M.A. Admissions

Master of Arts (Sociology and Social Anthropology)

Location: Guwahati

School: School of Social Sciences and Humanities

Intake: 17




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:


Component M.A. in Sociology and Social Anthropology
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 0 0 0 0
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 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.