Sociology is the investigation of human behavior in the social context. It studies the composition, organization, culture, norms and development of societies. It integrates knowledge from economics, political science, psychology, history and art to understand human social existence from the scientific and humanistic perspective. Societies are living organisms, constantly experiencing and adapting to technologic, atmospheric, economic, demographic and dogmatic changes, and sociologists are at the heart of this process of human evolution, making sense of the past and directing the future.
Mission Statement and Program Objectives
The M.Phil. Sociology program at the University of Management Technology (UMT) delivers academic rigor from an interdisciplinary perspective and an appreciation of market requirements. The program was designed to cater professionals and students aspiring to build careers in the academia, government and non-government sectors. The primary focus of the program is on research.
The program offers three core courses in research methodology and data analysis. The program offers majors in sociology of development and education, two areas of paramount significance in the current situation of Pakistan.
The program offers two clusters of electives. Students are required to take three elective courses from either cluster A or B. Cluster A was specifically designed for criminal justice and security professionals, and students with a research interest in the areas of crime and crime prevention. Cluster B, offers courses in specific areas of specialization within the field of sociology that were chosen after a careful study of the current job market trends. These include gender, health and illness, political and post-colonial sociology, sociology of technology and migration.
Our teaching philosophy is not only to impart knowledge but to create new knowledge. Teaching methodology will be interactive and discussion based. Along with basic textbooks, students will read current research publications and will not only gain new knowledge but will learn to critically evaluate and apply it in the process.
Linking theoretical knowledge to its application in the field is a significant feature of this program. All courses include a two week seminar in which eminent professionals from the government and non-government sector will be invited to deliver lectures and share their experiences from the field with our students. These seminars will allow students to gain from the knowledge and experience of field experts enhancing both their compatibility in the job market and capacity to navigate successful careers in their field of choice.
At least 16 years of education (Masters or 4 years of BS Degree) or equivalent qualifications, with at least 2nd division, from a recognized university is required to be eligible for the admission to this program. Final admission will be granted on the basis of interview conducted by the program admission committee.