MSOE - 004

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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. Discuss the growth of sociology as a discipline in India.
  2. Write a critique of the colonial perspective on the study of caste system in India.
  3. Explain the social structure of Indian village with respect to caste, class and gender.
  4. Explain the significance of the descent approach to the study of caste system in India.
  5. Discuss the emerging class structure in agrarian societies in contemporary India.

SECTION – II

  1. Discuss the debate between Vermier Elwin and G.S.Ghurye on the tribal question in India.
  2. Examine the relation between religion and culture in India.
  3. Distinguish between old and new social movements with suitable illustrations.
  4. What do you understand by urbanization? Explain its impact on rural India.
  5. What is a post industrial society? Is India entering into a post industrial society? Justify your answer with suitable illustrations.

December, 2016

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

SECTION - I

  1. Describe the polar approach to the study of urban phenomenon.
  2. Discuss the major perspectives of urban sociology.
  3. Discuss the concentric zone and multiple nuclei models of urban growth.
  4. Distinguish between commercial, administrative and pilgrimage towns.
  5. Discuss the post-modern theory of urbanism.

SECTION - II

  1. Discuss the impact of urbanization on rural areas.
  2. Discuss the impact of economic liberalization on the occupational structure in Urban India. Provide suitable examples.
  3. What do you understand by 'urban planning'? Discuss its major concerns.
  4. Discuss the major features of urban poverty in India.
  5. Describe the patterns of urban growth in India and indicate its trends.

June, 2016

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

SECTION - I

  1. Differentiate between "city" and "metropolis" highlighting their major features.
  2. Discuss the various models of urban growth in contemporary India.
  3. Examine the temporal growth of cities.
  4. Describe the trends and patterns of urbanization.
  5. 'Urbanism is a way of life'. Discuss.

SECTION - II

  1. Discuss the impact of urbanization on family and kinship.
  2. Discuss the socio-economic profile of Indian Slums.
  3. Critically examine the composition of the informal sector in India.
  4. Outline the changing policy perspective on urban poverty in India.
  5. Analyse the role of media in contemporary urban governance.

December, 2015

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

  1. What is Urban Planning ? Elucidate the main objectives of National Urbanisation Policy.
  2. Critically examine the concept and technique of Social Area Analysis.
  3. What do you understand by Post-modern Urbanism' ? Explain.
  4. Discuss the concentric zone model of structure and growth of a city.
  5. "In most cities, the poor survive by working in the informal sector." Discuss with the help of a case study.
  6. Examine the sociological perspective to the understanding of urban life.
  7. Explain the nature and character of a merchant city.
  8. Explain the theory of human ecology of urban areas.
  9. Discuss the impact of urbanisation on environment.
  10. What is 'urban poverty' ? Explain the nature and extent of urban poverty in India.

June, 2015

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

  1. Critically examine the role of media in contemporary urban governance.
  2. Discuss the impact of urbanisation on the environment.
  3. What is a slum ? Provide a socio-economic profile of slums in India.
  4. What is a folk society ? Discuss Oscar Lewis's critique of it.
  5. Critically discuss the ecological approach to urban sociology.
  6. Discuss the concentric zone model of structure and growth of cities.
  7. What is a 'pre-industrial city'? Bring out its major characteristics.
  8. Discuss the trends and pattern of urbanisation in India.
  9. Discuss 'Urbanism as a way of life'.
  10. Explain the world system theory of urban development.

December, 2014

Answer any five questions in about 500 words each.

  1. What is urban sociology ? Discuss its scope.
  2. Critically discuss the ecological perspectives to study cities.
  3. Explain theories of under - development in urban sociology.
  4. Describe the major trends in growth of cities in India.
  5. Discuss the major dimensions of informal sector in an urban setting.
  6. Examine the roles and responsibilities of media in urban governance.
  7. What do you mean by the concept of neighbourhood ? Discuss some of the major studies on urban neighbourhood.
  8. Examine the inter-state variation in urbanisation with suitable examples.
  9. Discuss the historical evolution of Urban Planning in India.
  10. Explain the socio-economic profile of slums in India.

June, 2014

Answer any five questions in about 500 words each. All questions carry equal marks.

  1. Discuss the theoretical approaches to the study of urban sociology.
  2. Outline the origin and development of urban studies and urban sociology.
  3. What do you mean by city ? Describe the bases of defining city.
  4. Explain the structure of cities according to the ecological school of thought.
  5. Discuss the political economy of urbanism.
  6. Examine the nature of urban poverty in India.
  7. Discuss the concept and technique of social area analysis.
  8. Explain the approaches towards addressing problems of slums in India.
  9. Examine the main concerns of urban planning in India.
  10. Compare and contrast the functions of ancient and modern towns.

December, 2013

Answer any five questions in about 500 words each. Attempting at least two from each sections.

SECTION - I

  1. Discuss the Political economy of urbanism.
  2. Explain the concept of 'city'. Discuss the functions of cities as urban spaces.
  3. In what way does an 'ancient city' structure differ from 'modern city' ? Substantiate your answer with suitable examples.
  4. Discuss various approaches to the study of urbanization.
  5. Discuss the nature and scope of media in urban governance.

SECTION - II

  1. Explain the impact of urbanization on family and kinship in India.
  2. What is 'urban poverty' ? Discuss the trends in urban poverty in India.
  3. Do you think slums have a role to play in urban society ? Discuss.
  4. Elucidate the urban influence on socio-economic lives of rural areas.
  5. Discuss the role of civil society organization in urban local governance.

