Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Alumni Connect: II BA Sociology

Date and Time: Wednesday, 24 August 2016 (12-1 pm)
Venue: Mini Auditorium, Block I

Date and Time: Wednesday, 24 August 2016 (12-1 pm)
Venue: Mini Auditorium, Block I

India has always been a culturally rich nation due to its unique ethnic diversities. The Department of Sociology at Christ University acknowledged its heritage by encouraging the second year students to organize and participate in an interactive Sociology Activity hour on the August 24, 2016. In order to celebrate and showcase the diverse art forms prevalent the theme selected for the production was ‘Multiculturalism.’
Imbibing the theme the students of second year PSEco coordinated the activity hour by putting forward a vibrant medley of dances encapsulating various traditional art forms from different parts of India such as Cheraw from Mizoram, Bhangra from Punjab and Garba from Gujarat. The exuberant performances exposed many students to existing art forms and various other aspects of culture such as clothing, type of music etc.  The lively stage act was followed by an informative session by a member of our very own Christ family, Miss Lakshmi Sharma.

Ms. Sharma completed her undergraduate degree in the course PSEnglish from 2011 – 2014 and went on to pursue her graduate degree in Social Anthropology at the globally prestigious Oxford University in the United Kingdom.  She informed the audience about her experiences at Christ and Oxford while also touching upon the process of applying to universities overseas. As a student at Christ the multi – disciplinary approach exposed her to combine various methods of study, which culminated in the form of a research paper which later became the base for her graduate level dissertation. Identifying the common themes of religion, economy and culture in the literary works of Gorur Ramaswamy Iyengar’s ‘Namma Oorina Rasikaru’ and M N Sirnivas’s ‘A Remembered Village’; Sharma highlighted despite caste base distinctions, religious celebrations like Yakshagana brought a unified experience among people, and how they consume culture.


Ms Sharma’s session was both informative and inspiring as she shared her experience as a student who began her intellectual journey from the same stature as the students were today. Encouraging words from an inspirational role model along with insight to pedagogical culture at Oxford motivated the students to realise the endless possibilities that one could make from the extensive provision of opportunities at hand.


The idea of a production proposed by our Professors were indeed productive, educative and pleasurable as it reinforced the value that learning needn’t always be confined to the four walls of the classroom but rather by the exchange of ideas as individual actors interact with one another.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016


National Young Sociologist Competition 2016-17 

The Department of Sociology, Christ University, Bangalore, organises an annual National Young Sociologist Competition for undergraduate students having Sociology as one of their subject. It aims to encourage the young generation to carry out small research projects on socially relevant subjects and issues to enhance their critical and analytical thinking. The Competition seeks to fulfil this aim by inviting the participants to write original papers on topics prescribed below to participate in the paper presentation competition which will be held on 19 December 2016.   Theme and Topics

The theme for the National Young Sociologist Competition 2016-17 is Society, Culture and Identity. Culture in its truest form holds a revered meaning in Sociology and Social Anthropology. One of the most comprehensive definitions of the term culture was provided by the 19th century British anthropologist, Edward Tylor. He defined culture as “that complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, morals, law, custom, and any other capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of society.” These stocks of knowledge determine the nature of a group. And the world hosts a plethora of such cultures, culminating towards Cultural Pluralism. The diversity can extend to a multitude of political ideologies, religious beliefs, languages, customs and art forms among many others.
Cultural pluralism helps to express the richness of human capabilities and also expands the intellectual horizon of an individual. This plural nature of societies can be best realized when
cultures are studied with an earnest sociological perspective. Cultural transmission has thus enabled to condition and influence the mindset of people all along. An individual has multiple identities and projects one identity in a social situation. Identity formation at any time is the positioning of several actors, and has an inherent ‘us’ and ‘they’ context. These identities are often contested leading to conflict, especially, in a heterogeneous country like India. It is evident by the recent rise of phenomena such as Xenophobia and Ethnocentrism around the world in general and India in particular. This is further spurred by processes such as globalization and migration.
Diversity in India can be best summarized in Mark Twain’s remark upon touching the shores of Bombay in 1890s. He said “the land that everyone desires to see, and having seen once by even a glimpse, would not give up that glimpse for all the shows in the world combined”. India was so exciting he wrote, because it was “the home of two thousand religions and two million gods”. Underlying all these diversities, there is a remarkable measure of unity. This can be witnessed in the geo-political, geo-cultural, religious accommodation and functional interdependence expressed in various forms in India.
Today the world is quick on prejudices, stereotypes, labeling and trolls based on cultural differences which can create a major dent in the way individuals interact in everyday lives. The world has already witnessed the ill effects of cultural intolerance from disasters like Apartheid and Holocaust. Along with these, identity politics has emerged as a negative byproduct of increased globalization and multiple levels of migration. Fundamentalism and identity politics have developed into a major divisive factor and a real time threat to the modern world.
Sub themes
• Unity and Diversity
• Cultural Pluralism
• Identity Politics, Gender and Religion
• Fundamentalism and Intolerance


