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Department of Sociology

Faculty of Arts - University of Peradeniya

  • ICSD 2016
  • Department Library
  • Charity Programme 2014
  • Department of Sociology
  • Sociology Day 2015
  • Charity Programme 2015
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Welcome to the Department of Sociology


The Department of Socialogy at Peradeniya is the largest and the best-known Sociology Department in the University system in Sri Lanka. It was established in 1947. Since its establishment, the Department of Sociology grew in its reputation, academic achievement and research output. Initially the student number was deliberately kept low, but since the 1970s the enrollments increased, following the introduction of Sociology in Sinhala and Tamil media. At present, the Department of Sociology is one of the largest departments in the Faculty of Arts with well over 1000 students following Special and General degree courses. The department teaches in English, Sinhala and Tamil media and caters to a diverse student population drawn from all parts of the country. This is the only Sociology Department within the whole university system in Sri Lanka that teaches in all three media and, therefore, fully representative of the ethnic and socio-cultural diversity in the country


Among the pioneering sociologists associated with the Department were the Prof.Bryce Ryan, Prof.Ralph Pieris, Prof.S.J. Tambiah, Prof. Gananath Obeyesekere, Prof.Laksiri Jayasuriya, Prof. Nur Yalman, Prof. E.R. Leach, Prof. H.L.Seneviratne and Prof. Kitsiri Malalgoda. Prof. K. Tudor Silva, Emeritus Prof. W. M. Sirisena and Prof. M. W. Amarasiri De Silva another prominent members who have served in the Department in the recent past.

News & Events


International Conference on Social Work - Social Development and Sustainable Development Goals

  • International Conference on Social Work - Social Development and Sustainable Development Goals, held on 29th - 30th September 2016. The conference organized by International Consortium for Social Development, Asia Pacific Branch with the Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya, Kandy, Sri Lanka & Charles Sturt University, Australia.
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Sociology Day

  • The Sociology day organized by the Department of Sociology held on 8th of April, 2015 at the Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya. Keynote speech by Prof. Gananath Obeysekara
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