| Department of Sociology

B.A. (Research) in Sociology

To graduate with a B.A. (Research) in Sociology each student must have 108 credits in Sociology (out of a minimum total of 150 credits) obtained over the course of the undergraduate program. The remaining 42 credits will fulfill requirements for University-Wide Electives (UWEs) / a minor (a maximum of 32 credits) in another discipline and 18 credits towards Common Core Curriculum (CCC) courses.
150

Total Credits

68

Core Credits

40

Major Electives

42

CCC + UWE credits

Core & Elective Courses

Core Courses

Core courses are compulsory courses that provide critical foundations to the undergraduate program. For a Sociology Major, core courses for Sociology are mandatory in order to develop in-depth knowledge of the discipline. Other than the Core courses exclusive to their Major, Students are required to take Core Curriculum Courses (CCC's), which are designed to provide students with an understanding of the forces that are driving local, national, and global change and to give them an awareness of the problems facing an increasingly integrated world.

Course code
Title
Credit
ECO108
Logic and Scientific Methods
4

Course description not available.

ENG104
Academic Writing
4

This course is meant for all first-year students of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS). The course trains the student to read and write academic texts with care and rigor. Through classroom discussions and closely mentored writing sessions, the course ultimately aims to inculcate in the student the faculty of critical thinking. 

SOC101
Society and Relatedness
4

How can we understand ourselves as persons and our relationships with family, community and nation? This course will examine some of the basic categories of sociology and anthropology that are crucial in this understanding: person/body, kinship/family/love, inequality/difference, nation and nationalism. We will consider approaches that examine small or micro processes first, and building on this basic understanding consider larger or macro processes that encompass the micro. At the heart of this course will be an elaboration and interrogation of the concept of relatedness.

SOC102
Understanding Modernity
4

Course description not available.

SOC103
Culture(s) In Context
4

What is culture? Is it a set of attributes that people have? Do non-humans have culture, and do things have culture? Do cultures exist in the plural? What do we mean when we talk of the culture of Mumbai or Delhi? An exploration of such questions opens a window to how this term culture extends to a range of social activities and practices. Culture may be both a value to be achieved and an attribute that is embodied. It may be both internal to the self and external to it. It may be a way of talking of the past, but also a mode of living in the present. And of course it is part of our technical and moral world.

In investigating how the category of culture is studied in sociology and anthropology, the course will provide a history of the concept of culture, its embedding within practices of work and labour and its centrality in the formation of selfhood. A second theme will focus on how the term culture itself is linked to the discipline of anthropology. In this sense we shall also be enquiring into a history of culture in socio-cultural anthropology.

SOC201
Gift, Commodity, Debt
4

How do we value goods and commodities? Is the value of the gift any different? Are gifts commodified and are commodities gifts? What are the forms of indebtedness created by gifts and commodities? This course explores gifts, commodities and debts as different types of exchange. Commodities and debts are thought to rationalise the world of exhange and erase the gift. As we shall discover, not only has the gift persisted in modern life (for instance, philanthrophy, development aid) it also revitalises our understanding of the world of commodities and the notion of debt.

SOC202
Visuality, Materiality, Information
4

Imagine all your pictures, your computer and your built environment are not there. What would happen to your memories? Your sense of belonging? How would you know where you are? Indeed, who you are?

We live in a world populated by images, objects and information. Who produces and controls them? Do they have social and political lives? How are these lives entwined with human life? Instead of looking at art, artifacts, symbols, virtual representations and the built environment as mere backdrops, this course will think through them. It is especially concerned with how visuality, materiality and information frame our day-to-day experiences, paving the way for our future actions.

SOC203
Religion, Science, Society
4

Magic, science and religion are thought to be mutually opposed to each other. This course will explore the intersections between these three themes. What are the ways in which a religious view of the world is influenced by magical and scientific elements? Are scientific practices coloured by magical procedures? Do religious ideologies orient scientific practices? What is the importance of such ideologies in our understanding of contemporary politics?

