Course Objectives
  1. To familiarize students with basic concepts of sociology
  2. To understand the social dimension of architecture

Course Topics:

  1. Introduction(2 hours)
    1. Definition and scope of sociology
    2. Sociology and architecture-Interdisciplinary Relation
    3. Urban and rural sociology

  2. Man and the Society(4 hours)
    1. Types of society, Society and social environment- meaning of social environment, difference between physical and social environment
    2. Socialization: Definition, Process and factors of socialization
    3. Social Interaction: meaning, socio-cultural processes
    4. Social change: meaning and factors of change

  3. Social Structure(8 hours)
    1. Social structure: meaning, elements, types/kinds
    2. Social institution: kinds/types and functions
    3. Social system: concept and elements of social system
    4. Social Group: meaning, types; difference between group and community
    5. 3.5 Meaning and forms of family, marriage, caste and kinship system, gender Social structure in Nepal

  4. Culture and Civilization(2 hours)
    1. Meaning of culture, civilization (Paleolithic, Bronze and modern civilization & culture)
    2. Introduction to structure of culture: cultural traits, cultural complex, cultural pattern  Cultural diffusion, transmission, values, norms

  5. Social Philosophy of life in Nepal(4 hours)
    1. Pattern of settlement in villages & rural areas
    2. Population pressure, settlement pattern and land use in urban areas.
    3. Uses of indigenous construction materials- merit / demerits
    4. Functional & aesthetic dimension of Ethnic houses of Nepal.

  6. Social Dimension of Architecture(2 hours)
    1. Social/cultural dimension of space (void)
    2. Socio cultural dimension of built form (mass)
    3. Impact of social organization, social change in Architecture

  7. Method in Social Research(8hours)
    1. Study of social dimension of Nepalese architecture through research
    2. Research definition and types
    3. Mini Case study research
      1. Definition, research essentials, literature review
      2. Research design approach- research units and samples, identification of sources of data, selection of data collection methods
      3. Execution of data collection on field-various alternative methods- sample survey, interviews, group discussion, ethnographic description, direct observation, participant observation
      4. Analysis- organization of data, basic statistical methods, qualitative analysis, reliability and validity of data collection
      5. Report writing technique- research report types, style, body of report, referencing and citations

Assignment:  Evaluation on Submitted Report on case study(10 marks)

  1. Inleles, Alex: What is sociology? Prentice Hall, EEE
  2. Berger Petter: Invitation to Sociology, Penguin Books, 1983
  3. Beattie John: Other cultures, 1964 London, Cohen and West
  4. HK Wolff/P. R. Pant: Social Science Research and Thesis Writing, Buddha Publishers, Putalisadak
  5. Edward T. Hall, the Hidden Dimension, Anchor Books, Newyork
  6. Nicholos Abercrombie et. al. The penguin Dictionary of Sociology, Penguin Books, 1984 London
  7. Vidhya Bhusan et. al., An introduction to Sociology, KitabMahl, Delhi
Evaluation Scheme:



Marks  Distribution*

1, 4, 6

















40 Marks

*Note: There may be minor deviation in marks distribution.

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