Sociological aspects of Education


Outline of the course:


Tuesdays and Fridays, 11.30 am to 1.00 pm


General introduction to sociology: some key concepts, key thinkers and key perspectives. Education will be viewed through these perspectives along with a historical coverage of education in India, and the current status of education in India (with a focus on statistical data for different states and stages). Readings in school, society, gender and education by diverse theorists will be undertaken. The course will include field visits and audio-visual films. Students will be required to make presentations on reading materials assigned to them and hand-in written assignments. They will be assessed on the basis of these presentations and assignments.



Ball, S, ed. 2004, Sociology of Education. London and New York: Routledge Falmer.

Blackledge, D and Hunt, B. 1993, Sociological Interpretations of Education. London: Routledge.

Coser, L and Rosenberg, B. 1976, Sociological Theory. New York: Macmillan Publishing.

Coser, L; Nock, S. et al. 1987, Introduction to Sociology. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Publishers.

Cosin, B; Dale, I. et al. 1977, School and Society.  London: The Open University Press.

Das, V, ed. 2003, The Oxford Indian Companion to- Sociology and Social Anthropology. New Delhi: Oxford University press.

Govinda, R, ed. 2002, Indian Education Report- A Profile of Basic Education. New

Delhi: Oxford University Press.

Giddens, A, ed. 2001, Sociology- Introductory Readings. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Goodman, N. 1992, Introduction to sociology. New York: Harper Perennial.

Haralambos, M. and Heald, R. 2004, Sociology- Themes and Perspectives. New York:

Henslin, J, ed. 1993, Down to Earth Sociology. New York: The Free Press.

Ramachandran, P and Ramkumar, V. 2005, Education in India. New Delhi: National Book Trust.

Smelser, N, ed. 1988, Handbook of Sociology. USA: Sage Publication.

Tilak, J. 1994, Education for Development in Asia. New Delhi: Sage Publication.

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