The competition is open to all regular undergraduate students studying Sociology as one of their subjects in any of the institutions in India.

Submission Guidelines

As a first step to participate in this competition all participants need to send a 300 word abstract of their paper by August 20, 2016 to:

National Young Sociologist Competition 2016-17 
C/o Head, Department of Sociology 
Christ University Hosur Road, Bangalore–560029 
Email: Tel: 91-80-4012 9067 

National Young Sociologist Competition 2016-17 
C/o Dr Sudhansubala Sahu or Prof. Suparna Majumdar Kar 
Co-ordinator for YSC 
Department of Sociology Christ University Hosur Road, Bangalore–560029 
Tel: 91-80-4012 9436 

  1.  The abstracts should be accompanied by the contact details of participants including name, college/institution details, postal address, email address, and phone number.  
  2. Participants need to enclose a bonafide certificate from the Head of their Institution and a copy of their college/university identity card along with the abstract.  
  3. There is no limit to the number of entries from a single institution. 
  4. All entries should be original works of the participant with appropriate references. Plagiarized entries will be disqualified.  
  5. Co-authored papers will not be considered. 
  6. Submitted abstracts will be screened and the authors of shortlisted abstracts will be notified by August 25, 2016. 
  7. Authors of shortlisted abstracts have to submit two hard copies and the soft copy in of their full-length paper in word format to either of the above-mentioned addresses by November 1, 2016. 
  8. Participants whose papers have been selected for the final presentation at Christ University, Bangalore will be notified by November 15, 2016. 
  9. Travel will be reimbursed (second class sleeper) for outstation paper presenters. 
  10. Accommodation will be provided for outstation paper presenters.
  11. Final papers will be considered for publication. 

Evaluation Process and Rewards

  1. The entries will be evaluated by an eminent panel of judges and the authors of the ten best entries will be invited to Christ University to make a presentation and to defend their ideas in the presence of students of Humanities and Social Sciences. 
  2. Awards are given to the prize winners. The first prize carries Rs 15,000/-, the second Rs 10,000/-, and the third Rs 7,000/-. The conveyance expenditure of the finalists would be reimbursed as per Christ University guidelines and the finalists would receive hospitality from Christ University community. 

Important Dates

  • August 20, 2016  Last date for submission of abstract 
  • August 25, 2016 Notification of shortlisted abstracts 
  • November 1, 2016 Submission of full-length paper 
  • November 15, 2016 Announcement of finalists for paper presentation 
  • December 19, 2016 Final paper presentation at Christ University 

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Class activities

 India: United in its Diversity

 The class of 4PSEco was given an opportunity by our sociology teacher, Dr. Sheila Mathews, to conduct panel discussions on various topics related to our syllabus throughout the semester. It helped us create an immense pool of knowledge while bringing out our creative sides. Our main theme was the pluralistic nature of the Indian society. The reader will noticed that in the reviews below, this is clearly highlighted through the various aspects that the panels brought out under each sub-topic. It gave us a fresh perspective as to how India has such diverse and unique identities within its geographical boundaries. The following is an overview of the panel discussions that were held.

