Welcome to the Department of Sociology

Saraswati Multiple Campus, Tribhuvan University

Master of Arts in Sociology

Introduction

Saraswati Multiple Campus, Department of Sociology has been offering MA in Sociology since 2010 in the evening shift. In a decade long journey, MA Sociology program is one of the popular programs in the campus with good result and academic environment. As approved by Tribhuvan University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, the MA Sociology course offers altogether 18 papers and a compulsory thesis in fourth semester. Out of them there are 12 compulsory papers from first to fourth semester. The student may opt for three optional courses in the third and one in the fourth semester.

Course Objectives

The objective of these courses is to impart up-to-date knowledge of the theories and methods of sociology to the students along with training in field-work and secondary data analysis. The second objective is to provide skilled human resource for Nepal development needs. The third objective is to inculcate in the students the spirit of human rights and social justice. Thus, the overall objective is to develop professional skill, in both theory and research, in sociology in the students of this discipline at a par with those of other countries.

Admission Requirements

A student holding a Bachelor degree in any of the following subjects recognized by Tribhuvan University is considered eligible to apply for admission.

  • Sociology; Anthropology; Social Work; Nepalese History, Culture and Archaeology; Psychology; history; Home Science; Geography; Economics; and Political Science
  • Any discipline from faculty of education, management and law
  • Any discipline from institute of medicine, engineering, forestry, agriculture and animal science

An applicant seeking admission to M.A. Sociology must appear in an Entrance Examination of one hour’s duration conducted by the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Tribhuvan University. The applicant who fails to appear in the Entrance Examination or to obtain a minimum qualifying score will not be given admission.

Duration of the Course and Examinations

The duration of the course is of two years with four semesters. There is a university examination, in each six months, at the end of each semester. Eighty percent of the attendance in the class is compulsory.

Distribution of Courses by Semester

First Semester

Paper Code No. Title of Course Credit hr Remarks
1. So561 Introduction to Sociology 3  

Required

2. So562 Qualitative Research Methods in Sociology 3
3. So563 Structural-functional Approach 3
4. So564 Caste and Class 3
5. So565 Theories of Social Change and Development 3

Second Semester

Paper Code No. Title of Course Credit hrs Remarks
1. So571 Marxist Perspective 3  

Required

2. So572 Quantitative Research Methods in Sociology 3
3. So573 Practice of Social Change and Development in Asia 3 *Optional any three
4. So574 Politics and Society: Interface between Nation, State and the Globe 3
5. So575 Sociology of Health 3
6. So576 Household and Family in Transition 3

Third Semester

Paper Code No. Title of Course Credit hrs Remarks
1. So581 World-System Perspective 3  

Required

2. So582 Basic Statistics in Sociological Research** 3
3. So583 Sociology of Gender 3  

*Optional

any three

4. So584 Identity, Inequality and Intersectionality 3
5. So585 Migration, Social Network, Remittance and Development 3
6. So586 Sociology of Ageing and Disability 3
7. So587 Power Leadership, Governmentality, and Development 3
8. So588 Urban Sociology 3
9. So589 Sociology of Disaster 3

 

Fourth Semester

Paper Code No. Title of Course Credit hrs Remarks
1. So 591 Agency/Micro versus Structure/Macro Perspectives 3  

Required

2. So 592 Survey Research and Computer Data Analysis (Practical)** 3
3. So 593 Thesis 6
4. So 594 Gender, Power and Sexuality 3  

*Optional

any one

5. So 595 Changing Livelihoods 3
6. So 596 Market and Society 3
7. So597 Sociology of Education 3
8. So598 Sociology of Tourism 3
9. So599 Research Design and Writing 3

*Optional courses will be offered on the basis of availability of teaching faculty and number of students.

** This course may require additional teaching faculty and teaching hours as per the number of group of students formed for the purpose of group work in theory class and computer practice for practical class.

Evaluation

Evaluation will be on the basis of 40 percent internal and 60 percent external. Forty percent internal evaluation will be done by the department/faculty on the basis of the following criteria:

  1. Class attendance 10 marks
  2. Class participation, discussion and presentation with précis 10 marks
  3. Term paper writing 10 marks
  4. Class test (writing) 10 marks

The 60 percent external evaluation will be done by the Dean’s office on the basis of final written examination. However, in case of practical courses 60 percent external will also be done practically in computer lab.

Syllabus

Please find the all four semester’s syllabuses:

Semester I

Semester II

Semester III

Semester IV

Faculty Members

Department of Sociology, Sarawsati Multiple Campus has 15 young energetic faculty members who are not only actively engaged in teaching and research but also involved in dialogue on the contemporary social issues in Nepal. The faculty members’ short bio-notes are as follows:

Jhakendra Gharti Magar is a teaching faculty of Sociology at Saraswati Multiple Campus since 2010. He has received MPhil in Sociology from Tribhuvan University and currently he is Head of the Sociology Department and Coordinator of the Master Program in the Campus. He teaches MA Sociology courses including Introduction to Sociology, Political Sociology, and Identity, Inequality and Intersectionality. He is a co-author of Majhi Jatiko Chinari (Ethnographic Profile of Majhi Peoples, 2011) and a co-editor of a book ‘Magar Jati: Eatihasik, Sanskritik and Rajnitik Sandarva (Magar Community: A Historical, Cultural and Political Context, 2014)’. He has published various articles in books and journals to his credit. His research interest broadly includes sociology of identity politics, social inclusion, ethnicity and nationalism, and social movement. Email: samananter@gmail.com.

Laxmi Thapa is a lecturer of Sociology and former coordinator of Master Program in Sociology at Saraswati Multple Campus. Now, she is in Ph.D. leave. Her email is laxmithapa457@gmail.com.

