M.A. Programme

Programme Objectives

The Master of Arts in Sociology offered by the Department aims at training students to critically analyse the social environment in which they live and become self aware and responsible citizens.

Programme Specific Outcomes

At the end of the two year M.A. course in which students not only take classes in all the important sub-disciplines of the subject but also attend a rigorous tutorial programme, they will not only have a comprehensive knowledge of important concepts and issues in sociology and society at large but will have also developed skills such as critical thinking, and the ability to formulate cogent arguments which will give them an edge in any profession that they wish to pursue.

The M.A. in Sociology is a two-year, full-time course divided into two parts, consisting of four Semesters. Semester-I and Semester-II will form Part-I and Semester III and Semester IV will form Part-II.

Each student will take a total of 16 courses out of which SOC 101-SOC 108 and SOC 209-SOC 210 will be compulsory. M.A. (Part-I) students will take courses SOC 101-SOC 108 (four in each of Semesters I and II) and M.A. (Part-II) students will take courses SOC 209 and SOC 210 (one each in Semester III and IV). M.A. (Part-II) students will also take six elective courses, including at least four chosen out of Courses SOC 211-SOC 224 (distributed over Semesters III and IV). A student who takes course SOC 219 will be required to choose either course SOC 219(a), SOC 219(b) or SOC 219(c). Each student may take two courses, one in each of Semesters III and IV of M.A. (Part-II), in any other Department of the University. Such courses selected by a student must be of the same weightage as individual courses within the Department.

The Department will announce at least five elective courses to be taught in each of the two semesters making up the M.A. (Part – II) year before the start of the academic year. Generally, an elective course will be taught only if at least five students decide to take the course. Students will be required to convey their selection of particular elective courses by prescribed dates.

Compulsory Courses

M.A. Part I: (Semester I)

Course No.

Course Name

Marks

Credits

SOC 101

Sociological Theories

100

4

SOC 103

Sociology of Kinship

100

4

SOC 106

Economic Sociology

100

4

SOC 107

Sociology of India-I

100

4

M.A. (Part I: Semester II)

Course No.

Course Name

Marks

Credits

SOC 102

Sociological Theories: Some Conceptual Issues

100

4

SOC 104

Religion and Society

100

4

SOC 105

Political Sociology

100

4

SOC 108

Sociology of India-II

100

4

M.A. (Part II: Semester III)

Course No.

Course Name

Marks

Credits

SOC 209

Methods of Sociological Research

100

4

M.A. (Part II: Semester IV)

Course No.

Course Name

Marks

Credits

SOC 210

Social Stratification

100

4

Elective Courses

M.A. Part-II: (Semesters III and IV)

A minimum of five courses will be offered in each of Semesters III and IV from the list below.

Course No.

Course Name

Marks

Credits

SOC 211

Sociology of Development

100

4

SOC 212

Sociology of Symbolism

100

4

SOC 213

Industry and Society

100

4

SOC 214

Gender and Society

100

4

SOC 215

Sociology of Education

100

4

SOC 216

Sociology of Organizations

100

4

SOC 217

Population and Society

100

4

SOC 218

Urban Sociology

100

4

SOC 219

Area Study:

(a) South East Asia (b) South West Asia or (c) China

100

4

SOC 220

Sociology of Science

100

4

SOC 221

Agrarian Structure

100

4

SOC 222

Sociology of Law

100

4

SOC 223

Medical Sociology

100

4

SOC 224

Sociology of Media

100

4

Students of the Department may take upto two courses in any other department of the University. All courses taught in the M.A. Programme in the Department will be opened up as interdisciplinary courses to all full-time students registered in any regular masters programme of the University. The total of such students accepted in each semester, distributed over all the courses being taught in the department, will be more or less equivalent to the intake in the M.A. Sociology programme in any one year. The Department will post a last date (on its website) for receiving requests for enrolment by non-sociology students along with its teaching schedule. All non-sociology students wishing to take courses in the Department will be required to meet with the Departmental Interdisciplinary Advisory Committee before their enrolment in courses in the Department.

