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Stream Course Number Course Title
Archaeology HS 722 Cultural Anthropology (Seminar Course)
Archaeology HS 731 Heritage, Identity and Archaeology
Economics HS 705 Growth and Development
Economics HS 706 Issues in Indian Economy (Seminar Course)
Economics HS 709 Industrial Economics
Economics HS 710 Research Methods in Social Sciences (Economics)
Economics HS 743 Ecological Economics
Economics HS 744 Labour Market in Developing Countries
Economics HS 750 Mathematical Methods in Economics
Economics HS 751 Advanced Public Economics
Economics HS 754 Dynamic Methods in Economics
Economics HS 755 Introduction to Econometrics
Economics HS 756 Explorations in Food Security Research
English Language and Literature HS 703 A Compendium: Literature, Language and Literary Criticism
English Language and Literature HS 704 Crossing Cultures
English Language and Literature HS 707 Invisible Exchanges
English Language and Literature HS 708 The Art of Fiction
English Language and Literature HS 718 Indian Writing in English
English Language and Literature HS 720 Cultural Theory and Interpretation
English Language and Literature HS 721 Research in Cultural Studies
English Language and Literature HS 732 Issues in Culture Studies
English Language and Literature HS 758 Posthumanism in Literature and Critical Theory
English Language and Litrerature HS 760 Literature, Consciousness and the Embodied Subject
History HS 723 Methods of Historical Research
History HS 724 History in Indian Vernaculars
History HS 726 History of Assam
History HS 727 Issues in Historical Research
History HS 759 Understanding Nations and Nationalism
History HS 764 Christianity in Modern India
Linguistics HS 733 Issues in Phonological Theory
Linguistics HS 734 Perspectives in Linguistics
Linguistics HS 735 Experimental Phonology
Linguistics HS 736 Approaches To Prosodic Structure
Linguistics HS 749 Issues in Tone Languages
Linguistics HS 737 Cognitive Linguistics: Theories and Methods
Philosophy HS 719 Philosophy of Religion
Political Science HS 748 Political Change in South and South East Asia
Political Science HS  753 Topics in International Relations
Political Science HS 763 Research Methods in Political Science                    
Psychology HS 714 Understanding Organizational Behaviour: Theory and Research
Psychology HS 715 Seminar Course (Psychology)
Psychology HS 716 Research Methods in Psychology
Psychology HS 717 Perspectives in Environmental Psychology
Psychology HS 747 Human Memory
Psychology HS 752 Positive Psychology
Psychology HS 762 Advanced Cognitive Psychology
Sociology HS 729 Sociological Theory
Sociology HS 730 Research Methods in Sociology
Sociology HS 738 Perspectives On Science, Technology And Society
Sociology HS 739 Emerging Knowledge Societies
Sociology HS 757 Sociology of Religion
Sociology HS 765 Theorizing Gender

HS 722 Cultural Anthropology (Seminar Course)
Factors of cultures change; culture change and adaptation; types of culture change in the modern world; ethnogenesis: the emergence of new cultures; ethnography; ethnographic techniques: the genealogical method, observation method, interview method.

1. C.R. Ember and Melvin Ember, Cultural Anthropology, Prentice Hall, 2006.
2. P.C. Kottak, Cultural Anthropology, McGraw Hill, 2006
1.T.H.Eriksen, What is Anthropology? Pluto Press, 2004.
HS 731 Heritage, Identity and Archaeology
Understanding heritage; Heritage legislation: culture resource management policy; Uses of the past; Archaeology and the public; Archaeological ethics; Archaeology of identity; Conservation and destruction; Art and myth; Social theory in archaeology; The archaeology of communities; The archaeology of personhood; Cultural landscape; Material geographies.

Texts / References:
1. C. Renfrew and P. Bahn, Archaeology, Thames and Hudson, 2008.
2. G.J. Ashworth, B. Graham and J.E. Turnbridge, Pasts, Pluto Press, 2007.
3. B. Anderson, Imagined Communities, Revised ed., Verso, 1991.
4. C. Fowler, The Archaeology of Personhood, Routledge, 2006.
5. I. Robertson and P. Richards (Eds.), Cultural Landscapes, ARNOLD, 2003
6. J. Clifford, Routes, Harvard University Press, 1997.
7. M. Herzfeld, Cultural Intimacy: Social Poetics in the Nation-state, Routledge, 1997.
8. M. B. Schiffer (Ed.), Social Theory in Archaeology, The University of Utah Press, 2000.
9. M. A. Canuto and J. Yaeger (Ed.), The Archaeology of Communities, Routledge, 2006.
10. N. Clark, D. Massey and P. Sarre (Ed.), Material Geographies, The Open University, 2008.
11. T. G. Thakurta, Monuments, Objects, Histories: Institutions of Art in Colonial and Postcolonial India, Permanent Black, 2004.

HS 705: Growth and Development

The Challenge of Development: Concept and scope of economic development, Economic Growth in Historical perspective, Recent questioning of GNP growth orientation and issues related to income distribution and poverty, Some empirical studies and lessons drawn. Human Resources, Finance and Trade: Population debate and economic development, Unemployment : Issues, dimensions and analysis, Education and Economic development, The domestic and external financing of economic development, Foreign investment, Balance of payments and external debt, trade strategy. Industrialisation and Agriculture: Promoting industrialisation, technology choice and implication on employment, Agricultural transformations and rural development. Development Planning:
Limitations of price mechanism and case for economic planning, the public sector as an instrument for policy intervention in developing economies, Choice of projects from a social point of view and social cost-benefit analysis

1. Meier, Gerald M., Leading issues in Economic Development, OUP, 6th ed.
2. Thirlwall, A.P., Growth and Development, Lynne Rienner Publishers, London,5th ed.
3. Todaro, M.P., Economic Development in the Third World, Longman, N.Y.
4. Ray, Debraj, Development Economics, OUP, 1998.
5. Chenery, H and Srinivasan, T.N., Handbook of Development Economics, Vol, I &II.

HS 706 Issues in Indian Economy (Seminar course)
The Broad issues in this course will be as under :
• Agriculture and Economic development ;
• Industrialisation, Policy and controls ;
• Population and related issues ;
• Unemployment problems in the States ;
• Commercial banking in India after nationalisation ;
• Development banking in India and industrial development ;
• Inequality and regional imbalance in the development process in India ;
It is required to work on any two broad areas and present at least two seminars during the semester. The necessary guidance and supervision will be there by the course supervisor.

HS 709 Industrial Economics
Theory of Industrial economy : Rationale of Industrialisation, Form of Industrial Organisation, Size and Scale of operation, Industrial location, Industrial productivity, Rationalisation. Problem of Industrialisation : Industrialisation in the developing countries ; Problems of industry in Under-developed economy, Balanced industrial development, Industrial Sickness, Industrial Finance Policy : Industrial policy, Public Sector Undertakings. Industrial Labour : Industrial Relations, Trade Unionism, Wages and wage policy, Workers participation in Management.

