: Two



: 1

Course Code

: SOCI 21526

Course Title

: The Principles of Social Anthropology


: Core

Course Objective


Social Anthropology is the subject which have high interdisciplinary background with sociology. Therefore, the objective of this course is to give insight to the student on Anthropological perspectives to identify the human social fabrication.

Course Contents       


Origin and Development of Social Anthropology, Anthropology and Social Anthropology, Social Anthropology and other Social Sciences.
Aims and Methods of Social Anthropology.
Nature of Culture and Its Different Perspectives.
Primitive and Peasant Societies
Its Change and Continuity.
Family, Kinship and Marriage
Types and Role of Family, Kinship Terminology, Forms of Marriage.
Religion and Magic
Theories on Origin and Development of Religion and Magic, Popular Religion and Secularisation, Belief System.
Human Groups
Race, Tribes, The Concept of Varna and Caste and other Social Groups.
Social Anthropology in Asia
Various Aspects on Asian Society, Specially concerned on India and Sri Lanka and Works of Milton Singer, Louis Dumont, E. R. Leach, Richard Gombrich, Nur Yalman, M. N. Srinivas, Gananth Obeyesekere, S. J. Thambiah and H. L. Seneviratne.



Lectures and Class Room Works.

System of Evaluation


1. Written Paper: 80%

2. One Compulsory Presentation: 20%