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Department of Social Sciences

Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Sociology, BA (Hons) in Sociology

The Honors Degree Program in Sociology conducted by the Department of Social Sciences seeks to produce Scholars, Innovators, Leaders and Global Citizens in the following manner: 


Scholars - Graduates produced by the Department have a broad knowledge base and disciplinary expertise. They are aware of contemporary research in their field of specialization and able to conduct their own research and investigations. They are excited by ideas, discovery and learning and are conscientious in their endeavors by analyzing the real world incidences through sophisticated analytical platform to understand the complexities of the worlds they encounter at work and in society. 


Innovators - Graduates of the Department have to be with a vision for future and solution focused. They are curious, critical and creative. They are capable of developing unique and sustainable solutions to real world problems.


Leaders - Our graduates take personal responsibility and seek opportunities to work with others to advance thinking and achievement in all spheres of their lives. They are confident, inspiring and influential.


Global Citizens - Graduates who complete our degree program are expected to be able appreciate the role of the University and are aware of global issues. They act with integrity and fluency across cultures and perspectives, are committed to the betterment of society, open in their thinking and appreciative of the riches that diversity and equity bring. 


Graduate Capabilities

There are six clusters of generic capabilities which the Department seeks to foster in all of its graduates through teaching and learning in the respective Honors Degree Programs of study. These, as relevant to the Honors Degree Program in Sociology, are:


1. Disciplinary Knowledge & Practice 



Graduates are expected to understand the thinking, research, theory and practice in the field of Sociology and appreciate the role of their discipline in its contexts especially in the policy formulation process. 


This theme includes the ability to

  • demonstrate an advanced knowledge and understanding of the core aspects of the area of study.
  • critically analyze data, make judgments and propose solution to problems.
  • construct and sustain arguments use these arguments ,ideas and techniques in problem solving.
  • use practical skills and enquiry efficiently within the area of study.
  • do research in the field of study.
  • operate fluently in the terminology, analytic methods and practices of Sociology.
  • understand the wider trends and developments that have shaped the field of study


2. Critical Thinking 



Graduates are expected to be able to contest knowledge and practice, critically consider ideas, concepts, texts and research and think reflectively and reflexively.


This theme includes the ability to

  • think imaginatively and innovatively.
  • evaluate problems from Sociological perspectives.
  • access information and judge its pertinence.
  • introduce new dimensions to existing ones in the domestic environment.
  • enrich domestic tools of thinking.


3. Solution Seeking 



Graduates are expected to be able to apply theory, analysis, research and creative skills to solve problems and make reasoned decisions. They are expected to be able to consider long-term and big picture perspectives, to systematically address complex problems and to be imaginative in their solution seeking. 


This theme includes the ability to

  • construct and sustain arguments and use these arguments, ideas and techniques in problem solving for a given situation.
  • consider long-term and big picture perspectives including, where applicable, sustainability and social, economic and environmental impact.


4. Communication & Engagement  



Graduates are expected to be able to receive and interpret information, express ideas and share knowledge with diverse audiences in a range of media and formats. They are expected to be able to establish a rapport and build collaborative relationships with individuals and groups.


This theme includes the ability to

  • communicate/present information, ideas, issues and solution efficiently and effectively.
  • demonstrate awareness of the current developments in the area of study.
  • participate actively in teams and professional networks.
  • communicate effectively using ICT skills.
  • adapt an artistic, design-based or discursive style to audience and purpose.
  • express ideas effectively in writing, speech, design, image and sound using English , Sinhala and Tamil appropriately and accurately.
  • chart and present data. 


5. Independence & Integrity



Graduates are expected to be able to learn and work autonomously and ethically. They are expected to be lifelong learners, to show resilience, proactively and inability to make principled decisions in academic and professional spheres.  


This theme includes the ability to

  • participate in lifelong learning in and beyond their discipline.
  • exhibit resilience, independence and personal autonomy
  • demonstrate leadership, personal characteristics and attitudes that are consistent with ethical behavior.
  • understand academic integrity and professional ethics within a disciplinary context.
  • learn independently and proactively


6. Social & Environmental Responsibilities



Graduates are expected to be sensitive to cultural diversity and to embrace difference. Our graduates are expected to recognize a role for themselves in creating a sustainable future and be able to consider the social, cultural, environmental and economic consequences of national and international issues. 


This theme includes the ability to

  • consider the wider implications of local and global issues.
  • adopt sustainability principles and practices.
  • demonstrate awareness of sustainability implications of world events.
  • exercise cultural competence and appreciate diversity.
  • participate in community based projects.

Year I Semester I

SOC 111 (3) Introduction to Sociology


Year I Semester II

SOC 121(3) Self, Family and Society


Year II Semester I

SOC 211 (3) H +G+M Introduction to Psychology and Social Psychology

SOC 212 (3) H +G Social Inequality

SOC 213 (3) H Statistics for Sociology


Year II Semester II

SOC 221 (3) H +G+M Sociological Theory

SOC 222 (3) H +G Sociology of Health and Illness

SOC 223 (3) H Sociology of Religion


Year III Semester I

SOC 311 (3) S +G+M Methods and Techniques of Sociological Research

SOC 312 (3) H +G* Rural Sociology

SOC 313 (3) H +G* Environmental Sociology

SOC 314 (3) H Social Work

SOC 315 (3) H Urban Sociology


Year III Semester II

SOC 321 (3) H +G+M Development Sociology

SOC 322 (3) H +G* Sri Lankan Society and Culture

SOC 323 (3) H +G* Sociology of Work and Work Organization

SOC 324 (3) H Counseling and Guidance

SOC 325 (3) H Applied Sociology

SOC 326 (3) G* Scientific Report Writing


Year IV Semester I

SOC 411 (3) H Computer Aided Statistical Analysis

SOC 412 (3) H Advanced Sociological Theory

SOC 413 (3) H Social Policy and Social Development

SOC 414 (3) H Sociology of Entrepreneurship

SOC 415 (3) H Sociology of Mass Communication

SOC 416 (3) H Political Sociology


Year IV Semester II

SOC 421 (6) H Dissertation / Practical Training


G* required to follow by the students who offer Sociology as the major subject in the general degree only.

SLQF Level:
General 05 | Honours 06

120 (Hons) | 100 (General)

04 Years (Hons) | 03 Years (General)

Medium of Instruction:

Delivery of Lectures:
Full time