Department of Sociology

M.A. (Sociology)

The M.A. programme is a two-year program offered by the Department. The four semesters of the course will offer a combination of compulsory and optional courses and two courses in Dissertation Writing spread over two semesters. At the end of second semester, students will chose a theme of research and will work with a faculty member on the chosen topic towards writing a dissertation. The detailed modalities of evaluation for dissertation will be conveyed to the students in due course. The pedagogical processes will be innovative not only in terms of using new modes of teaching-learning but also in terms of taking up new and contemporary issues and phenomena.

The teaching-learning process would introduce students to sociological and anthropological theories as well as contemporary social theory in general as well as conceptual tools to understand societies and analyse social phenomena. The context, which will constitute a constant reference point for the students, will be that of South Asian societies. The courses would be unique in the sense that they will develop a sociological sense of the societies in the region, and will therefore allow students to widen their horizons of understanding. This will also give them an edge over other sociology courses in the region.

Course Structure

The course outlines for the incoming batch of Sociology students, as approved by the Department of Sociology, is as follows:

All compulsory courses worth 4 credits each : Total 16 Credits per semester.

Eligibility & other Details

A 3-year bachelor's degree from any discipline in Social Sciences/Humanities from a recognized University with at least 50% marks in aggregate or equivalent grade.

Sociology Entrance Examination


The best way to prepare for the entrance examination for sociology is to look through the sample questions we have provided. They will give a clear idea on what we expect and what our approach is.

In general, candidates interested in sociology should be somewhat familiar with key concepts, methodology, and theoretical positions in the social sciences in general and sociology/social anthropology in particular. We also expect students to be familiar with major social, political and cultural dynamics of South Asia and how they might be viewed by a potential sociologist/social scientist. When it comes to essay questions, we would be looking at the candidates' understanding of key issues as well as their ability to analyse situations and suggest solutions. Though we will refer to concepts and theories, in general, essay questions will be mostly free from technical jargon allowing reasonable flexibility to candidates without a background in sociology/social anthropology.

Finally, we will also pay attention to the candidate's ability to clearly express themselves in English.

Based on this note of expectations, aspiring candidates can equip themselves along the following core issues:

· Basic concepts/terms of the discipline (sociology & social anthropology)

·Familiarity with the socio-cultural dynamics of the region (art, cinema, folklore, literature etc.)

·Ability to analyse, creatively and imaginatively, by applying the concepts from the discipline/social sciences

·Ability to write cogent essays (using the familiarity with the issues of the region)

·Ability to express in standard English without compromising on the flavour of vernacular idioms

Details regarding Pattern of Entrance Test Question Paper

The duration of the examination is Three (03) Hours only

The Question Paper will have three parts:

Part I will be for 25 marks with 25 multiple choice questions (of one mark each). All questions in this section are compulsory. The questions will measure the general awareness of the applicant about the world in general and South Asia in particular. These questions will be of 10+2 standard.

Part II will have 25 multiple choice questions of one mark each. All questions are compulsory. Total marks for this part will be 25. Here we focus on the discipline

Part III will have two essay type questions to be answered in no more than 600 words each. Total marks will be 50 for this section. The students will be given a choice of six questions out of which they must answer any two.

Sample Questions

Part I


1. In which of the following South Asian Countries can one see the practice of identity politics based on ethnicity, religion or language?
 a) India and Pakistan

b) Bangladesh and Sri Lanka

c) Afghanistan and Maldives

d) All of the above

2. Monica Ali's novel Brick Lane is about:

a) Indian Diaspora

b) Bangladeshi Diaspora

c) Japanese Diaspora

d) Pakistani Diaspora

Part II


1. Which of the following thinkers have written extensively on the correlation between religion and the rise of capitalism?:

a) Max Weber

b) Emanuel Kant

c) Michelle Foucault

d) Jacque Derrida

2. Which of the following disciplines is associated with Ethnography?:

a) Economics

b) Political Science

c) Psychology

d) Social Anthropology

Part III


1. Why are different parts of South Asia affected by rampant corruption?

2. Many South Asian countries are affected by violence directed against women. Discuss two factors that in your view contribute to this problem.


Tuition fees at SAU is highly subsidized. Following is the fees structure payable by students coming from SAARC countries :

  1. Admission Fees (Non-Refundable)US $ 100 (one time)
  2. Tuition Fees US $ 440 (per semester)
    1. Security Deposit (Refundable)US $ 100 (one time)

Time Table,M.A. (Monsoon 2016 Semester - I)

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
09:00-11:00 ATEA (AD) ATEA (AD) SSA (DM) SSA (DM) *
11:15-1:15 ST-I (AB) ST-I (AB) SS (RK & SP) SS (RK & SP) ISA (RK & SP)
02:15-3:15 TUTS (DM,Room No. 2nd Floor English (2:15-3:15) Seminar/Ciname and Society TUTS (AD,Room No. 2nd Floor) English (2:15-3:15)
3:15-4:15 Mentoring (DP,AB,RK & SP) Mentoring (CB,AD,DM & MS) Seminar/Cinema and Society * *
4:15-5:15 TUTS(RK,RNo.2nd Floor) * Seminar /Cinema and Society TUTS (AB, RNo. 2nd Floor) *

Sociological Theory-I (Anuj Bhuwania);
Sociology of South Asia (SSA-Guest Faculty/Diya Mehra)
Theories and Ethnographic Approaches (ATEA:Ankur Datta)(Social Stratification (SS: Ravi Kumar and Sasanka Perera)
Introduction to South Asia (ISA:Ravi Kumar and Sasanka Perera)

Time Table,M.A. (Monsoon 2016 Semester - III)

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
09:00-11:00 NR (MS) NR (MS) SS (CB) SS (CB) QRM (DM)
11:15-1:15 MSS (DP) MSS (DP) VAPST (SP) VAPST (SP) *
2:00-4:00 Mentoring (CB,DM,AD & MS) Mentoring (DP,AB,RK & SP) Seminar QRM (DM) *
3:15-4:15 Tutorials (CB,RNo. 2nd Floor,SP RNo. 3rd Floor) Tutorials (DM,Room No. 2nd Floor) * Tutorials (MS,Room No.2nd Floor,DP,RNo.3rd Floor) *

 Methodology in Social Sciences (MSS- Dev Nath Pathak);
 Visual Art and Polotics of Social Transformation in SA (VAPST- Sasanka Perera)
 Nationalism and Regionalism (NR- Mallika Shakya);
 Qualitative Research Methods (QRM- Guest Faculty / Diya Mehra)
Social Statistics (SS- Chudamani Basnet)

Note: The above optional courses are open to the students of other faculties/Departments in accordance with Regulation 12.6.7 of the University


Note: Specific discussions on dissertation related matters as well as classes for Introduction to South Asia course will be held on Fridays. The idea is to offer lectures on general and basic aspects of dissertation.

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