1. India Untouched - Documentary review      
India Untouched is a documentary exposé on the modern sociopolitical and economic realities of caste and untouchability in India. The panel began by speaking about the various aspects of the documentary.  Some of the key aspects included the textual references to the laws of Manu, cross religious casteism and double dalit phenomenon.  The members of the panel gave their views on various aspects of the documentary from the political, referring to the participation of dalits in politics and  communist and dalit mobilization to social phenomenon such as exclusion from education and basic facilities and how even economic exclusion such as limitations on work and economic welfare are placed on the community.
The panel also raised questions on caste and its modern spectre in India.

2. Caste
The panel on caste was required to provide an insight on caste in India.  Rather than focusing on the sociopolitical realities of caste, as was already done by the panel on the documentary India Untouched, this panel sought to bring to light the various aspects of caste: definition, occupation, structure, stricture, forms and nature.  The basis of the panel’s central topics were textual and historical evidences, rules and sources known to be the base of the modern phenomenon of caste called Jati.  This was followed by studies in caste and a short modern history of caste, cross religious casteism and reservation. The main highlight of the panel was caste pluralism and how caste even today seems to undergo expansion.

3. Tribes
India is a diverse nation compiling of a multitude of lives. Struggling amidst all this is a community as old as time, fighting to not loose themselves. This panel focused on what it takes to preserve their identity in a country as pluralistic as India. Various questions were addressed from various perspectives such as  The informed commoner, The Historian, The Scholar, Representatives from tribes, The Capitalist, The Member of a Pressure Group, And a Student of sociology.
4. Race
Along with outlining the various racial types - Dravidian, Alpo-dinarian, Australoid, Negrito, Mongaloid and Aryan - tracing their origins, physical features, and other traits, the panel also brought out the similarities and differences between the racial theories of prominent sociologists and anthropologists such as Herbert Hope Risley, John Henry Hutton and B.S.Guha.
5. Rural Urban
            The panel presented on rural and urban India and occupations with respect to the Pluralistic nature of Indian Society. They spoke about the characteristics of rural and urban India and how they lie in a continuum. They also covered the variety of occupations in the Indian context and how they've changed over the years.
6. Religion
            Due to the vastness and significance of this topic, it was presented by two panels of 11 members each. The following is a gist of what they covered:
Religion in India is characterized by a diversity of religious beliefs and practices. The Indian subcontinent is the birthplace of some of the world's major religions: namely Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism.
In 'modern' period new religions were also established in India, such as Sikhism, Zoroastrianism and Judaism, Islam and Christianity. There are also some tribal communities who demand to be recognized as separate religion from Hinduism .Although they pre- dominantly follow major religious traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and/or Christianity.
7. Language
            The panel’s topic for discussion was Languages in India. In keeping the theme of these panels, “Pluralism in India”, we focused on the following aspects of Indian Languages:
·         Language as the identity of a culture
·         Evolution of Scripts
·         Families of Languages:
·         Indo Aryan
·         Dravidian
·         Austroasiatic
·         Sino Tibetan
·         Tai Kadai
·         Great Andamanese.
·         Dialects
·         Linguistic Division of States
·         Official Languages
·         Endangered and Extinct languages
The above mentioned topics give a very holistic view and also prove the plurality that exists in every aspect of the Indian society and culture and the topics are an evidence of it.

8. Kinship, Family and Marriage
            The panel discussed the mentioned topics in great detail, as it forms an essential part of the social life. These topics were clubbed together as they are interlinked and each component forms the larger picture. Under kinship, Irawati Karwe’s book, along with the division in the 4 regions and the types of kinship were covered. The panelists covered the functions of family, changing patterns of family in India, the types of family and previously conducted studies on family by famous sociologists. Types, characteristics, rules and various practices in different parts of the country were the topics covered under marriage.

