Sociology hit list for 2016

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GoGet IAS brings you the hit list for sociology optional 2016 UPSC mains examination. 

The sociology hit list 2016 is prepared under the guidance of Shivarajvel sir who is the most sought after sociology optional teacher in India. 

Given below are some of the potential topics one must be revising right now.  If you are not revising. Please start to revise them now! 

 

PAPER I

SHORT NOTES   (10 markers)

1.            Sociology and common sense.

2.            Sociology and philosophy

3.            Sociology and History

4.            Sociology and Economics

5.            Positivism and its critique.

6.            Objectivity and value neutrality

7.            Qualitative and quantitative methods.

8.            Techniques of data collection- Social surveys, Questionaries, Interviews, Participant observation

9.            Hypothesis

10.       

Pattern variables

11.        Latent and manifest functions

12.        Reference groups

13.        Social stratification- Ethnicity and gender  as dimensions

14.        Exclusion, poverty and deprivation

15.        Labour and society

16.        Democracy and  civil society

17.         Dysfunctions of bureaucracy

18.         Difference between pressure groups and political parties

19.        Power Elite

20.        Globalization and citizenship

21.        Protest and revolution

22.        Science, technology and social change

 

LONG ANSWERS (20 markers)

1.            Modernity and emergence of sociology

2.            Social Facts(E.Durkheim)

3.            Division of labour(E.Durkheim)

4.            Suicide (E.Durkheim)

5.            Alienation (Karl Marx)

6.            Mode of production(Karl Marx)Class struggle(Karl Marx)

8.            Ideal Type (Weber)

9.            Social Action (Weber and Parsons)

10.        Social System (Parsons)

11.        Critiques to Classical Functionalism by R.K. Merton (Functional Paradigm)

12.        Theories of social stratification-  Structural functionalist theory

13.        Threats to Democracy Today

14.        Secularization and Pluralism

15.        Religious revivalism and fundamentalism.

16.        Religion and science

17.        Changing family today

18.        Development and dependency

 

PAPER II

SHORT NOTES (10 markers)

1.            Self Respect Movement

2.            SNDP Movement

3.            Dominant Caste

4.            Sanskritisation and Westernisation

5.            Definitional problems of Tribes-Forest Rights

6.            Constitution, law and social change.

7.              Industrial class structure -Working class mobilization.

8.            Transgenders

9.            Problems of bondage

10.        Urbanisation /Slums/Culture of poverty

11.        Child labour

12.        Child sexual abuse / POCSO Act 2012

13.        Pressure groups

14.        Pluralism and National unity

15.         Sociology of Right to Education Act

16.        Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal Act 2013

17.        Equal laws for Women/Patriarchy and entitlements

18.        Manual Scavenging

19.        Women and capitalism

20.        Surrogacy

21.        Uniform civil code

22.        Problems of religious minorities

23.        Social consequences of market economy

24.        Youth unrest today

25.        Honour killing and caste conflicts

26.        Social media network 

 

LONG ANSWERS   (20markers)

1.      Indology (G.S.Ghurye)

2.      Structure-functionalism(M.N.Srinivas)

3.      Modernization of Indian tradition

4.      Perspectives on the study of caste systems: Andre Beteille

5.      Family Changes in India Today

6.      Patriarchy and women

7.      Changing Modes of Production in Indian Agriculture

8.      Programmes of rural development, Community Development Programme, cooperatives, poverty, deprivation, inequalities and poverty alleviation schemes.

9.      Regionalism and decentralisation of power.

10.    Population policy and family planning

11.    Secularism

12.    Communalism ,religious revivalism and Ethnic conflicts

13.    Intolerance  in India today( Beef ban)

14.    Farmers Suicide  and Agrarian Unrest today

15.    Backwards Classes Movements in South India and North India

16.    Dalit consciousness  today

17.    Environmental problems and sustainability

 

 

ROAD TO 300+ MARKS IN SOCIOLOGY:

1)      ALL QUESTIONS IN BOTH PAPERS NEEDS CONTEMPORARY DIMENSIONS (Globalization)

2)      ATTEMPT ALL THINKERS QUESTION IN PAPER 1

3)      DIRECTLY LIFT SOCIOLOGICAL  PERSPECTIVES/JARGONS FROM PAPER 1 TO WRITE PAPER 2   ANSWERS

4)      NEVER WRITE G.S ANSWERS IN SOCIOLOGY (especially in paper 2)

5)      LINK SOCIAL ISSUES WITH SOCIOLOGY

6)      CITE  ILLUSTRATIONS/EXAMPLES

7)      COMPLETE THE PAPER

 

YOUR ACTION INSIDE EXAM HALL:

1)      Before starting to write the answer read the question 5 times to understand fully.

2)      Underline the key words in question and often repeat in the answer directly and indirectly

3)      Your first answer should be your best answer.

4)      Write long answers first and then start writing short notes

 

TIME MANAGEMENT:

1)      9 am – 9:10 am : Read the question paper fully

2)      Write  every Long answer for 15 min (6 long answers X 15 min = 90 min)

3)      Write  every Short notes for 6 min (13 Short notes X 6 min = 78 min)

PREDICT THE UNPREDICTABLE:

1)      UPSC MAY ASK 12 MARKERS AS SHORT NOTES INSTEAD OF 10 or 15 OR 20 MARKERS

2)      SO READ THE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY

3)      IN GENERAL FOLLOW THIS:

1) WRITE LONG ANSWERS IN 90 Minutes (i.e 9 am to 10.30 am)

2) WRITE SHORT NOTES IN 80 Minutes (i.e 10.30 am to 12 noon)

Wishing You All The Very Best