Sociology for Business Syllabus - BBA (TU)

  • Short Name N/A
  • Course code SOC 201
  • Semester Fifth Semester
  • Full Marks 100
  • Pass Marks 45
  • Credit Hrs 3
  • Elective/Compulsary Compulsary

Sociology for Business

Chapter wise complete Notes.

Course Description

Course Objective

This module aims to inculcate knowledge of basic sociological concepts and methods so that students are equipped with an adequate understanding of the sociological perspectives on management and business administration.

Course Description

Introduction to Sociology, Basic concepts in Sociology; Social Institutions: Social Processes; Social Stratification; Social Disorder, Deviance and Social Control; Social Change; Theoretical Perspectives in Sociology; Research Methods in Sociology and; The Sociological perspectives on Management and Business Administration.

Unit Contents

Course Details

Unit 1: Introduction to Sociology              LH 4                                                                                                                                                                                      

Meaning, nature, subject matter and emergence of sociology; Relationship of sociology with economics, psychology and anthropology; Relevance of sociology in management and business administration.                        

Unit 2: Basic  Concepts in   sociology                                                                                                                                     LH 4

Meaning and definition of society, community, culture, group, norms, values, status, role, ethnicity, gender, class and caste; Implication of sociological concepts in management and business administration related issues/problems.

Unit 3: Social  institutions

                                                                      LH 4

Meaning and definition, and basic features of family, kinship, economy, polity, education and religion; Linkage of social institutions with management and business administration related issues/problems.

Unit 4: Social Processes                                                                                                                                      LH 4

Meaning and definition of socialization, adaptation, cooperation, competition, conflict, globalization; Implications of social processes in management and business administration.

Unit 5: Social Stratification                                                                                                                                      LH 5

Meaning and definition of social differences, inequalities and stratification; Caste, class, ethnicity and gender dimensions of social stratification in Nepal ; Social stratification vis-à-vis management and business administration.

Unit 6: Social Disorder, Deviance and Social Control                                                                                                                                     LH 2

Meaning and definition of social problems (disorder and deviance) and social control. Linkage with management and business administration.

Unit 7: Social Change                                                                                                                                     LH 4

Meaning and definition of social and cultural change. Factors of social and cultural change; Connection of management and business administration to social and cultural change.

Unit 8: Theoretical Perspectives in Sociology                                                                                                              LH 6 The sociological imagination and sociological perspectives. ; Functionalism: basic assumptions; Conflict Theory: basic assumptions; Postmodernism: basic assumptions; Implications of sociological theories in management / business administration.


Unit 9: Research Methods in Sociology                                                                                                                                     LH 5

Nature and trend of sociological research; Choosing a research problem or a topic; Formulating hypothesis or assumptions; Designing a research or writing a research proposal; Collecting / acquiring data through fieldwork; Processing, analyzing and interpreting data / findings; Writing up the report and Presenting / disseminating the findings.

Unit 10: The Sociology of Management and Business Administration                                                                                                              LH 10 Sociology of organizations; Networks and organizations; Analysis of organization Organizational / bureaucratic goals and societal expectations; Managers and corporations vis-à-vis politics and power; Work and leisure; Group dynamics and intergroup relations; Indigenous management and management of indigenous knowledge; Dynamics of social capital; Interdependence of social and technical skills; Market and political culture; Management of non-government development organizations; Social movement politics and organization; Relations in Business.

Project Work (Specify the hours allocated to Unit 10)

Choosing a topic for research; Preparing research plan / proposal and developing research tools; Conducting fieldwork / research; Writing report and presentation.

Addendum: At least one case will be administered in the end of each chapter. The students will also complete a project work and few other assignments as specified by the faculty member.

Text and Reference Books


Abraham, M. Francis, 1982, Modern Sociological Theory: An Introduction, Calcultta: Oxford University Press, pp. 72-113, 209-242.

Chaturvedi, A. and A. Chaturvedi 1995, The Rationale of a Sociology of Organizations: Introduction, In The Sociology of Formal Organizations, Delhi: Oxford University press, pp. 1-40.

Fligstein, N. 2002, Markets as Politics: A Political – Cultural Approach to market Institutions. In

Readings in Economic Sociology, London: Blackwell.

Haralambos, M. and RN Heald 1980, Sociology: Themes and Perspectives, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, pp 228-324.

Lewis, D. 1999, The Management of Non-governmental Development Organizations,

Shankar Rao, C.N. 2000, Sociology: Primary Principles, Third Edition, New Delhi: S Chand and Company.

Turner, J.H. 1994, Sociology: Concepts and Uses, New York: McGraw-Hill, Inc. pp. 139-172. Vidyabhusan and DR Sachadeva, 1983, An Introduction to Sociology, New Delhi: Kitav Mahal.