B.A (Hons)

Sociology

Gain a better understanding of society and social behaviour, with our Honours course in Sociology, which delves deep into the fundamental concepts related to structure of society, organisation of society and human interactions within these constructs. From global warfare and religious cults to family structure, social class, race and gender, the scope and range of the course gives you a wide opportunity to implement what you learn, whether it is in academia, public policy, social development or more.

Why should I pursue a Bachelor’s in Sociology degree?

Students pursuing their higher studies in Sociology Honours will develop critical thinking. It will help us in developing in various capacities such as, morally, ethically, and socially. It helps us to know about a range of aspects – it improves our ability for social interaction and goes beyond this and helps us develop our ability to think, understand, interpret, and assess skills.

1. Improves Critical Thinking and Assessment Skills: One of the most important benefits of  Sociology is to make students think critically and merge their sociological knowledge with
the real world. They learn critical thinking skills which help them represent their viewpoints and understand others’ viewpoints as well. This way, Sociology helps us develop our thinking
and assessment capability but shoves us to think in multiple dimensions.

2. Offers Knowledge about Other Cultures: Sociology enlightens us about different cultural perspectives and various ways of life. As a result, we get to know about diverse cultures,
customs, rituals, and traditions. Thus, we can come out of our own culture, beliefs, and tradition and learn to understand and respect other religions, cultures, values, and morals. In a
sense, Sociology helps us develop humanity and be polite and kind to other people in society.

3. Reflects Humanity: Sociology is a manifestation of human life. It teaches us to be sensitive,  environmentally aware and develop among themselves independent learning abilities and debunk social realities. It teaches us to be more humane.

4. Teamwork: Students can develop individual and teamwork by functioning effectively as an individual or as a member of a group in fieldwork-based research.

Scope of the Bachelor’s in Sociology degree

The scope of the Sociology degree encompasses critical thinking. It will help us in developing effective communication practices, where they will learn to communicate social ideas clearly and effectively by using sociological terminologies. It helps us to know about a range of aspects – it improves our ability for social interaction. Students can develop themselves as ethical, sociologically sensitive, and responsible citizens of society. They can understand and appreciate the role of Sociology in finding sustainable solutions for environmental issues and related challenges. They can develop an interest for context-specific empathetic understanding to allow divergences to co-exist peacefully.

Career prospects after Bachelor’s in Sociology degree

1. Academician: There is no profession more noble than the profession of a teacher, and indeed it is one of the safest professions too. After completing graduation in English Honours, you can opt for the teaching profession. A master’s degree in Sociology would help in having more in-depth knowledge. There are two options available for the teaching profession – Government school/ college/ university teachers and non-government teachers. Government school teachers have to hold a Bachelor’s degree with B.Ed certification, further studies are optional, but it helps in better salary and early promotions. College/ university professors need to have a Ph.D. degree. Non-Govt organizations recruit teachers according to their needs (mostly Master’s degrees and Ph.D. not mandatory).

2. Civil Service: A bachelor’s degree in Sociology can prepare a student for State Civil service and UPSC.

3. Research and Policymakers: Sociology offers options for national projects like women and child welfare projects, human development projects, educational welfare projects. Censor boards require sociologists to dwell upon various issues and movies.

4. Social Welfare and Development: Sociology prepares students to work in NGOs and act for different issues like maternity and child health, child trafficking, and work in slums for the upliftment of slum-dwellers. Educate poor children for free so on and so forth. For those who are interested in working for the betterment of society, Sociology offers a window to this world.

Career prospects after Bachelor’s in Sociology degree

1. Academician: There is no profession more noble than the profession of a teacher, and indeed it is one of the safest professions too. After completing graduation in English Honours, you can opt for the teaching profession. A master’s degree in Sociology would help in having more in-depth knowledge. There are two options available for the teaching profession – Government school/ college/ university teachers and non-government teachers. Government school teachers have to hold a Bachelor’s degree with B.Ed certification, further studies are optional, but it helps in better salary and early promotions. College/ university professors need to have a Ph.D. degree. Non-Govt organizations recruit teachers according to their needs (mostly Master’s degrees and Ph.D. not mandatory).

2. Civil Service: A bachelor’s degree in Sociology can prepare a student for State Civil service and UPSC.

3. Research and Policymakers: Sociology offers options for national projects like women and child welfare projects, human development projects, educational welfare projects. Censor boards require sociologists to dwell upon various issues and movies.

4. Social Welfare and Development: Sociology prepares students to work in NGOs and act for different issues like maternity and child health, child trafficking, and work in slums for the upliftment of slum-dwellers. Educate poor children for free so on and so forth. For those who are interested in working for the betterment of society, Sociology offers a window to this world.

