BA Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior.The subject matter is diverse and can cover anything from race, social class, crime and law, poverty, education and more theoretical wider issues such as the impact of radical change to whole societies. sociology encompasses elements of both scientific enquiry and also more humanities-based approaches.
Subject matter and scope
• Social inequality: Students of social inequality look at factors that affect opportunities for members of a society. These factors can include class, finance, ethnicity and political status. Students may analyse the effect of inequality, such as how unemployment or social exclusion impacts upon health, culture and political engagement.
• Politics: This area of the subject looks at how the political institutions of a society function, and how political attitudes shape a society. Students could look at how political trends have shifted over time or compare different political systems in terms of their social cohesion.
• Media: As one of the primary means by which a society communicates on a large scale, the media is an important area of study within the sociology discipline. Masters students could conduct research into how the spheres of media and politics interact, how access to a variety of media affects a culture’s political views, or how new media such as the internet is impacting on the democratization of media.
• Environment: Environmental sociology concerns how manmade environments affect their inhabitants, and how those environments impact upon the natural world. Students could choose to analyse how political philosophies have affected the built environment, at how manmade environments affect the wellbeing of those who live in them, or how elements of the natural world – such as water and fossil fuels – become politicised.
• Gender: Students specialising in gender look at how gender difference impacts the domestic, professional and political spheres on a culture and society. Research could focus on how gender differences in access to childcare, domestic work, consumption and leisure activities affects individuals and the larger community.
• psychology and political scienceare the complementary courses offered by the department.
• Department of psychology handles psychology classes for the students.
• Political science classes are handled by the Faculty members of department itself.
Relevance of psychology in Sociology
• Learning psychology can enrich your understanding of yourself and the world around you. By learning more about how people view others, how they behave in groups, and how attitudes are formed, you can gain a greater appreciation for how social relationships influence individual functioning. Sociology and psychology are two of the most important social sciences, with their influence felt throughout humanitarian research fields and into popular culture. Major sociological and psychological studies have changed the way we view the world and our interactions with one another.
Relevance of political science in Sociology
• Human social relations are the determinants of all political relations. All political institutions are conditioned by social relations. All political activity is the result of the social nature of man. Sociology contributes to Political Science the knowledge of society.Its goal is to deepen human understanding of the forms and nature of political action and to develop theoretical tools for interpreting politically meaningful phenomena. The discipline deals with the traditional fields of public national life, such as democracy, parliaments, politicians, elections and the government.