MA in Sociology

The Master's degree program in Sociology is oriented towards the study of social systems, sociological theories, research methodology and other areas of study like sociology of knowledge, sociology of professions, social psychology, anthropological theories, sociology of gender, cultural studies, Indian social thought, ethnic minorities and marginal social groups, social ecology, social demography and sociology of science/medicine etc.

Several courses offered at the Centre are inter-disciplinary and are drawn from anthropology, psychology, economics, political science and history. In addition, courses at the Master's level also incorporate problems relating to globalization, development, mass media and social change etc. Out of 16 courses offered, 8 are in the areas of sociological theories, thinkers and methodology, and the remaining 8 focus on different aspects of Indian society such as social stratification, family life and kinship, polity, economy, religion, urban life, population, education and social change. 16 optional courses are also offered from which the students have to choose 5 (the students are also encouraged to opt for some courses in the related disciplines from other Centre's of the School).

In addition to a number of merit-cum-means scholarships, the Centre grants annually the "T K OOMMEN AWARD" to the topper of the MA program


MA Courses
Compulsory Courses Optional Courses
  • SS 413N - Industry and Society in India
  • SS 414N - Sociology of Knowledge
  • SS 415N - Law and Society in India
  • SS 416N - Sociology of Medicine
  • SS 417N - Sociology of Science
  • SS 418N - Sociology of Minorities and Ethnic Groups
  • SS 419N - Bureaucracy and Development in India
  • SS 420N - Sociology of Education in India
  • SS 421N - Tribal Sociology in India
  • SS 422N - Peasant Sociology in India
  • SS 423N - Sociology of Urban Life in India
  • SS 424N - Sociology of Professions
  • SS 425N - Themes in Social Anthropology - Analysis of Monographs
  • SS 426N - Statistics in Social Sciences
  • SS 427N - Population and Society in India
  • SS 428N - Women and Society in India - A Comparative Perspective
  • SS 429N - Modern Indian Social Thought
  • SS 430N - Modes of Cultural Analysis
  • SS 431N - Ecology and Society
  • SS 435N - South Asian Social Thought and Media
  • SS 436N - Modernization and Development - Perspectives from South Asia
  • SS 437N - Globalization, International Institutions and Society
  • SS 438N - Rural India - Perspectives on Development and Agrarian Change
  • SS 462N - Indian Society - Structure and Process
  • SS 463N - Cinema and Culture in India

Note: All MA courses carry 4 credits each. To qualify for the MA degree, students are required to complete a total of 16 courses, out of which 11 are compulsory. As stipulated under Clause 9.5 of the Ordinance relating to the Award of MA degree, a student in order to be eligible for the award of Master's degree of the University must have fulfilled the following requirements:

  • a. She/he has taken and passed all the prescribed courses as laid down; and
  • b. She/he has obtained a CGPA of 4 at the end of the program

Provided further that the students of MA program who are otherwise eligible for award of degree but have secured a CGPA less then 6 at the end of the permissible period of four semesters may be allowed by the Centre/School concerned to repeat MA level courses in the 5th and the 6th semester, as per provisions contained in Clause 8.6 of the Ordinance for improvement of CGPA.


Undergraduate/MA/MPhil Courses

At the request of the School of Languages, Literature and Cultural Studies, the Centre has been offering 2 optional courses in Sociology and Social Anthropology for the undergraduate students since 1997:

  • SS 201N - Anthropological Theories of Society and Culture
  • SS 202N - Themes in Indian Society - Structure and Change

Note: These courses are optional and carry 3 credits each.

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