1. Kuchhal,S.C., The Industrial Economy of India, Chaitanya Publishing House, Allahabad,1983.
2. Singh, A.and Sadhu, A.N., Industrial Economics, Himalaya Publishing House, Bombay.
3. Shirokov, G.K., Industrialisation of India, People’s Publishing House, Moscow,1980.
4. Godbole, M.D., Industrial Dispersal Policies, Himalaya Publishing House,Bombay,1978.

HS 710 Research Methods in Social Sciences (Economics)
Social Science Research – meaning, scope, objectivity and limitations ; Types and Methods of Research ; Review of literature ; Planning of Research ; Sampling ; Methods of Collection of Data ; Field Work ; Processing of Data ; Analysis of Data ; Writing and documentation.

1. Krishnaswami, O.R. (Dr.), Methodology of Research in Social Sciences, Himalaya Publishing House Mumbai, 1997.
2. Young, Pauline V., Scientific Social Surveys and Research, Prentice-Hall of India, New Delhi, 1977.

HS 743 Ecological Economics 
Pre-Analytic Vision: history of ecological economics, difference between neoclassical and ecological economics, societal challenges and paradigm shift; Ecological systems: resource of nature and nature of resources, current status of resources and systems thinking ; Human subsystem: Human behavior and its relevance to resource allocation; Principles and policy: principles of ecological economics, alternative policies, institutions, and instruments to implement ecological economics principles

Texts / References:
1. Common, M., Satgl, S. 2005, Ecological Economics- an introduction, Cambridge University Press.
2. Daly, H. E., Farley, J. 2004. The Fundamental Vision. In Ecological Economics: Principles and Applications. Island Press, Washington DC.
3. Stern, D. I. 2004. Environmental Kuznets Curve. Encyclopedia of Energy, Volume 3. Elsevier

HS 744 Labour Markets in Developing Countries
Scope of labour economics; Labour demand: theories, employment decisions by firms, competitive and non-competitive labour markets, capital-labour substitution, short-run and long-run demand; Labour supply: utility maximizing choices, income and wealth effects, hours of work and participation in labour force, inter-temporal labour supply; Wage and employment determination: neoclassical models, wage structures, labour theory of value; Labour markets and developing countries: demographic structure, unemployment and underemployment, formal and informal sectors, labour market institutions; Rural labour markets: dual labour market, sectoral linkages, policies; Urban labour markets: informality in the urban sector, rural-urban migration, segmented labour markets, self-employment, international migration; Income distribution, poverty and child labour: measures of income distribution, measures of poverty, determinants and consequences of child labour; Social security measures.

HS 750 Mathematical Method for Economists
Introduction: Sets, functions, graphs and proofs, Linear Algebra: matrices, vectors, determinants, system of linear equations, eigenvalue and eigenvectors; Differentiation: partial and total derivatives, concave and convex functions, maxima and minima of functions of one and several variables, Classical optimization: Lagrange and Kuhn-Tucker methods, Integral calculus: methods, solution for ordinary differential equation.


  1. K G Binmore, Mathematical Analysis, CUP, 1991
  2. A C Chiang and K Wainwright, Fundamental Methods of Mathematical Economics, Tata McGraw Hill, 4thEd, 2005.
  3. A K Dixit, Optimization in Economic Theory, OUP, 1990
  4. C P Simon and L Blume, Mathematics for Economists, Viva Books, 2010.
  5. G Strang, Introduction to Linear Algebra, Wellesly-Cambridge Press, 2009
  6. R K Sundaram, A First Course in Optimization Theory, CUP, 1996.

HS 751 Advanced Public Economics

Introduction: role of government in a market economy; Basic tools: indirect utility function, compensating and equivalent variation, consumer surplus; Public good: two welfare theorems in presence of exchange and production economy, public good provision a la Samuelson, club goods and local public goods, private provision of public goods, free riding, Vickrey-Clarke-Groves mechanism; Principles of taxation, basic concepts, optimal income  and commodity taxation; Political economy: median voter, probabilistic voting and citizen candidate models; Fiscal federalism, economic rationale of sub-national entities, grants and transfers, tax competition and harmonization, the recent GST debate; Fiscal deficit and debt dynamics, intergenerational issues.


  1. J. Hindriks and G. Myles, Intermediate Public Economics, Prentice Hall, 2007.
  2. G. Myles, Public Economics, CUP, 1995
  3. T Perrson and G Tabellini, Political Economics, MIT Press, 2002
  4. D.K. Srivastava, Issues in Indian Public Finance, New Century Publications, 2005

HS 754 Dynamic Methods in Economics
Difference and differential equations: system of equations, solution and stability, application : business cycle, Solow growth model; Optimal control: Hamiltonian, Dorfman’s economic interpretation of maximum principle, open loop and closed loop solutions, phase diagrams and stability, endpoint problems, equality constrained problems, infinite horizon and transversality conditions, application : extraction of renewable and non-renewable resources, pollution control and political business cycle models; Dynamic programming: optimality principle, value function, Bellman equation, optimal strategies, finite and infinite time horizon, relationship between optimal control and dynamic programming, Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman equation, application: the Ramsey-Cass-Koopmans growth model, overlapping generation model, debt dynamics; Calculus of Variation: brief introduction, Euler equation, relation between Calculus of Variation and Optimal Control, application: classical planning models.


1. M L Kamien and N L Schwarz, Dynamic Optimization: The Calculus of Variations and Optimal Control in Economics and Management, Elsevier-North Holland, 1991

2. D Leonard and N V Long, Static Optimization and Optimal Control in Economics, CUP, 1992

3. R K Sundaram, A First Course in Optimization Theory, CUP, 1996

HS 755 Introduction to Econometrics (2-0-2-6)
This Course is Open to MA(Development Studies) students.
Brief review of random variables: expectation, variance, covariance, estimation and inference; Classical Linear Regression Model: least squares estimation: unbiasedness and efficiency, Gauss-Markov theorem, hypothesis testing, goodness of fit; Nonlinear models, Dummy variables; Heteroscadasticity, Autocorrelation and Multicollinearity: detection, implications and possible remedies; Omitted variable, measurement errors and instrumental variables.

  • C Dougherty, Introduction to Econometrics, OUP, 2011<\li>
  • D N Gujarati and S Sangeetha, Basic Econometrics, Tata-McGraw Hill, 2009<\li>
  • P Kennedy, A Guide to Econometrics, MIT Press, 2003<\li>
  • J M Woodridge, Introductory Econometrics: a Modern Approach, Cengage Learning, 2012.<\li> 

    HS 756 Explorations in Food Security Research 
    Food security: Concepts, indicators, measurements; Food and agriculture: links between nutrition and agriculture, historical progress, policy challenges; The role of governments versus MNCs; The dietary transition; Malthusian concerns: demographic projections, numbers of people versus diets of people; World Food Crisis: The 1972-1974 crisis, FAO projections, the 2008 crisis, international foodgrains market, food riots, WTO and food; Green Revolution: implications for food production, poverty, hunger and environment; Comparative impact analysis: Asia, Latin America and Africa; Globalization and food security: farmers and consumers in developing countries, farm subsidies, arguments for and against farm subsidies; Food prices and energy prices links; International Policy Responses to Hunger; Gender and food security.
    1. 1. A. K. Sen, Poverty and Famines: An Essay on Entitlement and Deprivation, Oxford University Press, 1981.
    2. B. Agarwal, A Field of One’s Own: Gender and Land Rights in South Asia, The Press Syndicate of the University of Cambridge, 1994.
    3. C. Stevens, R. Greenhill, J. Kennan and S. Devereux, The WTO Agreement on Agriculture and Food Security, Institute of Development Studies at Sussex, Commonwealth Economic Paper Series, 2000.
    4. J. Dreze, A. K. Sen, Hunger and Public Action, Clarendon Press, 1989.
    5. S. Maxwell, T. R. Frankenberger, Household Food Security: Concepts, Indicators, Measurements: a Technical Review, UNICEF, 1992.
    6. U. Patnaik, The Republic of Hunger and Other Essays, Three Essays Collective, 2007.
    7. W.D. Schanbacher, The Global Conflict between Food Security and Food Sovereignty, Praeger, USA, 2010.