Interdisciplinary Programme Form for Department of Sociology Students

Interdisciplinary Programme Form for External Students

Scheme of Examination & Evaluation

1. English shall be the medium of instruction and examination.

2. Examinations shall be conducted in the courses taught in each semester at the end of that semester as per the Academic Calendar notified by the University of Delhi.

3. Each course will carry 100 marks and 4 (four) credits.

4. The M.A. Examination in Sociology will have two components:

(i) an end-of-semester written examination of two hours duration in each course at the end of the semester in which it is taught. The maximum marks for the end-of-semester examination in each course will be 75, except in Course SOC 209 in which the end-of-semester examination will carry a maximum of 50 marks.

(ii) marks awarded in a system of Continuous Internal Assessment in each course during the semester in which it is taught. Continuous Internal Assessment will carry a maximum of 25 marks in each course, except in Course SOC 209 in which the Continuous Internal Assessment will carry a maximum of 50 marks. The Continuous Internal Assessment entails the submission of a written assignment in that course and the marks will be based on evalutions of presentations, participation in discussions and the written work submitted.

5. The scheme and mode of evaluation applicable to non-sociology students taking courses in the Department will be the same as that applicable to the regular students of the Department.

Conditions for Admission to Examinations

1. No candidate will be deemed to have pursued a regular course of study in the M.A. course in Sociology, unless she/he has attended 75% of the tutorials held in the semester, and has submitted 75% of the total written assignments in that semester.

2. Candidates of M.A. Sociology may appear in the end-of-semester examination in each course not more than twice within the span period of four years after admission to the M.A. (Part I) class, i.e., a candidate may reappear in the end-of semester examination in any course only once. A candidate will reappear in a semester examination in the semester in which it is being taught in the year in which she/he reappears.

3. The provisions for reappearing in the M.A. examination within the specified span period of four years will apply only to the end-of-semester examination in each course and not to the component of continuous internal evaluation. Candidates who choose to reappear in any of the courses during the span period will not be permitted to resubmit written assignments for purposes of continuous internal evaluation.

Promotion Criteria and Qualifying Marks for the Award of the Degree

1. To be promoted from one semester to the next semester within the same part, a student must obtain a minimum of 40% marks in the end-of-semester examination and continuous internal assessment combined (i.e., 40 marks out of 100) in at least two of the courses in the first semester of each part.

2. Promotion of a student from M.A. (Part I) to M.A. (Part II) will be subject to fulfilling the following conditions: She/he should have obtained a minimum of 40% marks in each of at least 6 courses over the two end-of-semester examinations and continuous internal assessment combined (i.e., 40 marks out of 100).

3. In order to qualify for the M.A. degree in Sociology, a candidate should fulfill the following conditions:

(i) The aggregate of the marks obtained in the end-of-semester examinations in each semester and the marks obtained in internal assessment should be at least 45% (i.e., 180 marks out of 400).

(ii) In addition, a candidate should obtain not less than 40% marks in each course in the combined marks of the end-of-semester examination and internal assessment in each course.

Division Criteria

Successful candidates will be classified on the basis of the combined results of Part-I and PartII examinations as follows:

Candidates securing 60% and above

Ist Division

Candidates securing 50% or more, but less than 60%

IInd Division

All others

IIIrd Division

 

National Scholarships under the Centre of Advanced Study

These scholarships are awarded to students who join the M.A. course. The number of scholarships to be awarded every year will be eight, so that in the two years together there will be maximum of sixteen scholarships. At least half of these will be awarded to graduates from universities other than the University of Delhi.

The value of the scholarships will be Rs.250/- per month. In addition, the following sums will be made available: (a) Rs.400 for the duration of the course, payable in installments of Rs.200 each year, for the purchase of books; (b) Rs. 100 to cover incidental expenses; and (c) for scholars coming from universities other than Delhi University and who do not reside in Delhi, actual 2nd class railway fare from the place of residence to Delhi and back once during the term of the scholarship.
The scholarship will normally be tenable for the period of the Master’s degree course (which includes the vacation), subject to the satisfactory progress of the scholar.

