Sociology

Sociology

The Department of Sociology is dedicated toward creating competent and socially sensitive graduates through rigorous teaching/training programmes, outreach activities and a nurturing of critical consciousness along with thoughtful understanding of contemporary society. We motivate our students to think intensely about what it means to inhabit the world with others, and how these relations affect ourselves.

The curriculum lays emphasis on the teaching and learning of general concerns of Sociology as well as the issues of Sociological significance in India. A combination of participatory, experiential and creative pedagogy is used for transacting the curricula with a view to fostering dialogue, mutual learning and critical reflection. The pedagogical practices also utilise an inter-disciplinary framework combining classical approaches in conjunction with emerging areas of research. The students pursuing their Undergraduate and Master’s in the Department not only have to learn critical approaches and perspectives in the classroom but are also encouraged to participate in short field surveys as part of their mandatory project work . The Department exposes the students to the prevailing social realities through activities such as outreach programmes, regular film screening, seminars and other programmes in collaboration with other social organisations. The curriculum also inculcates critical writing skill through courses on Text reading, Book Review, Article writing and Report writing. Our vision in Sociology is "To become a leading centre of sociological learning in pursuit of a just and humane society." And our mission is "To provide theoretically sound, methodologically rigorous and empirically grounded education with an interdisciplinary perspective." The Department at the moment has three whole time Faculty and a few visiting Faculty.

Studying sociology at SNU will enable students to interpret their relationship with the community they exist in, as the curriculum focuses on how our daily life experiences are connected to others with whom we co-exist and how we shape and are shaped by our surrounding society. The curriculum disseminates knowledge on specific issues of sociological importance in India, with the goal of making young minds conscious about the history, potentials and possibilities of the country. Furthermore, a pivotal feature of the courses at SNU on Indian society and Sociological thinking in India highlight how Indian everything were reconstructed as traditional, backward, stagnant by hegemonic Orientalist European understanding especially from mid 18th century (i.e. with Colonization) onwards. That is to say, how this has became integral part of our pedagogy and framework, and how we followed the framework of colonization of knowledge in Sociological analysis of Indian Society. Ergo, the courses bring to the fore what India was in reality through analysis of her original historical –Sociological sources and decolonize our knowledge and paradigms about Indian society maintaining a logical distinction between science and ideology.

We thus, emphasise on reading original texts to impart theoretically sound, empirically grounded and methodologically rigorous education with an interdisciplinary perspective to help producing competent graduates with in-depth knowledge and skills for application of the insights of the discipline to concerns of various fields and make them ready also to handle the new challenges in a changing job market scenario.

The combination of participatory, pragmatic and creative pedagogy used for executing the curricula with a view to fostering dialogue, mutual learning and critical reflection generally help students become aware of the living patterns they reinforce, create, challenge, change and recreate. Beyond the classroom, our students play an active role in all aspects of Departmental life, contributing to a dynamic and growing community of students and scholars of sociology at SNU.

At SNU, enhancement of skills for reading, critical learning, academic writing and oral presentation, are accompanied with a foreign language skill which not only empowers students to enhance intellectual enrichment alongside the demands of job market globally and locally.

At SNU, teaching sociology takes a qualitative shift to discourage rote learning and encourage student participation in lessons through in class interaction, mentored seminars, continuous assessments, interactive workshops, special lectures, film screenings, national and international seminars and webinars. Inculcating care and empathy, the pedagogy at SNU cultivates a student to be a reflexive and grounded individual with a deep and critical understanding of the world and our position in it. The curriculum at SNU thus, explores intersections, ruptures and continuities that form the essence of past, present and future life.

The Department exposes students to areas of Sociology with interdisciplinary focus such as science, technology and society, health, illness and society, childhood, Sociology of Childhood and Youth, Sociology of Environment, Sociology of Health and Illness, Information Society and Digital Sociology which are not offered in many Sociology Departments in India. In fact, we introduced interdisciplinary courses even before NEP 2020.

Areas of Focus: The vision of the Department is reflected in our research areas centred on Sociology of Gender, Sociology of Childhood and Youth, Sociology of Science, Technology and Society, Sociology of Health & Illness and Sociology of Environment.

Career Advising and Planning

A major in sociology provides an ideal background to pursue a range of careers:

  • business careers  (management, marketing and advertising, personnel and human relations);
  • criminal justice careers (law enforcement, courts, corrections; juvenile justice);
  • social service careers (social work; counselling, administration, drug rehabilitation; health administration); family services; disability services);
  • careers in social policy, politics and law (attorney, legal investigator, legal assistant, policy advocate, policy analysis, urban planning, philanthropy; public administration, polling, social research);
  • educational careers (college professor; college administrator; university student services; social science teacher; school administrator.)

 

The Department of Sociology offers certificate courses on

1. Parenting and Child Rights.

2. Gender Sensitization &Gender Mainstreaming

Number of students and faculty (visiting and full-time)

  • There are 3 Full time teachers and 4 visiting faculty (one is only for one semester)
  • Total Number of Students:  B.A. (Hons.) Eighteen (18) and Five (5) in MA

 

Placements/internships/industrial visits (January 2021 onwards)

  • UG AND PG Final year students are sent to organizations as interns.

