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Head: Prof. M.W. Jayasundara


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Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences,

University of Sri Jayewardenepura,


Sri Lanka.


The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is the oldest and the largest Department in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura. The Department celebrated its 50th anniversary in March 2010. The history itself is evidence of its dedication to the advancement of academic and research knowledge in Sri Lanka. During the course of this period of five decades the Department has undergone progressive change from a modest Department of Anthropology to the largest Department of Sociology and Anthropology, offering three important degree courses. They are Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology and Criminal Justice. In addition to the special degree programs, the Department offers general degrees and postgraduate degrees in these three disciplines. The national importance of these three special degree programs has created a healthy competition among undergraduates to in enroll them and obtain higher qualifications.

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is wellknown for social research studies pioneered by the late Professor Nandasena Ratnapala. Prof. Nandasena Ratnapala dedicated his whole academic life to developing the three degree programs and research studies in different social settings. He endeavored to teach Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology in the Sinhala medium with the special objective of institutionalizing these three subjects and related research studies in Sri Lankan society. In addition the Department is actively involved in National Development at various levels such as Policy planning, Applied Research, Project Planning and Evaluation. It is strongly believed that development policies and plans that are not linked to the socio-cultural context of any country are of limited value in the quest of ushering development for the country at large.

At present the Department is staffed with 20 qualified lecturers including two professors. The number of students following the three degree courses as their majors exceeds 400. In addition to academic and research activities the Department pays special attention to developing employability skills of all the students. It organizes various in campuses and out campus programs and provides students with an opportunity to develop such skills.

The Sociology and Anthropology Students’ Association and Criminology Students’ Association, which are functioning effectively, motivate students to organize various academic and non-academic events to develop their skills of team work and creativity.

With the intention of developing the research and publication skills of the staff, graduates and undergraduate students the Department publishes a magazine titled “Sama Sangrahaya”. The term “Sama” stands for special meaning derived from the first letter of “Samaja Vidya”- Sociology and the first letter of “Manava Vidya”- Anthropology. The connotation of “Sama” also relates to Criminology with the meaning of “Samawa “- Pardon.

At the annual convocation ceremony, the students scoring the highest marks in each of the three special degree programs are honored by awarding Professor Nandasena Ratnapala Gold Medals.


Professor Nandasena Rathnapala Gold Medals

1. Special Degree Programme in Sociology

2. Special Degree Programme in Criminology & Criminal Justice

3. Special Degree Programme in Anthropology


Students Associations

1. Students Association of Criminology

2. Students Association of Sociology & Anthropology