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.

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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”.
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Department of Sociology
University of Ruhuna
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.

Course Units

  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