UGC NET Syllabus for Sociology Paper II and Paper III

Published on : 18th October 2017    Author : Tanvi Mittal

Clearing UGC NET Exam is not a cakewalk, one must have through practice and preparation for the exam as per his subject. UGC NET Exam consists of 100 different subjects. Each candidate gets to chose one subject as per his or her eligibility. Out of these 100 subjects, Sociology is considered to be one of the toughest papers. Candidates appearing for Sociology paper must be thoroughly prepared with the subject as per the syllabus officially recommended by the UGC.

In a UGC NET exam, every candidate needs to appear for the Paper-I which is a General paper on Teaching & Research Aptitude. Paper-II and Paper-III are to be taken as per the subject selected by the applicants. To help aspirant appearing for Sociology, below we have provided a complete syllabus for Sociology Paper-II and Paper-III for UGC NET exam.

Recommended Books For UGC NET Paper-I

List of Recommended Books for UGC NET Paper II

UGC NET Sociology Syllabus for Paper-II

Sociological Concepts

Nature of Sociology

  • Definition
  • Sociological Perspective

Basic Concepts

  • Community Institution Association Culture.
  • Norms and Values.

Social Structure

  • Status and role, their interrelationship.
  • Multiple roles, Role set. Status set, Status sequence.
  • Role conflict.

Social Group Meaning

  • Types: Primary-Secondary, Formal-Informal, Ingroup-Outgroup, Reference group.

Social Institutions Marriage

  • Family
  • Education
  • Economy
  • Polity
  • Religion


  • Socialization, Resocialization, Anticipatory socialization, Adult socialization Agencies of socialization Theories of socialization.

Social Stratification

  • Social differentiation, Hierarchy and Inequality Forms of stratification: Caste, Class, Gender,
  • Ethnic Theories of social stratification Social mobility.

Social Change

  • Concepts and Types: Evolution, Diffusion, Progress, Revolution, Transformation, Change in
  • structure and Change of structure
  • Theories: Dialectical and Cyclical.

Sociological Theory


  • Nadel
  • Radclifife Brown
  • Levi-Strauss


  • Malinowski
  • Durkheim
  • Parsons
  • Merton


  • Social action: Max Weber, Pareto
  • Symbolic Interactionism: G H Mead, Blumer


  • Karl Marx
  • Dahrendorf
  • Coser
  • Collins


  • Meaning and Nature of Social Research
  • Nature of social phenomena
  • The scientific method
  • The problems in the study of social phenomena: Objectivity and subjectivity, fact and value.

Quantitative Methods

  • Survey
  • Research Design and its types
  • Hypothesis
  • Sampling
  • Techniques of data collection: Observation, Questionnaire, Schedule, Interview.

Qualitative Methods

  • Participant observation
  • Case study
  • Content analysis
  • Oral history
  • Life history

Statistics in Social Research

  • Measures of Central Tendency: Mean, Median, Mode
  • Measures of dispersion
  • Correlational analysis
  • Test of significance
  • Reliability and Validity

UGC NET Sociology Syllabus for Paper-III (A Core Group)

Unit-I: Phenomenology and Ethnomethodology

  • Alfred Shultz, Peter Berger, and Luckmann
  • Garfinkel and Goffman
  • Unit-II: Heo-functionalism and Neo-Mawdsm
  • J Alexander
  • Habermass, Althusser

Unit-III: Structurisation and Post-Modernism

  • Giddens
  • Derrida
  • Foucault

Unit-IV: Conceptualising Indian Society

  • Peoples of India: Groups and Communities.
  • Unity in diversity.
  • Cultural diversity: Regional, linguistic, religious and tribal.

Unit-V: Theoretical Perspectives

  • Indological/Textual Perspective: G. S. Ghurye, Louis Dumont.
  • Structural-Functional Perspective: M. M. N. Srinivas, S. C. Dube.
  • Marxian Perspective: D P Mukherjee, A R Desai.
  • Civilisational Perspective: N. K. Bose, Surajit Sinha.
  • Subaltern Perspective: B R Ambedkar, David Hardiman.

Unit-VI: Contemporary Issues: Socio-cultural

  • Poverty
  • Inequality of caste and gender
  • Regional, ethnic and religious disharmonies.
  • Family disharmony:
    1. Domestic violence
    2. Dowry
    3. Divorce
    4. Intergenerational conflict.

