M.A Human Rights and Inclusive Policy

Centres for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy have been conceptualized and established by the UGC during the X Five year plan, to correct through teaching and research, the inequalities created through discrimination and deprivation promoted by hegemonic structures. In line with this vision, the Centre at Pondicherry University launched a new interdisciplinary Social Science Postgraduate programme in Human Rights and Inclusive Policy in the academic year 2019-20. Why Human Rights? The biggest challenge to humanity is to live with tolerance appreciating diversity in all life forms and cultures. This challenge leads to the rising conflicts and human rights violation. Understanding Human Rights is crucial for the wellbeing of people globally in promoting peace. Very few full-time Postgraduate programmes in Human Rights are currently offered in Indian Universities. Existing Programmes are largely, from the discipline of Law or Political Science. The M.A. Human Rights and Inclusive Policy at Pondicherry University, does not limit its perspective to a legal-political approach but brings in a multidisciplinary Social Science approach to facilitate better understanding of different conflicts and the possibilities in promoting peace and tolerance. The programme is structured to provide experiential learning with the fourth semester dedicated for Internship and Project work. The programme provides opportunities for higher education and research besides employment in Governmental organisations (both National and International) and Non-Governmental organisations.

Focus Areas


of the program

International Obligations to Protect Human Rights

Magna Carta to Anti-Slavery Treaties to Nuremberg Principles to UDHR and after

Social Exclusion and Human Rights

Forms of Social Exclusion-Religion, Race, Caste, Class, Gender, Age, Disability, Region, Language, Indigenous/Ethnicity, Migrant/Refugee

Globalisation and Human Rights

Capitalism and Political-Economy of Globalisation, Human Rights approach to Development, Social Consequences of Globalisation

Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development

Environmentalism, Right to Clean Environment, Right of Future Generations, Sustainable Development, Global Commons, Climate change

Who can prefer this Course


Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with a minimum of 50% of marks. The Selection is based on an All India entrance examination of 2 hours duration and 100 multiple choice questions.
Social Sciences, Current affairs Multiple choice question at UG level

Current Curriculum

Year of Revision : 2019
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