Sociology as a general subject was introduced in Women’s Christian College from 1st September 2005. Sociology as Honours subject was introduced from the academic session 2012-13. There are four teachers in the department.
On 1st October 2008 Department of Sociology organized a seminar on the ‘Changing Status of Women’. Dr. Deboprasad Chatterjee, Head of the Department of Sociology, Maulana Azad College, Kolkata was the resource person. On 13th August 2013, a Special Lecture on ‘Cross-Border Trafficking Between India and Bangladesh was organized in the Department of Sociology. The resource person was Shri Sarfaraz Ahmed Khan, of the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences.
The Department of Sociology, Women’s Christian College organized a UGC sponsored National Level Seminar on ‘Cyber Crime in the Twenty-First Century in India’ in collaboration with the Centre for Cyber Victim Counselling, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, on 28th November 2014. The keynote address was delivered by Shri Sonal Agnihotri IPS, Superintendent of Police, Central Bureau of Investigation, Government of India. The topics discussed ranged from different types of cyber crime such as cyber stalking and bullying to the victimization of women as targets of cyber crime as well as various legal provisions such as the Information Technology Act (ITA), 2000, and the Information Technology Amendment Act (ITAA), 2008. IPS officers from various state cadres , academicians, activists, and legal experts came together to provide insight into this issue and also discussed the preventive measures to be adopted to fight this new age menace.
Prisons are an opaque institution and prisoners are socially ostracized. One of the challenges the civil society face is the rehabilitation and reintegration of prisoners post- release with the mainstream society. With a view to sensitize students on the issue of prison reform , the Department of Sociology had organized a group discussion on ‘Towards Reformation: Navigating Possibilities’ . Shri Nigel Akkara, Proprietor, Kolkata Facilities Management; Sister Alexia and Sister Srija of Apostolic Carmel, running an organization called Ashadeep, participated. Shri Nigel Akkara spoke of the various socio-economic hurdles he confronted during the initial post-release phase of his life. Even though he suffered stigmatization, humiliation, he never lost his hope and confidence. At present he runs a private security and pest control organization called the Kolkata Facilities Management, where he provides employment to former prisoners. Sister Alexia spoke of the plight of inmates living inside the correctional homes. She spoke about the mental health issues inmates suffer from after living in confinement for years and the problem they have in adjusting with the society , after getting released from prisons. Sister Srija spoke of the capacity building work they conduct inside the correctional home. Their organization teaches sewing, knitting to women inmates and are also involved in rehabilitating former prisoners.
A field trip was organized for the third year Sociology Honours students at the Swami Vivekanada Ancestral House and Cultural Complex on 4th November 2016.