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M.A/M.Sc in Sustainable Livelihoods,Natural Resources and Governance

M.A/M.Sc in Sustainable Livelihood, Natural Resources and Governance

Overview :

Present economic policies are increasingly threatening the right to livelihood based on access to natural resources of many poor and ordinary Indians. Private and corporate control over natural resources and consequent overexploitation is an issue of major concern for development field. Developing livelihoods strategies and achieving sustainability of livelihoods are central to most development progammes in India. Fair and transparent natural resource governance is integral to the sustainable livelihood development. Government has developed a range of policies and programmes which have immense potential to contribute to the goal of sustainable development, but it is felt that there is a great need of knowledge generation and skilled livelihood professionals. Civil Society Organizations have developed many successful initiatives in natural resource based sustainable livelihoods for rural and urban poor. With the help of government policies and learnings from grassroot initiatives, sustainable livelihoods can be achieved for large number of marginalized and disempowered people across India. The analysis of the current situation indicates that there is a great need for trained professionals, who understand the theory as well as practice of sustainable livelihood development, dynamics and paradox and are able to use the government’s policies and programmes in a better manner. The larger aim of this programme is to enhance peoples’ well being through education, research, knowledge, skills, innovations and transformative actions.

This M.A / M. Sc. programme aims at developing livelihood professionals, strong democratic value oriented practitioners, with in-depth knowledge of theory and practice of sustainable livelihoods as well as Natural Resource Governance, and their interdependence. The combination of courses in this programme focuses on interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches that include understanding the society, ecology, environment, sociology, economy, politics, governance and policy. This will provide reflexive learning, give a unique perspective and enhance capacity to work as Livelihood Professional in current global scenario. This programme is oriented towards action research for betterment of society, and particularly towards equitable and just development for the poor and women. This programme will develop sensitive, secular, and intelligent cadres of professional in livelihoods sector and engage them in creating innovative forms of sustainable livelihoods approaches especially for the poor and disadvantaged sections of society.

Key Features :

To develop basic understanding of students on the theoretical concepts of livelihoods, various methodologies, approaches and strategies associated with implementation of livelihoods programme and develop social action research skills

To enhance the knowledge base on various policy environment conditions, their meaning, context, relevance and importance with regard to ensuring the basic rights & entitlements of the community members through appropriate schemes, projects and provisions meant for organizing stable and sustainable livelihoods for the rural and urban poor

The study programme intends to add value not only to the knowledge of students but it also aims to establish and build a judicious and balanced perspective on existing livelihoods related to challenges faced by the vulnerable communities such as the resource poor, women, marginalized (dalits, adivasis and DNTs) and other deprived categories of rural and urban communities

The programme would try to provide a range of opportunities to reflect on various concepts and meaning on rural and urban development aspects of livelihoods. Besides, it will try to relate the livelihoods related issues with the important aspects related to access, ownership and governance of such natural and other resources

To inculcate analytical thinking and develop critical skills among the students on workable, inclusive and sustainable people-centered livelihoods approaches and strategies and community managed solutions in the context of present situation

To enhance clarity on the existing institutional structures and their arrangement, reflect on their systems of operations and understanding of their performance of delivery of services to the communities in need

To prepare well organized, sensitive and professional development cadres in livelihoods sector and engage them in creating innovative forms of sustainable livelihoods approaches specially for the poor and disadvantaged sections of society. 

Curriculum Framework :


SEMESTER I (19 credits)

FC 1: Understanding Indian Society (2)

FC 2 : Introduction to Political Economy(2)

FC 3: India’s Development Experience(2)

SL 1: Livelihood Perspectives and Approaches to Sustainable Development (2)

SL 2: Political Economy of Development and Livelihoods (2)

SL 12: Skills & Tools for Sustainable Livelihoods and Natural Resources Governance(2)

SL 12:Environment, Climate Change and Development (2)

FW 1: Fieldwork Module I: Understanding Rural and Urban Societies (5) 

SEMESTER II (19 credits)

FC 4: State, Democracy and Polity (2)

FC 6: Social Aspects of Poverty and Theories of Justice (2)

SL 3: Governance of Natural Resources and Sustainable Livelihoods(2)

SL 4 :Ecology and Sustainable Livelihoods(2)

SL 5: Livelihoods: Policies, Practices and Challenges(2)

CC 3 : Research Methods (4 Credits)

FW II:Fieldwork Module II : Working with Civil Society Organizations(5) 

SEMESTER III (15 credits)

 SL 6: Decentralized Planning in Rural Livelihoods (2)

SL 7: Food Security, Rural and Urban Livelihoods(2)

SL 9: Vulnerability, Risks and Strategies in Sustaining Livelihoods(2)

SL 10:Project Formulation, Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation(2)

SL 11: Gender and Sustainable Livelihoods(2)

FW III : Fieldwork Module III: Working with Governmental & Non-Governmental agencies,            
             Cooperatives, Mission Programmes etc (5)

SEMESTER IV (12 credits)

SL 8: Linkages in Livelihoods(2)

SL 13: Livelihood Promotion, Innovations, Conservation and Practice (Workshop)(2)

Dissertation : Dissertation & Viva-voce/ documentary/digital resources(8)

Internship/ Immersion : Project Development: Visiting Models of best practices in NRM &

                                       Governance(Non Credit Com

Eligibility :

 Candidates having a bachelor's degree in any discipline with minimum of 3 years duration or its equivalent (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 requirements of 15 years formal education)  from are cognized university are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to candidates who have worked in the social sector and civil society institutions on social issues, livelihood programmes, policy advocacy, project planning and monitoring etc. and want to upgrade their knowledge and skills.

Employment Opportunities :

TISS Tuljapur has a student’s placement cell managed by the students under the guidance of a Faculty In-charge. The student’s placement cell makes efforts to contact potential employers and hold campus placements. After the completion of programme, students can avail of employment opportunities in a wide range of occupations in development sector, education, public policy, non-governmental organizations, networking and advocacy organizations and livelihood mission programmes, rural and urban development sector, media, planning, environmental management and social welfare organization and corporate sector.

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