The Department of Sociology and Social Work at Gono Bishwabidyalay has been offering four year B.S.S. (Honours) Programme inSociology with the approval of the University Grants Commission (UGC) in 2009. The major thrust to bring these two disciplines under one umbrella is to make them complementary to each other for increasing usefulness of these two subjects in the service of society. Sociology deals with complex human behavior. It intends to find out the causal relationships of social phenomena. With strict objectiveness Sociology strives to generate knowledge about society. This is the nature of Sociology, which is called a pure science, the knowledge of which can be used by policy makers/development planners for appropriate measures. Social Work, on the other hand, deals with policies and programs that could be adopted for the betterment of society. Community development, eradication of poverty, crime and other social problems are the major concern of Social Work. Students of Sociology will take a few basic courses of Social Work, and students of Social Work will take a few basic courses of Sociology as requirements for a BSS Honours degree. In fact it will be mandatory for a student to take minimum 78 credit hours in her/his respective majoring subject, 48 more credit hours from Social Work/Sociology and other departments and 8 more credits for viva-voce (134 credit hours in total). The Department of Sociology and Social Work deals not only with the basic courses but also with Bengali, English, Bangladesh Liberation War, Gender Studies & Computer skills so that the graduates can effectively work in various fields. For getting admission into the B.S.S. Honours in Sociology, a minimum 2.5 GPA is required both in the S.S.C. and H.S.C. Examinations.
* to produce as a professional social worker.
* to prepare the students as an agents of social controller.
* to ensure a practical orientation of the students for the benefit of professional life.
* to ensure social development.
Professor Tahmina Akhtar
Head of the Department
BSS(Hon’s), MSS in Social Welfare
Joining Date: 10.04.2017
Professor Tahmina Akhtar was born on the 7 December 1966in Faridpur. She passed SSC examination in 1981 and HSC examination in 1983 from Government SaradaSundari College having brilliant result (6th position in Dhaka Board). She completed her BSS(Hon’s) in Social Welfare, MSS in Social Welfare(Stood First class First and First class third). She achieved four first class from SSC to MSS for first time in Social Work Education among the female student in Bangladesh. After completing the MSS degree, she joined as a lecturer at the Institute of Social Welfare and Research(ISWR) in 1991, University of Dhaka and now she is working as a Professor in the Institute.She received fellowship training at different reputed academic institutions abroad and home. She has altogether 52 published articles in national and international journal on different burning issues specially women and gender and mental health related. Now her research interest areas are mental health related issues and Psychiatric Social work. She is presently involved in activities relating professional development of mental health workers in Bangladesh and actively organizing training and workshops to enhance the skill, and expertise to mental health professionals. She took the initiatives of forming a national organization of professionals in clinical/psychiatric Social Worker and allied discipline, named Bangladesh Clinical Social Workers’ Association (BCSWA). She is one of the founder members of the organization. She has colossal experience to perform administrative and residential duties and responsibilities, worked as elected representative from different body of University of Dhaka, a provost of Begum Rokeya Hall, Bangladesh kuwaitMaitree Hall, Begum FazilatunnesaMujib Hall, worked as student advisor, worked as a ranger Guider, worked as an advisor of Z.H. Sikdar Women Medical College and Hospital, was an executive member at Association for Correction and Social Reclamation (ACSR). Now she is working as an executive director in Mandi Dental College, Secretary General of BCSWE, as an advisory member of Bangladesh ShishuAdhicar Forum and Programme Co-ordination of MSS programme with specialization in Clinical Social Work. This programme is introduced for the first time in Bangladesh under the dynamic leadership of Professor TahminaAkhtar. She has joined as a part time faculty member of Sociology and Social Work department under Gono Bishwabidyalay.
M. Rezaul Islam
Professor (Part time)
MSW (Nottingham), PhD (Nottingham)
Joining Date: 15-02-2017
Teaching Interest: Poverty, Social Exclusion and Social Justice; Qualitative Research.
Mst. Tahmina Sultana
M.S.S in Social Work, RU (Fellow of PhD in Anthropology, JU)
Joining Date: 07-11-2009
Teaching Interest: Women empowerment and rights of women.
Md. Mokter Ali
Dept. of sociology and Social Work
B.S.S Hons. (C.U). M.S.S. (C.U)
Joined Gono Bishwabidyalay on 02-10-2010
KAMONA RANI SHADHUKHA
B.S.S Honors & M.S.S. (D.U.)
Department of Sociology & Social Work.
Joined Gono Bishwabidyalay on 01-12-2012TEACHING INTEREST
MA, USA, B.S.S (Hon’s) & M.S.S in Anthropology, Jahangirnagar Univesity
Joining Date: March 09, 2014
Teaching/Research Interest: Social Change, environment, climate change and society, Culture, Gender and behavioral health.
BSS (Honors) & MSS in Sociology from University of Chittagong
Joining Date: 16-10-2014
Teaching Interest: Gender, Development Studies, Human Psychology & Marxism.
B.S.S (Hon’s) & M.S.S in Sociology, KU
Joining Date: 29/6/2015
Teaching Interest: Gender studies, Sociology of Health.
B.S.S (Hon’s) & M.S.S in Anthropology, Jahangirnagar University
Joining Date: 29/6/2015
Teaching Interest: Gender relation, Development issues, and Public health.
B.S.S (Hon’s) & M.S.S in Social Work, Jagannath University
Joining Date: 22/08/2016
Teaching Interest: Community development, Human rights and Social research.
BSS Honours in Sociology
For a BSS Honours degree in Sociology a student will have to successfully complete 134 credits (Course Work 126 and Viva-Voce 8; 134 credit hours in total). But all of them will not be in Sociology. The distribution of credit hours is given below:
The Courses: There are three types of courses:
Course Design of the Four-Year BSS Honours Program
Syllabus for 4-Year BSS (Honours) Program
Year 1, Semester 2
Year 2, Semester-3
Year 2, Semester-4
Year 3, Semester-5
Year 3, Semester-6
Year 4, Semester-7
Year 4, Semester-8
1. Graduate: 103 (Till 26-12-2012).
The Department of Sociology and Social Work has established a computer lab with the Internet facilities to provide students an internet facility encouraging them to carry out filed practicum and research activities as a part of their regular curriculum. The lab assistance assists the students in learning through web by involving them into online legal research method in coordination with concerned departments. The Department students have an opportunity to receive a high-quality practical and theoretical training in disciplines taught by the Department’s academic staff as well as to develop their research skills by using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) Software,the library and computer labs with access to the Internet is available for students.
Another lab namely “Social Lab” will be established for providing rural sociological study and filed practicum for enhancing theoretical knowledge gap in Western Model and to develop indigenous knowledge of Social Work. This “Social Lab” will provide the opportunity of the student, academicians and researchers to develop a Community Development Model, Indigenous Social Work Model andapproaches,Problem-Solving Model of Clients, of our own socio-cultural context as well as will made a policy and plan for development in GOs, and NGOs sectors in the marginalized disadvantages and a special population of our society.
Total No. of Students
Percentage of Pass
Prospect and Future of Sociology and Social Work Graduates:
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