Veena Dua Memorial Scholarship

This is one scholarship of the value of Rs. 1,200/- per month to be awarded every year to a deserving M.A. (Part I) student. The scholarship will be tenable for twelve months covering the duration of the part-I course. It shall be renewable in the second year of the M.A. course provided the scholar obtained 55% or above marks in the aggregate of the eight papers comprising Part I of M.A course.

Professor M.S.A. Rao Memorial Merit Grant

This is one prize of the value of Rs. 2500/ (approx.) to be awarded to deserving student of the M.A. Part II course. The prize shall be awarded every year in April of the same academic year (next calendar year).

Sanwal Memorial Prize

The Department has instituted a prize in the form of books in memory of the late Dr. R.D. Sanwal, to be awarded to the student who secures the highest marks in M.A. Sociology.

Prof. M.S.A. Rao Memorial Gold Medal

A gold medal in memory of the late Professor M.S.A. Rao is awarded to the candidate who secures the highest marks in the M.A. (Sociology) course on Methods of Sociological Research, and obtains a first division in the aggregate of M.A. Part I and II.

Kunda Datar Gold Medal in Sociology

A gold medal, named after the late Mrs. Kunda Datar, is awarded each year to the candidate who secures the highest marks in M.A. Sociology.

Shiv Lal Sawhney Scholarship

The Shiv Lal Sawhney Scholarship has been instituted in the Department by the U.S. based family of the late Mr Sawhney who was an alumunus of Delhi University. The scholarship enables the selection of up to five M.A. (Previous) students each year to conduct fieldwork during the summer vacation between the first and second years. The fieldwork, for a period of six weeks, is to be conducted in one of the educational institutions run by the Krishnamurti Foundation (India). A comparative approach is encouraged and students may engage with other educational institutions as well. The students present their findings in research papers at a workshop organised in the department in August each year and some of the papers are selected for publication as working papers by the D.S. Kothari Centre for Science, Ethics and Education, University of Delhi.

A limited number of M.A. students will also be awarded bursaries, based on their financial needs, to cover their tuition fees, in part or full.

Admission Information

In keeping with the new regulations introduced by the University of Delhi with effect from the academic year 2019-20, applications can be submitted only via the University of Delhi PG Admissions Portal.

The admission to the M.A. Programme in Sociology will be in two streams. 50% of total seats are reserved for graduates of the B.A. (H) Sociology course in University of Delhi, who will be admitted in order of merit. The remaining 50% of seats will be filled according to performance in an Entrance Test which will be conducted by the University of Delhi at centres across India.

Total Seats (2019-20) : 95
Entrance Mode : 48
Direct Mode : 47

Click here for detailed seat allocation.

For information related to Admission Procedure, Online Registration, Important Deadlines, Eligibility Criteria and Reservation & Relaxations, please refer to Bulletin of Information for Admission to Post Graduate Courses (2019-20).

The format of the question paper for this year’s Entrance Exam will be similar to previous years’ pattern. The 50 multiple choice questions will test general knowledge, logical and analytical abilities, data interpretation, sociological understanding and comprehension. Familiarity with the BA sociology syllabus is desirable but not necessary.

Previous Year Question Papers

MA Sociology Entrance Exam 2018-19

MA Sociology Entrance Exam 2017-18

MA Sociology Entrance Exam 2016-17

Scheme of Admission test Prior to 2016

The entrance examination for the M.A. course in Sociology was designed to elicit the candidates’ general awareness and understanding of the social world. To this end the examination questions were largely qualitative and open-ended requiring candidates to use their analytical and interpretative skills to write essay type answers that are logical and coherent. The pattern of the question paper changed from year to year.

MA Sociology Entrance Exam 2015-16

MA Sociology Entrance Exam 2014-15

MA Sociology Entrance Exam 2013-14