The B.A. Degree in Sociology - the first in Chennai - was started in 1971 under the headship of Sr. Christine Antony fmm.
Sociology is the study of society, social institutions and social processes. It is not to be confused with Psychology or Social Work. The Department seeks to ensure that the syllabus reflects both classical sociological content and contemporary trends and embarks on periodic review of the syllabus.
The B.A. Degree features important foundation papers like Principles of Sociology, Sociology of Indian Society and Development of Social Thought. Students of the Department are trained to make classroom presentations with innovation and clarity. Papers such as Crime and Victimology, Sociology of Ethnic Relations and Sociology of Globalization help broaden their sociological orientation. The Department also organizes field visits for papers like Social Gerontology (study of the aged), NGOs and Organisational Behaviour.
The Department offers an interesting mix of General Elective papers -that is- papers that can be taken by students of other Departments for study. Some of them are Sociology of Sport, Sociology of Popular Culture and Law and Society.
Department faculty keep pace with emerging trends in the discipline and make every effort to expand their research skills and theoretical orientation. Faculty and students collaborate to ensure an activity-packed academic year.
The Department theme for the academic year 2016-17 is Social Entrepreneurship. The key activities of the Department for this year are:
SocioGenesis: an annual inter-school competition to raise consciousness about Sociology and social issues
Auguste Revel: the annual inter-year fest of the Department
The annual Sr Christine Antony Endowment Lecture, named in honour of Sr Christine Antony fmm, the foundress of the Department
CERTIFICATE COURSES FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2016-17
Sociology of Media
This course seeks to train students to analyse media content through a sociological lens.
Sociology of Law
This course will introduce students to a sociological approach to the legal system and expose students to human rights concerns and women’s rights issues.
This course, to be launch by the Department in collaboration with the Centre for Social Initiative and Management, will expose students to the concept of Social Entrepreneurship and the aspects of Social Entrepreneurship Management.
B.A. - Branch III - Sociology
Major Core Courses
- Principles of Sociology - I & II
- Sociology of Indian Society
- Social Anthropology
- Development of Social Thought
- Fundamentals of Social Research and Statistics
- Sociological Theory
- Sociology of Media
- Crime and Victimology
- Sociology of Ethnic Relations
- Sociology of Religion
- Environmental Sociology
- Sociology of Globalization
Allied Core Courses
- Tribal Development
- Women and Development
- Social Gerontology
- Social Psychology
Major Elective Courses
- Non-Governmental Organizations (Skill Development Course)
- Organizational Behaviour
- Logic and Scientific Methods
Allied Elective Courses
- Indian Heritage and Tourism
- Appreciation of Indian Art
- Journalistic Writing
- Consumer Psychology
- The Economic Budget
Independent Study Courses
- Corporate Social Responsibility
- Social Networking
The Department offers the following General Elective courses to students of other departments:
- Organizational Development and Change
- Sociology of Sports
- Sociology of popular Culture
- Media and Society
- Gender Studies
- Law and Society
Post Graduate Elective course offered to students of other Departments:
- Personal Distinctiveness
- Sociology of Law
- Social Entrepreneurship