Doing sociology at the MCPH is inherently interdisciplinary and plural in perspectives. The first year interdisciplinary courses that include social theory, philosophy and literature give students a strong epistemological and methodological foundation. The sociology courses taught during the first year combine classical social and political theory and social anthropology drawing from both western and Indian traditions of thought  During the second year specialisation in sociology, core courses such as gender and inequality, caste and religion, social movements, research methods and political and economic sociology are provided in addition to courses on special topics such as urban sociology, methods, theory and anthropology of law, etc. In designing our syllabus and deciding what goes into our reading lists, we have drawn from much of the debates in teaching sociology, paying special attention to the pedagogical and political implications inherent in teaching sociology in India, in the post-colony. Thus through the different courses offered in sociology, an attempt is made to draw liberally from both within and outside Indian traditions, to ensure plural conceptual tools and political contexts of analysis. Given that MCPH is located in Manipal which is surrounded by culturally rich areas such as the temple town of Udupi and village towns, we highly encourage our students to undertake ethnographic field work as part of their dissertation.

Of the courses listed bellow, not all will be offered to every batch, and topics taught each semester depend on the discretion of the Instructors and other academic factors.

I Year Courses 

Semester 1 (any two of three courses)


Politics of Identity

Kinship and Society


Semester 2 (ant two of the listed courses)

Sociology of India

Social Anthropology



II Year Courses

Semester 3 (any three of the listed courses)

Social Theory

Development Studies

Urban Sociology

Poverty and Class

Gender & Inequality

Visual Anthropology

Introduction to Medical Anthropology

Advanced Course 1

Semester 4 (any two of the listed courses)

Sociology of Media

Anthropology of Law

Environmental Sociology

Political and Economic Sociology

Social Movements

Science, Technology and Society

Advanced Course 2


Courses taught in the past: 

Caste & Sociology of Religion 


Rethinking Social Theory


Note: Any One of these following courses will be offered as Advanced Courses during the IV semester:

  1. Social Movements
  2. Political Sociology
  3. Economic Sociology
  4. Urban Sociology
  5. Environmental sociology
  6. Medical Anthropology
  7. Sociology of the Globalised World
  8. Sociology of Law
  9. Self, the Other and the Social
  10. Anthropology of Institutions