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Gender Sensitisation: Society, Culture and Change

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Overview

The Undergraduate Course on ‘Gender Sensitization: Society, Culture and Change’ aims to address the prevailing notions of gender issues in the society and ways to address the same. It also aims to provide ways to bring about changes in the society by addressing values like equality and equity. Culture, Society and State constructed certain norms, customs and stereotypes to look into women, men and their issues. Due to patriarchal social construction, women are not treated on par with men. Women face challenges to realize their rights, aspirations and potentials. It is important to deconstruct the prevailing patriarchal notions about women, men and other sexualities. Family, Society and State also construct and reinforce roles and responsibilities for men and women. The existing power relations between men and women play an important role in controlling and dominating women. The disciplines of Women’s and Gender Studies and Gender and Development Studies have theoretically addressed these issues. Relationship between men and women, their roles and responsibilities and myths related to other sexualities need to be deconstructed. The Course on “Gender Sensitization: Society, Culture and Change “specifically aims to build understanding of women’s status in our society and identifying ways to address the same. It requires a new understanding of construction of gender to reconstruct ‘gender just society’.

Syllabus

Week-1Unit 1: Understanding Gender and Related ConceptsUnit 4: Gender in Everyday Life
Week-2Unit 1: Understanding Gender and Related Concepts Unit 8: Gender of Work
Week-3Unit 1: Understanding Gender and Related Concepts Unit 4: Gender in Everyday Life
Week-4Unit 2: Gender and SexualitiesUnit 3: Masculinities
Week-5Unit 5: Family, Love and Power
Week-6Unit 6: MarriageUnit 7: MotherhoodUnit 8: Gendering Work
Week-7Unit 8: Gendering WorkUnit 9: Gender and EmploymentUnit 10: Gender Issues in Work and Labour Market
Week-8Unit 10: Gender Issues in Work and Labour Market
Week-9Unit 9: Gender and Employment
Week-10Unit 11: Health in Social Contexts
Week-11Unit 12: Reproductive Health and RightsUnit 13: Gender and Disability
Week-12Unit 16: Sexual Harassment at the WorkplaceUnit 15: Gender- Based Violence
Week-13Unit 15: Gender- Based Violence
Week-14Unit 15: Gender- Based Violence
Week-15Unit 17: Gender and LanguageUnit 19: Reading and Visualising GenderUnit 18: Gender and Media
Week-16Unit 20: Conclusion: Towards Gender Equality


Taught by

Prof. Nilima Srivastava & Dr. G. Uma

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