NR College, Nepaltar, Kathmandu
Master of Sociology (MA Four Semesters)

Sociology has been established as a prominent social science branch under T.U. As member of social science, it encompasses the aspect like human evolution, Human Behavior, social institutions, social structure, social conflict and cultural complex of various societies in the world. In dealing with these aspects, Sociology/Anthropology makes holistic approach and no other members of this domain have contributed in such a manner.

The course Sociology offers altogether 18 papers and a compulsory thesis in fourth semester. Out of them there are 14 compulsory papers from first to fourth semester. The student may opt for three optional courses in the third and one in the fourth semester.


The objective of these courses is to impart up-to-date knowledge of the theories and methods of sociology to the students along with training in field-work and secondary data analysis. The second objective is to provide skilled human resource for Nepal development needs. The third objective is to inculcate in the students the spirit of human rights and social justice. Thus the overall objective is to develop professional skill, in both theory and research, in sociology in the students of this discipline at a par with those of other countries.



Evaluation will be on the basis of 40 percent internal and 60 percent external. Forty percent internal evaluation will be done by the department/faculty on the basis of the following criteria:

A. Class attendance 10 marks
B. Class participation, discussion and presentation with précis 10 marks
C. Term paper writing 10 marks
D. Class test (writing) 10 marks

The 60 percent external evaluation will be done by the Dean’s office on the basis of final written examination. However, in case of practical courses 60 percent external will also be done practically in computer lab.

Duration of the Course and Examinations

The duration of the course is of two years with four semesters. There is an university examination, in each six months, at the end of each semester. Eighty percent of the attendance in the class is compulsory.


A student holding a Bachelor degree in any of the following subjects recognized by Tribhuvan University is considered eligible to apply for admission.

  • Sociology; Anthropology; Social Work; Nepalese History, Culture and Archaeology; Psychology; history; Home Science; Geography; Economics; and Political Science
  • Any discipline from faculty of education, management and law
  • Any discipline from institute of medicine, engineering, forestry, agriculture and animal science


An applicant seeking admission to MA Sociology must appear in an Entrance Examination of one hour’s duration conducted by the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Tribhuvan University.

The applicant who fails to appear in the Entrance Examination or to obtain a minimum qualifying score will not be given admission. Admission of the students will be based strictly on the merit list and on the enrollment capacity of the Central Department of Sociology/Campus.


Career: Sociologists

Sociologists study people and the behavior within the social groups that they form. They also study social institutions such as religion and law. You’ll also examine the problems, from family arguments at the dinner table to violent crime, that occur within groups. Your research might be used by governments and organizations that help people live and work together better.

Many sociologists find work in related fields that require similar skills, such as social services, education, and public policy. For the best opportunities, build skills in statistics and research and learn about applied sociology — that is, how sociology can be used to solve practical problems.


First Semester Courses

Paper Code No. Title of Course Credit hr. Remarks
1 So561 Introduction to Sociology 3 Required
2 So562 Qualitative Research Methods in Sociology 3 Required
3 So563 Structural-functional Approach 3 Required
4 So564 Caste and Class 3 Required
5 So565 Theories of Social Change and Development 3 Required
Second Semester Courses
Paper Code No. Title of Course Credit hr. Remarks
1 So571 Marxist Perspective 3 Required
2 So572 Quantitative Research Methods in Sociology 3 Required
3 So573 Practice of Social Change and Development in Asia 3 *Optional any three
4 So574 Politics and Society: Interface between Nation, State and Globe 3
5 So575 Sociology of Health 3
6 So576 Household and Family in Transition 3

Third Semester Courses

Paper Code No. Title of Course Credit hr. Remarks
1 So581 World-System Perspective 3 Required
2 So582 Basic Statistics in Sociological Research 3 Required
3 So583 Sociology of Gender 3 *Optional any three
4 So584 Identity, Inequality and Intersectionality 3
5 So585 Migration, Social Network, Remittance and Development 3
6 So586 Sociology of Ageing and Disability 3
7 So587 Power Leadership, Governmentality, and Development 3
8 So588 Urban Sociology 3
9 So589 Sociology of Disaster 3

Fourth Semester Courses

Paper Code No. Title of Course Credit hr. Remarks
1 So591 Agency/Micro versus Structure/Macro Perspectives 3 Required
2 So592 Survey Research and Computer Data Analysis (Practical)** 3 Required
3 So593 Thesis 6 Required
4 So594 Gender, Power and Sexuality 3 *Optional any one
5 So595 Changing Livelihoods 3
6 So596 Market and Society 3
7 So597 Sociology of Education 3
8 So598 Sociology of Tourism 3
9 So599 Research Design and Writing 3