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Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Feminism : Concepts and Theories

Indian Institute of Technology Madras and NPTEL via Swayam

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This course will evaluate the rise and trajectory of the feminist movement and explicate concepts surrounding feminism. We will look at the ways in which feminism has developed, its organization around questions of gender, its mandate, and its contemporary import. We then open out the course into questions of feminist theory. Through case studies, literature, ethnography, and theory, we will examine why such analysis matters and why it is critical to our everyday lives.INTENDED AUDIENCE : Undergraduates, Graduates, Undergraduate Instructors, General AudiencePRE-REQUISITES : NilSUPPORT INDUSTRY : Nil


Week 1 : Introduction, History and VocabularyWeek 2 : Key Concepts - 1Week 3 : Key Concepts - 2Week 4 : Key Concepts - 3Week 5 : The Three Waves of FeminismWeek 6 : The Feminist BodyWeek 7 :Indian FeminismWeek 8 :Feminism and Work/ LabourWeek 9 : Feminism in Film and TheatreWeek 10 : Popular Culture, Social Media and FeminismWeek 11 : Gender, queer theory, and post-structuralismWeek 12 : Learnings and conclusions

Taught by

Prof. Mathangi Krishnamurthy


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