(Download) NIOS Syllabus Of Sociology Senior Secondary

(Download) NIOS Syllabus Of Sociology Senior Secondary



After studying up to the Secondary level, a student starts developing some understanding of the nature and character of the society he lives in.

Sociology explores all aspects of social relationships, and it helps to understand why human beings create the societies they inhibit and how they behave with other individuals and groups in which they live. Sociology is considered as another of all Social Sciences because it studies the economic, political, anthropological historical, geographical and psychological dimensions of society. Sociology, however, is primarily concerned with the diversity of human relations particularly along the lines of social class, race, ethnicity, gender and age etc.

Ignorance about society is the root cause of all social evils. The knowledge, obtained by scientific methods, about society can contribute to the development of a good society. August Comte, father of Sociology, has said that man would become the master of his social destiny as soon as he develops a science of society.

Change is continuous and permanent. The changes occurring today in the world make Sociology an extremely important subject to study. This course of Sociology will make students familiar with processes of change and development in general and with reference to Indian society in particular. The learner, as a student and citizen, needs to be exposed to the comprehension of the reality and the realization of the predicament.


This course has the following objectives:

  • To familiarize the learner with the basic concepts in Sociology.

  • To make them familiar with various social institutions and social divisions in society.

  • To make them familiar with the process of change and development in society in general and with reference to Indian society in particular.

  • To familiarize them with different dimensions of Indian Society.

  • To enable the learner to look at social realities objectively.

  • Finally to inculcate among students ability to perceive social realities scientifically.

Distribution of Marks and Time

Module I

Title : Sociology: Basic concepts

Time: 70 hours

Marks : 30

Approach: This module is meant to introduce Sociology to the learner. It acquaints the learner with the definition of Sociology, its development and growth, relationship with other Social Sciences. It further exposes the learner to certain techniques used in Sociological research. This module also explains important basic sociological concepts.


1.1 An Introduction to Sociology
1.2 Emergence and Development of Sociology
1.3 Sociology: Its Relationships with other Social Sciences
1.4 Methods and Techniques of Research in Sociology
1.5 Society, Community, Association and Institution
1.6 Social Groups
1.7 Social Structure and Social System
1.8 Norms and values
1.9 Status and Role
1.10 Cooperation, Competition and Conflict
1.11 Acculturation, Assimilation & Integration

Module II

Title : Social Institution and Social Stratification

Time: 35 hours

Marks: 12

Approach: This module has been designed to acquaint the learner about major social institutions found in a society and also to acquaint him with the system of social divisions based on hierarchy, differentiations and inequality.


2.1 Marriage
2.2 Family
2.3 Kinship
2.4 Economy, Polity and Religion
2.5 Social Stratification: Hierarchy, Differentiation and Inequality


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