Master of Arts (MA) (Sociology)

Programme Overview

Duration: 2 Years | Programme Code: 090311

Sociology is the study of human social relationships and institutions. Sociology’s subject matter is diverse, ranging from crime to religion, from the family to the state, from the divisions of race and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture, and from social stability to radical change in whole societies. M.A. Sociology programme will help students to understand the way the social world works and how it might be changed for the better. Most generally, students will learn how to think, evaluate, and communicate clearly, creatively, and effectively. These are all abilities of tremendous value in a wide variety of vocational callings and professions.

Programme Educational Objectives

  • To acquaint learners about the role of evidence in the social sciences and how to conduct both quantitative and qualitative sociological research.
  • To inculcate effective communication, written and oral, about the field of sociology.
  • To impart substantive knowledge of core areas in sociology and the ability to think critically about them.
  • To acquaint about the history and evolution of the discipline of sociology.
  • To develop preparedness for professional study beyond the B.A. degree, or for entry into a career in the social sciences.

Programme Outcome

Upon successful completion of the programme the post-graduate would be able to :
  • Examine the roles and responsibilities of individuals, groups, and institutions in larger society, displaying understanding of the complex relationships between human behaviour and the social context.
  • Propose a plan of research for a sociological problem or issue, including conceptualization of the problem, review of pertinent literature, design of a research study, and identification of methods appropriate for exploring the problem or issue.
  • Apply various theoretical perspectives to issues in society, showing how a perspective frames each issue, that is, how we understand the issue, the kinds of questions we can ask about it, and the kinds of research methods we can apply to answering the questions.

Programme Highlights

The course will be taught in an interactive manner. The concepts shall be mostly shared through slides, video clips as required and further reinforced through individual or group activities such as role plays, games, case discussions, presentations etc. aimed to equip students with skills to apply the theoretical knowledge in practical situations. Students would be required to work on field projects. Students are expected to read journals, papers, news and articles to improve their understanding of the said areas.

Some of the major areas that will be covered

Sociology of India, Sociology of Kinship, Political Sociology, Sociological Theories, Social Stratification, Methods of Sociological Research, Economic Sociology, Sociology of Organizations, Sociology of Development, Sociology of Media

Career Avenues

Sociologists are employed by research institutes, the criminal justice system, public health and welfare organizations, private businesses, law firms, international agencies, medical centers, educational institutions, advertising firms, survey and polling organizations. Sociologists also work in business, human resources and journalism sector. In some sectors, sociologists work closely with economists, political scientists, anthropologists, psychologists and social workers. The most common jobs held by sociologists are that of educators or teachers, researchers, administrators, consultants and counselors.

Entry Requirements

Graduation in any field with Sociology as one of the subjects from a UGC approved university. In addition, applicants will also have to successfully complete Goenka Aptitude Test for Admission (GATA) and appear for a personal interview