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B.A. (Hons.) in Sociology

Start Date

01 August 2022
End Date
31 July 2025
Duration
3 Years

Programme Fee (Yearly)

Rs. 3 Lacs

Course Structure

In practice, exposure to the key themes in sociology evolved over the subject’s history, as sociologists have sought to investigate the world, and develop qualitative, quantitative and interpretative methods to investigate the society and its many levels and complexities. This is followed by the in-depth exploration of the main subject areas of sociology including urban sociology, the sociology of the arts, technology and the digital society, contemporary cyber-culture, gender, development, global society, criminology, family, economic and political sociology, and the environment. The programme is cutting-edge in its interaction with emerging issues such as Big Data, AI, environmental change and new models of understanding social change as new economic forces, populism, international migration and new forms of identity expressed through ethnicity, sexualities and languages.

The B.A. Sociology programme engage not only with the nature of Indian society, but is also highly comparative, and involve the study of other societies around the globe, and of the forces of globalisation that are bringing them into fresh alignments with one another. In their final year, sociology major students will undertake a significant piece of originally guided research which will be embodied in their graduation thesis, giving exposure to the actual process of carrying out an independent sociological investigation.

The B.A. (Hons.) in Sociology is offered in the context of the Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities and Sociology majors will be required to take foundational courses within the School, including communication skills, foreign languages and inter-disciplinary studies. They will also have access to a large range of elective courses covering areas such as history, psychology, literature, visual and performing arts, environmental studies, philosophy and political science. Students will have the opportunity to undertake internships during their course of study, and can also take a semester abroad at a number of leading universities in the USA, Europe, Australia, and Japan.

The B.A. (Honours) in Sociology is a three year programme located within the School of Liberal Arts and Humanities, provides a strong interdisciplinary training to students. The overall curriculum is divided into three parts:

Foundation Courses that focus on key skills and equip students with ‘tools’ of analysis and research.

Key Concepts courses that introduce students to core ideas and conceptual frameworks used in Sociology.

Cluster Courses that allow students to specialise in one of the following 4 areas:

Sociology of Arts and CreativitySociology of Innovation and Technology
Sociology of Health, Well-being and AccessSociology of Environment

These four clusters highlight critical areas of concerns facing the social world. The programme will also allow students to develop applied field knowledge, working in collaboration with one of the many research centres at JGU, and complete a Capstone project based on this experience.

Credit Structure

1st Year

Semester 1

  • Communication Skills 1
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Indian Society: Introduction to key issues
  • Environmental Studies
  • Social Identities

2nd Year

Semester 3

  • Quantitative Skills 2
  • Sociology of Arts and Creativity
  • Sociology of Innovation and Technology
  • Sociology of health, Well-being and Access
  • Sociology of Environment
  • 1 open elective/Language

3rd Year

Semester 5

(Optional Semester Abroad )
  • Applied Field Study
  • 4 Cluster specialised courses (see list below)

Semester 2

  • Communication Skills 2
  • Sociological Methods
  • Key Texts in Sociology
  • Social Inequalities

Semester 3

  • Emerging Questions in Sociology
  • 4 Cluster specialised courses (see list below)

Semester 6

  • Capstone Project
  • 4 Cluster specialised courses (see list below)

Indicative cluster specialised courses

  • Society and Arts
  • Culture of Cities
  • Arts and Creative industries
  • Community Arts
  • To be Human in the Digital Age
  • Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Gender, Science and Technology
  • Development, Technology and Science
  • Sociology of Medicine
  • Ageing and Society
  • Social and Mental Health
  • Understanding Well-being
  • Sustainable Societies
  • Green Marketing
  • Global Environmental Governance
  • Culture, Ecology, Politics