
Answer questions from both the sections.
of the following questions.
What is phenomenology? Explain the contribution of Martin Heideg ger to
understand phenomenology. 25
What is positivism? Discuss Giddens’s critique of positivism. 25
Explain the comparative method. Discuss its scope in socia
l science research. 25
Discuss the participatory approach to social research. Comp
are and contrast
it with conventional research methodologies. 25
Critically examine the nature and scope of feminist method
in social science
Write a research report on any
of the following topics in about 3000 words.
Change in the family structure and familial relations in I
Significance of open and distance learning in democratization of education. 50
Relevance of quantitative method in sociological research.
You can write this report based either on (a) review of
literature, or (b) data collected
from the primary sources.
For review of literature you are to select either two books
or four research articles
published recently professional research journal. Write a revie w article focusing on
the location of the study, methodology followed and the main findings of these
For the primary source you are to collect two case studies and write a report on the
selected topic in a comparative framework. While writing t
he report spell
the objectives and the problems of the study and your finding.
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