    HS 703 A Compendium-Literature, Language and Literary Criticism.
    The interrelation of English with other literatures, The historical development and the structure of the English Language & literary criticism

     Crossing Cultures 
    Basically the course is interdisciplinary. To relate the history of ideas, life and thought, myth & tradition to the existing interest in literature and present a dissertation or a seminar paper.

    HS 707 Invisible Exchanges

    Within the field of English Literature, comparison between literature and another medium such as music or visual Arts. Scholars must present an original composition of not more than 5,000 words.

    HS 708 The Art of Fiction

    A critical, comparative & historical study of the English novel during a special period of English Literature. A wide range of novels, and the works of some particular novelists in depth (taken from the period after the 1920s.

    HS 718 Indian Writing in English

    Survey of development in Indian writing in English over the last few decades; exhaustive readings in all genres of writing; postcolonial novel, poetry and drama in English; Indian writing in translation into English;  fresh reading and interpretive strategies; Postcolonial theory; historical background; readings of various postcolonial theorists; postcolonial issues and debates: representation and resistance; postmodernism and postcolonialism; nationalism; nation and narration; culture and identity; hybridity; location and liminality; ethnicity and indigeneity; the subaltern; feminism and postcolonialism; language and identity; history and education.


    1. Bill Ashcroft et. al., ed., The Post-Colonial Studies Reader, Routledge, 1995.
    2. Hedwig Bock and Albert Wertheim ed., Contemporary Postcolonial Fiction, Verlag, 1986.
    3. Gayatri Chakravarty Spivak ed., In Other Worlds: Essays in Cultural Politics, Routledge, 1988.
    4. Bart Moore Gilbert, Postcolonial Theory: Contexts, Practices, Politics, Verso, 1997.
    5. Edward Said, Orientalism, Vintage Books, 1979.
    6. Padmini Mongia, Contemporary Postcolonial Theory: A Reader, Oxford University Press, 1997.
    7. Aijaz Ahmed, In Theory: Classes, Nations, Literatures, Oxford University Press, 1992.
    8. Homi Bhabha ed., Nation and Narration, Routledge, 1990.
    9. Bruce King ed., New National and Post-Colonial Literatures, Clarendon Press, 2000.
    10. G.N. Devy, In Another Tongue: Essays on Indian English Literature, Macmillan, 1995.
    11. Meenakshi Mukherjee, The Perishable Empire: Essays on Indian Writing in English, Oxford University Press, 2000.
    12. Sunil Khilnani, The Idea of India,  Penguin, 1999.

    HS 720 Cultural Theory and Interpretation

    Culture, ideology and hegemony: theory and sociology of culture: Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Antonio Gramsci, Raymond Williams, Walter Benjamin, Max Horkheimer, Theodor Adorno, Jurgen Habermas;

    Interpretation of cultural forms: interpretive theories: Roland Barthes, Marshall Mcluhan, Stuart Hall, Clifford Geertz; Politics of representation: theories and interpretations of otherness, women, colonial subjectivity, alternative others and queer theory, visual and media representation, disability studies;

    The postmodern turn and virtual culture: theories and debates on postmodernism and cyber culture, theories of J-F Lyotard, Patricia Waugh, Frederic Jameson, Terry Eagleton, Jean Baudrillard,  George Landow.


    1.  P., Brooker, A Glossary of Cultural Theory, Arnold, 2000.

    2.  M. G., Durham and D. M. Kellner, eds, Media and Cultural Studies: Key Works, Blackwell, 2001.

    3.  R., Williams, Culture, Harper Collins, 1981.


    1.  T., Adorno, The Culture Industry, Routledge, 1991.

    2.  E., Amiran, ed., Essays in Postmodern Culture, Oxford University Press, 1993.

    3.  E., Hallman, ed., Cultural Encounters, Routledge, 2000.

    4.  R. C., Young, Colonial Desire, Routledge, 1995.

    5.  C. H., Gray, Cyborg Citizen, Routledge, 2002.

    HS 721 Research in Cultural Studies
    Locations of culture; the commitment to theory; primary areas of study: lived experience; discourses or texts, social context; methodologies: hermeneutic methodological approach, realist or contextualist methodological approach; poststructuralist methodological approach; combining methodologies: triangulation, research as a prism, material semiotic perspective, methodological dialogues.

    1. H.K.Bhaba: The Location of Culture, Routledge, 2006.
    2. P.Saukko: Doing research In Cultural Studies, Sage, 2006.
    1. D.Morley and C. Kuan-Hsing (ed) Stuart Hall Critical Dialogues in Cultural Studies, Routledge, 2006.
    2. I. Davis: Culture Studies and Beyond, Routledge, 2006.
    3. J.Hartley: A Short of Culture Studies, Sage, 2003.

    HS 758 Posthumanism in Literature and Critical Theory 
    Posthumanism: introduction, definitions, and debates; Posthumanism and literature: a study of selected texts and their cultural contexts; Posthumanism as a political and artistic condition: a case study of Nazism and German Expressionist Cinema; Medicine, technology and the body; Posthumanism, embodiment and otherness; Posthumanism, crisis and transcendence: debates and disagreements on human freedom, loss and assertion; Posthumanism, terror and the ontology of violence: a study of zombie literature and cinema; Posthumanism and the feeling mind: consciousness, control and agency; Biopolitics, ethics and the posthuman condition in literature; Posthumanism and Postmodernism: the salient similarities and shared orders.

    Texts and References
    1. Braden Allenby and Daniel Sarewitz. The Technohuman Condition. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2011.
    2. Neil Badmington ed. Posthumanism. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2010.
    3. Alex Goody, Technology, Literature and Culture. Cambridge: Polity, 2011.
    4. Stefan Herbrechter, Posthumanism: A Critical Analysis. London: Bloomsbury, 2013.
    5. Jean-Francois Lyotard. The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1984.
    6. Pramod K. Nayar. Posthumanism. Cambridge: Polity, 2014.
    7. Julian Pepperell, The Posthuman Condition: Consciousness Beyond the Brain. Bristol: Intellect Books, 2003.
    8. Cary Wolfe, What is Posthumanism? Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010.

