Master of Arts [MA] (Sociology)

The curriculum for MA Sociology is inclusive of some compulsory papers and electives. Students can also select a maximum of two interdisciplinary courses from other departments. The compulsory papers deal with fundamental concepts in Sociology.

Some papers may be repeated from the BA Sociology curriculum but cover an in-depth knowledge of the topics concerned. Electives are related to specialized knowledge in the field of Sociology.

MA Sociology: Scheme of Assessment

The final assessment is based on performance in an end semester theory examination and performance in various modes of internal assessment.

Internal assessment criteria are class participation, projects, assignments, group and solo presentations, dissertation etc.

Weightage given to each criterion in final assessment is given below:

Assessment Criteria Weightage
Theory Examination 70%
Internal Assessment 30%
Dissertation 100%

The syllabus for MA Sociology covers some specific areas and hence it remains similar in structure and outlook in all Indian Universities. Below is an overview of the syllabus for MA Sociology course.

Name of Course Topics Description
Sociological theories The Development of Sociology in 19th Century Karl Marx Max Weber Emile Durkheim This is an introductory paper which introduces the development of Sociology as a field of study.
Sociological Theory: Some Conception Issues Self, Interaction, Event System and Structure Discourse, Genealogy and Practice This paper looks into conception issues in the field of sociological theory.
Sociology of Kinship What is Kinship? Studying Kinship Transformations in the family, marriage and property New areas in the study of kinship Kinship is an important factor in the sustenance of society. This paper aims to highlight various forms of kinship which exist in a society and analyzes them.
Religion and Society Classical Perspectives in the study of religion The making of Sacred Space and Sacred Time Interpreting Religious Symbols, Practices and Culture Religion in the Public Sphere: Religious Mobilization and the Secular Critiques of Religion Religion plays a significant role in the formation of a society. In this course, students learn to look at religion from an unbiased perspective and learn about their effect in the conception of society.
Political Sociology Nature and Scope of Political Sociology Basic Concepts of Political Sociology Local Structures of Power State and Society under Capitalism State and Society under Socialism State and Society in India This course looks into the fundamentals aspects of politics which affect and sustain a society. 
Economic Sociology Introduction: Economy in Society Production and Reproduction Consumption and Exchange Economy and the State An important course which examines the relationship between social and economic practices.
Sociology of India Development of Sociology and Social Anthropology of India Approaches to the study of Indian Society Caste-structure and Change Aspects of Rural Social Structure Family, Kinship and Marriage Religion in India Social Organization of Agriculture Aspects of Urban India Aspects of Politics and Society in Contemporary India Locations of Modernity This course discusses in detail aspects of Indian society and approaches to study them.
Methods of Sociological Research Research Methods Major Data Sources on Indian Society This course is about research methods and data resources for research in sociology.
Social Stratification Understanding Social Stratification Occupation, Social Stratification, and Class Race and Ethnicity Gender and Stratification Stratification has been prevalent in societies through ages. This course explores the concept behind stratification in society.
Sociology of Development Perspectives on the study of Development State and Market: Institutions and Ideologies The Micro-Politics of Development This course aims to analyze development through a sociological perspective.
Sociology of Symbolism Principles of Semiology Narrative Forms Language, Text, and Culture Visuality and Symbol Symbols play a major part in communication in a society. This course analyzes symbols and language in a sociological context.
Industry and Society Industrialization, industrialism and post-industrial society Employee organizations: Blue Collar, White Collar, and Managers Work organization and Alienation Industrial Conflict and its Resolution Last century has witnessed an upsurge in industrialization and has affected the structure of societies across the world. This course analyses the relationship between society and industry.
Gender and Society Gender in Sociological Analysis Reproduction, Sexuality and Ideology Family, Work and Property The Politics of Gender Gender plays a pivotal role in the formation of society. This course analyses gender relation and various ideas which shape the perception of gender in society.
Sociology of Education The Idea of Education Education and Society Schooling Practices The State, Education, and Equality This course examines the relationship between education and society.
Sociology of Organization Sociology and Organization Studies – Introduction Models of Rationality Work, Interaction, Organization Organization, and Culture This course aims to study the role Organizations play in the development and sustenance of society.
Population and Society Introduction to population studies and classical approaches Fertility Mortality Migration Population Politics and Policies The population is an important aspect of society. This paper analyzes various aspects of the population in relation to its development of a society.
Sociology of Science Introduction to the problems of Sociology of Science Origin of Modern European Science Functionalist Theory of Science Marxist theory of Science and Society: A Case study Structuralist Theory of Science: Paradigm or Gestalt Ethnography of the Laboratory Science plays an important part in the transformation of society. In this course, a student will learn the inter-relationship of science and society and how scientific discoveries and theories affect a society.
Agrarian Sociology Understanding Agrarian Sociology Pre-Capitalist forms of production and the transition debate Commercialization of Agriculture Colonial Land settlements and reforms Agrarian Conflict Agrarian Societies are one of the earliest forms of community and civilization. This paper examines the development and transformation of agrarian society.
Sociology of Law Introduction to Jurisprudence Sociological and Anthropological Jurisprudence The Political Economy of Law Law and Society in India Law is a crucial pillar of civilization. This paper aims to reflect on the relationship between Law and Society.
Medical Sociology Body, Medicine, and Society: Theoretical Perspectives Narrating Health and Illness Culture, Medicine and Medical Practice Politics of Global Health and Health policies This paper relates sociological perspectives to the science of medicine and health.

