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 FC Module 1: Understanding Society, Culture and Identity 1
FC Module 2: Economy, Polity and Governance 1
FC Module 3: 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 CNE
II FC Module 4: Development: Concepts, Theories, Dimensions and Strategies 2
FC Module 5: India’s Development Experience 1
FC Module 6: Introduction to Issues in the 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 (CBCS) 2
PaCS 12 Conflict Resolution – I 3
PaCS 13 Research Methods 4
PaCS 14 Field Induction CNE
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 (CBCS) 3
PaCS 20 Field work for Dissertation CNE
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


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


Due to the current pandemic situation courses may be shifted or taught across semesters.

Fee Structure:


Component M.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies
FEE Tuition Fee 12,000 12,000 12,000 12,000
Examination Fee 800 800 800 800
Health Centre Charges 100 0 0 0
CHARGES Field Work Charges 0 0 0 0
IT  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 34,200 22,300 15,800 16,300
  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.