    HS 732 Issues in Culture Studies
    Intellectual strands of culture studies, Textualising culture, Landscape as cultural product, Travel: transnationalism and migration, Diaspora and hybridity, Ethnicities and global multiculture, Popular culture: from people to multitude, Disappearing People, Sacred Ecology.

    Texts and References
    1.Chris Barker, Cultural Studies, Sage, 2006
    2. V.S.Kalra, R. Kaur and J.Hutnyk, Diaspora and Hybridity, Sage 2005
    3. B.Brower and B.R.Johnston(ed) Disappearing Peoples? Left Coast Press 2007
    4. D.Oswell, Culture and Society, Sage 2006
    5. J.N. Pieterse, Ethnicities and Global Multiculture Rowman and Littlefield Publishers 2007.
    6. M.Hills, How to do things with cultural theory Arnold, London, 2005

    HS 723 Methods in Historical Research
    Foundation of empirical historical research; Marxism and historical research; annals tradition: towards total history; recent challenges to historical method: new cultural history, intellectual history, micro history, environmental history, oral history, history from below, people’s history, social history; world history or global history; body, gender and history.
    1. E.H. Carr, What is History? Penguin, 2005.
    2. K. Jenkins, On ‘What is History?’ From Carr and Elton to Rorty and White, Routledge, 1995.
    3. A. Marwick, The New Nature of History: Knowledge, Evidence, Language, Palgrave, 2001.
    4. F. Braudel, On History, University of Chicago Press, 1980.
    1. H. White, Meta History: The Historical Imagination in the 19th century, John Hopkins University Press, 1985.
    2. R. Collingwood, The Idea of History, OUP, 2005.
    3. R. Young, White Mythologies, Routledge, 1991.
    4. H. Kaye, The British Marxist Historians, Polity, 1984.
    5. M. Bloch, The Historian’s Craft, Manchester University Press, 1954.
    6. L. Kramer and S. Maza, A Companion to Western Historical Thought, Blackwell, 2006.

    HS 724 History in Indian Vernaculars
    Indian tradition of Itihash Purana; the Islamic historical traditions in India; pre-colonial regional historical thinking; European critic of Indian historical scholarship; vernacular historical tradition in colonial India: hybrid history; Indian historical fictions; history as profession: Jadunath Sarkar, Surya Kumar Bhuyan; vernacular sources and their limits; Indian Archives.

    1. S. Subrahmanyam et all ed, Textures of Time: Writing History in South India 1600-1800, Permanent Black, 2002.
    2. P. Chatterjee, History in Vernacular, Permanent Black, 2007.
    1. R. Thapar, Cultural Pasts: Essays in Early Indian History, OUP, 2001.
    2. P. Hardy, Historians of Medieval India: Studies in Indo-Muslim Historical Writing, OUP, 1997.
    3. M. Gottlob, Historical Thinking in South Asia, OUP, 2006.
    4. C.H. Phillips, Historians of India, Pakistan and Ceylon, OUP, 1961.

    HS 726 History of Assam: 1800-1985
    Transition from pre-colonial to colonial; Founding of the British Empire: Assam valley, Surma valley, Nagaland, Khasi Hills, Inner line; Managing natural resources: forms and mechanism, land, forest and mineral resources; Colonial rule and resistance: peasants, workers, tribes; Middle class: ideals and social transformation, collaboration and resistance with the colonial state; Freedom movement: ideology, forms, polity; Post-independence dilemmas: from linguistic nationalism to ethnic aspirations, re-organisation of state, claims and struggle for natural resources, identity and anti-foreigner’s movement.

    1. H.K. Barpuzari, A Comprehensive History of Assam, Vol. 4 and 5, Assam Publication Board, 2005.
    2.  Amalendu Guha, Planters Raj to Swaraj, Tulika, 2006.
    3. Rajen Saikia, Social and Economic History of Assam, Manohar, 2005.
    4. H.K. Barpuzari,. Assam in the Days of Company (1826-1856), 2nd edition, LBS, 1980.

    1) Sanjib Baruah, India Against Itself: Assam and the Politics of Nationality, OUP, 1999.
    2) Yasmin Saikia, Fragmented Memories: Struggling to Be Tai-Ahom in India, Duke University Press, 2004.
    3) Ramchandra Guha, India After Gandhi, Viking, 2007
    4) Arupjyoti Saikia, Jungles, Reserves, Wildlife: A History of Forests in Assam, Wildlife Welfare Trust of Assam, 2005.
    5) Amalendu Guha, Medieval and Early Colonial Assam: Society, Polity, Economy, K.P. Bagchi, 1993.
    6) Maheswar Neog, Socio Political Events in Assam Leading to the Militancy of the Mayamoria Vaishnavas K.P. Bagchi, 1982.

    HS 727 Issues in Historical Research
    Debates in Indian history: colonial and post-colonial India polity, economy and society; institutions and literary history, colonialism, information and knowledge, the social history of law, the village and its ‘crowd’, agrarian relations and peasant rebellion; famines, epidemics and the crises of society; labour and the history of the everyday; Sources and their limits: primary and secondary sources, maps, photographs, textual criticism; The Archive: official archive, private collection, digital collection.

    (Students have to present one seminar paper on the basis of research on primary sources)

    1. Richard J. Evans, In defence of History, Granta books, 2000.
    2. Peter Burke (ed.), New perspectives on historical writing, Polity press, 2001.
    3. C. A. Bayly, Empire and Information. Intelligence Gathering and Social Communication in India, 1780-1870, CUP, 1996.
    4. Susan Bayly, Caste, Society and Politics in India. From the Eighteenth Century to the Modern Age, CUP,1999,
    5. Ranajit Guha and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, eds., Selected Subaltern Studies, OUP, 1988
    6. Shahid, Amin, Sugarcane and Sugar in Gorakhpur: An Inquiry into Peasant Production for Capitalist Enterprise in Colonial India, OUP, 1984
    1. David Ludden, An Agrarian History of South Asia, Cambridge University Press, 1999.
    2. Nicholas B. Dirks, Castes of Mind: Colonialism and the Making of Modern India. Princeton University Press, 2001
    3. Madhav Gadgil, and Ramachandra Guha, This Fissured Land: An Ecological History of India. Oxford University Press, 1992
    4. Dharma Kumar, (editor), The Cambridge Economic History of India, Volume 2: C.1750-c.1970, Cambridge University Press, 1983.
    5. James C Scott, The Moral Economy of the Peasant: Rebellion and Subsistence in Southeast Asia, Yale University Press, 1976.

    HS 759 Understanding Nations and Nationalism
    Introduction to studies on nationalism; Ernest Renan: nationalism as a product of ‘forgetfulness’, nationalism as a spiritual principle; Ernest Gellner: sociological necessity of nationalism in modern times, from agro-literate to industrial society, from low to high cultures; Eric Hobsbawm: nationalism as invented traditions, democratic political nationalism and ethno-linguistic nationalism, nationalism from above and nationalism from below; Benedict Anderson: nation as an ‘imagined community’, fatalities of death and babel, print capitalism and linguistic diversity; Anthony D. Smith: nationalism and its ethnic origins, intelligentsia as mediators between an ethnic past and a nationalist present; Making sense of nations and nationalisms in South Asia: loss and recovery of self under colonialism, nationalist thought and colonial reason, historical antecedents of nationalism in South Asia.

