Sociology of Science

By Prof. A. J. Mishra   |   IIT Roorkee
Learners enrolled: 260
This course aims to stimulate inspire and provoke awareness of science and technology impact on society and vice versa The course will also discuss the various theoretical underpinnings of science and technology in society The course will also focus on the impact of science and technology on international relations social institutions social groups and on everyday life One of the learning outcome upon completion of the course would be that students will have a better understanding of the complex relationship between science and technology and between science technology and society When you have finished this course you will be able to explain developments in science and technology in terms of their interactions with social cultural environmental and other issues

INTENDED AUDIENCE : B.Tech ,M.Tech,  M.ASociology, MBA Professionals
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 4 weeks
Start Date : 26 Jul 2021
End Date : 20 Aug 2021
Exam Date : 26 Sep 2021
Enrollment Ends : 02 Aug 2021
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 1
Level : Postgraduate

Course layout

Week 1:  Introduction to Sociology, History of Science, Role of Social Sciences in Technology Institutes
Week 2:  Sociology of Science: Social Shaping of Science, Ethos of Science, Matthew Effect in Science 
Week 3: Structure & Methodology of Science: Structure of Scientific Revolution, Science as Falsification, Scientist as Indexical Reasoner
Week 4: Science and Technology in India: Science & Technology in Colonial India, Development of Indian Science, Peer Review in Indian Science 

Books and references


Instructor bio

Prof. A. J. Mishra

IIT Roorkee
Dr Anindya J. Mishra is a Gold Medal awardee in MA Sociology from Hyderabad Central University. He has obtained a Ph.D. in Sociology from IIT Kanpur in 2005. His research interests include Social Gerontology, Sociology of Health, Sociology of Work, and Science, Technology and Society. He has a teaching experience of 11 years at Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee where he has been teaching the Under graduate and Post Graduate students since 2006. An Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, Dr Mishra has to his credit about 20 papers in reputed national and international journals besides having contributed significantly to various anthologies/conferences. He has conducted workshops and short-term courses for teachers as well as corporate professionals. In 201213, he has delivered invited talks at London, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok on Ageing in India, Healthy Ageing and Health and Economic Development.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 26 September 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 3 assignments out of the total 4 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Roorkee.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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