About the Department
of Sociology at Shia P.G. College has a rich and varied history. Its
faculty deeply committed to the
development of sociological theory and fundamental sociological questions about
the empirical world. The department is characterized by unsurpassed
methodological breadth and depth, with faculty and students engaged in a
variety of approaches to research including surveys, ethnography, in-depth
interviews, big data, social demography, causal inference, and historical
archival work. Deep engagement with central social issues such as gender
discrimination, violence, and mass incarceration is coupled with expertise in
political, economic, and social and cultural issues. Sociology offers a
distinctive and enlightening way of seeing and understanding the social world
in which we live and which shapes our lives. Sociology looks beyond normal, taken-for-granted
views of reality, to provide deeper, more illuminating and challenging
understandings of social life.
Our undergraduate program provides students with strong analytical and communication skills, preparing them for a wide array of career options in health and social services, education, not-for-profits, marketing and consumer research, policy analysis and more. Our post graduate program trains students to conduct original, theoretically informed sociological research that advances disciplinary knowledge and increases public understanding of pressing social issues.
To study groups, organizations, and societies, and how people interact within those contexts, moving beyond the individual to consider how larger social structures of power, economics and culture shape individual opportunities, attitudes, and behaviour.
“A good education must produce much more: a ‘good’ human being with a broad range of capabilities”
To emphasize the careful gathering and analysis of evidence about social life to develop and enrich our understanding of key social processes. To observe the everyday life of groups, conduct large-scale surveys, interpret historical documents, analyse census data, study video-taped interactions, interview participants of groups.
“To contribute our best towards the development and progress of the College and the Nation”
- To powerful insights into the social processes shaping human lives and social problems and prospects in the contemporary world.
- To better understand social processes and forces which are shaping the personal experiences and outcomes of our own lives.
- To see and understand connection between broad social forces and personal experiences.
- To know how to think critically about human social life, and how to ask important research questions.
- To know how to design good social research projects, carefully collect and analyse empirical data, and formulate and present their research findings.
- To understand the way the social world works and how it might be changed for the better.
- To think, evaluate, and communicate clearly, creatively, and effectively. These are all abilities of tremendous value in a wide variety of vocational callings and professions.
- To expands our awareness and analysis of the human social relationships, cultures, and institutions that profoundly shape both our lives and human history.
- Create and foster an educational environment that supports diversity and inclusion.
- Encourage community engagement among students and faculty.