Master of Arts [MA] (Sociology) : 3 answered questions


Ques. How do I prepare for the JNU M.A. sociology entrance?

● Top Answer By Aaditya Hari Nair on 18 Oct 21

Ans. I have a friend who did his master’s from JNU and he was able to give some insight regarding the entrance test for MA Sociology.  In the entrance examination, there will be questions from out of the syllabus. You may be asked to give a sociological interpretation of the current situation, event, etc. So, stay updated with contemporary social issues. Here is a list of sections from where you can expect questions. Sociological Thought: Marx, Durkheim. Weber, Parsons, Spencer, Comte, etc. Research Methodology and techniques Indian Society: Poverty, Family, Kinship, etc. Society and polity Society and economy Technology Caste and class system Concepts like Globalization, Modernization, Sanskritization, and Localization. Go through the list of topics assisted to you and make sure you prepare them thoroughly. As you can see the majority of the questions are from the syllabus itself.Read more
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Ques. How is masters in sociology at Delhi school of economics?

● Top Answer By Praver Katyal on 19 Jan 21

Ans. Delhi School of Economics is one of the best institutes in India offering courses in economics, sociology, commerce, and geography. The institution has renowned academicians and a highly successful alumni base. The table below gives a brief overview of MA Sociology at the institute. Course fee 23,540 Eligibility Bachelors in a related field Admission Merit/Entrance The Sociology department at the Delhi School of Economics is one of the best in the country. It is consistently ranked under the top 200 in the QS world rankings. The department has great faculty who are highly qualified with experience hailing from LSE, University of California, and many other top Universities. The college has received international prominence through the works of eminent sociologists like M N Srinivas, J. P. S. Uberoi, Andre Beteille, and Veena Das who had taught the students in this institute. The institute also offers a wide scope for research purposes. In short, this institute is one of the best places where you can pursue your master's in sociology.Read more
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Ques. How can I get into Delhi School of Economics for an M.A. in sociology?

● Top Answer By Neerendra Singh on 13 Aug 20

Ans. There are two methods to get admission into the Delhi School of Economics for an M.A. in sociology. One is based on a merit basis for a B.A. Sociology Honours student from Delhi University while the other way is for remaining students from Delhi University and other Universities via an entrance exam. For the first process, a student must have graduated from Delhi University in B.A Sociology honors in with 55% or above marks for direct admission into the course. 50% of the total seats of 85 are reserved for admission via this method. (43 seats) For the remaining students, the student must have graduated from Delhi University or any other University with Social Science/ Humanities as one of the subjects with 55% or more aggregate in concerned subjects. The student also needs to pass an entrance exam to be considered as an applicant for the remaining 50% of the seats (42 seats).To prepare for the entrance exam, the student needs to brush up his/her sociology subjects from undergrad and practice previous year question papers. Read more
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