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DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY

Established in 1969, the department of Sociology has a robust record of academic achievements and creative excellence. Our students consistently perform well in university examinations often securing top positions.

Under the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS), the department offersfourteen Core Courses (CC),four Discipline Specific Electives (DSE), and two Skill Enhancement Courses (SEC) over six semesters for a degree in B.A. (Hons.) in Sociology. The CC impart fundamentals of the discipline in the first two semesters; in the third and fourth semesters, students are imparted knowledge of several substantive areas of Sociology, such as religion, politics, economy, and family and kinship as well as applied, skill based (SEC) and elective courses. The fifth and sixth semesters impart knowledge of specialized areas of research through a variety of DSEs, with students given an option to choose a preferred DSE, along with compulsory courses which give grounding in theoretical and methodological orientations of the discipline. In the final semester, students have an option of writing an independent research essay. The courses are taught through well designed curricula comprising original texts and standard works by eminent sociologists. Pedagogically, the department places emphasis on interactive learning where students are encouraged to engage in meaningful dialogue with both peers and faculty. The department also offers a range of Generic Electives (GE) to students from other departments.

The department has an accomplished faculty with considerable expertise in a wide range of subject areas including economic and political sociology, kinship, religion, gender, urban sociology, social stratification and sociological theories. Specialists in the discipline are also invited periodically to deliver lectures on a chosen theme to further invigorate the academic environment.

The department has an energetic ‘sociological society’ with elected student office bearers. In active collaboration with the faculty, the society organizes academic seminars, lectures and workshops during an academic year. Our annual departmental festival ‘RITES’ is the highpoint of the society’s calendar; it is an inter-college event having both an academic and extra-curricular component. The department also brings out an annual journal of which students constitute the editorial team. In a recent endeavor, the department has inaugurated an Ethnographic Film Club, which holds screenings and discussions of ethnographic films from around the world. Our students also participate actively in various co-curricular societies of the college often assuming crucial leadership roles in them.

Through rigorous academic training and active extra-curricular engagements, our students are equipped to explore a range of career choices such as in social research, public policy, journalism and media, human resources, government service, the development sector, social work, law, and the core areas of teaching and disciplinary research. A sociology graduate from the department emerges as a critical and engaged citizen in a rapidly transforming world.

 

Faculty

 

1.      Dr. ACHLA P. TANDON

M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Associate Professor

2. Dr. SHALINI SURYANARAYAN

M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Associate Professor

3. Dr. GITIKA DE

M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Assistant Professor (Teacher-in-charge)

4. Dr. RAVI N. SINGH

M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Assistant Professor

5. Dr. TWINKLE PAL

M.Sc., Ph.D., Assistant Professor

 

 

 

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