Programme Information

M. A. in Globalisation and Labour

The onslaught of globalisation and liberalisation has been causing major changes in the lives of the people in developing countries in general and the working class in particular. This has happened particularly during a short span of just two 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 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 take stands that are realistic.

This course attempts to undertake this task. The initial interest in starting such a course came from the ILO. It has founded 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. GLU has initiated a course with University of Kassel and Berlin School of Economics in Germany, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, University of Campinas, Brazil. TISS is a part of this international collaborative effort.

The pedagogy for the course 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. The class-room teaching of the course will be completed in the first year, namely, from September to August in the following year. A total of 12 courses, comprising 44 credits, will be taught in this year.

In the second year, all students will undergo an internship of six 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.