MSO - 002

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December, 2017

Answer any five of the following questions in about 500 words each. Attempt at least two questions from each section. All questions carry equal marks.

SECTION - I

  1. Is social science a science ? Analyse.
  2. Distinguish between basic and applied social research with suitable examples.
  3. Discuss the empiricist approach to the understanding of social reality.
  4. What is research design ? Discuss its various elements.
  5. What are the various types of interview techniques used in sociological research ? Delineate their
    advantages and disadvantages.

SECTION - II

  1. Examine the ethical consideration in qualitative research.
  2. What is sampling ? Discuss its various types.
  3. Discuss case study as a method in social research with examples.
  4. What is historical research method ? Examine its significance in social research.
  5. Discuss PRA (Participatory Rural Appraisal) techniques used in social research.

June, 2017

Answer any five of the following questions in about 500 words each. Attempt at least two questions from each section. All questions carry equal marks.

SECTION - I

  1. Distinguish between inductive and deductive logic in social research. Explain with illustrations.
  2. Discuss Functionalist approach in social analysis.
  3. Critically examine the positivist method in social science research.
  4. Discuss the significance of the historical method in social science research? What are the sources of data used in this type of research?
  5. Explain the importance of observation in social research with the help of suitable examples.

SECTION - II

  1. What is case-study method? Reflect on the use of case-study in Social science research. Give suitable examples.
  2. Examine the post modern perspective on interviewing.
  3. What is sampling? Discuss the various types of sampling with suitable examples.
  4. Describe the ethical issues in social research.
  5. Write short notes on the following :
    • (a) Triangulation
    • (b) Hypothesis

December, 2016

Answer any five of the following questions in about 500 words each. Attempt at least two questions from each section. All questions carry equal marks.

SECTION - I

  1. Is sociology a science ? Discuss.
  2. Explain the contribution of Jurgen Habermas to hermeneutics.
  3. Discuss the nature and scope of the comparative method in social science research.
  4. Examine the feminist approach to the understanding of social reality.
  5. Compare and contrast functional and evolutionary approaches to the study of society.

SECTION - II

  1. What is content analysis ? Discuss its significance in interpreting qualitative data.
  2. What is sampling ? Discuss the various types of sampling.
  3. What is Participant Observation ? Discuss its importance social science research.
  4. How is the SPSS package useful in social research ?
  5. Write notes on the following :
    (a) Ethics of social research
    (b) Empirical research

June, 2016

Answer any five of the following questions in about 500 words each. Answer at least two questions from each section. All questions carry equal marks.

SECTION - I

  1. Is sociology a science ? Discuss critically.
  2. What is empirical approach ? Explain with examples.
  3. Define and discuss epistemology of sociology.
  4. Describe the historical context of comparative method and its use in sociology.
  5. Discuss advantages and weaknesses of survey method of social research.

SECTION - II

  1. What are the different types of survey techniques ? Discuss at least one of them with example.
  2. Explain ethnography with example.
  3. Critically examine the Case Study Method using suitable examples.
  4. In what ways can internet help us in conducting research ? Explain.
  5. Critically discuss some of the ethical considerations in qualitative research.

December, 2015

Answer any five of the following questions in about 500 words each. Answer at least two questions from each section. All questions carry equal marks.

SECTION I

  1. What is scientific method ? How did Comte establish sociology as a science ?
  2. Why does sociology need theory ? Explain.
  3. What is positivism ? Discuss its salient features.
  4. Discuss the meaning and origins of hermeneutics. How is it linked with sociology ?
  5. Describe the features of the feminist method.

SECTION II

  1. What is social research ? Discuss at least two types of social research with examples.
  2. What is sampling ? Discuss its various types.
  3. Discuss the rationale of survey research method.
  4. Why is the formulation of the research question important for social research ? Explain.
  5. Discuss the various steps of data analysis.

 June, 2015

Answer any five of the following questions in about 500 words each. Attempt at least two questions from each section. All questions carry equal marks.

