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Prospectus

Prospectus

M.A. Women’s Studies

The M.A. in Women’s Studies was introduced in 2009 as an interdisciplinary program that seeks to bring synthesis between a feminist understanding and knowledge, and the institutional emphasis on preparing cadres of social and development workers who will realise the dreams of sustainable, equitable and participatory development, social welfare and social justice. This program attempts to fulfil the urgent need to make a powerful and constructive critique of existing knowledge, especially in terms of its role in directing interventions to correct women’s exclusion from the fruits of development. The program contents bring together a core of women-/gender-centered courses along with foundation courses, research methods, and field attachments. Students of this program will have an opportunity to experience a wide range of courses linking feminist theories, women’s movements, women’s development, and critiques of mainstream development that excludes women, while also preparing them to do feminist research and documentation and learn organizational skills needed to work with women.

The program is flexible so as to accommodate students with focus on both research and fieldwork/ intervention-related knowledge and skills. Students doing this program may find their professional careers in diverse settings such as in academia as researchers and teachers; in journalism; as development workers and activists; in civil and administrative functions of the government especially women and gender departments; in national and international organizations working on women and gender issues. In fact, this course will be useful to people from all fields who would like to use feminist knowledge to question, critique and make changes in whatever area of work they may be involved in.

Distribution of Credit Hours

Details

Credits

Foundation Course

6

Philosophy of Research

1

Women’s Studies Courses

40

Research Method Courses

6

Research Dissertation

8

Field Attachment

8

Total

69

 

Semester-wise Listing of Courses

Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Credit

I

FC

Foundation Course

6

 

Philosophy of Research

1

WS1

Women, History and Society: Feminist Theories and Perspectives

4

WS2

Women’s Movement in India

2

DS3

Methods of Social Research

4

WS3

Feminist Science Studies

2

WS22

Development, Feminist Politics and Praxis

4

II

WS4

Gender, Caste, Class, Religion and Tribe

4

WS5

Feminist Research Methodology/Practices

2

WS6

Women and Work: History of Transformation

2

WS8

Women, Sexualities and Violence

2

WS18

Women’s rights and Legal Advocacy

2

WS21

Field Attachment with Analytical Report

8

III

WS9

Women’s Writings

2

WS10

Gender Media and Culture

2

WS11

Gender, Poverty and Livelihoods

2

WS13

Gender, Health and Rights

2

WS14

Engendering Governance

2

WS16

Women’s Bodies, Women’s Knowledge’s: Historical and Feminist Perspectives

2

WS17

Eco-Feminism, Environment and Sustainable
Development

2

IV

WS15

Gender, Ideology and Education

2

WS19

Gender and International Development

2

WS20

Research Dissertation

8

 

Note: The semester-wise listing of courses is provisional and may change.