 Tek Nath Subedi is a Lecturer of Sociology at Saraswati Multiple Campus. He teaches major sociological theories including Structure Functionalism, Marxist perspectives and World System Perspectives. He is the chief-editor of Disability Studies Journal. His email is tngsubedi@gmail.com.

 Archana Khanal is a lecturer of Sociology at Saraswati Multiple Campus and she teaches Sociology of Gender and Qualitative Research Methods in Sociology. Her email is khanalarchu@yahoo.com.

 Sushila Sherchan is Assistant Lecturer of Sociology at Saraswati Multiple Campus. She is former coordinator of MA program in Sociology. She teaches sociology courses in Bachelor level. Her email is shushilasherchan69@gmail.com.

 Janak Paudel is Assistant Lecturer of Statistics and Sociology at Saraswati Multiple Campus. He teaches Basic Statistics in Sociological Research; and Survey Research and Computer Data Analysis in MA 3rd and 4th semester respectively. His email is paudeljanak420@gmail.com.

Badri Paudel is a PhD Scholar at Mewar University, India with the specialization in Musahar community of Nepal. He has been teaching Sociology at Saraswati Multiple Campus since 2010 as a teaching faculty. Particularly, he teaches Theories of Social Change and Development and Practice of Social Change and Development in Asia. His major research and publications include ‘Participation of Disadvantage Groups in Rural Development’, ‘Socio-economic and Cultural Study of the Musahar Community’. His email is badri_sir@yahoo.com.

Nabin Acharya has been teaching faculty of Sociology at Saraswati Multiple Campus since 2017. He received his M. Phil. Degree in Sociology from Tribhuvan University. He has been involved in research and writing in the areas of sociology of education, sociology of development, political and economic sociology. His articles include Parental Involvement and School Performance: A Sociological Perspective, Socio-educational Issues of Urban Public Schools and of the Slums in Kathmandu, Federalism for Nepal, Socio-Structural Causes of Disaster Vulnerability in Nepal which have been published in different Journals and books. His major areas of teaching are sociological theories, Theories and Practice of social change and development, Political Sociology etc. His email: acharya_nabin@hotmail.com

Narayani Devkota is a teaching faculty of sociology at Saraswati Multiple Campus, Tribhuvan University. She teaches Caste and Class, Marxist perspectives, and Identity, Inequality and Intersectionality. Currently, she is pursuing M.Phil in Sociology from Tribhuvan University. Her research works includes sociology of urbanization, disaster and gender. She has edited two series, Anthologies of women struggle named Sankalpa, one of, 35 women human right defender and 51 Female Chair and Vice chair of local level government. Occasionally, she writes on contemporary social issues in Kantipur Daily. Her email: nara.nepal@gmail.com.

Bhim Raj Sigdel is a teaching faculty of Sociology at Saraswati Multiple Campus since 2017. He has completed MA in Sociology from Tribhuvan University. He teaches Master level courses including Research methods in sociology, Functional Perspective, Gender studies, and Sociology of Health.  He has published article on ‘practice of Junk food consumption among educated people: A sociological study of governmental job holders-2020’ and ‘obstruction in the Mobility of City People: A study on vehicle handling practices of Kathmandu-2021’. His email is vimsigdel@gmail.com.

Ram Gurung is a teaching faculty of Sociology and teaches sociological theories and research. Gurung is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Sociology from the Tribhuvan University. He works in public policy issues with the aim to influence policy makers and facilitate in public policy formation, change, and continuation process. His major research interest areas include macro level social-economic-political change, urbanization, and disaster management. Beside teaching, he also writes opinion for the leading mass media, including Kantipur and The Kathmandu Post. Gurung is available at ram.767732@cdso.edu.tu.np.

Namita Paudel is a teaching faculty of sociology at Saraswati Multiple Campus. She teaches sociology of disaster and sociology of gender courses. She has completed MA and MPhil in Sociology from Tribhuvan University. Her research interests lie at the intersections of sociology of disaster, immigration, caste, gender, and transnationalism. You can reach me by email namita.dlb@gmail.com and her personal blog: http://namitasocialmediacrunch.blogspot.com/

Bhesraj Paudel is a teaching faculty of Sociology/Anthropology at Saraswati Multiple Campus since 2006. He teaches Caste and Class and Quantitative Research Methods in Sociology. His email is paudelbr@gmail.com.

Numanath Pyakurel is a teaching faculty of Sociology at Saraswati Multiple Campus since 2010. He teaches Caste and Class and political sociology. His email is nnpyakurel@gmail.com

Sita Kumari Bohara is a teaching faculty of Sociology at Saraswati Multiple Campus since 2019. She teaches Caste and Class, Theories of Social Change and Development and Sociology of Gender. She has published research articles on ‘Disaster and Disability in Nepal: An Experience of 2015 Earthquake’, and ‘Globalization, Citizenship and Subjectivity in My Family: An Analysis of Continuity and Changes in the Last Five Generations’ in peer-reviewed journal. She is also a co-editor of journal Mannami. Her email is: ctabohara@gmail.com

Research and Publication

The department is going to publish an annual journal of Nepali society from this year. Please see the call for papers. In addition, the faculty members are engaged in various research projects as their area of interest and they have been publishing journal articles, book chapters, and op-ed articles on contemporary social issues.

Contact Information

Department of Sociology

Saraswati Multiple Campus

Lekhanath Marg, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal

Tel.: 977-01-4412272

Email: smcsociologytu@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/smcsociology

 

For download Syllabus click below link:

 

 

Syllabus MA Sociology_ 1st Semester

Syllabus MA Sociology 2nd Semester

Syllabus MA Sociology 3rd Semester

Syllabus MA Sociology_4th Semester