Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

University of Ruhuna

Department of Sinhala

The Department of Sinhala was established in 1978. It is an outstanding department among the eight departments of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The department offers a wide range of courses in major fields of Sinhala language and literature, including modern and classical literature, literary criticism, folklore studies, theatre and performance, linguistics, mass communication, critical theory, linguistics, creative writing, communication studies and cultural studies.

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News & Events
Sandata Wedi Dura Sandak

The poetry book, Sandata Wedi Dura Sandak written by Mrs Eradhini Hasini Lanka, a probationary lecturer attached to the Department of Sinhala, has been launched on October 28, 2017 at the National Library and Documentation Services Board auditorium. The event was graced by Professor Dharma Rajapaksha, Head of the Department of Sinhala, University of Ruhuna. Distinguished poets, Mr Nandana Weerasinghe and Mr Thimbiriyagama Bandara delivered speeches.

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Department of Sinhala
University of Ruhuna
Sri Lanka

Tel     : +94 412222681/82  Ext: 3501
Fax    : +94 412227010
Email  : sinhala@hss.ruh.ac.lk

Head's Message

The Department of Sinhala enhances the academic and research activities of the undergraduates and the postgraduates while promoting the related cultural activities of the southern province.

The Department offers courses such as modern and classical literature, literary criticism, folklore studies, theatre and performance, cultural studies, linguistics and mass communication. These courses are particularly designed to enhance the students’ future professional life in the relevant fields. At the present, the Department consists of well trained academic staff members who have local and foreign exposure in relation to their subjects of specialization.

I am pleased to send this message and we will dedicate our collective service in order to make a promising university life.

Course Units

Special General
1000 Level
1st Semester
SLS 11513 Approach to Language SLS 11513 Approach to Language
1000 Level
2nd Semester
SLS 12513 Approach to Literature SLS 12513 Approach to Literature
SUP 12513 Language Competence Development SUP 12513 Language Competence Development
2000 Level
1st Semester
SLS 21613 Sinhala Grammatical Tradition SLS 21513 Sinhala Grammatical Tradition
SLS 21623 Modern Sinhala Poetry SLS 21523 Modern Sinhala Poetry
SLS 21633 Sinhala Drama and Theatre SLS 21533 Sinhala Drama and Theatre
SLS 21643 Cultural Studies SLS 21553 Creative Writing
SLS 21653 Creative Writing SLS 21563 Competency in World Drama
SLS 21663 Competency in World Drama
2000 Level
2nd Semester
SLS 22613 Descriptive Linguistics SLS 22573 Classical Sinhala Poetry
SLS 22623 Sinhala Prose (Gampola - Kandy) SLS 22543 Sinhala Poetry (Seethawaka - Matara)
SLS 22633 Indian Poetic Criticism SLS 22563 Mass Literature Studies
SLS 22643 Sinhala Poetry (Seethawaka-Matara)
SLS 22653 Sociolinguistics
SLS 22663 Mass Literature Studies
3000 Level
1st Semester
SLS 31613 Classical Sinhala Prose SLS 31513 Classical Sinhala Prose
SLS 31623 Historical Linguistics SLS 31543 Study of Sinhala Folklore
SLS 31633 Classical Sinhala Poetry (Kurunegala - Kotte) SLS 31563 Approach to Literature Criticism
SLS 31643 Study of Sinhala Folklore
SLS 31653 Book Editing
3000 Level
2nd Semester
SLS 32613 Sinhala Poetics SLS 32523 Modern Sinhala Fiction
SLS 32623 Modern Sinhala Fiction SLS 32543 Media Studies
SLS 32633 Western Critical Theory SLS 32553 Competency in World Literature
SLS 32643 Media Studies
SLS 32653 Competency in World Literature
4000 Level
1st Semester
SLS 41613 Inscriptions and Palaeography
SLS 41623 Sinhala Gee Poetry I
SLS 41633 Sanskrit
SLS 41643 Independent Dissertation
SLS 41653 Contemporary Critical Theory
SLS 41663 Literature and Historiography
4000 Level
2nd Semester
SLS 42613 Sinhala Exegetical Literature
SLS 42623 Sinhala Gee Poetry II
SLS 42633 Unprescribed Texts and Translations
SLS 42643 Independent Dissertation
SLS 42653 Sinhala Culture and Art Tradition
SLS 42663 Folklore in Sinhala Literature