DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY
The Department of Sociology was started in 2005 when the College was established. Since then the department is actively engaged in the process of teaching, learning and knowledge production to many batches each year. The department offers three years undergraduate course divided into six semesters –under the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) scheme now, from 2016 onwards. In order to incorporate a wide range of subjects, apart from the core courses, the department offers all the Discipline Specific Elective subjects, Skill Enhancement Courses and Generic Electives to the students provided in the CBCS scheme by the University of Kashmir. The department is dedicated to impart a teaching and learning method which would produce graduate students competent to do research with a critical approach to dwell on the questions in contemporary society and make them sensitive human beings. The faculty members at the department lays emphasis on classroom lectures, tutorials, extension lectures and filed work. Students are encouraged to engage with the faculty members within and beyond the classroom. Since Sociology remains a well sought-after discipline among a large chunk of students, the department of Sociology has one of the highest number of student strength in the College.
VISION:To excel in academic field and become a leading sociological learning center.
MISSION:To provide empirically grounded education within a vibrant intellectual environment.
Message from the Head of Department:
Let me welcome you to the web page section of department of Sociology, at the official website of the Govt. Degree College, Pattan. Through this page you will get to know about the profile of the department –faculty members and students, and the reading materials of all semesters besides the departmental notifications.
Since the discipline of Sociology helps in making sense of the world riddled with all sorts of problems and ambiguities, apart from teaching the course offered in the syllabi, we try and take the students outside for field trips to make them aware about the social environment and emerging areas of research in the discipline.
All the faculty members strive to maintain a high academic excellence at the department. Teaching is equally distributed among all members of the faculty. We emphasize on training the students with critical spirit of thinking to look at the contemporary questions and present day concerns. The faculty members, irrespective of their status, participate actively in teaching the themes central to the discipline, and engage in other academic programs and administrative works equally. Each year hundreds of students gets graduated and move on to pursue post-graduate programmes in Sociology and allied disciplines both in the state Universities and outside. We try to create an arena of opportunities among the students and encourage them to pursue careers in diverse fields such as, teaching, journalism, administrative services, social work, research agencies and so on to make a mark. We will continue our endeavor to excel the department and College on all fronts in future.
In case of any queries regarding the department please feel free to get in touch with me. I will be pleased to help you.
Haider Ali Askary
The programme outcome, programme specific outcome and course outcome of the department of Sociology are:
|Department of Sociology|
|1) The programme outcome are manifold. Focus is to develop critical thinking and scientific temperament among students and train students in reading, interpreting and responding to different social phenomena.
2) Effort is to make the students understand and learn to relate fact and theory, thereby doing research and solve real life problems, besides making them employable to build career in different filed of life.
3) Initiate classroom discussions on traditional conventional beliefs and prejudices and problematize them.
Programme Specific Outcome
|1) To understand the societal institutions sociologically in a variety of ways and develop different perspectives in viewing society and social phenomena such as caste, class, religion, law, tradition, culture, politics, gender and so on.
2) Familiarize the students about the ongoing developments in the discipline of Sociology and social sciences.
3) Develop skills of fieldwork and ethnography to hone critical empiricism while conducting research in the field to understand the social reality.
Introduction to Sociology
|Give the students a sense of the subject matter of Sociology and its scope.
Impart fundamentals of the discipline.
Familiarize the students about the key concepts, fundamental ideas and broad idea of sociological understanding of society.
|This course introduces the classical sociological thinkers and their theories and ideas.
It is aimed to build a pedagogy based on advanced social theory to provide sociological knowledge which is meaningful and desirable to bring change in outlook and attitude of the students.
Indian Society: Structure and Change
|It is aimed to understand one’s own society better.
The students are introduced about the Indian society, its diversity and unifying factors.
To understand the changes and challenges in the contemporary Indian society is part of the course.
Techniques of Social Research
|Introduces the students about basic and fundamentals of social research.
Focus is to make students understand the tools and techniques which are used in collection of data in social research.
Methodology of Social Research
|Introduce methods of social research to make students understand the complexities on the ground through theory and filed work.
Develop skills of doing fieldwork and ethnography.
Learn basic research aptitude and dissertation writing skills.
|Introduces students to gender as a social construct and related concepts.
Familiarize students about perspectives and theories on gender.
Sensitize them about gender issues.
Marriage, Family and Kinship
|This course introduce the students about the primary institutions of society.
It familiarizes the students about its role in society.
It gives the the students a fundamental and sociological understanding about the societal institutions.
|Introduces students to concepts and theories of social movements.
Familiarize the students about the major social movements in India.
