The Centre for the Study of Social Systems (CSSS) was established in 1971 with an objective of conducting teaching and research on problems related to the processes of social change in the context of development and modernization. From its inception and in keeping with the mandate of the JNU Act, the core thematic concerns of the Centre included questions of national development and problems of the marginalized social groups such as the scheduled castes, the scheduled tribes and the others. This thrust has been a persistent feature of the CSSS ever since and it is not surprising that our teaching and research show engagement with pressing questions of development, marginalization, social justice and social movements to name a few.
Our teaching and research programs have been conceptualized with an aim to develop systematic and comparative approaches to the analysis of social phenomena. Drawing upon the extant social anthropological and sociological perspectives and combining them with interdisciplinary orientations facilitate such approaches.
"The Antinomies of Postcolonial Theory", Professor Vivek Chibber, Departmentof Sociology, New York University, USA, 24 July 2014.
"Teaching Sociology: Explorations in Critical Pedagogy", Workshop for Sociology teachers of Delhi, 14 March 2014.
"State of Injustice: The Indian State and Poverty", Professor John Harriss, Simon Fraser University, 5 February 2014.