MSO-002

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July 2017 and January 2018

SECTION - I

Answer any two of the following questions

  1. What is sampling? Explain the methods of probability sampling.
  2. What is Hermeneutics? Explain with reference to the contribution of Hans-Georg Gadamer.
  3. ‘Reflexive sociology is a meaningful alternative of positivism’. Discuss.
  4. Discuss the relevance of feminist method in social science research.
  5. Write short notes on:

(i) Key informants
(ii) Participant observation
(iii) Questionnaire
(iv) Interview technique
(v) Census method

SECTION - II

Write a research report on any one of the following topics in about 3000 words.

  1. Images of women in social media.
  2. Sociological significance of pilgrimages and festivals.
  3. Family structure and familial relations in contemporary times.

You can write this report based either on review of literature, or data collected from the primary sources.

For review of literature you are to select either two books or four research articles published recently on the selected topic of your choice. Write a review article focusing on the location of the study, methodology followed and the main findings of these studies.

For the primary source you are to collect two case studies and write a report on the selected topic in a comparative framework. While writing the report spell out clearly the objectives and the problems of the study and
• problematise the issue within the existing/available literature,
• elaborate your observations, finding and conclusion coherently, and
• make proper referencing at the end.


July 2016 and January 2017

Section- A

Answer any two of the following questions.

  1. What is phenomenology? Explain with reference to the contribution of Martin Heidegger.
  2. What is positivism? Discuss Giddens’s critique of positivism.
  3. ‘The pioneers of the comparative method in sociology and social and social anthropology were all influenced to a greater or lesser extent by the theory of evolution.’ Discuss.
  4. Illustrate the relevance of field research with suitable illustrations.
  5. Critically examine the nature and scope of feminist method in social science research.

Section- B

Write a research report on any one of the following topics in about 3000 words.

  1. Education as a means of empowerment of women.
  2. Digital divide in India.
  3. Significance of open and distance learning in democratization of education.

July 2015 and January 2016

Answer any two of the following questions.

Section- I

  1. Explain the key features of the feminist approach to the understanding of social reality.
  2. Explain the contribution of Emile Durkheim to positivist thought.
  3. What is case study method? Discuss its scope in social science research.
  4. Explain the historical method of research.
  5. Critically examine the scope of survey method in social science research.

Section- II

Write a research report on any one of the following topics in about 3000 words.

  1. Impact of transnational migration on Indian economy and society.
  2. Use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) by youth in India.
  3. Relevance of caste in negotiating marriages Indian society.

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