Department of Sociology

Sociology is the systematic study of the social relationships, patterns of behavior and experiences that characterize and make up human society. The sociological approach differs from other behavioral disciplines, not so much in what it studies, but in how it approaches human social behavior. Sociologists tend to assume that human behavior can be properly understood only in the context of larger social and historical structures/processes. Individual persons are he products of human societies or social systems of institutions. In other words, Sociology strives to understand the social institutions that humankind has formed and analyzes the patterns of human behavior, such as “cooperation”, “competition”, and “conflict”.

            The scope of the discipline as broad and diverse as human social life itself. Its subject matter focuses on the study of intimacy and the family, mobs and crowds, crime, religion, race and social class, norms, values and beliefs, culture, the sociology of work, the sociology of leisure, and stability.

            The methods and approaches of sociological investigation vary and include scientific, humanist, and interpretive orientations. Sociologists immerse themselves in the everyday life of groups, analyze video-taped interactions, interview groups of participants, interpret historical documents, analyze census data and conduct large-scale surveys and laboratory experiments. The methods and concepts of sociology yield powerful insights into the social processes shaping lives, experiences, problems and possibilities in the contemporary world.

            Graduates of this department are employed in the fields of education, civil services, public and private the positions in which sociologists are employed include social analysts, community development officers, researchers, social welfare officers, project managers, parole and probation officers, health educators, jail superintendents, social planners and college and university teachers. The department currently offers two MSc level Sociology programs (Regular and Replica) and two BS (4-year) programs in Sociology and sociocultural studies (Regular and Replica).