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CSSS MPhil Programme

CSSS MPhil Programme

MPhil/PhD Program in Sociology

The Centre offers two separate programs at the MPhil/PhD level.


Integrated MPhil Program followed by the PhD Program
The course work for the MPhil program is divided into six broad areas:

  • Theories of Social Systems and Social Structures
  • Methodology of Social Sciences and Techniques of Social Research
  • Sociological Study of Economy, Polity, Family, and Religion with special reference to India
  • Cultural Analysis
  • Analysis of Social Change and Development, Gender Studies.
  • Modern Indian Social Thought.


Direct PhD program

The stipulated minimum qualifications for the direct PhD program have been specified in the prospectus of the University.

The following thematic areas have been identified under the Centre for Advanced Studies program, where members of our faculty are engaged in research:

  • Economy, Society and Culture in the Era of Globalization
  • Ethnicity, Caste, Identity and Social Movements
  • Sociology of Knowledge, including indigenous knowledge and Indian social thought
  • Sociology of sciences and technology including information and communication

The Centre also engages in conducting research on themes relating to the sociology of modernization, post modernity, globalization, development, social change, social movements, sociology of professions, sociology of knowledge, religion, agrarian relations, sociology of minorities, marginal social groups and communities, sociology of medicine/science, sociology of communication, Indian diaspora, social ecology and NGOs, gender, family and kinship, youth delinquency, mass media and cultural analysis.

The University Grants Commission selected the Centre for special assistance and the prestigious Dr. Ambedkar Chair of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India has also been instituted at the Centre. Currently, the Centre has been granted the status of Centre for Advanced Studies by the University Grants Commission.

The Centre awards 2 MPhil/PhD Fellowships under the Dr. Ambedkar Chair in Sociology. Our departmental library possesses a vast collection of publications on the core thematic concerns. We have also developed a special collaborative program, the Global Studies Program, with the Institute for Sociology, Albert Ludwigs University, Freiburg, Germany, and Kwazulu Natal University, Durban, South Africa

MPhil Courses

The MPhil program consists of several compulsory and optional courses.

Compulsory Courses

SS 601N - Theoretical Orientations in Sociological Analysis
SS 607N - Methods of Social Sciences

Optional Courses

SS 602N - Theories of Social Systems and Social Structure
SS 603N - Society, Culture and Personality
SS 604N - Social System Analysis - Structural and Functional Models
SS 605N - Marxist and Dialectical Models
SS 606N - Social Systems Analysis - Action, Symbolic and Phenomenological
SS 608N - Research Designs and Analysis of Data
SS 609N - Interviewing in Social Research
SS 610N - Scaling Techniques and Factor Analysis
SS 611N - Observational Methods and Qualitative Data
SS 612N - Projective Methods and Psychological Research
SS 613N - Documentary and Content Analysis
SS 614N - Analysis of Social Networks and Action-sets
SS 615N - Historical Method in Sociology
SS 616N - Sociology of Modernization and Development
SS 617N - Politics and Social Change
SS 618N - Professional Systems and Professionalisation
SS 619N - Migration, Adaptation and Change - Overseas Indian Communities
SS 620N - Youth, Identity and Social Change
SS 621N - Education and Society
SS 622N - Social Structure, Values and Religious Systems
SS 623N - Systems of Family and Kinship
SS 624N - Social Structure of Socialist Societies - China, Soviet Russia, Yugoslavia and Cuba
SS 625N - Social Mobility, Social Differentiation and Social Change
SS 626N - Ethnic Groups and Communities - Problems of Identity and Nation-building
SS 627N - Study of Social Movements and Revolutions
SS 628N - Family Structure, Economic Growth and Modernization
SS 629N - Science, Technology and Social Change
SS 630N - Textual Analysis in Cultural Context - The Social Anthropology of Civilization
SS 631N - Ethnicity, Identity and Modernity - The case of South and South-East Asia
SS 632N - Democracy, Mass-Media and Nation-building
SS 633N - Industrialisation and Social Change - Perspectives from the Third World
SS 634N - Modes of Symbolic Communication - Belief, Ritual and Art
SS 635N - Themes in Gender - Culture and Society
SS:636N - Health, Culture and Society

Note: All MPhil Courses carry 4 credits each. Students are required to take 2 compulsory courses and 2 optional courses. They are also required to write a dissertation based on library work and analysis of secondary data. The dissertation carries 8 credits. According to the MPhil Ordinance of the University, the students must complete at least 50 per cent of the course work (i.e., 2 courses) in the first semester itself. However, those students who secure a minimum CGPA of A Minus (7.0 on the 9 point scale of evaluation) in the course-work can opt for the PhD program without writing the MPhil dissertation.

A warm welcome to the modified and updated website of the Centre for East Asian Studies. The East Asian region has been at the forefront of several path-breaking changes since 1970s beginning with the redefining the development architecture with its State-led development model besides emerging as a major region in the global politics and a key hub of the sophisticated technologies. The Centre is one of the thirteen Centres of the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi that provides a holistic understanding of the region.

Initially, established as a Centre for Chinese and Japanese Studies, it subsequently grew to include Korean Studies as well. At present there are eight faculty members in the Centre. Several distinguished faculty who have now retired include the late Prof. Gargi Dutt, Prof. P.A.N. Murthy, Prof. G.P. Deshpande, Dr. Nranarayan Das, Prof. R.R. Krishnan and Prof. K.V. Kesavan. Besides, Dr. Madhu Bhalla served at the Centre in Chinese Studies Programme during 1994-2006. In addition, Ms. Kamlesh Jain and Dr. M. M. Kunju served the Centre as the Documentation Officers in Chinese and Japanese Studies respectively.

The academic curriculum covers both modern and contemporary facets of East Asia as each scholar specializes in an area of his/her interest in the region. The integrated course involves two semesters of classes at the M. Phil programme and a dissertation for the M. Phil and a thesis for Ph. D programme respectively. The central objective is to impart an interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of history, foreign policy, government and politics, society and culture and political economy of the respective areas. Students can explore new and emerging themes such as East Asian regionalism, the evolving East Asian Community, the rise of China, resurgence of Japan and the prospects for reunification of the Korean peninsula. Additionally, the Centre lays great emphasis on the building of language skills. The background of scholars includes mostly from the social science disciplines; History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, International Relations and language.

Several students of the centre have been recipients of prestigious research fellowships awarded by Japan Foundation, Mombusho (Ministry of Education, Government of Japan), Saburo Okita Memorial Fellowship, Nippon Foundation, Korea Foundation, Nehru Memorial Fellowship, and Fellowship from the Chinese and Taiwanese Governments. Besides, students from Japan receive fellowship from the Indian Council of Cultural Relations.