 

CoursesYearsSemesterEligibility CriteriaMarks Required
B.A. (Hons.) in Sociology36Passed/Appeared in 10 + 2 (Any stream)50%
M.A. in Sociology24Passed/Appeared B.A. (Hons.) in Sociology50%
Ph.D in Sociology (Full Time)3 To 5
Dr. Somdatta Mukherjee

Head of Department - Sociology

Email: somdatta.m@snuniv.ac.in


Dr. Somdatta Mukherjee completed her MA in Sociology from University of Calcutta, MSc in Disaster Mitigation from Sikkim Manipal University of Health Medical and Technological Sciences, and MPhil in Sociology from Jadavpur University. She did her PhD on hatha yoga and religion from Université Paris Descartes, Sorbonne. Dr. Mukherjee was a research assistant in the Department of Sociology at Boston University. She has been invited as speaker in different international conferences/ workshops in Europe and Asia. She has the research experience of working in different places like: the two major correctional homes in Kolkata (which is the first of its kind), the largest sex-workers’ area of Kolkata, one of the biggest slums in Kolkata, old age homes, tea-gardens, tribal areas, child disability rights centres to name a few. She has expertise in Sociology of health and medicine, yoga, religion, ethnology, visual anthropology. She is the first Indian student at CANTHEL, Université Paris Descartes, Sorbonne, as well as the first ethnologist on yoga in France. She is interested to break the traditional chalk-and-talk concept of classroom and facilitate students with manifold manifestations of teaching learning process. Now she is working on body techniques, yoga, health and medicine, tantra and sacrifice. Apart from academic engagements she is interested in photography, recitation and dance (especially Indian classical dance form Odissi).

DR. SEEMA DUTTA

Assistant Professor - Sociology

Completed MA and MPhil in Sociology from Jadavpur University. Cleared UGC NET in 2011. Submitted PHD

Email: seema.d@snuniv.ac.in


Graduated from St. Xavier’s College Kolkata, with Sociology Honors. Completed MA and MPhil in Sociology from Jadavpur University. Cleared UGC NET in 2011. Submitted PHD Thesis on Tattoo: An Inquiry in its Different Dimension at the Department of Sociology, Jadavpur University under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Bipul Kumar Bhadra. Before joining Sister Nivedita University, was engaged as State Aided College Teacher, Category – I at Jogamaya Devi College under Calcutta University. I was also engaged as a Visiting Faculty in the Department of Sociology, Rabindra Bharati University and Jadavpur University. Also taught at a Visiting Faculty at West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences. Research Interest is Sociology of Science Technology and Society, Sociology of Crime and Deviance and Sociology of Gender. Life member Indian Sociological Society. Coordinated the Women Entrepreneurship Development Program, Sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, in 2018 at Jogamaya Devi College. Presented papers at various National and International Conferences.

MS. SANCHITA GANGOPADHYAY

Visiting Faculty - Sociology

Masters Degree in Sociology from Calcutta University

Email: sanchitagangopadhyay@gmail.com


Ms. Sanchita Gangopadhyay pursed her graduation degree in Sociology Honours from Jogamaya Devi College, University of Calcutta. She successfully completed her Masters Degree in Sociology from Calcutta University, securing a first class second position from her department. Ms. Gangopadhyay is a recipient of 2017 The Radhakamal Mukherjee Young Social Scientist Award. .She is currently working as a part- time faculty at Sister Nivedita University and as a guest-faculty at The Heritage College, Kolkata. She has an experience of working as a Head of the Department of Sociology at Loreto College and has served as a guest-lecturer at Asutosh College, Kolkata. She also has an experience of working as a field assistant on a National Project titled ‘Promoting Micro Solar Dome Technology in Tribal Pockets of India with Different Agro-Climatic Condition & Varied Type of Housing’ conducted by NB Institute of Rural Technology under the supervision of Prof. S.P Gonchaudhury & Prof. (Dr.) Bula Bhadra in 2017 & 2018. Her areas of interest are Sociology Childhood & Youth and Sociology of Crime and Deviance.

MS. Atufah Nishat

Visiting Faculty - Sociology

Master of Arts in Sociology from Presidency University, Kolkata

Email: atufah.nishat96@gmail.com


Atufah Nishat is a visiting Faculty in the Department of Sociology.  She did her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Kolkata, and completed her Master of Arts in Sociology from Presidency University, Kolkata. Her master’s research work titled ‘Placing the Dalit Women at the Intersections: A Sociological Study of Dom Women of Kolkata’ got published in Contemporary Voice of Dalit Journal in 2022. Currently, she is pursuing her M.Phil from the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences Calcutta, Kolkata. Her current research looks at the question of Muslim women’s agency and citizenship rights. 

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CoursesFee During Admission (Including 1st Semester Fee / 1st installment for annual scheme)Fee 2nd semester / 2nd installment onwardsProgram Fees Total
B.A. (Hons.) in Sociology5915023150174900
M.A. in Sociology6090024900135600
Ph.D in Sociology (Full Time)9025070000480250

 

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Sociology

A major in Sociology provides an ideal background to pursue a range of careers:

Ø  Business careers (management, marketing and advertising, personnel and human relations);

Ø  Criminal justice careers (law enforcement, courts, corrections; juvenile justice);

Ø  Social service careers (social work; counselling, administration, drug rehabilitation; health administration); family services; disability services);

Ø  Careers in social policy, politics and law (attorney, legal investigator, legal assistant, policy advocate, policy analysis, urban planning, philanthropy; public administration, polling, social research);

Ø  Educational careers (college professor; college administrator; university student services; social science teacher; school administrator.)