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'Sociology is a living subject'

delhi Updated: May 12, 2008 13:30 IST

After years of planning to introduce the course, Kamala Nehru College (KNC) will offer a BA Honours course in Sociology from this session. Dr Rina Mandal, Reader in Sociology who will be on the faculty, talks to Nirmika Singh about its prospects.


Why did KNC take a long time to introduce this course?
We have been teaching Sociology as a part of BA Programme since 1973 but the plan to introduce a full-fledged Honours course kept getting stalled.

But we are happy that from this year onwards, the college will be offering a BA Honours in this course.


What exactly is the course-structure like?
Sociology is a living, experiential subject where students study how every belief and action of individuals and communities is socially construct. An important topic in the course is “Gender and Society” which is already quite popular in other colleges.


What are the future prospects for Sociology graduates?
Sociology graduates have a variety of options. Some of them are advertising, human relations, mass communication, journalism and civil services. In fact, Sociology is a very easy and scoring subject for students who want to answer the civil service exams.

What about the NGO sector?
Most NGOs are run by sociologists. Since NGOs work closely with society, sociology students, with their sound knowledge about society have a very good scope in the non-governmental sector.


Today, most parents would like their child to study a professional course rather than a study a subject. What do you have to say to them?
You know that sociology is also taught at IITs. If sociology wasn’t a professionally rewarding field, then why would it be taught in these professional institutions. Technology also has a social side. In fact, my daughter went on to study the “sociology of colour spectrum of Newton”. And there is also sociology of sports.

So is the sociology course “heavy” or “light”?
Sociology is a very light and interesting course and I’m not saying this because I’m a teacher.