Competitive exam options available

Sociology can prepare students for various competitive exams in the future such as Civil Service, Public Service Commission, etc.

Career switch options

Students may switch to master’s in social work, Human Resources, etc.

Conclusion

Sociology as an Undergraduate Course will help students in developing deep insights into society as a discipline and interpret our role in society. Sociologists will be able to emphasize upon the gathering and analysis of data about our social life to develop and enrich our understanding of key social processes. Students will learn to be more empathetic and be able to grasp the knowledge about our social institutions and understand the basic concepts of social science. It will prepare them to be responsible, well-aware citizens of the nation.

Course Structure

Choice Based Credit System

 

Course Code Name of Course Type Semester Marks
CC-1 Introductory Sociology I SOC-A-CC-1-1-TH&TU 1 100
CC-2 Sociology of India-I SOC-A-CC -1-2-TH&TU 1 100
GE-1 Introduction To Sociology 1 100
AECC1 Compulsory English / MIL (Bengali / Hindi) 1 100
CC-3 Introductory Sociology-II SOC-A-CC -2-3-TH&TU 2 100
C-4 Sociology of India II SOC-A-CC-2-4-TH&TU 2 100
GE-2 Sociology of India 2 100
AECC2 ENVS 2 100
CC-5 Political Sociology SOC-A-CC-3-5-TH&TU 3 100
CC-6 Sociology of Religion SOC-A-CC-3-6-TH&TU 3 100
CC-7 Sociology of Gender and Sexuality SOC-A-CC-3-7-TH&TU 3 100
GE-3 Sociological Theories 3 100
SEC -A-1 or SEC -A-2 Reading + Writing and Interpretation in Sociology or Gender Sensitisation SOC-A-SEC- 3-A(1)-TH or SOC-A-SEC- 3-A(2)-TH 3 100
CC-8 Economic Sociology SOC-A-CC-4-8-TH&T 4 100
CC-9 Population Studies SOC-A-CC-4-9-TH&TU 4 100
CC-10 Social Stratification SOC-A-CC -4-10-TH&TU 4 100
GE-4 Methods of Sociological Enquiry 4 100
SEC-B-1 or SEC-B-2 Statistical Reasoning for Sociology or Theory and Practice of Development SOC-A-SEC- 4-B (1)-TH or SOC-A-SEC- 4- B(2)-TH 4 100
CC-11 Sociological Thinkers I SOC-A-CC-5-11-TH&TU 5 100
CC-12 Research Methods – I SOC-A-CC-5-12-TH&TU 5<t/d> 100
DSE-A-1 or DSE-A-2 Urban Sociology or Sociology of Work and Industry SOC-A-DSE- 5 -A(1)-TH&TU or SOC-A-DSE- 5 -A(2)-TH&TU 5 100
DSE-B-1 or DSE-B-2 India Sociological Traditions or Sociology of Visual Culture and Media SOC-A-DSE-5 -B(1)-TH&TU or SOC-A-DSE-5 -B(2)-TH&TU 5 100
CC-13 Sociological Thinkers-II SOC-A-CC-6-13-TH&TU 6 100
CC-14 Research Methods – II SOC-A-CC-6-14-TH&TU 6 100<t/d>
DSE-A-3 or DSE-A-4 Environmental Sociology or Agrarian Sociology SOC-A-DSE- 6 -A(3)-TH&TU or SOC-A-DSE- 6 -A(4)-TH&TU 6 100
DSE-B-3 or DSE-B-4 Sociology of Health and Medicine or Project: Fieldwork And Dissertation SOC-A-DSE-6 -B(3)-TH&TU or SOC-A-DSE-6 -B(4)-TH&TU 6 100<t/d>

PO CO PSO

PO CO PSO Program Outcome / Course Outcome / Program Specific Outcome →

2018-2019
2019-2020
2020-2021

Course Eligibility

A candidate taking up Honours Course in a subject must have obtained at the previous qualifying examination a minimum of:

55% marks in Sociology

OR

45% marks in Sociology + 50% marks in BO4

Note :

  • If the candidate has not studied Sociology in class XII, he / she needs to achieve the above-mentioned marks in English to apply for Sociology (H).
  • Sociology (H) is not available for candidates from Commerce stream.
  • Please also read General Eligibility Criteria, Under Admissions.
Course Duration

4 Years

Course Hours

10:15 am to 4:30 pm (Day Session, Co-Ed)

Course Fees

₹ (First Semester)

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