M.A. Admissions

Master of Arts (Globalisation and Labour)

Location: Mumbai

School: School of Management and Labour Studies

Intake: 23




The  Master of Arts (Globalisation and Labour)  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 49 49
Dissertation 01 01
Choice Based Credit System (Open Elective) 02 02
Choice Based Credit System (Elective Foundation) 02 02
Internship 22 12
Dissertation 07 07
Core Courses 0 10
Choice Based Credit Courses Nil 04
TOTAL 83 87

Semesterwise Courses:

SemesterCourse No.Course TitleCredits
I FC Foundation Courses 6
Philosophy of Research 1
GL 01 Elements of Macro Economics 2
GL 02 Trade Union Strategies in a Global Economy 2
GL 03 Globalisation and Informal Economy 2
GL 04 Social Protection and the State 4
GL 05 Labour and Formal Organisations 2
GL 06
Basics of Management Functions for Trade Unions
GL 07
Industrial Relations
GL 08
Foundation Course in Globalisation and Labour (Centre based)
II GL 09
Organising Informal Labour
GL 10
Organisational Capabilities and Management Skills for Trade Unions
GL 10.1
Industrial Jurisprudence
GL 10.2
Economics of Wage
GL 10.3
Conflict Management and Negotiation Skills
GL 10.4
Labour Administration
GL 10.5
Leadership for Trade Unions
Non -Evaluative
GL 11
International Labour Standards, Decent Work and Social Dialogue
GL 12
Dynamics of Labour Markets in Emerging Economies
GL 13
Research Methodology
GL 14
Development Information Package
Compulsory and
Non -Evaluative
GL 15
World Trade Organisation, World Bank and the International Monetary Fund
GL 16
State Intervention in Labour Market: Labour Law I
Open Elective
Elective Foundation
GL 17
Online course on Global Workers Right and International Labour Standards
Compulsory and
Non -Evaluative
Research Proposal
Field visit to Unions in Informal Sector in Rural Areas
III Internship* Trade Union Students (6 months) 22
Regular Students (2 months) 8
Literature Review
GL 18
Macro economics
GL 19
Women and Work
GL 20
State Intervention in Labour Market: Labour Law II
IV Dissertation**
Data Collection and Report Submission
Block Internship in Trade Unions (1 Month)
GL 21
Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Audit
GL 22
Governance and Public Policy
GL 23
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 4th semester.
  3. **The dissertation evaluation in the fourth semester is as follows:
  • The data collection process will begin in the third semester and will have to be completed before the end of the fourth semester and will carry 2 credit evaluations.
  • The documentation of methodological challenges and the way they were addressed will carry 1 credit evaluation.
  • The final dissertation will carry 2 credit evaluations.

      4. The semester-wise listing of courses is provisional, and may undergo some changes.

Fee Structure:


Component M.A. In Globalisation and Labour
FEE Tuition Fee 12,000 12,000 12,000 12,000
Examination Fee 800 800 800 800
Medical Examination Fee 100 0 0 0
CHARGES Field Work Charges 4,000 4,000 4,000 4,000
Computer Charges 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000
Convocation Charges 0 0 0 2,000
ID Card charges 300 0 0 0
FUNDS Students’ Competency Fund 0 0 0 0
Internship Fund 0 0 0 0
Lab Charges / Studio Fund 0 0 0 0
Development Fund 8,000 8,000 0 0
Students' Union Fund 500 500 500 500
Medical Insurance Fund 1,500 0 1,500 0
DEPOSITS Caution Deposit (Refundable at the time of exit from programme on submission of No Dues Certificate) 10,000 0 0 0
  Total Course Fee 38,200 26,300 19,800 20,300
  Hostel and Dining Hall Charges:      
Dining Hall (Advance) Charges 16,000 16,000 16,000 16,000
Hostel & Electricity Charges 15,000 15,000 15,000 15,000
  Total Charges 31,000 31,000 31,000 31,000
*Details under School        
Institute reserves the right to revise the Fee Structure of programmes if necessary.
Some Schools will organise Practicum / Study tour / Rural field work / Urban field work/Winter Institute, expenses for these are not shown in the above table. These expenses will have to be met by the students themselves at the time of the activity.


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