Sociology

The Department

History

The Department of Sociology has taken cognizance of the long-felt demand for the scholastic pursuit in the discipline of Sociology at the University level in the region of Assam, and for promoting an in-depth understanding and research of the various issues of North East India contextualized in the region and global milieu and necessitated by contemporary developments.

It has traversed its journey by starting off as an M.A. Programme in Sociology in the academic session 2009-10 under the auspices of the Department of Political Science. It continued to be so only till 2010-11. During this brief period the programme was designed in a self-financing mode.

Geared with a vision since its inception to progress to a Department of Sociology, the University is proud to have materialized it. 2011 marks a milestone when the M.A. Programme in Sociology attained the status of a post graduate programme in the Department of Sociology, which simultaneously comes into being.

Currently, the road map for the invigorating involvement and participation of students, members of the academia, other professionals and the wider society in the striving for excellence is being firmly put in place.

Vision and Goal (including Employability)

The M.A. programme is designed to provide to the students an intensive orientation on sociological perspectives and a wide disciplinary gamut to choose from for their specialised interests. Its focus is to train students to develop critical understanding and to nurture in them the basic competency for conducting rigorous research so that they can enable themselves to be the next generation of social scientists and to be able to chart their courses in academics, government and the non-profit sector or private industry, such as NGOs, media, industry, health, education, public service, etc. to mention a few. A thorough undertsanding in Sociology enables one to grasp the divergent and the seemingly complex multifarious social issues from a holistic perspective and, thus, to extend their knowledge to other disciplines, particularly of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Therefore, continuous innovation and curriculum designing oriented to multidisciplinary perspective is another hallmark of this programme.

Students who have gained a master's degree in other areas of Humanities and Social Sciences have pursued M.A. in Sociology in this Department, and several others have also been absorbed in social research projects and teaching positions. An optional paper in the Fouth Semester on Dissertation on any topic of choice strives to further develop the research acumen of the students and derive experience so that they may explore and find gainful engagement in social research in the future. Several alumnii immediately upon completion of their course have been selected through screening processes to conduct doctoral research in other institutes of national importance outside this region.

Facilities

The Department is housed in the New Academic building. It is has three spacious classrooms, one seminar hall and a small Department Library with a good collection of books apart from space for other uses of the Department. The Department would soon be provided with LCD projector, computers and internet connection through which the students and research scholars shall be able to access online academic books, research articles and academic journals provided by UGC free of cost.

Students and Alumni

The Department is proud that every year several of its students have been qualifying the UGC-NET and also been securing UGC-NET-JRF.

Several of the alumnii of the Department, immediately upon completion of their course have continued their academic pursuits as doctoral research scholars in the Department. Some others of them have been selected, through reportedly rigorous screening processes, to pursue doctoral research in the other institutes of national importance outside North East India. Certain others have secured positions in teaching and non teaching job sectors as well as in field research activities.

The Department empasises on developing the spirit and culture of team work amongst the students and of learning through it and this has been emerging as the hallmark tradition of this Department.

Courses

Course Structure

The two-year post graduate degree programme of the Department is organized into four semesters. In each semester, a student is required to take up three compulsory and two optional courses i.e., a total of five courses per semester. In order to complete the M.A. programme, a student will have to complete twenty courses over four semesters in two academic years.

Each course carries six credits, and each Semester carries a minimum of thirty credits.The courses offered under this Programme are as follows:

Sociological Theory 1
Sociological Theory 2
Sociological Theory (Recent Development)
Research Methodology 1
Research Methodology 2
Sociology in India
Social and New Social Movements
Study of Sociological Text 1
Study of Sociological Text 2
Study of Sociological Text 3
Study of Sociological Text 4
Comprehensive viva voce to be conducted in the presence of an external examiner and the faculty at the end of the fourth/ final semester
Development Studies
Sociology of Ethnicity and Identity
Society and Social Change in Assam
Perspectives on Indian Society
Sociology of South Asia 1
Sociology of South Asia 2
Sociology of Science and Technology
Rural Society in India
Urban Society in India
Sociology of Indian Diaspora
Sociology of Religion
Sociology of Change
Criminology
Environment and Society
Gender and Society 1
Gender and Society 2
Sociology of Pluralism and Nationalism
Population and Society
Globalization and Society
Dissertation (on any topic of choice in consultation with the supervisor)
The research scholars enrolled in the doctoral programme of the Department are working on the diverse issues of identity, marginalisation, urban space, rituals and gender, comparative ethnography of the communities of Assam and Nepal.

ENTRANCE TEST FOR ADMISSION INTO MA SOCIOLOGY, 2014-14

DATE: 31 JULY, 2014
TIME: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
VENUE: NEW ACADEMIC BUILDING, GU

SYLLABUS FOR ENTRANCE TEST

1. ETHNIC ASSERTION/ ETHNIC VIOLENCE IN ASSAM
2. COMMUNALISM /CASTEISM
3. MIGRATION AND DISPLACEMENT
4. ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY
5. DEVELOPMENT AND DISPLACEMENT
6. GENDER AND SOCIETY
7. TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT AND IMPACT ON SOCIETY
8.PANCHAYAT SYSTEM IN ASSAM
9. EDUCATION AND SOCIETY
10. PLACE OF YOUR BIRTH / RESIDENCE
11. CRIMINALISATION OF POLITICS AND POLITICISATION OF CRIME
12. SOCIAL WELFARE
13. RURAL AND URBAN
14. SOCIOLOGICAL IMAGINATION/PERSPECTIVE
15. HISTORY OF SOCIOLOGY
16. METHODS IN SOCIOLOGY
17. Etc.

The performance of candidates shall be evaluated on the basis of their knowledge over the issues concerned,

analytical skills, command over the English language and style of presentation.

Staff

Shabeena Yasmin Saikia
MA (Pondicherry) MSc (in Anthropology, Delhi) PhD (Gauhati) Ethnicity, Social Change, Sociological Theory, Research Methodology
Kaberi Das
MA (Delhi) MPhil (TISS) PhD (TISS, Mumbai) Gender Studies, Migration, Urban Sociology, Rural Sociology
Monirul Hussain
MA (AMU) MPhil (JNU) PhD (JNU) Political Sociology, Development Studies, Social Movements and Forced MIgration
Mridusmita Dutta
MA (Gauhati) Sociological Theory
Swarnali Basumatary
MA (NEHU) Sociology of Religion, Research Methodology
Mridusmita Dutta
MA (Gauhati) Sociological Theory
Ritwik Rupam Sarma
MA (Gauhati) Social Movement, Society and Social Change in Assam
Rukchana Rahman
MA (Gauhati) MPhil (Gauhati) PhD (NEHU) Gender Studies
Sangeeta Das
MA (Tezpur) Sociology of Ethnicity
Upashana Duarah
MA (Gauhati) Sociology of India, Urban Sociology

Contact

Department of Sociology
2nd Floor, New Academic Building
Gauhati University
Gopinath Bordoloi Nagar
Jalukbari
Guwahati- 781014
email id: shaysaikia@gauhati.ac.in
                       

Seminar 2014

Back to top