SOC204
State, Citizenship, Bureaucracy
4

The understanding of any contemporary society cannot proceed without considering the centrality of state, citizenship and bureaucracy as providing its foundation. This course explores the place of social order (state), the processes through which membership to the nation-state is achieved (citizenship), and the procedures that arrange order and membership (bureaucracy). What are the differences between state and stateless societies? How does colonialism rationalise the use of power? What is the relationship of legitimacy to power in the making of the modern state? And what are the forms of belonging  and resistance to the authority of the state?

SOC302
Land, Ecology and Society
4

Course description not available.

SOC303
Kinship, Relatedness, Networks
4

This course looks at kin, friends and enemies. What are the ties that bind and the ties that tear? How do we make families? Do friendships and contacts offer alternative possibilies of relatedness? Indeed, how do ways of relating constitute ourselves and organise the world? Rather than study kinship through unchanging ties that have characterised our understanding of kin relationships, this course looks at the changing dynamics and strategies of family-making, gender practices, marriage partners and child rearing. Further, the course will explore the modification and extension of kinship into arenas of diverse social life such as political lineages, social movements, corporate houses and the professions. What are the networks that form the webs of relatedness? How do such networks offer us models of sociality?

SOC304
Research Workshop: Field, Archive, Ethnography
4

Designed specifically for advanced undergraduate students and offered in the sixth semester, the Research Workshop is both a stock-taking of the discipline as it is taught in the Department, and a rigorous study of qualitative methods. The course will emphasise the significance of field-based research, explore the challenges and possibilities of fieldwork across diverse sites and subjects, and pay close attention to the practices of reading and writing ethnographies. During the course, students will also have an opportunity to engage with field research conducted by departmental faculty and by our Ph.D scholars who have recently returned from the field.

SOC401
Undergraduate Thesis- part I
8

Course description not available.

SOC402
Undergraduate Thesis - part 2
8

Course description not available.

SOC611
Field Work :Pilot Study
4

The thesis is planned in conjunction with the Research Workshop and is an opportunity for our students to design, develop and complete an original, independent research study as a unique part of their undergraduate education at SNU.  At the end of the semester-length Workshop, each student will identify an area of research interest and begin work on providing her own sociological / anthropological analysis around a central question. Students will be encouraged to undertake short-term fieldwork during the summer break between their third and fourth years. They will then dedicate a significant part of their final year towards supervised reading and research, field analysis, and writing up their theses. Each student will work closely with designated faculty members throughout this process.

Elective Courses

All /undergraduate students at SNU have the flexibility to choose multiple University Wide Electives, providing them the opportunity to discover their academic passion and enhancing their engagement in the learning process through the individualization of their programs of study. Students must take a minimum of 18 UE credits to fulfill their degree requirements.

Course code
Title
Credit
SOC102
Understanding Modernity
4

Course description not available.

SOC111
Ecology: Competition, Negotiations and Ethics
4

Course description not available.

SOC112
Media and Politics II: Society, State and Industry
4

Course description not available.

SOC113
Commodity Connections: Culture, Politics & Economic Life
4

What connections can we discover between carbon and democracy, sweetness and power, fabric and freedom, or french beans and food scares? This course sets out on the trail of a range of global commodities  – oil, sugar, salt, cotton, bread, water, fruits, vegetables, meat, human organs, electronic waste, information, genetic materials and more – and investigates the complex and often invisible connections at work as processes of commodification unfold at different times and places around the globe. We will explore intrepid and insightful research by anthropologists, cultural geographers, social historians, political economists and documentary filmmakers to push our understanding about the production, exchange and circulation of commodities, the techniques and technologies of transformation, and the questions that they raise for social, cultural, political and economic life in the contemporary world.

SOC114
Political Thought: An introduction
4

Politics is one of the ways of negotiating conflicts we face living together. It is the practice of establishing and thinking about government. The course will focus on some of the central issues and debates that have emerged in the discipline of political theory.