    Texts and References:
    1. Geoff Eley and Ronald Grigor Suny (ed.), Becoming National: A Reader, Oxford University Press, 1996.
    2. Ernest Gellner, Nations and Nationalism, Blackwell, 2006 (1983).
    3. Eric Hobsbawm& Terrence Ranger (ed.), The Invention of Tradition, Cambridge University Press, 1992.
    4. Eric Hobsbawm, Nations and Nationalism Since 1780, Cambridge University Press, 1992.
    5. Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities, Verso, 2006.
    6. Anthony D. Smith, Ethnic Origins of Nationalism, Wiley-Blackwell, 1991.
    7. Anthony D. Smith, Nationalism and Modernism, Routledge, 1998.
    8. AshisNandy, Intimate Enemy: Loss and Recovery of Self Under Colonialism, Oxford University Press, 1988.
    9.Partha Chatterjee, Nationalist Thought and the Colonial World: A Derivative Discourse?,Zed Books, 1986.
    10.Chris Bayly, Origins of Nationality in South Asia: Patriotism and Ethical Government in the Making of Modern India, Oxford University Press, 1998.

    HS 764                                                  Christianity in Modern India                                                          3-0-0-6

    This course introduces students to some of the important scholarly writings on the history of Christianity in modern India, and equips them to engage with those writings in the context of their particular research areas. It will delve into the missionary work that spread across India during the 19th and 20th centuries, the impact it had on local societies and identities, especially within a colonial context. It will make an attempt to understand the role of local agency in the making of Indian Christianity – the experiences, articulations and activities of local missionaries, converts (especially, women and lower castes) and scholars; the complicated relations they shared with European and American missionaries; and the creative and at times ambiguous engagement they had with the intellectual and political currents of their times. The course will also examine the ways in which Christianity came to be lived and articulated in post-independence India, and the varied encounters it had with the secular as well as the communal demands of the Indian nation.
    Course Content
    Missionaries and missionary work: historiographical issues, colonialism and missionary work, imperial fault lines; Role of local agency: politics of caste, race and gender in the missionary movement, everyday lives of local missionaries and converts; Impact of missionary work: democratizing social space, recasting social identities, disturbing caste and displacing tribes; Intellectual worlds of local Christians: Vedanayakam Shastri and the Tamil literary culture, Brahmabandhab Upadhyay’s engagement with Advaita Vedanta, Vengal Chakkarai’s and Bishop V. S. Azariah’s ambiguous relation with nationalism; Articulating and living Indian Christianity: the ecumenical movement and the theological departures, popular religiosity in post-independence India.

  • Texts/References

    1. Robert Eric Frykenberg, Christianity in India: From Beginnings to the Present, Oxford University Press, 2008.
    2. Stephen Neill, Colonialism and Christian Missions, McGraw Hill, 1966.
    3. Jeffrey Cox, Imperial Fault Lines: Christianity and Colonial Power in India, 1818-1940, Stanford University Press, 2002.
    4. Robert Eric Frykenberg (ed.), Christians and Missionaries in India: Cross-Cultural Communication since 1500, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2003.
    5. Sanal Mohan, Modernity of Slavery: Struggles against Caste Inequality in Colonial Kerala, Oxford University Press, 2015.
    6. Geoffrey Oddie, Missionaries, Rebellion and Proto-Nationalism: James Long of Bengal, 1814-87, Curzon Press, 1999.
    7. Julius Lipner, Brahmabandhab Upadhyay: The Life and Thought of a Revolutionary, Oxford University Press, 1999.
    8. Susan Billington Harper, In the Shadow of the Mahatma: Bishop V. S. Azariah and the Travails of Christianity in British India, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2000.
    9. Ninan Koshy (ed.), A History of Ecumenical Movement in Asia, Vol. 1 & 2, Christian Conference of Asia, 2004
    10. John B. Carmen & Chilkuri Vasantha Rao, Christians in South Indian Villages, 1959-1909, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2014.
    11. Michael Bergunder, The South Indian Pentecostal Movement in the Twentieth Century, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2008.
    12. Selva J. Raj & Corinne G. Dempsey, Popular Christianity in India: Riting between the Lines, State University of New York Press, 2002.


  • HS 733 Issues in Phonological Theory 
    Segmental phonology in traditional generative grammar: the phonemic principle, rules and representations, rule-ordering, feeding and bleeding rules, domain-sensitive rules; Lexical phonology and morphology: Derived Environment (DE) rules, Strict Cyclicity Condition (SCC); Autosegmental Theory; Suprasegmental structure and non-linear phonology: stress, feet and metrical structure, syllabification, tone; Harmony processes; Optimality Theory: phonology and constraints; Typology of structural changes and repairs; Generalized alignment; Constraint-based metrical grammars; Reduplication and prosodic morphology; Output to Output Correspondence, base vs. cyclic identity; Opacity problems and non-classical variants of Optimality Theory.

  • HS 734 Perspectives in Linguistics
    Historical overview; Fields of inquiry and their focus: historical, descriptive and generative linguistics; Key concepts in interdisciplinary research: language in socio-cultural and ethnic context, cognitive, computational and psycho-neurolinguistics; Applications of linguistics; Linguistic research in India; Current trends: contribution of linguistic research towards better understanding of human mind.

    HS 735 Experimental Phonology
    Preliminaries of acoustic phonetics: filters, complex wave analysis, spectra and spectrograms; Auditory system and representations; Acoustic theory: voicing, voicing quanta, vowel formants, LPC (Linear Predictive Coding) spectral analysis; Pitch and duration; Vowel measurement: tube models, perturbation theory, adaptive dispersion; Obstruents: turbulence, quantal theory, auditory spectra; Vocal tract function; Phonation types; Auditory properties; Nasals and laterals: bandwidth, nasal stops, nasalization; Speech perception: perceptual maps, perceptual universality.

    HS 736 Approaches To Prosodic Structure
    Basic intonational taxonomy: pitch, accent, prominence, tune-text association, level tones, Fundamental frequency trends; Constraints on prosodic structure; Pierrehumbert’s notation; Intonational meaning; Melodic universals; Cross-language comparison; Prominence and focus; Prosody and syntax; Intonational tunes, metrical theory, prosodic constituency; Pitch effects: pitch relativity, pitch range variation, gradience.

    HS 749 Issues in Tone Languages
    Basics of tone languages: definition, production of tones, tonal notations, tone contrasts, number and types of tones, level tones, contour tones, relationship to laryngeal features; Theories of tone: autosegmental theory, optimality theory; Tonal typology: African languages, Asian languages, American languages; Indian tone typology: Punjabi and Sindhi, Bodo-Garo, Tani languages, Naga languages.

     Philosophy of Religion
    The relationship between faith and reason; The right to believe; The nature of religious experience; The cosmological and teleological arguments for the existence of god; Whether one can know that ‘god exists’ without arguments; The problem of evil; Miracles; Religious pluralism.

