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MSO-001 Solved Assignment 2018-19 Sociological Theories and Concepts


Programme Code : MSO (MA Sociology)
Course Code : MSO-001
Course Title : Sociological Theories and Concepts
Assignment Code : MSO-001/AST/TMA/2018-19


Indira Gandhi National Open University
Core Course in M.A. Sociology
MSO-001: Sociological Theories and Concepts
Tutor Marked Assignment (TMA)

Programme Code: MSO
Course Code: MSO-001
Assignment Code: MSO-001/AST/TMA/2018-19

Maximum Marks: 100
Weightage: 30%

Answer five questions by selecting at least two questions from each Section. Your answer should be in about 500 words each.

Section I

  1. Explain the relationship between theory and paradigm.
  2. What is neo-functionalism? Examine its merits and demerits.
  3. Discuss the contribution of Levi-Strauss and Edmund Leach to the understanding of social structure.
  4. Explain the concept of liberty in the writings of Isaiah Berlin.
  5. Discuss how members of a society construct reality.

Section II

  1. What is ethnicity? Explain its elements in boundary maintenance between ethnic groups?
  2. Compare and contrast post-structuralism and post-modernism.
  3. Discuss the concept of sovereignty.
  4. What do you understand by ‘social inequality’? Discuss in the light of the debate amongst Kinsley Davis, Wilbert Moore and Tumin on the concept.
  5. Discuss Foucault’s approach of ‘archaeology of knowledge’ towards understanding of society.


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