Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

University of Ruhuna

Department of Sociology

The Department of Sociology, which was established in the year 1993, offers Sociology as its main discipline. The department offers courses related to psychology, anthropology, cultural studies, criminology and conflict studies. The undergraduate study programme of the department is specially designed to enhance the students’ knowledge of contemporary society and its dynamics.

Quick Info

Prathimana : Journal of The Department of Sociology
News & Events
Workshop on “Academic Writing and Social Research”
(20 March, 2020)
Understanding the timely need among university students Sociological Organization organized a workshop on “academic writing and social research” held on 19th December 2019.
Participatory Development Programme organized by the Sociological Association
(20 March, 2020)
It is believed that working together with community would facilitate university students to employ their theoretical understandings to improve social well-being among people.
Guest Lecture on “Freedom of education and Crisis on contemporary education”
(20 March, 2020)
A guest lecture was organized by the sociological association on “Freedom of education and Crisis on contemporary education” on 13th February 2020.
Guest lecture on “Philosophical Foundation of Epistemology” organized by the sociological association
(20 March, 2020)
A guest lecture on “philosophical foundation of epistemology” was organized by the sociological association.

Participatory action research project in Ridiyagama State house of Detention
(20 March, 2020)
Final year students of the department of sociology panned a project to empower inmates in the state detention house at Ridiyagama.

Workshop for undergraduates on “Job Prospectus and Scholarship opportunities”
(20 March, 2020)
Mr. Nimantha Gayashan, a third year student in the department of Sociology has organized a workshop particularly for undergraduates.

The Department of Sociology in collaboration with its project on Strengthening Research, Education and Advocacy in Conflict, Peace and Development Studies organized Professor R.M Ranaweera Banda Memorial lecture for the fifth consecutive year to commemorate the late Professor R.M. Ranaweera Banda.

This year’s lecture was conducted by Professor Danture Wickramasinghe, Chair Professor in Management Accounting, Adams Smith Business School, University of Glasgow, UK, under the topic, “Epistemological Rationale of Qualitative Methodology in Social Science Research”.
Contact Info
Department of Sociology
University of Ruhuna
Matara
Sri Lanka

Tel     : +94 412222681/82  Ext: 3701/ 3702
Fax    : +94 412227010
Email  : sociology@ruh.ac.lk

Head's Message

Sociology provides insights of the social and human development, realising social issues and problems, and making certain recommendations to solve such problems. In the contemporary, highly globalised society, the Department of Sociology plays a vital role to create intelligent and skilled graduates.

The Department of Sociology publishes “Prathimana” a refereed journal in order to disseminate the knowledge to a wider audience. The students’ society of the department publishes “Vimarsha” an annual journal that encourages students to publish their researches. With the collaboration of academic institutions in Nepal, Pakistan and Norway, the department conducts an international programme that includes research, education and advocacy in conflict, peace and development studies.

We expect to excel its academic performance and serve the society providing productive human capital in line with the University of Ruhuna’s vision, to be the prime intellectual thrust of the nation.
Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Sociology
Course Code & Name Status (Core /Optional) Credit Value
1000 Level

1st Semester
SOC11613 Introduction to Sociology Core 03
ELG11612 Elements of English Grammar Core 02
ITS11613 Computer Literacy & Basic ICT Skills Core 03
SES11612 Ethics, Values and Vision of Life Core 02

2nd Semester
SOC12613 Sociological Perspectives Core 03
ELG12612 Reading Skills Core 02
ITS12612 Essential Skills in Digital Presentation Core 02
SLG12612 Sinhala Writing Skills Core 02
2000 Level

1st Semester
SOC21613 Introduction to Sociological Theory Core 03
SOC21623 Principles of Psychology Core 03
SOC21633 Social Dynamics and Social Change
Optional (any two of these subjects)
06
SOC21643 Social Movements
SOC21653 Social Psychology
SOC21663 Political Sociology
MNS21613 Mathematical and Numerical Skills Core 03
TLG21613 Basic Tamil Core 03

2nd Semester
SOC22613 Introduction to Social Anthropology Core 03
SOC22623 Introduction to Social Research Core 03
SOC22633 Sociology of Health
Optional (any two of these subjects)
06
SOC22643 Contemporary Social Institutions
SOC22653 Criminology
SOC22663 Sociology of Gender
SES22613 Information Literacy and Scientific Communication Skills Core 03
SES22611 Socio-Emotional Skills Core 01
3000 Level

