control the behaviour of men. Institutions depend upon the collective activities of men. TOPICS 1 Economic & Society: Man, nature and social production, Economic system of v. Social Institutions A social institution is a complex, integrated set of social norms organized around the preservation of basic societal values. • To familiarize the students with the general structure and function of major social institutions. (7) Institutions are the controlling mechanisms: Institutions like religion, morality, state, government law, legislation etc. Institution is more stable than other means of social control. After all, institutions are the products of the secular and repetitive forms of social relationships of individuals. They are essentially social in nature. The institution has some definite procedures which are formed on the basis of customs and dogmas. In all societies, the institution of family plays a central role. The first characteristics of Social institutions, these are patterns of behaviour grouped about the central needs of human beings in a society. They support the society's survival. iii. ii. Characteristics of Social Institutions 4 agha zohaib khan ::: www.css.theazkp.com Social institutions are patterns of behavior grouped about the central needs of human beings in society. iv. Social institutions are therefore social patterns directing the ordered behavior of human beings in the performance of their basic Characteristics i. social institutions: meaning, characteristics, process of emergence and theoretical perspectives on their role in society July 2015 DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.2951.9209 Sr. No. Landis: Social institutions are formal cultural structures devised to meet basic social needs. Social Institutions Objectives • To introduce the students to the important social institutions. Social institutions are the social patterns directing human behaviour in the performance of basic activities. In all societies the institution of family plays an important and central role. Institutions are the means of controlling individuals.