Unit-VII: Contemporary Issues: Developmental

  • Population Regional disparity Slums
  • Displacement
  • Ecological degradation and environmental pollution
  • Health problems

Unit-VIII: Issues Pertaining to Deviance

  • Deviance and its forms
  • Crime and delinquency
  • White collar crime and corruption
  • Changing profile of crime and criminals
  • Drug addiction
  • Suicide

Unit-IX: Current Debates

  • Tradition and Modernity in India.
  • Problems of Nation Building: Secularism, Pluralism, and Nation building.

Unit-X: The Challenges of Globalisation

  • Indianisation of Sociology
  • Privatisation of Education
  • Science and Technology Policy of India

UGC NET Sociology Paper III-B Elective or Optional


  • Rural Sociology
  • Approaches to the study of Rural Society: Rural-Urban differences Rurbanism Peasant studies

Agrarian Institutions

  • Land ownership and its types.
  • Agrarian relations and Mode of production debate.
  • Jajmani system and Jajmani relations.
  • Agrarian class structure.

Panchayati Raj System

  • Panchayat before and after 73rd Amendment.
  • Rural Leadership and Factionalism.
  • Empowerment of people.

Social Issues and Strategies for Rural Development

  • Bonded and Migrant labourers.
  • Pauperization and Depeasantisation.
  • Agrarian unrest and Peasant movements.

Rural Development and Change

  • Trends of changes in rural society.
  • Processes of change: Migration-Rural to Urban and Rural to Rural Mobility: Social/Economic.
  • Factors of change.

Elective-II Industry and Society

Industrial Society in the Classical Sociological Tradition

  • Division of labour
  • Bureaucracy
  • Rationality
  • Production relations
  • Surplus value
  • Alienation

Industry and Society

  • Factory as a social system
  • Formal and informal organization
  • Impact of social structure on industry
  • Impact of industry on society

Industrial Relations

  • Changing profile of labour.
  • Changing labour-management relations.
  • Conciliation, adjudication, arbitration.
  • Collective bargaining.
  • Trade unions.
  • Workers' participation in management (Joint Management Councils).
  • Quality circles.

Industrialisation and Social Change in India

  • Impact of industrialization on family, education, and stratification.
  • Class and class conflict in industrial society.
  • Obstacles to and limitations of industrialization.

Industrial Planning

  • Industrial Policy
  • Labour legislation
  • Human relations in industry

Elective-III Sociology of Development

Conceptual Perspectives on Development

  • Economic growth
  • Human development
  • Social development
  • Sustainable development: Ecological and Social

Theories of Underdevelopment

  • Liberal: Max Weber, Gunnar Myrdal.
  • Dependency: Centre-periphery (Frank), Uneven development (Samir Amin), Worldsystem
  • (Wallerstein).

Paths of Development

  • Modernisation, Globalisation
  • Socialist
  • Mixed
  • Gandhian

Social Structure and Development

  • Social structure as a facilitator/inhibitor
  • Development and socio-economic disparities.
  • Gender and development.

Culture and Development

  • Culture as an aid/impediment.
  • Development and displacement of tradition.
  • Development and upsurge of ethnic movements.

Elective-IV Population and Society

Theories of Population Growth

  • Malthusian.
  • Demographic transition

Population Growth and Distribution in India

  • Growth of Indian population since 1901.
  • Determinants of population.

Concepts of Fertility, Mortality, Morbidity, and Migration

  • Age and Sex composition and its consequences.
  • Determinants of fertility.
  • Determinants of mortality, infant, child and maternal mortality Morbidity rates.
  • Determinants and consequences of migration.

Population and Development

  • Population as a constraint on and a resource for development.
  • Socio-cultural factors affecting population growth.

Population Control

  • Population policy: Problems and perspectives
  • Population education
  • Measures taken for population control

Elective-V Gender and Society

Gender as a Social Construct

  • Models of Gendered socialisation.
  • Cultural symbolism and general roles.

Social Structure and Gender Inequality

  • Patriarchy and Matriarchy.
  • Division of Labour-Production and reproduction.

Theories of Gender Relations

  • Liberalist
  • Radical
  • Socialist
  • Post-modernist

Gender and Development

  • Effect of development policies on gender relations.
  • Perspectives on gender and development- Welfarist, developmentalist Empowerment.

Women and Development in India

  • Indicators of women's status: Demographic, social, economic and cultural.
  • Special schemes and strategies for women's development.
  • Voluntary sector and women's development.
  • Globalisation and women's development
  • Eco-feminism

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