1st Semester
SOC31613 Sociology of Development Core 03
SOC31623 Social Research Methodology and Methods Core 03
SOC31633 Social Work: Theory and Practice
Optional (any two of these subjects)
06
SOC31643 Sociology of Migration
SOC31653 Environmental Sociology
SOC31663 Sociology of Disaster Management
CSE31612 Philosophy of knowledge and Research Core 03
ELG31613 Academic Writing Skills Core 03

2nd Semester
SOC32613 Sociology of Religion Core 03
SOC32623 Rural Sociology Core 03
SOC32633 Sociology of Conflict
Optional (any two of these subjects)
06
SOC32643 Urban Sociology
SOC32653 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
SOC32663 Contemporary Social Issues
HRM32613 Human Resource Management Core 03
ELG32612 Business English Core 02
4000 Level

1st Semester
SOC41613 Industrial Sociology Core 03
SOC41623 Contemporary Social Theory Core 03
GEO41633 Population Geography Core 03
SOC41633 Globalization and Society Core 03
SOC41643 Social Demography
Optional (any one of these subjects)
03
SOC41653 Applied Sociology
ITS41612 Information and Communication Technology for Personal and Office Usage Core 02
ELG41612 Public Speaking Core 02
SES41611 Soft Skills and Personality Development Core 01
SES41632 Critical and creative thinking Core 02

2nd Semester
SOC42619 Dissertation Core 09
SOC42623 Internship Core 03
Course Modules Offered for Bachelor of Arts Degree Programme
Course Code & Name Status (Core /Optional) Credit Value
1000 Level
1st Semester SOC11513 Introduction to Sociology Core 03
2nd Semester SOC12513 Sociological Perspectives Core 03
2000 Level
1st Semester SOC21513 Introduction to Sociological Theory Core 03
SOC21523 Principles of Psychology Optional 03
2nd Semester SOC22523 Introduction to Social Research Core 03
SOC22553 Criminology Optional 03
3000 Level
1st Semester SOC31513 Sociology of Development Core 03
SOC31533 Social Work: Theory and Practice
Optional (any one of these subjects)
03
SOC31553 Environmental Sociology
2nd Semester SOC32523 Rural Sociology Core 03
SOC32563 Contemporary Social Issues
Optional (any one of these subjects)
03
SOC32553 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
Special General
1000 Level
1st Semester
SOC 11513 Principles of Sociology SOC 11513 Principles of Sociology
SUP 11523 Humanities and Social Sciences Research Methods SUP 11523 Humanities and Social Sciences Research Methods
1000 Level
2nd Semester
SOC 12513 Principles of Psychology SOC 12513 Principles of Psychology
2000 Level
1st Semester
SOC 21613 Basic Sociological Theory SOC 21513 Basic Sociological Theory
SOC 21623 Community Development SOC 21523 Criminology
SOC 21633 Health, Illness and Society SOC 21533 Culture and Development
SOC 21643 Sociology of Gender
SOC 21653 Social Change and Contemporary
SOC 21663 Indigenous Knowledge and Sri Lankan Society
SOC 21673 Criminology
2000 Level
2nd Semester
SOC 22613 Contemporary Social Institutions SOC 22513 Contemporary Social Institutions
SOC 22623 Social Statistics SUP 22543 Social Harmony
SOC 22633 Race, Ethnicity and Politics SUP 22553 Active Citizens
SOC 22643 Food and Health Sociology
SOC 22653 Sri Lankan Anthropology
SUP 22643 Social Harmony
SUP 22653 Active Citizens
3000 Level
1st Semester
SOC 31613 Political Sociology SOC 31513 Research Methods
SOC 31623 Social Conflict and Conflict Transformation SOC 31523 Sociology of Development
SOC 31633 Research Methods SOC 31533 Social Inequality and Social Stratification
SOC 31643 Sociology of Migration
SOC 31653 Sociology of Literature
SOC 31663 Sociology of Development
3000 Level
2nd Semester
SOC32613 Rural Sociology SOC 32513 Social Psychology
SOC 32623 Social Aspect of Child Labour
SOC 32633 Social Psychology
SOC 32643 Social Inequality and Social Stratification
SOC 32653 Social Issues
SOC 32663 Environmental Sociology
4000 Level
1st Semester
SOC 41613 Advance Sociological Theory
SOC 41623 Sociology of Religion
SOC 41633 Research Design
SOC 41643 Woman and Society
SOC 41653 Post-conflict Peace Building and Reconciliation
SOC 41663 Education and Society
SOC 41673 Internship Training
4000 Level
2nd Semester
SOC 42613 Organizational Management
SOC 42623 Project Planning and Organizing Workshops
SOC 42633 Independent Dissertation
SOC 42643 Sociology of Tourism
SOC 42663 Sociology of Marriage and Sexuality