The research, teaching and learning at the Department of Sociology derive its inspiration from the history of Jamia Millia Islamia education project namely, that knowledge should be meaningful to student learners who have different rhythms of reading writing and learning, come from diverse cultural background, and are differently positioned in social stratification systems. Accordingly the Department of Sociology is committed to (a) teaching its students at the undergraduate and graduate levels the basic grammar of social science within the context of a general awareness of diverse national and international social realities and issues, (b) build a foundation of intellectual skills for independent research useful for varied professions (ranging from academic research and teaching, to media, to administration, to public leadership, to management, and so on) (c) include extra-curricular learning (d) use mother tongue and acquire bi-lingual reading and writing habits (e) encourage students feedback (f) to encourage teaching faculty to research and enrich their knowledge and practice.
The curriculum includes interdisciplinary and interfaculty courses (core and elective subjects) in unit form. These are periodically upgraded and enriched through presentations and rigorous discussion by the entire faculty and by BOS. The curriculum includes courses for ‘student centric’ learning: two at MA level (Dissertation-I and Dissertation-II), and two at the B.A Honors level (Research Project I and Research Project II). Students work under the guidance of a faculty member and contact a variety of external institutions wherever necessary.
Extension lecture series are organized for students and faculty. Interuniversity students’ seminars are organized annually by the Departments Students Subject Association. Students also participate in the NSS and NCC programme of the University. Courses on subject of contemporary relevance have been introduced. There include globalization, ethnicity, critical pedagogy, sociology of law, Islam and muslim in south asia, city and space, indigenous voices, gender and ecology.
The research programs of the department for Ph.D students and those undertaken by faculty members are guided by the following ethical values:-
- Acknowledge the voice of individuals, groups and communities who have contributed to research in addifurm to acknowledging textual sources of information/data.
- Ensure transparency and fairness by listening to diverse voices with equal attention.
- Cross verify information/data before.
- Ensure willingness of people during fieldwork.
- Before finalizing thesis, or an article or a book get a feedback response from individuals groups, community. This is important to ensure that they are not misrepresented.