UGC NET Sociology Syllabus for 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

UGC NET Sociology Syllabus for 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
  • Changing 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