One year Masters Degree in Sociology

This program is an opportunity for the students to apply sociological perspectives and methods for analyzing social realities, grounded in a strong theoretical and substantive understanding of social institutions, social relations and social policies. Furthermore, it enhances the advanced research and data analytic skills of the students, making them
effective and experienced practitioners in the field of applied social research, pave the pathway to continue into doctoral studies in the field.

Objectives/Graduate Profile
The postgraduate student who completes the degree will be able to;
• Enhance knowledge on the evolving theories of sociology in the current environment
• Apply sociological theories effectively in understanding problems of the society and develop solutions to resolve them.
• Develop the skill of designing, conducting, analyzing and interpretation of data with modern technologies in sociological research
• Work in groups and other external resource persons.

Professional and Employment Opportunities
After graduating the students has the potential to get employed as probation officers, project mobilizers, social workers, sociologists, counselors, community development officers, researchers, field offices, child protection officers, planning officers. This One Year Master’s Degree in Sociology has gained a recognition in these respective professional schemes.

Admission Requirements
To be eligible for admission to this program an applicant must possess one of the
following qualifications;
• A Bachelors Degree, including 30 credits in the relevant subject area
• A Bachelors Degree with prior learning/work experience equivalent to 30 credits in the relevant subject area
• Completion of NVQ level 7, as determined by the academic authority of HEI, may be considered.

Course Duration: One year
Medium of Instruction: English / Sinhala

Course Description

It is essential to attend more than 80% of the lectures for each subject to become eligible to sit for the examination.
Candidate’s performance at each course unit is assessed and graded through theory examinations and continuous assessments during and at the end of the semester. Continuous assessment may include individual assignments, group assignments, case analyses, critical incident analyses, term papers, midterm examinations, quizzes, practical and, oral presentations. Peer evaluation is used in giving marks for the continuous assessments. Maximum marks that can be obtained is 20% for the continuous assessments with written or other examinations. Individual research project will be allocated 100 marks. The pass mark is 50% and candidate should pass all the course units including the research project.

Repeating the course units
A candidate who is unable to sit or fail the course unit can repeat the examination. Except medical reasons the maximum mark that can be obtained is 50%. For further details please refer paragraph under “Repeating the course units” in page 29.

Awarding the Degree
Candidate is expected to pass all the courses and should possess a minimum GPA of 2.7 for a total of 30 credits worth courses. A merit pass will be given if the overall average exceeds 70%.

Payment Plan
The full amount of the course fee should be paid at the time of registration.