The importance and outcome of social movements are part of the course.
Sociology of Development
|It introduce the students about key concepts, types, theories, models, approaches and impacts of development in India.|
Basics of Sociology
|This paper introduces the students broadly to the discipline of Sociology. It familiarizes the students about fundamental concepts, concerns and developments in the discipline of sociology.|
|Introduce the students with concepts and nature of social stratification. Learn different perspectives in understanding caste, class, gender and other stratifications. It also familiarizes the students about the social mobility in Indian society.|
Religion and Society
|It introduces the concepts, forms and approaches to understand religion. The role of religion in society and sociological understanding of religion.|
Sociology of Crime
|This course acquaint the students with the concept, theories and changing profile of crime. Theoretical perspectives and criminal judicial system.|
Social Problems in India
|The students gets familiarized with the various social problems in society.|
The department of Sociology ensures evaluation of attainment of Programme outcome, programme specific outcome, and course outcome in the following ways:
The department tries to ensure a free, dialogic, meaningful and interactive classroom where students can freely express their ideas and beliefs which they held.
At the beginning of each semester all those faculty members of the department, assigned with classes,submit a comprehensive day-to-day lecture plan and follow it until the end of that semester. The lecture plan outlines the title of the topic. This helps both the teacher and the students to be very clear about how to go about that semester.
The College has started an online feedback system on the College website under the heading “Online Student Satisfaction Survey” to assess the process of teaching-learning system based on the feedback received from the students.
To encourage those students who have limitations and constrains in understanding some topics in the classroom, the faculty members have taken responsibility of becoming their ‘mentors’ in proving them extra care and guidance outside of the classroom.
Our college keeps a record of all those students who appear in the final semester, and gets selected in University Entrance test and whenever elseand keep them in the alumni association group of the institution in order to keep a track record of program outcome achievements of the College.
The department organizes Counselling sessions to the final semester students regarding University level entrance tests and other competitive examinations. Attainment of program outcomes are measured and checked by the department through class tests, presentation by the students and attendance percentage of the students.
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PROFILE OF THE FACULTY MEMBERS:
|S.No||Name / Mobile/Email ID||Designation||Qualification||Specialization||Teaching Experience||Photograph||CV attached|
Haider Ali Askary
M. Phil (Sociology)
|Theory and Method in Sociology, Identity, Gender, Social Movements, Sub- Nationalism, Ladakhi Studies||
1 Year, 4 Months
Manzoor Ahmad Dar
On Academic Arrangement
M. Phil (Sociology)
5 Years, 6 Months
On Academic Arrangement
1 Year, 6 Months
Faroz Ahmad Dar
On Academic Arrangement
M. A, M.Phil
Indian Society, Rural Sociology, Research Methodology
5 Years, 6 Months
DETAIL OF COURSE OFFERING:
|S.No.||Title of the Course||Semester||Core Course/ Skill Enhancement Course||Link to the Syllabus|
|1.||Introduction to Sociology||Ist||Core Course||View Syllabus|
|2.||Sociological Thought||IInd||Core Course||View Syllabus|
|3.||Indian Society: Structure and Change||IIIrd||Core Course||View Syllabus|
|4.||Techniques of Social Research||IIIrd||Skill Enhancement Course||View Syllabus|
|5.||Methodology of Social Research||IVth||Core Course||View Syllabus|
|6.||Gender Sensitization||IVth||Skill Enhancement Course||View Syllabus|
|7.||Marriage, Family and Kinship||Vth||Discipline Specific Elective||View Syllabus|
|8.||Social Movements||Vth||Discipline Specific Elective||View Syllabus|
|9.||Sociology of Development||Vth||Skill Enhancement Course||View Syllabus|
|10.||Basics of Sociology||Vth||Generic Elective||View Syllabus|
|11.||Social Stratification||VIth||Discipline Specific Elective||View Syllabus|
|12.||Religion and Society||VIth||Discipline Specific Elective||View Syllabus|
|13.||Sociology of Crime||VIth||Skill Enhancement Course||View Syllabus|
|14.||Social Problems in India||VIth||Generic Elective||View Syllabus|
The objective of the programmes offered by the department are broad, wide and a comprehensive outline to the discipline of sociology. The courses are aimed to give students deep theoretical understanding by introducing the students to the classical and contemporary (both Western and Indian) sociological thinkers whose work has shaped the discipline of sociology. It familiarizes the students with the history and some of the fundamental concepts and concerns of the discipline and acquaints the students with the evolution, structure and change in society in addition to highlighting the issues and challenges of the contemporary world and specifically of Indian society. Ample knowledge of how to conduct both qualitative and quantitative research in social sciences is part of the programme. General introduction to the methodology of social research provides the student with some elementary knowledge of the complexities and philosophical underpinnings of research. The Skill Enhancement Courses (SEC) offered by the department are aimed to build research orientation and provides the students with tools and skills of doing research. SEC paper on Gender Sensitization aims to sensitize the students to issues of gender and related concepts and other perspectives in work and life. Apart from these, the department organize fieldwork trips to students in order to give them practical knowledge of the theoretical ideas.