Part 1 - State: Utility, Welfare and its limits Should our public institutions maximize utility or should they protect the rights of the citizens, irrespective of consequences on utility? Should each citizen be provided with extensive welfare benefits or should we instead argue for a minimal state which only plays a regulatory role in society? These are the questions we will attempt to answer in this part of the course. 

Part 2 - Citizenship: Universal or differentiated

What does equal citizenship rights demand: Uniform laws or laws differentiated along the axis of culture, religion or gender? This part of the course will reflect on these contemporary debates on citizenship.

Part 3 - Democracy: Going beyond electoral democracy Is democracy only about voting in elections held once in five years? Should we instead have a more participatory democracy? If yes, then how? Here we will reflect on the some of the most recent critiques of contemporary democracies and critically analyse the alternatives.

SOC211
Sociology Of Pain And Grief
4

Course description not available.

SOC212
War and Media
4

Course description not available.

SOC213
Agrarian Worlds: Readings in the Anthropology of Agriculture
4

Course description not available.

SOC214
Issues in Contemporary Political Theory
4

Politics is one of the ways of negotiating conflicts we face living together. It is the practice of establishing and thinking about government. The course will focus on some of the central issues and debates that have emerged in the discipline of political theory.

Part 1 - State: Utility, Welfare and its limits

Should our public institutions maximize utility or should they protect the rights of the citizens, irrespective of consequences on utility? Should each citizen be provided with extensive welfare benefits or should we instead argue for a minimal state which only plays a regulatory role in society? These are the questions we will attempt to answer in this part of the course.

Part 2 - Citizenship: Universal or differentiated

What does equal citizenship rights demand: Uniform laws or laws differentiated along the axis of culture, religion or gender? This part of the course will reflect on these contemporary debates on citizenship.

Part 3 - Democracy: Going beyond electoral democracy

Is democracy only about voting in elections held once in five years? Should we instead have a more participatory democracy? If yes, then how? Here we will reflect on the some of the most recent critiques of contemporary democracies and critically analyse the alternatives.

SOC215
Agrarian Change: Field, Market, and Industrial Corridor
4

This course explores changing agrarian worlds, across different times and places, as a way to arrive at an understanding of the rapidly changing agrarian landscape within which we, at SNU, are located. We will read seminal texts – by social anthropologists, historians, political economists, and literary theorists – that interrogate the complex and changing relationships between the rural, urban, and agrarian, paying particular attention to the meanings and materiality of the land, its ownership, transfer, and use, from cultivated field to industrial corridor, a process of conversion that is currently underway in the villages and urban settlements in and around Dadri. This course is designed as an intensive seminar-based reading and writing course, and will give students an opportunity to conduct fieldwork in the local area, as part of an ongoing effort to document and analyse the everyday life, seasonal dynamics, and diverse experiences of agarian change around us.  

SOC220
Crowds and Publics
4

Course description not available.

SOC313
Introduction to Studying Culture, Caste and Gender
4

Course description not available.

SOC315
Nature, Knowledge and Network in the Indian Ocean
4

Did the sea(s) and the Indian Ocean shaped South Asian History and how or did the human trade of goods, knowledge… and other human created varying perceptions of the sea?

From landscape to seascape, maritime history has attempted to bring different paradigms and shift from a Eurocentric and nation centric history to a regional and multicentered one where the Indian Ocean proved a pivotal space of exchanges. The course looks at South Asia in the context of the trade in the Indian Ocean as a space where connectivity and interactions gave rise to networks which in turn shaped a system. The notion and variations of world systems will be briefly discussed.

Knowledge is both the prerequisite and the result of circulation and connectivity through various networks. It involves processes of diffusion, emulation retention and interpretation/distortion.

The Indian Ocean and South Asia are discussed here as a construct with variable parameters with the sea being granted various and sometime contradictory significations and moral values translated in different imaginations. These constructs themselves may be the result of different epistemologies.

The course will make use of a variety of sources and archival material (traveling accounts, maps, fiction), academic articles and films.

SOC399
Independent Study in Sociology
4

Course description not available.

SOC601
Objects , Codes, Techniques
4

Course description not available.