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Master of Arts

Sociology | M.A. Sociology

The Masters of Arts (M.A.) in Sociology is a 100 credits two-years full-time course. In the first year, the core course is of 24 credits per semester. In the second year, semester III includes five elective courses and one project with a total of 30 credits.

Semester IV has one interdisciplinary course, one ability enhancement course and one project. The project based course will be in the form of a dissertation based on a live project or a research assignment related to the discipline. The programme incorporates theoretical knowledge as well as field work component.

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Key Information

Programme Outcomes

  • Students will be equipped with skills to understand higher theoretical engagement within an area of study.
  • Students will learn to undertake research projects and communicate research findings.
  • Students will be equipped with tools and perspectives to analyze social realities and expand their knowledge of the world thereby nurturing social responsibility.
  • The course will produce multi-skilled, flexible, ‘informed’ workforce and citizenry.
  • Indepth knowledge of the society will prepare students for careers in varied fields such as, Lifelong Learning, Public Service Examinations, Civil Society Organizations, Teaching, Consultancy, Government Bodies, Private Sector, etc.

Pedagogy

  • Use of ‘Learning-Centred Pedagogy’
  • Appropriate use of small group and pair work.
  • Emphasis on inclusiveness and equity.
  • Extensive use of Flipped classroom method.
  • Use of field-trips, films, seminars as learning mechanisms.

Courses

First year (Semester I)

Conceptualizes the emergence of sociology as a disciple and aims to establish the linkages between classical and contemporary sociology.

Aims to expose students to existing debates and critical perspectives and varied ways in engaging with self and society in India.

Introduces the students to the historical context of anthropology and its sub-disciplines.

Provides students with an indepth understanding of the research process and introduces the learners to the philosophical foundations of research.

First Year (Semester II)

Probes the development of contemporary sociological theories in continuation with classical theories.

Provides students with the understanding of the mechanism of marginalization and the study of marginalized communities.

Introduces students to the emerging perspectives in anthropology and traces the locations of anthropology in a post-colonial and globalized world.

Traces the genesis of the concept of development in social science literature and introduces students to the varying perspectives on development.

Second Year (Semester- III)

Attempts to understand the relationship between human societies and natural environment using a sociological lens.

Introduces the students to concepts and debates in engendering development studies with special emphasis on the understanding different areas of development in India.

Provides students with the basic conceptual understanding of media and society in general with emphasis on the changing context of globalization with reference to the Indian society.

Discusses the emergence and growth of global mega cities and introduces students to the challenging issues of megacities with the vision for sustainable cities.

Provides students with an understanding of philosophical and sociological understanding of the development of law in societies and its dynamics using relevant case studies.

Second Year (Semester- IV)

Before the commencement of Semester IV students will be required to choose a topic for detailed social research.

Qualitative Research

Introduces students to the nuances of research in the social sciences and familiarizing them with the debates related to the processes of knowledge production.

Human Rights in India

Introduces students to the evolution of the idea of human rights and the notion of individual rights versus collective rights; and also seeks to assess the legal, constitutional and institutional mechanisms to address the issues of human rights.

Differentiators

  • Popularity of the Subject at all levels.
  • Highly qualified and trained teaching staff with robust research experience.
  • Diverse papers with historical inputs and also suited to contemporary times.
  • Programme helps imbibe solid analytical skills and competency.
  • Incorporates experiential learning through live projects.
  • Access to libraries within the campus and academic e-journals.
  • Academic collaborations with foreign universities