Curricula, Scheme of Examinations & Syllabi for Semesters V to VIII of B. Tech. Degree Programme in Mechanical Engineering (Production & Management) with effect from Academic Year 2000-2001




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PM2K 606F : INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL SCIENCES


(common with AI2K/EC2K/IC2K/ME2K/PE2K 606F)


3 hours lecture and 1 hour tutorial per week


Module I (8 hours)

Introduction - The history of social sciences - The beginnings - “The Two Cultures”. Renaissance - Development of the various Social Sciences - History, Sociology, Economics, Psychology, Philosophy, Political Science, Geography - The method of social sciences - early figures - Plato, Aristotle, Auguste Comte


Module II (14 hours)

Philosophy and history - Philosophy as the mother of all sciences - history of Philosophy - issues in ancient, medieval and modern philosophy - Aristotle and Plato - renaissance thinkers - the Political System & socio-cultural environment of Renaissance - different thinkers - Plato, Scopenhauer, Kant, Sartre

History - historiography, classical history - readings from classics of historical writing - current debates in history (India World) - Modern Indian history


Module III (15 hours)

Sociology and psychology - the evolution of ‘Sociology’ - society - terms in Sociology - Society, individual, caste, race, religion, class, tribe

Social thinkers - Auguste Comte, Emile Durkiem , Karl Marx, Max Weber, Mahatma Gandhi

Sociologists - M.N. Srinivas, Y. Singh

Social evils and concerns - Dowry system, Indian caste system, Communalism, Globalisation

Psychology - the ancient views on human mind - the mind vs matter debate - terms in Psychology - different branches of Psychology - behavioral sciences - motivation - theory and practice - personality development - stress management - counseling - cognitive science - an introduction


Module IV (15 hours)

Polity and international affairs - concept of State, Government and Polity - various forms of government - relation of technology to politics

Indian polity - constitution - systems of governance - post independence policies - political and economic - rights and duties of citizens - secularism and national integration

International affairs - global politics, geography and geo-politics - Power zones - alliances and treaties UNO - international law - India’s role in the next millenium


Text books

  1. Will Durrant, The Story of Philosophy, Washington Square

  2. Romila Thapar, The History of Ancient India, Vol. I & II

  3. Nehru, Glimpses of World History, OUP

  4. Bibin Chandra, India’s Struggle for Independence

  5. Basu D.D., Introduction to the Constitution of India, Prentice Hall of India

  6. Basham A.L., The Wonder That Was India

  7. Srinivas M.N., Caste in Modern India

  8. Singh Y., Modernisation of Indian Tradition

Reading List

  1. Baron, Psychology, Prentice Hall of India

  2. Baron & Byrine, Social Psychology, Prentice Hall of India

  3. Dikshit, Geographical Thought - A Contextual History of Ideas, Prentice Hall of India

  4. Lipson, The Great Issues of Politics - An Introduction to Political Science

  5. Mukharjee & Ramaswamy, A History of Political Thought - Plato to Marx

  6. Dahl, Modern Political Analysis

  7. Linguistics - An Introduction to Language and Communication

  8. Inkeles, What is Sociology? - An Introduction to the Discipline and Profession

  9. Nanda Baudev, Indian Political Tradition

  10. Nanda Baudev, Political Theory

  11. Vadrevu Sivaji, Essentials of Indian Government and Politics


Sessional work assessment

Assignments 2x10 = 20

Tests 2x15 = 30

Total marks = 50


University examination pattern

Q I - 8 short type questions of 5 marks each, 2 from each module

Q II - 2 questions of 15marks each from module I with choice to answer any one

Q III - 2 questions of 15marks each from module II with choice to answer any one

Q IV - 2 questions of 15marks each from module III with choice to answer any one

Q V - 2 questions of 15marks each from module IV with choice to answer any one
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