Head of the Department
|GENDER||Semester I||Semester II||Semester III||Semester IV||TOTAL|
|S.No||Year of Pass-Out||Semester||Number of Students|
|6.||2018||5th and 6th||365|
Academic Events Organized by the Department During the last Academic Year:
Report on Sociological Research Fieldwork conducted in Gogaldara
The subject association Sociology, Govt. Degree College Pattan, conducted a Sociological Research Fieldwork Tour for the students of IVth semester on 31st July, 2018 as part of their course paper “Methodology of Social Research”. The students departed from the College campus towards the filed around 10:30 am in the College Bus and reached back to the College at 05:00pm.
Gogaldara in Tangmarg was chosen to conduct the fieldwork. It is located at a distance of 30 kms from the College and around 13 kilometres from Tangmarg town.
LIST OF RESEARCH STUDENTS
On the basis of merit and class attendance percentage, 34 students were selected for conducting the fieldwork. Here is the list of students along with their class roll numbers:
|S.No||Name of the Student||Class Roll No.|
GUIDES TO SUPERVISE
To accomplish the assignment and guide the students the following teachers accompanied them:
- Haider Ali Askary (HoD, Deptt. of Sociology)
- Manzoor Ahmad Dar (Faculty member, Deptt. of Sociology)
- Insha Bashir (Faculty member, Deptt. of Sociology)
PURPOSE OF RESEARCH
The purpose of the field trip was that, since the paper “Methodology of Social Research” demands filed work in order to grasp a practical knowledge in the field, it became imperative to take the students to the field for a first-hand experience of ‘doing research’. It was aimed to implement the techniques of sociological research as underlined in the syllabus of the paper in order to take the class room work outside. Essentially it was to give the students an experience of ‘doing research’ in the ‘real field’. This aim was achieved by educating the students to apply methods, techniques and skills of sociological research which they have learned in the classroom.
The students collected data through different methods. The students used open-ended interview method and observation as a tool to collect the data from the field. Around 45 interviews were conducted by the students.
FINDINGS OF THE RESEARCH
The students discussed about their field experiences in the class. On the basis of their fieldwork students prepared and submitted brief fieldwork report to the teacher and made presentations and discussions in the classroom.
Report on Sociological Tour conducted at Chak Jamal Mir
ABOUT THE TOUR
The Subject Association Sociology, Govt. Degree College Pattan, conducted a Sociological Tour for the students of IVth semester on 11th August, 2018 to a nearby locality Chak Jamal Mir, which is located at a distance of roughly 6 kilometers from the College campus adjacent to Pattan Railway station. The students departed from the College campus towards the locality around 11:30 am in the College Bus and reached back to the College at 04:00pm. Students were accompanied by Mr. Haider Ali Askary, Mr. Manzoor Ahmad Dar and Ms. Insha Bashir (faculty members at Deptt. of Sociology) to accomplish the assignment and guide the students.
LIST OF STUDENTS
On the basis of merit and class attendance percentage, 23 students were selected for the sociological tour. Here is the list of students along with their class roll numbers:
|S.No||Name of the Student||Class Roll No.|
|4.||Showkat Ahmad Dar||444|
PURPOSE OF THE SOCIOLOGICAL TOUR
The primary goal of the sociological tour was to give the students an experience the ‘social reality’ in a locality. The students thoroughly studied many different household in the village to know how they ‘experience life’ in their ‘natural setting’. The tour was aimed to make students understand the social, political, religious and cultural aspects of the locality. The students interacted with people from different household, visited the primary school in the village, and interacted with women folks in the field and elders at the shops and so on. The students were divided into three groups and asked to do a sociological study in the village (field).
The students discussed about their experiences from the sociological tour in the classroom. The students fiercely engaged in debates over issues of ‘gender roles’, ‘patriarchy’, ‘religious values’, ‘social structure’, ‘development’, ‘education’ and so on. Students also drafted comprehensive reports and submittedit to the teacher.The tour gave the students a sense of open learning and aware them about the people and community outside of the classroom.
Haider Ali Askary
Head, Department of Sociology