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Why Recruit Us

Why Recruit Us

We are proud to have one of the best postgraduate programs in Women’s Studies within the Indian academia, combining feminist theory and praxis. Our program focuses on developing professional expertise to use gender as an analytical category in research, planning and outreach and is in sync with the institutional context, vision and mission of TISS to promote sustainable, equitable and participatory development, social welfare and social justice.

The program represents the intellectual breadth and theoretical diversity of women-centered knowledge. It draws from the global and Indian feminist movement and international and Indian theorizations on women, incorporating an intersectional lens and developing a critical understanding on social reality. The course is taught by a broad panel of faculties across Centres and Schools using pedagogies that do not assume an unchallengeable expertise of the teachers, rather emphasize collective learning experience that connects knowledge to students’ lives and personal experiences. Students are enabled to transcend the disciplinary boundaries in imagining and constructing new knowledge and frameworks for social change.

The interdisciplinary nature of the Women's Studies program is one of its greatest strengths. Students are exposed to fields as diverse as governance, health, the law, development, and literature and are encouraged to make critical connections between them, promoting broad-based analytical skills.

Women's studies graduates at TISS learn collaborative work skills through extensive group work, and cultivate problem-solving skills and analytical-thinking.

Women’s Studies at TISS, through its emphasis on a balance between academia and practical engagement (through the field attachment component), develops a holistic approach to gender issues in contemporary times. Students are well versed in contemporary local and global issues, and the diversity of research being produced by the students of the department is testament to the broad-based and in-depth quality of the program. The program works on skill-development in several areas, some of which are:

Communication skills

  • Ability to formulate and defend positions, and develop clear and concise arguments
  • Ability to summarize concepts and ideas and write detailed reports and research papers
  • Familiarity with vocabulary to suit a wide variety of audiences and work contexts

Research skills

  • Evaluate ideas and research critically
  • Gathering information and data pertaining to a very wide variety of fields
  • Undertake literature reviews using various kinds of resources
  • Interpret research and data
  • Read and understand both primary and secondary sources
  • Familiar with diverse theorizing on research methodologies, and able to develop appropriate research models for specific social and organizational contexts

Critical thinking/problem solving

  • Critical thinking skills
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize
  • Ability to apply a wide repertoire of conceptual framework to practical problems, and find viable solutions

Interpersonal skills

  • Sensitivity towards, and awareness about, a wide spectrum of social issues
  • Keen awareness of gender relations in society, and in various social institutions
  • Ability to understand difference engage with individuals in context of various intersectional experiences
  • Knowledge about power relationships and injustice
  • Ability to accept intellectual and personal challenges, take a stand and support it with evidence
  • Ability to assess needsand strategies
  • Insight into group dynamics and adaptability to various local contexts

Writing/editing skills:

  • Reading and thinking critically
  • Reading and analyzing different kinds of texts and documents
  • Able to write clearly and concisely, and engage with a wide variety of positions and opinions
  • Familiarity with different types of research methodologies