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Semester and Year Offered: Semester 2
Course Coordinator and Team: Prof Anup Dhar
Email of course coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
The aim of this course is to enable students to apply the conceptual and analytical tools to critically examine the politics of, and policy relevant debates on, broad themes such as household, kinship and village structures, empowerment and rights, identities and social justice, men, masculinities, and development, and violence and gender relations. This course will build on and expand the inter-disciplinary analysis of key social categories (such as caste, class, religion) and their interconnections with social development concerns (such as poverty and social exclusion) in rural contexts. The course will pay particular attention to gender related issues, gender and development approaches and debates, and gender planning and mainstreaming in rural contexts. The objective is to enable students to grasp the complexities in and implications of politics and policy-relevant debates on the aforementioned themes. This course shall also be a creative dialogue between extant theories of gender and oppression and the experiences and observations of the students in rural contexts.
On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
Brief description of modules/ Main modules:
UNIT I Gender and development- the International Framework: The first module looks at the genesis of feminist and gendered perspectives and concerns in the International Development Discourse. Tracing its roots from the Women’s movement in the first half of the twentieth century paved the way for WID-WAD-GAD debate in the Western models.
UNIT II Questioning ‘empowerment’ amidst Feminization of Poverty: The second module bring views from Global South to critically interrogate the universal discourse of ‘woman’ to highlight multiplicity of subjectivities and therby exclusion and marginalization experienced by differently situated lives of woman across the world.
UNIT III Gender and Development in the Indian Context: The third module draws upon the diversity of experience of womanhood across multiplicity of subject positions including dalit, adivasi, religious minorities, borderland inhabitants of Kashmir and North-East, as well as Queers. These expose the diversity and contextually situated subjectivities of womanhood across India.
UNIT IV Gender, Reproductive Health and Body: Shifting to the policy domain vis-à-vis Gender, the fourth module looks at concerns of population rise, the policy issue of reproductive health and the politics of/over woman’s body. The module offers a genealogical study of the biopolitics of womanhood in the context of India.
UNIT V Gender and Domesticity: The fifth module explores the debated over public versus private spaces and the claim of ‘personal is political’ to critically understand the embodied and performative dimension of womenhood and the differentiated and diverse practices of patriarchy that constitute this subjectivity.
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