M.A. Admissions

Master of Arts (Peace and Conflict Studies)

Location: Guwahati

School: School of Social Sciences and Humanities

Intake: 20




Description of the Programme:

Vision Statement

The twentieth century was marked by both tragic series of violent wars, as well as the decolonization of Asia and Africa. It was, in every sense, a contradictory century of oppression and possibilities of emancipation of humankind. Entering into the first quarter of the twenty first century, the world is still beset by deep-rooted and multi-layered inequalities that fuel unrest and conflicts in different parts of the world. As contemporary societies come to terms with the aftermath of unilateralist political change and continued militarization of different parts of the world, one has to emphasize the need for articulating an alternative, historically and ethically grounded vision of politics and society. It is with this vision that the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati Campus, intends to offer Two-Year Master of Arts (Peace and Conflict Studies) (PaCS).

Mission Statement

The Master of Arts (Peace and Conflict Studies) (PaCS), being offered by Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati Campus, reflects the Institute’s engagement with issues of justice and peace, as well as acknowledges the Campus’ unique location and expertise in being able to impart skill-based, philosophically grounded and employment oriented degrees to prospective students. It has three principal components spread across four semesters, which combine to offer students a creative mix of theoretical grounding and empirical explorations, field-based experience, and an introduction to the world of policy making, donors and agencies working on peace building and conflict analysis.
The Programme has three major feature constituents: (a) course work, (b) field induction, and (c) dissertation, which includes fieldwork and writing. Each constituent is linked to the other in a manner that allows the student to make the most of a conscientious focus on the history, sociology and politics of conflict and violence, as well as ensuring that she/he is able to engage with wider range of field-based issues with peace practitioners, policy makers and agencies.

Distribution of Credit Hours:



Foundation Courses


Core Peace and Conflict Courses


Thematic Courses






Semesterwise Courses:

SemesterCourse CodeCourseCredits
I FC1 Understanding Society, Culture and Identity 1
FC2 Economy, Polity and Governance 1
FC3 Social Exclusion and Social Policies 2
PaCS 01 Studying Conflict 3
PaCS 02 Understanding Violence 3
PaCS 03 Approaches to Peace 3
PaCS 04 Gender, Law and Violence 2
PaCS 05 Constitution, Law and Human Rights 2
PaCS 06 Introduction to Research and Writing 1
PaCS 07 Field Visits 0
Total Credit 18
II FC4 Development: Concepts, Theories, Dimensions and Strategies 2
FC5 India’s Development Experience 1
FC6 Introduction to Issues of North East India 1
PaCS 08 Memory, History and Conflict 3
PaCS 09 Territory, Border and Conflict 3
PaCS 10 Psychological dimensions of violence 2
PaCS 11 Practices of Reconciliation 2
PaCS 12 Conflict Resolution – I 3
PaCS 13 Research Methods 4
PaCS 14 Field Induction 0
Total Credit 21
III PaCS 15 Case Study of Conflicts from the Global South 4
PaCS 16 Environmental Justice 3
PaCS 17 Conflict Resolution – II 3
PaCS 18 Media and Peace Building 3
PaCS 19 Forced migration and internal displacement 3
PaCS 20 Field work for Dissertation 0
Total Credit 16
IV PaCS 21 Inter-Programme offered courses 4
PaCS 22 Indigenous Peoples’ Movements 2
PaCS 23 Multiculturalism and Minority Rights 2
PaCS 24 Dissertation 8
Total Credit 16
Total Overall Credit 71

Fee Structure:


Components PAC_Guwahati
Fees Sem I Sem II
Sem III Sem IV
FEE Tuition Fee 12000 12000 12000 12000
Examination Fee 800 800 800 800
Medical Examination Fee 100 0 0 0

Field Work Charges 0 0 0 0
Computer Charges 1000 1000 1000 1000
Convocation Charges 0 0 0 2000
ID Card Charges 300 0 0 0
FUNDS Students' Competency Fund 0 0 0  
Internship Fund 0 0 0 0
Lab Charges / Studio Fund 0 0 0 0
Dev. Fund / Prog. Fund 8000 8000 0 0
Students' Union Fund 500 500 500 500
Medical Insurance Fund 1500 0 1500 0
DEPOSITS & ADVANCES A)  Caution Deposits (Refundable at the time of exit from programme on submission of No Dues Certificate) 10000 0 0 0
B)  *Practicum / Study Tour Charges (Rural Field Work / Urban Field Work) (Refundable) 0 0 0 0
Total Fees for Non-Hostellers 34200 22300 15800 16300
OTHER CHARGES Dining Hall (Advance) Charges 16000 16000 16000 16000
Hostel & Electricity Charges 15000 15000 15000 15000
Total Fees for Non-Hostellers 65200 53300 46800 47300
*Details under School        
* "Practicum / Study tour charges / Rural Field Work / Urban Field Work charges are not part of the fee structure.  However, expenses will have to be met by the students at the time of study tour."


*Institute reserves the rights to revise the Fees Structure of programme if necessary.