Department of Sociology

Why do I Join B.A. Sociology in SRMIST?

SRM Institute of Science and Technology is the well-known and best educational institution for quality teaching and world standard infrastructure which introduce B.A. Sociology with the concern of societal responsibility. This courses helps to predict the future, understand the current scenario and able to revive the past.

Sociology is the study of society, of the social frameworks within which we live our lives. It is a study of social life at every level, from two-person relationships to the rise and fall of nations and civilizations. It is a meeting place of the social sciences, combining its own ideas and methods with insights from history, anthropology, economics, political science, and psychology in an extended examination of the ways societies work—or fail to work.

 Sociology nurtures question formation and critical thinking through its mixed-methods approach, encompassing quantitative analysis, ethnography, interviews, historical and comparative studies, computer-based analysis, and theoretical explorations. Through their methodologically diverse coursework, students learn how to apply sociological theories and methods to real-world issues – whether from third world development to corporate capitalism, or from crime in the streets to crime at the top level.

Students have many opportunities to gain research experience, through course projects and Research Assistantships with faculty.  This focus on data collection, analysis, and write-up offers a ‘hands on’ approach to learning, engages students with the production of sociological knowledge, and prepares students for a wide range of careers in law, medicine, education, business, consulting, finance, public health, journalism, non-profit organizations, private and the public sector.

 It provides, to the Students who completes B.A. Sociology in the following unique opportunities in his/her career.

  • Civil Services – IAS, IPS, IFS and etc.
  • SSC – Combined Graduate Level.
  • TNPSC – Assistant Labour Commissioner, Assistant Director in Women and Child Development, Project Assistant, Group – I, II, IIA, IV, Social Worker, etc.
  • International Organizations like WHO, WTO, UN – Youth Professional, Project Co-coordinators, Consultants, etc.
  • ICMR and National Institutes like Tuberculosis, Mental Health, Siddha, etc. – Scientist A, Scientist B, Scientist C, Social Worker, Project Co-coordinators, etc.
  • Intelligence Specialists in Ministry of Home Affairs.
  • Socio-Political analysts for many Think Tanks in India and in Abroad.
  • Academicians - As Professional Courses like Medical, Law and Engineering and other Arts and Sciences Colleges are introducing this subject, it provide a wide scope in teaching profession also.
  • Social Scientist.
  • Consultants.
  • Project Coordinators.
  • Counselors.
  • Community Development Officers.
  • Urban Planners.
  • Social Entrepreneurs.
  • Policy Planners.
  • Public Relation Officers.
  • Jobs in Hospitals.
  • Jobs in Educational, Economic and Political institutions.
  • Jobs in Banks.
  • Human Resource Manager.
  • Executives in C.S.R.
  • Jobs in NGO’s.
  • Jobs in various ministries.

UNIQUENESS OF THE DEPARTMENT:

  • Multidisciplinary approach in curriculum.
  • The Department attracts Civil Services aspirants.
  • Empirical Research at under graduate level.
  • Regular field visits are organized to understand and link theory with practical knowledge.
  • Faculty advisors offer constant support and guidance in academics, career choices and life coping skills.
  • The Department is committed to offer quality education in Sociology.
  • The Department seeks to fulfill this commitment through innovative methods of teaching and learning and by exposing the students to the frontier and upcoming areas within Sociology.
  • We offer wide range of papers that enhance the overall understanding of society to our students, with an aim to choose a career of their interest. We offer career oriented papers in following areas such as,
  • Sociology of Health
  • Sociology of Law
  • Sociology of Crime
  • Sociology of Gender
  • Rural Sociology
  • Urban Sociology
  • Industrial Sociology
  • Sociology of Economics
  • Sociology of Social Movements
  • Sociology of Media
  • Political Sociology
  • Social Legislation and Justice
  • Journal Club and
  • Sociology of Education to mention a few.

The Department of Sociology provides opportunities to students cutting across caste, creed, and religion. It caters to the educational needs of students from diverse socio-economic backgrounds and students from other state and international as well.The under graduate programme is unique, incorporating the essential theoretical inputs together with a research study as practical components. The Department periodically revises and updates its curriculum.

AIM:

The Under Graduate Degree in Sociology curriculum aims to provide opportunities for students to:

  • To teach students the concepts, theories, and methods of the behavioral and social services.
  • To introduce students to the basic social processes of society, social institutions and patterns of social behavior.
  • To train students to understand and to interpret objectively the role of social processes, social institutions and social interactions in their lives.
  • To enable students to cope effectively with the socio-cultural and interpersonal processes of a constantly changing complex society.
  • To train students for positions in criminal justice, gerontology, social science and social welfare.
  • To strengthen the marketable expertise in quantitative analysis and computer applications in advertising, demography, marketing and the social sciences.
  • To compare and contrast social and cultural patterns in the India and other societies.
  • To describe and explain the dynamics of prejudice, discrimination, oppression, and inequality based on race, ethnicity, class, gender, age, disability, and sexual orientation.
  • To suggest policy implications of research and theory in the area(s).

OBJECTIVES OF LEARNING:

A Student who passed out from this programme, he/she should:

  • Able to define, give examples, and demonstrate the relevance of these basic concepts: culture, social structure, social institution, status and role, socialization, deviance and social control, social stratification, social change.
  • Able to explain sociologically the development of the self and how social factors influence individual behaviors, attitudes and values.
  • Able to explain how individuals, groups and organizations influence society.
  • Able to distinguish sociological approaches to understanding the self from psychological, economic, and other approaches.
  • Able to apply the sociological imagination to her/his own life.
  • Able to define theory and explain its role in building sociological knowledge.
  • Able to compare and contrast basic theoretical orientations.
  • Able to describe and explain the significance of variations by race, ethnicity, class, gender, age, disability, and sexual orientation.
  • Able to describe and explain the dynamics of prejudice, discrimination, oppression, and inequality based on race, ethnicity, class, gender, age, disability, and sexual orientation.
  • Able to discuss the social, economic, political, and moral importance of reducing the negative effects of social inequalities.
  • Able to compare and contrast social and cultural patterns in the India and other societies.
  • Able to suggest policy implications of research and theory in the area(s).

You may contact the Directorate of Admission, SRMIST for further details.