June, 2013

Answer any five questions in about 500 words each. Attempting at least two from each section.

SECTION - I

  1. Critically examine the ecological approach to the understanding of urban phenomena.
  2. Explain the concentric zone model of growth of cities.
  3. Explain the concept of urbanism. What did Louis Wirth mean by 'urbanism as a way of life'?
  4. What do you understand by 'pre-industrial city' ? Discuss ecological, economic and social organizational features.
  5. Discuss urban social structure in light of Marxian theory.

SECTION - II

  1. Examine the impact of urbanization on the institution of marriage.
  2. What is 'traditional neighbourhood' ? How does it differ from 'modern neighbourhood'?
  3. 'Slums should be replaced with subsidized housing'. Discuss.
  4. Critically examine the work participation patterns in the formal and informal sectors of urban India.
  5. How does urbanization affect environment? Discuss.

December, 2012

Answer any five questions in about 500 words each.

  1. Describe the patterns of urbanisation and urban growth in India.
  2. Is urban growth in India linked to socio-economic development? Discuss.
  3. What is meant by the structure of a city? Discuss the model of city given by E-Burger.
  4. Discuss the socio-historical dimension of 'urbanisation' in Ujjain city.
  5. What are administrative towns? Discuss with examples.
  6. Discuss the continuity and change in family in urban India.
  7. Describe with examples the features of traditional and modern neighbourhoods.
  8. Give the characteristics of formal sector employment since economic liberalisation in India.
  9. Delineate the linkages between rural and urban poverty.
  10. Explain the major concerns of urban planning in contemporary India.

June, 2012

Answer any five questions in about 500 words each.

  1. Define the concept of 'urban' and discuss the origin and development of urban sociology.
  2. What is a metropolis ? List some of the metropolitan cities in India.
  3. Discuss the concept and technique of social area analysis.
  4. Describe with examples the features of pilgrimage cities and towns.
  5. Analyse the historical and comparative studies made in urban sociology in India.
  6. Discuss the impact of urbanization an kinship in India.
  7. Examine rural-urban continuance with reference to any one metropolition city in India.
  8. What are slums ? Discuss their characteristics in India.
  9. What is urban environment management? Discuss some of the policy perspectives on it in India.
  10. Discuss with examples, the evolution of urban local government in India.

December, 2011

Answer any five questions in about 500 words each.

  1. What is a pre-industrial city ? How is it different from an industrial city?
  2. What is the concentric zone theory of structure and growth of a city. Critically discuss.
  3. Do you think mass media plays a positive role in drawing attention of the government to the plight
    of the poor? Discuss.
  4. 'The institution of joint family is experiencing breakdown under the influence of urbanization. Critically examine.
  5. What is 'work participation ratio' ? Explain changes in structure of employment as feature of urbanization in India.
  6. Point out the major features of poverty in India. What are the factors that influence poverty in urban India.
  7. What is a slum? Do you think slums should have no place in a modern city. Substantiate your answer with appropriate arguments.
  8. Explain how the composition of the informal sector in India is changing over time.
  9. Critically examine the emerging trends and patterns of urbanization in India.
  10. How does the census of India classify cities ? How is this classification sociologically meaningful?

June, 2011

Answer any five questions in about 500 words each.

  1. Explain the concept, 'urban'. How does it apply the Indian context?
  2. Critically examine the contribution of the Chicago school to urban sociology.
  3. What is 'social area analysis'? Do you think this technique can fully explain urban land use patterns ?
  4. What is meant by 'neighbourhood' ? Is traditional neighbourhood giving way to modern neighbourhood ? Substantiate your answer with suitable examples.
  5. Discuss urban social structure in light of Marxian theory of historical materialism.
  6. What is the impact of urbanization on kinship system in India?
  7. What is a pilgrimage city ? How does a 'pilgrimage city' contribute to urban growth? Substantiate your answer with suitable examples.
  8. How does 'multiple nuclei theory' explain the internal structure of a city?
  9. What do you understand by political economy of urbanism ? Explain your answer in light of the
    contribution of Manuel castells.
  10. What is the nature and scope of media in urban governance?

December, 2010

Answer any five questions in about 500 words each.

  1. Examine the origin and development of urban studies.
  2. Discuss the theories and major perspectives in urban sociology.
  3. Critically examine the concentric zone model of studying city.
  4. How would you look at the structure of city from ecological perspective?
  5. Discuss the concept and technique of social area analysis.
  6. Discuss the impact of urbanization on urban growth in India.
  7. Distinguish between formal and informal sectors of urban economy.
  8. What is poverty? Discuss major theoritical frameworks of understanding poverty.
  9. Examine the roles and responsibilities of media in governance.
  10. Write short notes on any two of the following :
    1. Slums.
    2. Urban environment and Pollution.
    3. Characteristics of local government.

June, 2010

Answer any five questions in about 500 words each.

  1. Discuss different approaches to the study of urban sociology.
  2. What do you mean by city ? Identify some core features of city.
  3. How do the theorists of under development approach urban sociology?
  4. Outline the main characteristics of Pre-industrial cities.
  5. Describe the types of cities as propounded by Noel P.Gist and L.A. Helbert.
  6. Describe the major trends of urban growth in India.
  7. Examine the process of continuity and change in the institution of marriage in urban India.
  8. Discuss the nature of urban poverty in India.
  9. What roles do cities play in contemporary India?
  10. Discuss the changing trends in the occupational structure in cities in context of the economic reforms in India.

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