9. Castes of Mind:
The panel on Castes of mind by Nicholas Dirks was both a summary and view based evaluation of Nicholas Dirks' magnum opus on caste in India, presented to us by Atreya Arun and Supriya Rangarajan.  The panelists divided the book in order of parts speaking of the fours parts in numerical order.  The first two parts spoke of the invention of caste and colonial archive and Nicholas Dirks’ main theory of how formalization of caste through cultural technologies literature and undue focus gave way to its rise in prominence and master status nature in modern India. It also spoke of the works and role of Orientalist administrators and missionaries in this process. The next two parts speak of the ethnographic state, policing criminalization and conversion of caste, tradition and law to create an enumerated rigid hierarchy and structure for caste. It then goes on to expand on modern caste community and polity in India from reformers like Dr. B.R. Ambedkar to movements and modern politics and the post-colonial predicament in India.
These presentations were an eye opener as well as a great learning experience. We understood in the truest sense what being so diverse really meant. In a pluralistic society like India, where people respect each other, where there is opportunity for a free flow of ideas, a meeting of minds, this alone can generate an atmosphere conducive to national growth and integration. These panels went beyond their guidelines given. We truly commend this wonderful job. 

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Sessions by CAPS during the Odd Semester 2016 for MA Applied Sociology

Date Time Class  Session
Jul-19 2-4 pm I MA Applied Sociology  APA  Basic Formatting
  2-4 pm II MA Applied Sociology  Resume Writing
Jul-26 2-4 pm I MA Applied Sociology  APA Style Writing
  2-4 pm II MA Applied Sociology  Professional E-mail Writing 
Aug-02 2-4 pm I MA Applied Sociology  APA  References
  2-4 pm II MA Applied Sociology  Public Speaking Skills  
Aug-16 2-4 pm I MA Applied Sociology  Researching Skills 
  2-4 pm II MA Applied Sociology  Appearing for Job Interviews 
Aug-23 2-4 pm I MA Applied Sociology  Research Manuscript Writing (Abstract, Introduction, Method, Results, Discussion and Conclusion)
  2-4 pm II MA Applied Sociology  Professional Communication skills (soft skills)
Aug-30 2-4 pm I MA Applied Sociology  Delivering Formal presentation 
  2-4 pm II MA Applied Sociology  Delivering Formal presentation 
Sep-06 2-4 pm I MA Applied Sociology  Paper Presentation for conferences
  2-4 pm II MA Applied Sociology  Personal Statement Writing

CAPS: Session on Argumentative Writing

On July 20, 2016, Wednesday, volunteers from CAPS were at 3PSEco to take a

session on argumentative writing. The volunteers were peer trainers and were

accompanied with the CAPS faculty co-ordinator.

The class went on for close to an hour and was very informative. It was an

interactive and a semi-formal training session. We learnt the essential qualities

of an argumentative essay. The difference between an argument and a debate.

An argumentative essay should have a specific format. It should begin with an

introduction. The essay should have facts for whichever side of the motion you

stand for. The essay needs to have facts, respond for why you stand for or

against the motion. All of this needs to be done after research.

The essay needs to end with a conclusion that summarises the essay and thus

can prove your stand on the side of the motion. We were shown a video on how

a verbal argument is backed up with facts.

The session ended with a feedback session.

Amrita Ragavendiran

Wednesday, 3 August 2016


‘Sambandh’ is the annual festival organized by the Department of Sociology, Christ University organized for and by its students. It is one of the most colourful events on campus and is something that the students wait for eagerly. The word ‘Sambandh’ literally translates into relationships and this festival is a celebration of just that. It explores human relationships in a dynamically changing environment.

The theme for the year 2016 will be ‘Cultural Pluralism’ and this year the festival will be celebrated on August 29th. The real spirit of the event will be on participation and cooperation rather than merely emphasising competition. The festival will host a vibrant variety of dances, music, ethnic displays, debates, quizzes, posters, and many other events. This festival celebrates

the multicultural essence of Christ University, which has students from numerous countries and regions across India. It provides a platform to capture the creativity and the diversity of the student community through all the events organized. These events test the intellectual and creative talents and capabilities of the students of Sociology. Participation in various events portrays the energy and interest of the students to come forward as individuals and contribute.

To find out more about the event please go through our presentation on Sambandh 2016.

Sambandh Registrations:

Please click on the following link or copy and paste it on a new browser window for ‘Sambandh Registrations’