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Master of Arts in (Labour Studies and Practice)

Location: Mumbai

School: School of Management and Labour Studies

Intake: 26


The  Master of Arts (Labour Studies and Practice)  is aimed  at  strengthening  capabilities  of  those  working in  membership-based  organisations,  and  the  informal sector  of  the  economy.  These  include  trade  unions, organisations  such  as  co-operatives,  self-help  groups etc. Bright young graduates or post graduates who do not fall  in  the  above  categories  but  are  interested  in working  in  such  organisations,  or  would  be  engaged in labour research, are also included. It is important to understand that this is not a management programme.

The  course  provides  a  framework  to  understand  the diversity of experiences of globalisation and its impact onwork and labour in the informal sector. As the formal sector  is  increasingly  externalising  social,  economic and  environmental  costs  of  production  to  the  unor-ganised/informal  sector,  there  is  a  need  to  organise and  strengthen  capabilities  of  the  workers  in  this  sector  to  articulate  and  claim  their  right  to  dignified  life. There will be an emphasis on comprehending the implications of globalisation and labour on economically and  socially  marginalised  sections,  and  bringing  out the complexities of the same in forms of mobilisation, protest and resistance. The course content will provide both theoretical analyses as well as empirical studies.

TISS  is  part  of  the  Global  Labour  University  network in  partnership  with  the  International  Labour  Organisation.  Other  partners  of  GLU  offering  similar  programmes include: Germany (Kassel/Berlin) at the University  of  Kassel  and  the  Berlin  School  of  Economics and  Law,  South  Africa  (Johannesburg)  at  the  University  of Witwatersrand  (WITS),  Brazil  (Campinas,  the State of Sao Paulo) at the State University of Campinas (Unicamp)  and  Penn  State  University,  State  College, PA, USA.

Distribution of Credit Hours:

Trade Union Students Regular Students
I Core Courses 46 46
Dissertation 02 02
Choice Based Credit System (Open Elective) 02 02
Choice Based Credit System (Elective Foundation) 02 02
Internship 22 12
Dissertation 06 06
Core Courses 0 10
Choice Based Credit Courses 0 04
TOTAL 80 84

Semesterwise Courses:

SemesterCourse No.Course TitleCredits
I FC 01 Foundation Courses -1 2
FC 02 Foundation Courses -2 2
LS 01 Foundation Course in Sociology of Work 2
LS 02 Elements of Micro Economics 2
LS 03 Micro Economic Foundation for Labour studies 2
LS 04 Globalisation and Informal Economy 2
LS 05 Social Protection and the State 2
LS 06
Labour and Formal Organisation
LS 07
State Intervention in Labour Markest - I (Includes Normative Legislation, Labour, Administration, and Emerging Labour Course)
LS 08
Industrial Relation and Jurisprudence
LS 09
Research Methodology -  I (Quantitative approach)
II LS 10
Organising Informal Labour
LS 11
Trade Union Strategy in a Global Economy
LS 12 Conflict Management and Negotiation Skills
LS 13 Leadership for Trade Unions
LS 14
International Labour Standards, Decent Work and Social Dialogue
LS 15
Research Methodology - II (Qualitative Approach)
LS 15.1
Field Research
LS 16
Data Analytics for Labour Studies
LS 17
State Intervention in Labour Market - II (Legislation for Social Security, Welfare and Occupational Health and Safety and Implementation
LS 18
Governance and Public Policy
LS 19
Core Ideas in Labour Studies (Seminar Presentation)
Open Elective
Elective Foundation Course
LS 20
Online course on Global Workers Right and International Labour Standards
Research Proposal (Research Design, Literature review, and presentation) Field visit 2, Trade union and organisations in informal section in rural areas
III Internship* Trade Union Students (6 months) 22
Regular Students (2 months) 8
Progress Seminar (Data Collection and Presentation of Preliminary Results)
LS 21
Advanced Theories in Labour Studies
LS 22
International Institution, Trade Policies, and Labour Markets
LS 23
Women, Work, and Diversity
IV Dissertation**
Final Dissertation Submission and Presentation
Block Internship in Trade Unions (1 Month)
LS 24
Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Audit
LS 25
Green Economy and Labour
Disciplinary Elective (Only for non-Trade Union Students)
  1. Courses in the Second Year are meant for non-trade union students.
  2. *Internship for Trade Union students staggers till the end of the 4th semester.
  3. The semester-wise listing of courses is provisional and may undergo some changes.
  4. The revised course had been approved by the Academic Council.  Upon receiving the formal approval on the re-title of M.A. in Globalisation and Labour Studies to M.A. in Labour Studies, the Changes will effectively be notified immediately.

Note: The total number of credits, list of CBCS courses, and semester-wise listing of courses is provisional, and may undergo some changes.



Fee Structure:


Components M.A. In (Labour Studies and Practices)
Fees Sem I Sem II
Sem III Sem IV
FEE Tuition Fee 16,000 16,000 16,000 16,000
Examination Fee 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000

Field Education / Internship / Experiential Learning Charges 6,000 6,000 6,000 6,000
IT Charges 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000
Library Charges 1,500 1,500 1,500 1,500
Other Charges( ID Card, Convocation & Misc.) * 2,500 0 0 0
FUNDS Students' Competency Fund 0 0 0 0
Lab / Studio Fund 0 0 0 0
Development Fund 10,000 0 10,000 0
Students' Union Fund * 500 500 500 500
Alumni Fund * 0 500 0 0
Health Care Fund* 2,000 0 2,000 0
DEPOSITS Caution Deposits (Refundable at the time of exit from programme on submission of No Dues Certificate) 10,000 0    
  Semester wise Course Fee 51,500 27,500 39,000 27,000
  Yearly Fees 79,000 66,000
  Total Course Fee 1,45,000
Institute reserves the right to revise the Fee Structure of programmes if necessary.
Expenses related to Practicum / Study tour / Rural field work / Urban field work/Winter Institute, if any, will have to be met by the students themselves at the time of the activity.
No fee concession is available for self-finanaced programmes.


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