M.A. Admissions

Master of Arts (Sociology and Social Anthropology)

Location: Guwahati

School: School of Social Sciences and Humanities

Intake: 15



*8(maximum) seats are reserved for internal BASS students. If any of the seats (8 reserved seats for internal BASS) are left vacant, it will be open for lateral entry.


a) Bachelor's Degree of minimum of 3 years duration or its equivalent ( under the 10+2+3 or 10+2+4 or 10+2+2+1 year bridge course pattern of study or any other pattern fulfilling the mandatory requirements of 15 years formal education) from a recognised university, in any discipline.

b) Candidates who will be able to complete all the requirements of their final year Bachelor's Degree examinations by Saturday, June 08, 2019 are also eligible to apply.

c) At the time of applying candidates studying in 3 year degree progremme should have passed in all the subjects for the 1st to 4th semesters and candidates studying in 4 year degree progrmmes should have passed in all the subjects for 1st to 6th semester.

d) Candidates who have taken a break from formal education, especially those who have had to work in the voluntary, non-governmental, governmental, formal and informal sectors and those who are willing to undertake the rigours of an MA programme are encouraged to apply.

Till the time the candidate submit results of the final year degree examination, admission to any of the Master's Degree Programmes of the Institute will be provisional. The results of the final examination have to be submitted before September 30, 2019. Those who fail to do so the provisional admission stands cancelled.





Master of Arts (Sociology and Social Anthropology) as two distinct disciplines had its origin in Europe. Sociology emerged as the study of European society and Social Anthropology as the study of other society. The distinction was implanted in India too. Sociology tended to be the study of rural and urban dimension of the Indian society and Social Anthropolgy of the tribal society. This distinction besides being problematic is also blurred. The two disciplines, though traditionally located into two departments, are intricately related with each other in regard to the subject they deal and perspectives and approaches they adopt.

In keeping with, the programme is designed to integrate the discipline of Sociology and Social Anthropology with a view to have a comparative and systematic understanding of the society and its institutions. Such a programme is most suited considering the regional location of TISS, Guwahati Campus.

Distribution of Credit Hours:


Course Credit

Total Credits

1 Semester


Foundation Course :2


Compulsory/core courses: 17


2 Semester

Foundation Course : 1 Core Courses :13 , CCS:2


3 Semester

Core courses: 12CBCS:2



4 Semester

Core Courses: 13

Dissertation: 8




Semesterwise Courses:


Course Code

I FC Module 3 Social Exclusion and Social Policies 02
SSA01 Theories of society I 03
SSA02 Indian Society 03
SSA03 Culture and Society 04
SSA04 Marriage ,family and kinship 04
SSA05 Research Methods I 03
Total 19
II FC Module 6 Introduction to
Issues in the north East
SSA06 Theories of Society II 03
SSA07 Indian Society II 03
SSA08 Society and Policy 04
SSA09 Economy and Society (CBCS) 02
SSA10 Research Methods 03
SSA 11 Introductory to field/Rural Practicum/Study tour 00
III SSA12  Inequqlity & Social Stratification 4
SSA13 Social change and development (CBCS) 02
SSA14 Gender and Society 4
SSA15(optional) Society and Education 4
SSA16(optional) Population and Society 4
SSA17 Research Field Work 00
IV SSA19  Religion and Society 4
SSA21 Urban Sociology 4
SSA20 Law and Society 03
SSA21 Study of South east asia 02
SSA22 Dissertation 08
Total 21
Grand Total 70

In the III and IV semester, students can opt for optional courses offered within the MA (SSA) programme  OR

Inter-programme offered courses (i.e. LSSP, EESD, MSW and PACS) equivalent to 4 credits each (8 credits in total)

Fee Structure:


Components SSA_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 4000
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 20300
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 51300  
*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.