: Four



: 1

Course Code

: SOCI 41526

Course Title

: Sri Lankan Society and Culture


: Core

Course Objective


The objectives of this course are to give comparative and critical understanding on Sri Lankan society and culture since prehistoric period of Sri Lanka. The students are expected to gain substantial understanding of the importance of indigenous knowledge and its relevance to the modern Sri Lankan Society and Culture.

Course Contents


The Nature of Geo-Political and Pre historical Background of Sri Lanka.
Evolution of Sri Lankan Civilization
The Period of Before Vijaya, Vijaya to Anuradhapura Period, Monarchy of Sinhala Kingship and its Influences by Indian Invaders, Colonialism Period (1505-1948), Post Colonialism period.
Socio-Cultural Heritage of Sri Lanka
Indigenous Medicine and Other Forms of Medicine, Art, and Folk lore.
Formation of Buddhism and Buddhist Civilization in Sri Lanka
The Status of Before Arahath Mahinda’s Arrival, Constitution of Buddhism, The Concept of Buddhist Culture (Vewa, Dageba, and Kumbura), Buddhist Practices-Rituals and Cults, Popular Buddhism in Sri Lanka.
Agricultural Economy in Sri Lanka
Feudalistic Mode of Production, Caste System, Land Tenure and Ownership, the Changes Took Place under the Colonialism, Modern Economic Changes under Open Economic Policy (Formation of Modern Capitalism).
Formation of Nationalistic Ideology in Sri Lanka
Pioneers of Nationalistic Discourse (Anagarika Darmapala, S. Mahinda Thero, Piyadasa Sirisena, Kumaratunga Munidasa…etc).
Anthropological and Sociological Studies on Sri Lanka
(C. G. Seligman, E.R. Leach, Nur Yalman, Michel Roberts, Bryce Rayan, Magret Robinson, Jonathan Spencer, Mick Moore, Paul Alexander, Bruce Kapferer, G.. Obeyesekere, S. J. Tambiah, Ralf Pieris, Kithsiri Malalgoda, Jayantha Perera, Newton Gunasingha, H.L.Senevirathna, E.V. Daniel, Nandadeva Wijesekare).



Lectures and Class Room Works.

System of Evaluation


1. Written Paper: 80%

2. One Compulsory Presentation: 20%