MPhil/PhD Program in Sociology

The Centre offers two separate programs at the MPhil/PhD level.

Integrated MPhil Program followed by the PhD Program

The course work for the MPhil program is divided into six broad areas:

  • Theories of Social Systems and Social Structures
  • Methodology of Social Sciences and Techniques of Social Research
  • Sociological Study of Economy, Polity, Family, and Religion with special reference to India
  • Cultural Analysis
  • Analysis of Social Change and Development, Gender Studies.
  • Modern Indian Social Thought.

Direct PhD program

The stipulated minimum qualifications for the direct PhD program have been specified in the prospectus of the University.

The following thematic areas have been identified under the Centre for Advanced Studies program, where members of our faculty are engaged in research:

  • Economy, Society and Culture in the Era of Globalization
  • Ethnicity, Caste, Identity and Social Movements
  • Sociology of Knowledge, including indigenous knowledge and Indian social thought
  • Sociology of sciences and technology including information and communication

The Centre also engages in conducting research on themes relating to the sociology of modernization, post modernity, globalization, development, social change, social movements, sociology of professions, sociology of knowledge, religion, agrarian relations, sociology of minorities, marginal social groups and communities, sociology of medicine/science, sociology of communication, Indian diaspora, social ecology and NGOs, gender, family and kinship, youth delinquency, mass media and cultural analysis.

The University Grants Commission selected the Centre for special assistance and the prestigious Dr. Ambedkar Chair of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India has also been instituted at the Centre. Currently, the Centre has been granted the status of Centre for Advanced Studies by the University Grants Commission.

The Centre awards 2 MPhil/PhD Fellowships under the Dr. Ambedkar Chair in Sociology. Our departmental library possesses a vast collection of publications on the core thematic concerns. We have also developed a special collaborative program, the Global Studies Program, with the Institute for Sociology, Albert Ludwigs University, Freiburg, Germany, and Kwazulu Natal University, Durban, South Africa


MPhil Courses

The MPhil program consists of several compulsory and optional courses.

Compulsory Courses Optional Courses
  • SS 602N - Theories of Social Systems and Social Structure
  • SS 603N - Society, Culture and Personality
  • SS 604N - Social System Analysis - Structural and Functional Models
  • SS 605N - Marxist and Dialectical Models
  • SS 606N - Social Systems Analysis - Action, Symbolic and Phenomenological
  • SS 608N - Research Designs and Analysis of Data
  • SS 609N - Interviewing in Social Research
  • SS 610N - Scaling Techniques and Factor Analysis
  • SS 611N - Observational Methods and Qualitative Data
  • SS 612N - Projective Methods and Psychological Research
  • SS 613N - Documentary and Content Analysis
  • SS 614N - Analysis of Social Networks and Action-sets
  • SS 615N - Historical Method in Sociology
  • SS 616N - Sociology of Modernization and Development
  • SS 617N - Politics and Social Change
  • SS 618N - Professional Systems and Professionalisation
  • SS 619N - Migration, Adaptation and Change - Overseas Indian Communities
  • SS 620N - Youth, Identity and Social Change
  • SS 621N - Education and Society
  • SS 622N - Social Structure, Values and Religious Systems
  • SS 623N - Systems of Family and Kinship
  • SS 624N - Social Structure of Socialist Societies - China, Soviet Russia, Yugoslavia and Cuba
  • SS 625N - Social Mobility, Social Differentiation and Social Change
  • SS 626N - Ethnic Groups and Communities - Problems of Identity and Nation-building
  • SS 627N - Study of Social Movements and Revolutions
  • SS 628N - Family Structure, Economic Growth and Modernization
  • SS 629N - Science, Technology and Social Change
  • SS 630N - Textual Analysis in Cultural Context - The Social Anthropology of Civilization
  • SS 631N - Ethnicity, Identity and Modernity - The case of South and South-East Asia
  • SS 632N - Democracy, Mass-Media and Nation-building
  • SS 633N - Industrialisation and Social Change - Perspectives from the Third World
  • SS 634N - Modes of Symbolic Communication - Belief, Ritual and Art
  • SS 635N - Themes in Gender - Culture and Society
  • SS:636N - Health, Culture and Society

Note: All MPhil Courses carry 4 credits each. Students are required to take 2 compulsory courses and 2 optional courses. They are also required to write a dissertation based on library work and analysis of secondary data. The dissertation carries 8 credits. According to the MPhil Ordinance of the University, the students must complete at least 50 per cent of the course work (i.e., 2 courses) in the first semester itself. However, those students who secure a minimum CGPA of A Minus (7.0 on the 9 point scale of evaluation) in the course-work can opt for the PhD program without writing the MPhil dissertation.

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