M.A. in Globalisation and Labour

Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)
In Mumbai

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  • Master
  • Mumbai

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TISS, P.O. Box 8313, Deonar, 400088, Maharashtra, India
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· Requirements

-A Bachelors Degree of minimum 3-year duration or equivalent grade (under the 10+2+3 or 10+2+4 or 10+2+2+1 year bridge course pattern of study or any other pattern fulfilling the mandatory requirement of 15 years of formal education) in any discipline.

Course programme

The onslaught of globalisation and liberalisation has been causing major changes in the lives of people in developing countries in general and the working class in particular. This has happened particularly during a short span of just 2 decades. It is during this period that the world witnessed an intensification of the globalisation process and liberal policies. Moves to counter these forces are present but at times weak and mostly divided. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has stated specifically that there should be measures that make globalisation more inclusive of the marginalised. There is a need to introduce this debate at a level that is higher than mere rhetoric and sloganeering. It is necessary to equip people engaged in mass-based organisations such as trade unions, cooperatives and other membership-based organisations with adequate knowledge at the theoretical, conceptual and empirical levels so that they can interrogate these processes and work towards altering the processes to work for the workers in the unorganised sector. This programme attempts to undertake this task. The initial interest in starting such a programme came from the ILO by founding the Global Labour University (GLU) which collaborates with universities in different countries to run courses at the post-graduate levels for training trade unionists and other activists of membership-based organisations. The GLU has initiated a programme with the University of Kassel and Berlin School of Economics in Germany; University of Witwatersrand in South Africa; and the University of Campinas in Brazil. The TISS is a part of this international collaborative effort. The pedagogy for this programme will be through class room teaching, tutorials, student seminars, project work and field visits. The role of visiting faculty, mainly from trade unions and labour research organisations from different countries, will be a vital input in the pedagogy. Class room teaching will comprise 50% of the credit hours. Students will be encouraged to make presentations on the different topics covered, based on field visits and their own experiences. Classroom teaching of the programme will be completed in the first year itself wherein a total of 12 courses, comprising 44 credits, will be taught. In the second year, all students will undergo an internship of 6 months with a trade union or a membership-based organisation. They will report back periodically to the faculty. This will constitute 16 credits. Each student will have to write a dissertation under the supervision of a faculty member. The student can do so while in the field. This part comprises 16 credits. Grading will be based on written examinations and course work.

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