Unit-1: Auguste Comte: Law of the Three Stages, Hierarchy of Sciences, Positivism


Unit-2: Herbert Spencer: Organismic Analogy, Theory of Social Evolution


Unit-3: Karl Marx and Max Weber: Dialectical Materialism, Class struggle, Alienation, Sociology of Capitalism, Protestant ethic and the spirit of capitalism, Ideal type, Bureaucracy, Authority


Unit-4: Emile Durkheim: Division of Labour in Society, Rules of Sociological Method, Theory of Suicide.


Essential readings:

1.Aron, Ramond. 1967(1982 reprint).Main currents in sociological thoughts (2 volumes). Harmonds worth, Middlesex: Penguin Books

2. Barnes, H.E. 1959. Introduction to the history to the sociology The University of Chicago press

3. Coser, Lewis A. 1979. Masters of Sociological Thought. New York : Harcourt Brance Jovanovich

4. Fletcher, Ronald. 1994.The Making of Sociology (2 volumes) Jaipur-Rawat

5. Morrison, Ken.1995 Marx, Durkheim, Weber: Formation of Modern Social Thought. London; sage

6. Ritzer, George. 1996. Sociological Theory . New Delhi. Tata-McGraw Hill

7. Singh, Yogendra. 1986 Indian Sociology: social conditioning and emerging Trends. New Delhi: Vistaar

8. Zeitlin, Irving.1998 (Indian Edition). Rethiking sociology: A critique of Contemporary Theory. Jiapur: Rawat.