This course tries to understand society from the perspective of conflict and contestation. It explores various sources of conflict in a society; and differences and similarities among various forms of conflicts. Such conflicts often mature into contestations and eventually emerges as social movement . The course intends to explore both, theoretical perspective and empirical material on social movement to understand how such process of maturation, how a social movement sustains or dies down. It is an introductory to the advanced course, Social Movements to be offered at MA level.