Study Avenues in Sociology

Sociology, as a discipline engages itself in the description and explanation of social structures and processes. Studying sociology not only increases one’s understanding of human society but also helps one to classify human social behaviour systematically.

It also helps in the understanding of the Social, Religious, Political, Economic and Governmental Institutions in Society, their changing nature and impact on everyday life. Sociology is a subject that attracts many students. Specialisation areas for Master’s Degree Programs in sociology include industrial sociology, medical sociology and social psychology. Graduates in any discipline are eligible for admission to master’s Programs in sociology.

After the successful completion of MA with good marks, one could enrol for M.Phil. or Ph.D. Programs. Those who qualify in the UGC NET ( Junior Research Fellowship ) Examination could secure a fellowship for Research leading to the award of a Ph.D. degree.

Syllabus for MA Programs :

Syllabus for master’s in sociology is more or less same in almost all universities.

The syllabus covers History of Social Thought, Social Stratification Concepts and Theories, Populations and Society, Social Dimensions of Development, Urban Sociology, Peasant and Rural Sociology in India, Sociology of Family, Industrial Sociology, Sociology of Health – Concepts and Organizational Theory, Sociology of Legal Systems, Interpretation of Sociological Theories, Methods and Techniques in Social Research, Basic Methods in Population Studies, Social Development in India, Sociology of Gender Roles, Political Sociology, Determinants and Concepts of Population Growth, Sociology of Human Migration, Rural Development in India, Environmental Crisis and Sustainable Development, Political Economy of Industrialisation and Labour, Community Health, Social Problems, etc.

Core courses and elective courses are included in the syllabus. Duration of the course is two years.

Study Facilities :

Almost all universities in India offer Master’s Degree Programs in Sociology in the regular stream. Some of the leading Universities / Colleges :

Test CityCode
SRM University,
SRM Nagar,
Kattankulathur - 603 203, Kancheepuram Dist,
Tamil Nadu, India.
188

Distance Education

Several universities also provide distance education facilities for the master’s program in sociology. Some of them are as follows :

StateCentre NameCentre Code
Andaman & NicobarPort Blair101
Andhra PradeshAnantapur102
Eluru103
Guntur104
Hyderabad / Secunderabad105
Kadappa106
Kakinada107
Karimnagar108
Karnool109
Khammam110
Mahaboobnagar111
Nellore112
Nizamabad113
Ongole114
Rajahmundri115
Srikakulam116
Tenali117
Thirupathi118
Vijayawada119
Visakhapatnam120
Vizianagaram121
Warangal122
Arunachal PradeshItanagar123
AssamDibrugarh124
Guwahati125
BiharBettiah126
Bhagalpur127
Buxar128
Darbhanga129
Gaya130
Muzaffarpur131
Nalanda132
Patna133
Samastipur134
ChandigarhChandigarh135
ChattisgarhBilaspur136
Korba137
Raipur138
GoaPanaji139
GujaratAhmedabad140
Rajkot141
Surat142
Vadodara143
HaryanaBahadurgarh144
Faridabad145
Himachal PradeshDharamsala146
Shimla147
Jammu & KashmirSrinagar148
JharkhandBokaro Steel City149
Dhanbad150
Giridih151
Hazaribagh152
Jamshedpur153
Ranchi154
KarnatakaBangalore155
Hubli156
KeralaErnakulam157
Kollam158
Kottayam159
Kozhikodu160
Palakkad161
Thiruvananthapuram162
Thrissur163
Madhya PradeshBhopal164
Gwalior165
Indore166
Katni167
Rajgarh168
MaharshtraMumbai169
Nagpur170
Pune171
New DelhiNew Delhi - Janakpuri172
New Delhi - Karol Bagh173
New Delhi - Pitam Pura174
OrissaBerhampur175
Bhubaneswar176
Cuttack177
Raurkela178
PuducherryPuducherry179
PunjabJalandhar180
RajasthanBikaner181
Jaipur182
Jodhpur183
Kota184
Udaipur185
Tamil NaduAttur ( salem ) 186
Chennai187
SRM University, SRM Nagar,
Kattankulathur - 603 203,
Kancheepuram Dist,
Tamil Nadu, India.
188
Chidambaram189
Coimbatore190
Cuddalore191
Dharmapuri192
Dindugal193
Erode194
Kancheepuram195
Krishnagiri196
Kumbakonam197
Madurai198
Nagercoil199
Namakkal200
Salem201
Thanjavur202
Tiruchirapalli203
Tirunelveli204
Vellore205
Uttar PradeshAllahabad206
Bareilly207
Faizabad208
Ghaziabad209
Gorakpur210
Jhansi211
Kanpur212
Lucknow213
Meerut214
Noida215
Varanasi216
UttaranchalDehra Dun217
West BengalDurgapur218
Kolkata219
Siliguri220

Medical Sociology

The Department of Sociology / Medical Sociology under Loyola College, Chennai – 600 034 offers M.A. Medical Sociology. It prepares the students for a career in various areas of healthcare services management which include Hospital Human Resources Management, Health Program Management, Medical Ethics and Law.

This PG Program in Medical Sociology incorporates internship in a multi – specialty hospital for six months as a course requirement (Phone No : +91 – 44 – 28178200).

The Loyola College offers quality education in sociology.

The Department of Sociology seeks to fulfil this commitment through innovative methods of leading and learning and by exposing the students to the frontier and upcoming areas with in Sociology, Medical Sociology, Science, Technology and Society, Sociology of Literature, Future Studies, Sociology of Economic Life, Sociology of Social Movement and Sociology of Religion, etc.

Allied optional subjects open to a Sociology Student are Public Administration, Comparative Economic Systems, Industrial Relations, Economics of Social Issues, Basic Economics, World History, Principles of Marketing and Media Skills and Advertising.

Career Prospects :

Those who successfully complete master’s or M.Phil, or Ph.D. Programs in sociology can make a career as a lecturer/faculty member not only in the academic field but also in various fields in capacities such as those of a Field Work Analyst, Human Resource Officer, Research Assistant, etc.

In research, one can become a data analyst, survey researcher, project manager and so on. Besides this, one can get jobs in government organisations as personnel coordinator, community affairs officer, Foreign Service officer, Human Rights Officer and so on. Those who specialise in social psychology can work as counsellors in hospitals or with NGOs. Those who specialise in medical sociology can work as a data collection officer in the filed of medical research.

Social welfare specialisation is a wide field that offers options to work in hospitals and nongovernmental organisations. Qualified sociologists will be considered for a job as probation officers in various child welfare departments and they can be placed in charge of juvenile homes or observation cells. International bodies such as World Health Organisation and United Nations Organisation sometimes advertise projects wherein the services of people with knowledge of sociology are required. Social Welfare Departments of State governments carry out research projects for which sociologists are required. Qualified sociologists are appointed as probation officers in child welfare schemes and juvenile homes.

Organisations concerned with planning of policies for specific sections of society like commissions for women, children, etc., offer ample opportunities for those who are highly qualified in sociology or allied specialisations. Population and development studies will open new vistas for those who choose sociology as a career option. Sociology is a good option for those who appear for the civil services examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission annually.

3 thoughts on “Study Avenues in Sociology

  1. PLEASE GIVE A BRIEF IDEA ABOUT SOCIOLOGY AS A CAREER OPPORTUNITY OTHER THAN TEACHING PROFESSION.

  2. I have obtained a BA Degree in Sociology. Does this mean I am a sociologist? Or what possible path could be necessary for a MA? I am thinking of Industrial Sociology, could you please help me develop my career.

  3. can i get chance to do master in town planning or master in environmental engineering after complete master in sociology

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