School: School of Livelihoods and Development
Description of the Master of Arts (Natural Resource & Governance) Programme
Every year the world’s population increases by 78 million people who are rapidly consuming the earth’s limited natural resources. Thus we find that there are voluminous problems that confront us - human population explosion, poverty, inequality and inequity, pollution, political manipulation of the public and of natural resources for corporate benefit, the abuse of public and natural resources, and the dangers of toxic emissions, to name a few. With the rise in global consciousness regarding the causes and impact of environmental damage and increasing conflicts over natural resources, it is clear we need to re-calibrate our understanding of natural resources, and develop approaches for their sensible, sustainable and equitable use.
A shift is also needed to help us understand the interactions between the human systems, the natural world and natural resources through a more holistic approach. Critical thinking skills with interdisciplinary scientific analysis need to be aplied if we have to develop long-term and sustainable solutions for the benefit of current and future generations. Individuals and groups working in industrial and development sectors need to understand the possible impact of their activities on the environment and make plans accordingly. Similarly, for professionals working with NGOs and people’s movements, an understanding of these issues is essential if they are to effectively intervene to ensure that environmental concerns are respected in projects that affect communities with which they work.
The Master of Arts (Natural Resource & Governance) programme is a combination of theoretical knowledge, awareness of the contemporary environmental issues and fieldwork experiences. The aim of the programme is to provide knowledge and skills to the students, that will help them understand and conceptualise the idea of natural resources in rich and diverse ways, the various issues and problems around natural resource control, use, generation of waste and the different costs involved in these processes – a frame broadly of the management and governance of natural resources.
This professional programme will give students the opportunity to understand the institutional structures concerning natural resources at the micro and macro level (local, state, national, international) as well as the policies, issues and problems of India and strategies to address these. The programme would equip students to partake in organisational efforts in managing projects and initiatives by preparing them on managerial analysis and skills.
Collaborative Programme development & Delivery
TISS Hyderabad is offering this programme since the 2015 June batch. This programme is anchored by the School of Livelihoods & Development Studies. The programme is offered in collaboration with the Foundation for Ecological Security (www.fes.org.in), a well known organisation in the field of restoring natural habitats, working with communities and strengthening sustainable livelihoods. The Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) is recipient of several awards including the prestigious Elinor Ostrom International Award on Collective Governance of the Commons for the year 2013, for outstanding contribution to the practice of Commons governance.
Overview of the Programme
The MA programme is a two year, four semseter programme that will builds in students perspectives, knowledge and skills to understand
Natural resources in a comprehensive and diverse frame
Human-environment interaction and the different approaches to studying environment and ecology.
Interrelationships of resource use, economics, governance systems, politics and their impact on the environment;
Environmental issues and their linkages to politics of development at the local, regional and global level.
Issues in environmental economics, natural resource economics, institutional economics and economic governance.
Approaches for natural resource management and institutional analysis to design suitable conservation and livelihood development strategies; and
Understand organizational contexts and play an active role in implementing programmes and initiatives on natural resources governance and management.
The programme will create professionals with a multi-sectoral and inter-disciplinary understanding of natural resources through different though complimentary lenses such as those of, Governance Systems, Sustainable development, ecology and environment and also concepts and theories of waste.
Develop a sound understanding on managing institutions, project management, financial systems, human resource management, strategic issues in development organisations, review and impact assessments, research methodologies and systems analysis.
Get exposed to different settings and institutions, and partake in different programmes and initiatives to understand, diagnose, conceptualise, and field pilot projects.
Who can apply:
Graduates with a Bachelor’s degree or in the final year of graduation
Development practitioners, policymakers, government line ministry staff and programme managers and NGO staff, staff from federations of community organisations or private sector organisations.
Students can opt for either further study in the social sciences through research programmes such as MPhil/PhD or appear for Union and State services examinations
Careers in policy think tanks, advocacy groups, non-governmental and campaigning organisations, the media, publishing, public relations, government (national and international), planning and environmental management organisations.
For more curriculum framework and Faculty profile visit www.campus.tiss.edu/hyderabad
Distribution of Credit Hours:
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