SECTION I

  1. What is a case study ? Explain its use in social research.
  2. Compare the Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) and the Rapid Rural Appraisal (RRA) techniques used in research.
  3. Outline the types of reliability of data as discussed by Kirk and Miller.
  4. Critically examine the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in social research.
  5. Distinguish between inductive and deductive forms of logic. Provide suitable examples.

SECTION II

  1. Delineate the difference between common sense and sociology.
  2. Compare and contrast phenomenology and hermeneutics.
  3. Explain survey research and point out its advantages and weaknesses.
  4. Outline the steps in testing a hypothesis.
  5. Discuss the historical method in social research.

December, 2014

Answer any five of the following questions in about 500 words each. Attempt at least two questions from each section. All questions carry equal marks.

SECTION - I

  1. What do you understand by post modernism ? Critically examine.
  2. Compare and contrast phenomenology with the hermeneutic approach.
  3. Delineate the key features of the participatory approach to social research.
  4. Discuss the contribution of feminist approach to the study of gender.
  5. What is research Design ? Explain its various steps.

SECTION - II

  1. What is sampling ? Explain its various methods.
  2. Describe the ethical issues in social research.
  3. How does a researcher ensure validity and reliability of data ?
  4. How is qualitative data processed and analysed in social research ? Discuss.
  5. Discuss the various uses of Internet in social research. What are their limitations ?

June, 2014

Answer any five of the following questions in about 500 words each. Attempt at least two questions from each section. All questions carry equal marks.

SECTION I

  1. 'Sociology is the science of society.' Discuss critically.
  2. What do you mean by theory ? Discuss its various constituents.
  3. Critically examine the functional theory of social analysis.
  4. Critically examine the relationship between science, modernity and sociology.
  5. Explain the various dimensions of comparative approach to social research.

SECTION II

  1. Discuss the various sources of data used in social research.
  2. Explain the advantages and disadvantages of `interview' as a technique of data collection.
  3. Explain the relationship between mean, median and mode and the contexts of their use in sociological research.
  4. Critically examine the post-modernist perspectives in social research.
  5. Explain the role of ICTs in social research.

December, 2013

Answer any five of the following questions in about 500 words each. Attempt at least two questions from each section. All questions carry equal marks.

SECTION - I

  1. How does a sociologist problematize his / her objectives of study ? Answer with an example.
  2. Elucidate the significance of rationalism and empiricism in social research.
  3. What is hermeneutics ? Discuss its relationship with sociology.
  4. Explain the major features of feminist method of social research.
  5. Discuss the major features of participatory approach to social research. What are its limitations ?

SECTION - II

  1. What is social research ? Discuss its various types.
  2. Discuss the various dimensions of probability and non- probability methods of sampling.
  3. Discuss the usefulness of internet sources in social research.
  4. Explain the significance of ethical neutrality in social research.
  5. Write short notes on any two of the following :
    (a) Hypothesis
    (b) Case study method
    (c) Participant observation

June, 2013

Answer any five of the following questions in about 500 words each. Attempt at least two questions from each section. All questions carry equal marks.

SECTION - I

  1. Distinguish between inductive and deductive logic in social research.
  2. Differentiate between basic and applied social research with suitable examples.
  3. Critically examine the relevance of quantitative methods of data analysis in sociological research.
  4. Discuss the empiricist approach to the understanding of social reality.
  5. What are the various types of interview techniques used in sociological research? Delineate their advantages and disadvantages.

SECTION - II

  1. Critically examine the feminist approach to social research.
  2. What is survey method ? Examine the advantages and disadvantages of this method.
  3. Discuss PRA and RRA techniques used in social research.
  4. Describe the various stages involved in the formulation and execution of a research project.
  5. What is historical research method ? Examine its significance in social research.

December, 2012

Answer any five of the following questions.

