SOCIOLOGY PAPER - I
FOUNDATION OF SOCIOLOGY
SOCIOLOGY AS A DISCIPLINE
*Perspectives in sociology: - Functionalist, Conflict, Interpretive, Critical.
*Sociology Imagination: - Developing a sociological outlook
*Significance of sociology
Unit Structure :
1.3 Subject matter of sociology
1.4 Is Sociology a science ?
1.5 Nature of sociology
1.6 Scope of sociology
1.7 Early thinkers
1.8 Perspectives in sociology
1.8.1 Fuctionalist perspective
1.8.2 Conflict perspective
1.8.3 Interactionist perspective
1.8.4 Critical perspective
To give a basic understanding of sociology.
To know the meaning and subject matter of sociology
To understand the nature of scientific study
To know the nature and scope of sociology
To study the contribution of early thinkers towards the
development of sociology
To familiarize the students with various sociological
In the family of social sciences, Sociology is comparatively a new entrant. But because of its dealing with social problems, social relationships and social interactions the importance of the study of this subject has considerably increased. It has considerably developed in methodology, scope and approach. Attempts are now being made to study every social problem scientifically and
objectively, eliminating subjectivity to the extent possible a distinctive way of examining human interactions. Sociology is the systematic study of social behavior and human groups. It focuses primarily on the influence of social relationships upon people’s attitudes and behavior and on how societies are established and change. As a field of study sociology has a very broad scope. It deals with families, gangs, business firms, computer networks, political parties, schools, religions, and labor unions. It is concerned with love, poverty, conformity, technology, discrimination, illness,...