ICSSR sponsored 'Ten Day Research Methodology Workshop'
in Social Sciences for Ph.D. Scholars (9-18 March, 2016).
Department of Sociology, one of the oldest departments, came into existence in Banasthali Vidyapith since its inception. The department has been offering courses at various levels since a very long time. The courses are designed to strike a balance between tradition and modernity. It aims to promote understanding among students on the contemporary complex patterns of social behaviour, thus enabling them to achieve success in their life.
The department offers courses at B.A., M.A. and M. Phil. level. There is also the provision of Ph. D. course under this department. At UG level, apart from theoretical orientation students are also taught practical / behavioural subjects like mass communication, rural and urban sociology, social anthropology, research methodology, social demography etc. At the PG level, apart from core subjects, students are taught about new trends in sociology like sociology of health and medicine, globalization, popular culture and women studies etc.
For the purpose of knowledge enhancement and better career prospects, it has also started a PG Diploma course on, ‘Women & Human Rights’. The department is closely associated with Women’s Studies & Research Centre, launched in 2005 under the support of University Grants Commission (UGC), and organizes various activities in collaboration with the centre. The faculty is actively involved in various projects of the Centre. The department is also playing a collaborative role in the course of Master of Social Work introduced in 2010.
The faculty has keen research interest and published research papers in various national and international conferences as well as participated in other events of sociological importance.
Under the auspice of Student body, Sanskriti, the department provides a platform for the students to share their ideas and views on varied social issues. Activities like debate, extempore, speeches, quiz, essay and other academic and cultural programmes and competitions, are regularly organized for active participation of students from varied disciplines. Various subject specialists are also invited as guest lecturers, to deliver their experiences and knowledge. Other than teaching, the faculty also provides career counseling to students.