  1. Is social science research scientific ? Explain.
  2. What is social research ? Distinguish between qualitative and quantitative social research.
  3. Examine the relevance of survey method in social science research.
  4. What is a research design ? Discuss its various elements.
  5. What is Participant observation ? How is it differ from non - participant observation ?
  6. Examine the ethical considerations in qualitative social research.
  7. What is a hypothesis ? Describe the steps in the formulation of a hypothesis.
  8. Discuss case study as a method in social research with suitable examples.
  9. What is sampling ? Discuss the various probability sampling methods.
  10. Examine the usages of internet in social science research.

June, 2012

Answer any FIVE of the following questions in about 500 words each.

  1. Outline the main features of the feminist method.
  2. Discuss the logic of enquiry in social research.
  3. Write a critique of evolutionary and functional theories.
  4. Outline the uses of the measures of central tendency in social research.
  5. Describe the methods of correlation and regression.
  6. Outline the advantages and disadvantages of the survey method.
  7. How should a researcher do field research ? Discuss.
  8. Outline the guidelines for preparing a Research project.
  9. Write short notes on the following :
    (a) Using SPSS in report writing.
    (b) Triangulation.

December, 2011

Answer any FIVE of the following questions in about 500 words each.

  1. Discuss how hypothesis is tested.
  2. Critically analyse positivism in social sciences.
  3. Give the historical background of the emergence of the participatory approach.
  4. Outline the elements of a research design.
  5. What is sampling method ? How do we estimate the sample size ?
  6. Describe survey execution and data analysis with 20 examples.
  7. Discuss the merits and limitations of field research.
  8. How is the internet related to research ?
  9. Write short notes on the following :
    (a)SPSS
    (b)Tabulation and graphic presentation.

June, 2011

Answer any five of the following questions in about 500 words each. Attempt at least two questions from each section. All questions carry equal marks.

SECTION -A

  1. 'Sociology is a positive science'. Discuss.
  2. What is hermeneutics ? Explain the contribution of Jurgen Habermac to hermeneutics.
  3. What do you understand by participatory research ? Explain with the help of suitable examples.
  4. Explain the importance of observation in social research with the help of suitable examples.
  5. Write a critique of evolutionary and functional theories.

SECTION - B

  1. What is a genealogy ? Reflect on the use of genealogy in social research.
  2. Critically discuss the native and scope of content analysis.
  3. Examine the post modern perspective on interviewing.
  4. What is the comparative method in social research ? Discuss.
  5. Write short notes on any two of the following :
    • (a) Triangulation
    • (b) Key informant
    • (c) Snowball sampling
    • (d) Hypothesis.

December 2010

Answer any five of the following questions in about 500 words each. Attempt at least two questions from each section. All questions carry equal marks.

SECTION - A

  1. Explain the historical method in social science research.
  2. What is phenomenology? Discuss the contribution of Edmund Husserl to phenomenology.
  3. What do you understand by empirical research? Explain the importance of empirical research in the discipline of sociology.
  4. How is inductive logic different from deductive logic? Explain with the help of suitable examples.
  5. Critically discuss the main features of survey research. Substantiate your answer with examples.

SECTION - B

  1. Examine the use of internet in social science research.
  2. Discuss the feminist perspective on interviewing.
  3. Explain the use of correlation in analysis of co-variation between two or more variables.
  4. Discuss the major ethical considerations in qualitative research.
  5. Explain the concepts of reliability and validity in social research.

June, 2010

Answer any five of the following questions in about 500 words each.

  1. What do you mean by social research ? Discuss the commonsensical, ethical and normal view points in social research.
  2. Explain the scope of the experimental method in social research.
  3. Discuss the relevance of evolutionary and functional theories in sociological research.
  4. What are the basic features of positivistic approach in social research ?
  5. What is distinctive about feminist methodology in social research ? Discuss with an illustration.
  6. As a researcher how will you design a research project ? Discuss with an illustration.
  7. Elucidate the various methods of sampling with suitable examples.
  8. Discuss the significance of ethnographic method in social research.
  9. Write short notes on the following :
    • Central tendency in statistical analysis
    • Triangulation

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