MA in Law, Politics and Society

Programme Description

The M.A. Programme in Law, Society and Politics at the SLGC is designed with the premise that a focus on the intersection of law and politics is of crucial importance in shaping a better understanding of modern India. That law is both living and dynamic as against something static is evidenced in the way courts and the judiciary has constantly re-interpreted texts of the law as well as the Constitution.

Students from a wide range of disciplines, including but not limited to, law, sociology, political science, philosophy, will find this programme attractive. Law graduates through this programme will be able to deepen their understanding of interdisciplinary legal studies including sociological and historical jurisprudence. Graduates of other social sciences will be able to acquire a social understanding of law and the functioning of legal institutions. The programme will have a comparative focus constantly foregrounding the debates of the global south within a wider political and cultural context.

The programme is oriented towards those interested in deepening their understanding of law towards a career in research, teaching and legal practice. The programme will be useful to those who plan to work in advocacy, in policy, non governmental organizations and those who would like a more informed approach to the practice of law. For students without a background in law, it offers an entry point into a study of law and will equip them with a unique opportunity to develop their research and skills in this field.

Programme Structure

The programme comprises of 64 credits over 4 semesters of 16 weeks each. It includes 12 taught courses (4 credits each), a writing seminar (4 credits), a summer internship (2 credits) and a written thesis (10 credits). Of the 12 taught courses, 6 are core courses, which are compulsory, and 6 are elective courses, which students can select from a list of courses on offer.

The indicative course structure is as follows:

Core Courses:
Research Methodology/Legal Method
History of Indian Constitutionalism
Sociology of Law/Law and Society in Modern India
Jurisprudence/Philosophy of Law
Comparative Law and Politics

Elective Courses:
Law and Politics in Modern India
Postcolonial Legal Theory
Law and Social Theory
Supreme Court and Politics in India
Human Rights Law in India
Environmental Justice
Law, Media and Technology
Law and Culture
Gender, Sexuality and Law
Law and Literature
Global Justice and Governance
Comparative Law in South Asia


The candidate should have a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with a minimum of 45% marks or an equivalent grade from a recognised university. (Relaxation of 5% marks for SC/ST/PwD)

Admission will be based on an entrance test and an interview. The entrance test will comprise of essay type questions testing awareness of themes related to law, governance and citizenship; writing ability; and analytical reasoning.

SLGC will be housed at AUD’sKarampura campus.


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