    1. M. Peterson, Reason And Religious Belief: An Introduction To The Philosophy Of Religion, Oxford University Press, 1998.
    2. M. Peterson, Philosophy Of Religion: Selected Readings, Oxford University Press, 1998.
    3.M. Eliade, Patterns in Comparative Religion, Chicago University Press, 1958.
    4.W. C. Smith, The Meaning and End of Religion, Harper & Row Publishers, 1978.
    5.N. Smart, The Phenomenon of Religion, Macmillan, 1973.

    HS 748 Political Change in South Asia and Southeast Asia 
    Problems of nation-building; State structures; State capacity; Democratic and authoritarian regimes; Party formation and dominant party systems; Religious and ethnic separatism; Civil society; Political resistance; Social movements;Regional integration.

    HS 753 Topics in International Relations

    Contending IR theories: realism, neo-realism, liberalism, institutionalism, constructivism, rational choice approach to international politics; Order in contemporary international system:balance of power, public diplomacy; Security issues: ethnic security dilemma and internal conflict, kin state syndrome, irredentism; Democratic peace research: level of analysis paradox, democratic regimes and conflict prevention, institutions and norms; Issue areas: cold war and post-cold war politics; rise of China; China’s role in regional politics; Sino-American relations; Sino-India relations; Security issues in South Asia; Regional integration in Southeast Asia.

  • HS 763                                    Research Methods in Political Science                                                   3-0-0-6


    Preamble: This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental research tools and techniques used in political analysis. The objective of the course is to provide an overview of the key concepts, research designs and methods used to explore political phenomena in a variety of settings. The course will enable students to consider the nature of research, different approaches to research designs, the appropriate choice of methodology and different ways in which methodology is linked to key concepts and theoretical issues in the major subfields of political science such as comparative politics, area studies, political theory and international relations. The first part of the course deals with a variety of methodological tools that are extensively used in the literature, including observation, process-tracing, documentary evidence, surveys, case studies, participatory research, qualitative comparative analysis, content analysis and ethics of research in social sciences. Students will also be briefly introduced to ways of conducting research by integrating qualitative tools and computer-assisted qualitative methods. The second part is aimed at training students to prepare dissertation proposals and write academic papers in the sub-field.
    Course Content: The ‘science’ issue in Political Science: key philosophical issues, concepts and approaches, positivist research, interpretive research, post-positivist approaches; Methods of data collection: documentary evidence, ethnography, focused group interviews, observation, in-depth interviews, survey research, art of asking questions, sampling strategies, selecting study populations, participatory research tools, process tracing, mixed methods, power relations, ethical issues in fieldwork; Case selection methods: fieldwork setting, case studies, single case studies, small n-comparisons & large N comparisons, comparative methods; Data analysis: transcribing field notes, data measurement, content analysis; causality, descriptive accounts, reliability, theory building, coding; computer-assisted qualitative methods; Organizing and writing: designing research questions, drafting research proposals, academic papers and presenting qualitative data.


    1. Gary King, Robert Keohane and Sidney Verba, 1994, Designing Social Inquiry: Scientific Inference in Qualitative Research, Princeton University Press.
    2. Brady, H. E. and D. Collier (eds.), 2004: Rethinking Social Inquiry; Diverse Tools, Shared Standards, Rowman & Littlefield Publisher, Rowman & Littlefield
      1. Klaus Krippendorff , 2013, Content Analysis: An Introduction to Its Methodology, SAGE Publications.
      2. 4.Geddes, B. 2003, Paradigms and Sand Castles: Theory Building and Research Design in Comparative Politics University of Michigan Press.
      3. 6.Gerring, J., 2006, Case Study Research: Principles and Practices, Cambridge University Press.
      4. 7.Ragin, C. 1989,The Comparative Method: Moving Beyond Qualitative and Quantitative Strategies, University of California Press.
      5. Kuhn, Thomas. 1970,The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, University of Chicago Press.
      6. George, Alexander. 1993, Bridging the Gap: Theory and Practice in Foreign Policy, Institute of Peace Press, Washington.
      7. Schatz, Edward, 2009, Political Ethnography: What Immersion Contributes to the Study of Power, University of Chicago Press,

  • HS 714 Understanding Organizational Behaviour: Theory and Research
    Organizations: Scientific management and human relation era, Hawthorne studies, modern organization theory; organization as an open system; Motivation: Content theories, process theories, reinforcement theories and relevant research; Leadership: The classical theories of leadership; trait theory of leadership, group and exchange theory of leadership; Indian and other relevant research on leadership; Influence Strategies & Social Power: Concept and empirical research in this area; Job Satisfaction: Job satisfaction theories, correlates of job satisfaction, measurement of job satisfaction; Organizational Culture and Climate: Concepts, issues and measurement of organizational culture, work culture and research in Indian settings; Communication: Functions of communication, types of communication, models of organization structure and communication, personal factors affecting communication.

  • Texts:
    1. F., Luthens, Organizational Behaviour, McGraw Hill, 1990
    2. L.M., Berry, Psychology at Work, McGraw Hill, 1989.
    3. S.P., Robbins, Organizational Behaviour, Prentice Hall, 2003.

    1. D., Katz, & R.L., Kahn, The Social Psychology of Organizations, Wiley, 1978
    2. G., Hofstede, Culture’s Consequences, Sage, 1980
    3. J.B.P., Sinha, The Cultural Context of Leadership and Power, Sage, 1995

    HS 715 Seminar Course (Psychology)
    Personality Assessment; Development of Psychology in India; Environmental Psychology: An Emerging Discipline; Privacy in Indian Scenario; Contribution of Psychoanalysis; Experimental Design; Attitude and Attitude change; Cross-Cultural perspectives in Psychology; The role of Community Psychology

    HS 716 Research Methods In Psychology
    Problems and Hypotheses: Problems, values and definitions, generality and specificity of problems and hypotheses, the importance of problems and hypotheses, the importance of problems and hypotheses; The multivariate nature of behavioral research and problems; Sampling and Randomness: Sampling, random sampling, and representativeness, randomness, randomization, random assignment, sample size, kind of samples; Testing hypothesis and the standard error: Differences between means, absolute and relative differences, correlation coefficients; Research Design: Meaning, purpose, and principles, research design as variance control, maximization of experimental variance, control of extraneous variables; Types of research: Ex post Facto research, laboratory experiments, field experiments and field studies, survey research; Methods of observation and data collection: Interviews and interview schedules, objective tests and scales, projective methods, and content analysis, sociometry, the sementic differential; Probability: Definition of probability, sample space, sample points and events, compound events. Some formal theory; Principles of analysis and interpretation.
    F.N., Kerlinger, Foundation of Behavioral Research, Surjit Pub. Delhi, 1983

