Cul­ture con­nect


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A broad dis­ci­pline, so­ci­ol­ogy is the study of all kinds of so­ci­eties, in­sti­tu­tions and re­la­tions. It in­cludes the study of one’s own so­ci­ety as well as that of oth­ers. So­ci­ol­o­gists try to un­der­stand what peo­ple say or do; what they think and how their world­views are shaped by larger so­cial struc­tures. There are a range of op­tions for stu­dents. Af­ter grad­u­a­tion in so­ci­ol­ogy, one can also go for pro­fes­sional pro­grammes such as so­cial work and be­come med­i­cal or in­dus­trial so­cial work­ers. The in­dus­trial and cor­po­rate world of­fers op­por­tu­ni­ties in cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity (CSR) and mar­ket­ing di­vi­sions. A sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of stu­dents go to non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing Green­peace, Ox­fam, UN bod­ies and the World Wide Fund for Na­ture. They also get into pub­lish­ing as copy edi­tors and com­mis­sion­ing edi­tors, as also jour­nal­ists, for both print and au­dio-vis­ual

CLOCK­WORK Daily rou­tine of so­ci­ol­o­gist in­volves field re­search for a few weeks or months, or some­times years in a spe­cific so­cial set­ting, such as a vil­lage, film pro­duc­tion unit, re­li­gious or­gan­i­sa­tion, youth gang, or school or fac­tory; teach­ing at dif­fer­ent lev­els from school to univer­sity; writ­ing ar­ti­cles, books and mak­ing me­dia ap­pear­ances as an ex­pert on some so­cial is­sue; work­ing in the re­search wing of dif­fer­ent or­gan­i­sa­tions like an NGO, a government de­part­ment, a firm etc

THE PAY­OFF Monthly pay pack­ages in the academia (government sec­tor): As­sis­tant pro­fes­sor: R40,000 a month; as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor: R60,000 to R70,000 a month; pro­fes­sor: R80,000 to R90,000 a month. A pro­fes­sor work­ing on an as­sign­ment from an in­ter­na­tional fund­ing/devel­op­ment body can make about R15,000 to R20,000 a day (the project might take 40 days to com­plete). A per­son with a doc­tor­ate join­ing the cor­po­rate sec­tor can earn about R80,000 to R90,000 a month SKILLS/TRAITS To be able to em­pathise and un­der­stand peo­ple dif­fer­ent from one­self Abil­ity to look at one­self from oth­ers’ point of view Strong an­a­lyt­i­cal skills Rea­son­able quan­ti­ta­tive ap­ti­tude

GET­TING THERE You can take any sub­ject com­bi­na­tion in Class 12. Af­ter that, pur­sue a bach­e­lor’s and master’s in so­ci­ol­ogy. An MPhil and/or a PhD de­gree is re­quired for a ca­reer in aca­demics and re­search IN­STI­TUTES AND URLS Univer­sity of Delhi Jawa­har­lal Nehru Univer­sity Jamia Mil­lia Is­lamia, New Delhi PROS AND CONS You get to work in dif­fer­ent ar­eas You can make an in­ter­na­tional ca­reer It is not a pro­fes­sional course. Rel­e­vant ca­reer av­enues are rel­a­tively lim­ited in num­ber


Thought pro­cess­ing: So­ci­ol­o­gists try to un­der­stand what peo­ple think and how their world views are shaped by larger so­cial struc­tures

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