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 :
|SRM University, |
Kattankulathur - 603 203, Kancheepuram Dist,
Tamil Nadu, India.
Several universities also provide distance education facilities for the master’s program in sociology. Some of them are as follows :
|State||Centre Name||Centre Code|
|Andaman & Nicobar||Port Blair||101|
|Hyderabad / Secunderabad||105|
|Jammu & Kashmir||Srinagar||148|
|Jharkhand||Bokaro Steel City||149|
|New Delhi||New Delhi - Janakpuri||172|
|New Delhi - Karol Bagh||173|
|New Delhi - Pitam Pura||174|
|Tamil Nadu||Attur ( salem )||186|
|SRM University, SRM Nagar, |
Kattankulathur - 603 203,
Tamil Nadu, India.
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.