    HS 717 Perspectives in Environmental Psychology
    The nature and scope of environmental psychology; Personality and environment; Environmental perception and spatial cognition; Personal Space: Concept, Influences on Personal Space, Theories of Personal Space;Territoriality: Concept, theories, and research; Crowding: Concept, High Density and Human Behaviour, Indian researches on crowding; Privacy: Concept, Privacy and Human Behaviour, Privacy and Environmental Design.
    1. R., Gifford, Environmental Psychology: Principles and Practices, Allyn & Bacon Inc., 1997
    2. R.G., Baker, Ecological Psychology, Stanford University Press, Stanford, California, 1968

    1. I., Altman, & M.M., Chemers, Culture and Environment, Cambridge University Press, 1984
    2. I., Altman, & D., Stokols, Handbook of Environmental Psychology, Wiley, 1987
    3. U., Jain, Consequences of Crowding, Sage: New Delhi, 1987
    4. G., Sen, Indigenous Vision: People of India, Attitudes to the environment, Sage Pub. And India International Centre, New Delhi, 1992
    5. C., Spencer, M., Blades, & K., Morsley, The Child in the Physical Environment, Wiley, 1989
    6. R.B., Taylor, Human Territorial Functioning, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1988

    HS 752 Positive Psychology
    Positive psychology: Historical and philosophical foundations; Eudaimonic and hedonic views of well-being; Positive emotional states and processes; Positive cognitive states and processes; Socio-emotional selectivity theory and its implications; Subjective well-being: findings, measurements, applications to public policy and clinical interventions; Happiness and health; Positive response to loss and adversity: posttraumatic growth and resilience; Future research directions in positive psychology.

    Texts and References
    1. C.R. Snyder, and S. J. Lopez, Positive Psychology: The scientific and practical explorations of human strengths, Sage, 2007.
    2. P.A. Linley, and S. Joseph, Positive psychology in practice, Wiley, 2004.
    3. L.G. Aspinwall, and M. Ursula, A psychology of human strengths: Fundamental questions and future directions  for a positive psychology, American Psychological association, 2003.
    4. M.B. Frisch, Quality of life therapy, Wiley, 2006

     Philosophy of Religion
    The relationship between faith and reason; The right to believe; The nature of religious experience; The cosmological and teleological arguments for the existence of god; Whether one can know that ‘god exists’ without arguments; The problem of evil; Miracles; Religious pluralism.

    1. M. Peterson, Reason And Religious Belief: An Introduction To The Philosophy Of Religion, Oxford University Press, 1998.
    2. M. Peterson, Philosophy Of Religion: Selected Readings, Oxford University Press, 1998.
    3.M. Eliade, Patterns in Comparative Religion, Chicago University Press, 1958.
    4.W. C. Smith, The Meaning and End of Religion, Harper & Row Publishers, 1978.
    5.N. Smart, The Phenomenon of Religion, Macmillan, 1973.

    HS 729 Sociological Theory
    Transition from philosophy to social theory: Saint Simon and Auguste Comte; Emile Durkheim: the sociological method, division of labour and religion; Max Weber: methodology in social sciences, Protestantism and the spirit of capitalism; Karl Marx: the dialectical method and materialist interpretation of history; George Simmel: social types; Functionalism and neo-functionalism: the rise, dominance, decline and revival of functionalism; Reactions to functionalism: radical, conflict and exchange theory; Interpretive sociology: European and American phenomenological theory in sociology; Neo-Marxism; Current trends in Western sociological theory.

    Texts / References
    1. R. Aron, Main Currents in Sociological Thought (I and II), Transaction Publishers, 1998.
    2. A. Giddens, Capitalism and Modern Social Theory, Cambridge University Press, 1971.
    3. G. Ritzer and D.J. Goodman, Sociological Theory, McGraw-Hill, 2003.
    4. E. Durkheim, The Rules of Sociological Method, Macmillan, 1982.
    5. M. Weber, The Methodology of the Social Sciences, Free Press, 1949.
    6. K. Marx, Capital, Vol. I., Progress Publishers, 1967.
    7. T. Parsons, On Institutions and Social Evolution: Selected Writings (Heritage of Sociology Series), University of Chicago Press, 1985.
    8. R.K. Merton, Social Theory and Social Structure, Free Press, 1970.
    9. A. Giddens and J.H. Turner (Eds.), Social Theory Today, Stanford University Press, 1988.

  • HS 762                                               Advanced Cognitive Psychology                                       3-0-0-6
    The present coursewill help the students to learn the many different ways of conceptualizing the concepts of cognitive psychology. Since there is no universal approach to study all “Cognition”, the present course will utilize a number of older and newer approaches for studying different cognition. I believe that this will provide tools that are needed to think critically about problems relating cognition and human behavior.
    The cognitive revolution: history, philosophical issues and early information processing models; Attention: review of different approaches, automaticity and other issues; Learning: theories and basic issue related to cognition; Memory: explicit and implicit, episodic and semantic and non-verbal; Language: basic issues related to cognition; Thinking and Reasoning; Judgment and Decision making.

    1. Kellogg, T.Cognitive Psychology (Adavnce Psychology Text Series) London: Sage, 1997
    2. Weisberg, R., & Reeves, L. Cognition: From Memory to Creativity, New York, Wiley, 2013
    3. Galotti, M. Cognitive Psychology: In and Out of the Laboratory, London, Sage, 2013


  • HS 730 Research Methods In Sociology
    Research methods in sociology: epistemology, theory, method and data; Quantitative research: measurement, survey, problem formulation, research design, sampling, questionnaire, schedule, implementation of survey, structure of survey data, preparing data for analysis, statistical analysis of survey data, hypothesis testing, interpretation of quantitative data; Qualitative methods: the Chicago tradition and the Dramaturgical approach, participant observation and interviewing, ethnography, participant observer continuum, strategies for entering, watching, listening, recording and exiting the field, selecting respondents, rapport, interview guide, interview environment, focused group discussion, case study method, oral histories, life histories and experiential methods, content analysis, coding, analytic memos, questions of reliability and validity, emic and etic approaches; Field research in India; Reflexivity; Writing research report; Positivism and phenomenology: interpenetrating systems between quantitative and qualitative research traditions.

    Texts / References
    1. T. May, Social Research: Issues, Methods and Process, Open University Press, 2001.
    2. S.J. Taylor and R. Bogdan, Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods: The Search for Meanings, Wiley, 1984.
    3. A. Bryman, Quality and Quantity in Social Research, Unwin Hyman, 1988.
    4. K.W. Elifson, R.P. Runyon and A. Haber, Fundamentals of Social Statistics, McGraw Hill, 1990.
    5. P. Halfpenny, Positivism and Sociology: Explaining Social Life, Allen and Unwin, 1982.
    6. F. Fowler Jr., Survey Research Methods, Sage, 1987.
    7. A. Strauss and J. Corbin, Basics of Qualitative Research: Grounded Theory, Procedure and Techniques, Newbury Park, 1990.
    8. H. Schwartz and J. Jacobs (eds.), Qualitative Sociology: A Method to the Madness, The Free Press, 1982.
    9. H. Becker, Writing for Social Scientists, University of Chicago Press, 1984.
    10. M.N. Srinivas, A.M. Shah and E.A. Ramaswamy (eds.), Fieldworker and the Field: Problems and Challenges in Sociological Investigation, Oxford University Press, 1979.

    HS 738 Perspectives On Science, Technology And Society 
    Perspectives on the relations between science and technology: hierarchical, symbiotic and coalescing; Technology as knowledge; Social shaping of technology; History of technology; Technological conditions that shape social formations and cultures; Sociological theories of social change and technology as a force of socio-cultural and environmental changes; Technology, innovation and public policy; Information and communication society: implications for work, social relations, governance and control; Biotechnology: implications for the meanings of life and life processes, application of biotechnology in agriculture, health care and environment; Technological innovations in India; The WTO provisions on Intellectual Property Rights: implications for technology development; Responses of the civil society.

    Texts / References
    1. B. Barnes and D. Edge (eds.), Science in Context: Readings in the Sociology of Science, The Open University Press, 1983.
    2. G. Basalla, The Evolution of Technology, Cambridge University Press, 1988.
    3. C.A. Alvares, Homo Faber: Technology and Culture in India, China and the West, 1500 to the Present Day, Allied Publishers, 1979.
    4. A.F. Chalmers, What is this Thing called Science?, The Open University Press, 1980.
    5. R. MacLeod and D. Kumar (eds.), Technology and the Raj: Western Technology and Technical Transfers to India, Oxford University Press, 1995.
    6. I. Hacking, The Social Construction of What? Harvard University Press, 2001.
    7. E.J. Hackett, O. Amsterdamska, M. Lynch and J. Wajcman (eds.), The Handbook of Science and Technology Studies, The MIT Press, 2008.
    8. J.R. Kloppenberg Jr., First the Seed: The Political Economy of Plant Biotechnology, 1492-2000, The Macmillan Press, 1988.
    9. D. Lyon, Information Society: Issues and Illusions, Polity Press, 1988.
    10. D. MacKenzie and J. Wajcman (eds.), The Social Shaping of Technology, The Open University Press, 1999.
    11. H. Rose and S. Rose, The Political Economy of Science: Ideology of/in the Natural Sciences, The Macmillan Press Ltd., 1976.
    12. W. Bijker, T.P Hughes and T. Pinch (eds.), The Social Construction of Technological Systems: New Directions in the Sociology and History of Technology, The MIT Press, 1989.

    HS 739 Emerging Knowledge Societies
    Orientation: concept of knowledge society, information versus knowledge, sociological theory in the matrix of knowledge societies; Information and communication technologies (ICT): social impact, social theory of internet, global village, virtual communities, transpatial solidarity, digital divide; Research domains: systems of production, socialization, institutions and culture; Knowledge revolution: economy, utilization, production; Knowledge management: techno-centric, organizational, people-centric, epistemological, information overload, knowledge for development.

    Texts and References
    1. F. Webster, Theories of the Information Society, Routledge, 1995.
    2. P.L. Berger, and T. Luckmann. The Social Construction of Reality: A Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge, Penguin Books, 1996.
    3. M. Castells, The Information Age, Vol., 2, 3 Oxford, 1997.
    4. H. Catherine, ‘Developing a Sociology for the 21st Century: Preference Theory’, British Journal of Sociology, 49 (1): 137-143, 1998.
    5. V. Meja and N. Stehr (eds), Knowledge and Politics: The Sociology of Knowledge Dispute, Routledge, 1990.
    6. A. Giddens, Consequences of Modernity, Polity Press, 1990.
    7. UNESCO, Towards Knowledge Societies, UNESCO Publishing, 2005.
    8. R. John and G.V. Krogh, Managing, Knowledge: Perspectives on Cooperation and Competition, Sage, 1996.
    9. B. Ulrich, The Cosmopolitan Perspective: Sociology of the Second Age of Modernity, British Journal of Sociology, 51 (1): 79-105, 2000.
    10. M. Foucoult, Power/Knowledge: Selected Interviews and other Writings, 1972-1977, Pantheon, 1980.
    11. M. Foucoult, Space, Knowledge, and Power. In Paul Rainbow (Ed.) The Foucault Reader. Pantheon, 1984, pp. 239-256.
    12. J.V. Dirk, The Network Society, Sage, 2006.

HS 757 Sociology of Religion
Approaches to the study of religion: Classical approach: Durkheim–functionalism, Marx–dialectics, Weber–rationalization, Mauss–evolutionary; Neo-classics: Peter Berger–sacred canopy and Clifford Geertz–symbolic; Contemporary approach: Mircea Eliade, Edmund Husserl¬–Phenomenological, Jürgen Habermas–Neo Marxist, Victor Turner, R.A. Rappaport– Anthropological.

Texts and References
1. Berger, Peter L. 1967. The Sacred Canopy: Elements of a Sociological Theory of Religion. New York: Anchor Books.
2. Durkheim, Emile. 1965. Elementary Forms of the Religious Life. New York: Free Press.
3. Eliade, Mircea (1959). The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of Religion. Translated by Willard R. Trask. New York: Harper & Row Publishers.
4. Weber, Max. 1958. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. New York: Charles Scribner.
5. Geertz, Clifford. 1973. The Interpretation of Culture. New York: Basic Books.
6. Furseth, Inger.2006. An Introduction to the Sociology of Religion: Classical and Contemporary Perspectives. Ashgate Publishing Limited, UK.

HS 765                                                  Theorizing Gender                                                            Credit: 3-0-0-6

This course attempts to understand the significance of ‘gender’ in ordering the structure of society and its institutions. It aims at a systematic analysis of the social construction of gender and its bearing in our everyday lives. Using feminist theories this course will help link the experiences of individuals to the structure of social institutions. The course will discuss theoretical debates, gender inequalities in various institutional contexts, women’s and queer movements and the issues that have been central to it. It will help students examine, through a lens of gender, relationship between cultural practices, social processes, development policies and marginal status of women, and LGBT groups.  

Sociology of gender: invisible women in the discipline, ghettoization of feminism/gender studies, integrating gender into the discipline; Social construction of gender: sex/gender debate, patriarchy, gender socialisation, heteronormativity, stereotypes, and inequalities; Perspectives on gender: liberal, Marxist, radical, socialist, African-American feminism, third world feminism, ecofeminism, postmodern feminism, queer perspectives, dalit feminism; Gender and social movements: first, second and third wave feminist movements, from global to local gender movements; Feminist Methodology: add on approach, standpoint approach, intersectionality approach,; Emergence of women and LGBTs as a constituency in Development: WID, WAD and GAD approach, representation and reservation; Gender in economy, culture and polity: family, sexuality, caste, labour, violence, law.

Texts/ References:

  1. B. Hooks, Feminism is for Everybody, South East Press, 2012
  2. R. Kumar, History of Doing, Zubaan, 2009
  3. J, Lorber (ed.) The Social Construction of Gender. Sage Publication, 2007.
  4. K. Lovaas, LGBT Studies and Queer Theories. Harrington Park Press, 2013
  5. J. Momsen, Gender and Development. Routledge.2010
  6. S. Rege, Writing Caste Writing Gender: Reading Dalit Women's Testimonios. Kali for Women. 2013
  7. C. Talpade Mohaty. Third World Feminism Zubaan. 2010
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