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Semester and Year Offered: 1st semester, 2019
Course Coordinator and Team: Krishna Menon
Email of course coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre-requisites: Students should be registered for the course.
Introduction to Gender is a course that intends to, as the title suggests, introduce students to the various aspects of the term gender. It seeks to familiarize students with some of the major academic debates on the concept of gender. The course also seeks to share with students a historical account of the changing nature of the understanding of the term gender. Gender is a word that has like most other words, a complex history and associated politics. It has changing connotations and meanings. This course aims to unravel and understand this evolution and mark some of the important milestones. It seeks to sensitize the student to a gendered way of thinking and understanding society.
The course aims to share a toolkit that would help the students
On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
Brief description of modules/ Main modules:
Understanding Gender: This module will explore the evolution of the term gender with a special focus on the sex versus gender debate. How have scholars and writers, activists and others understood the two categories? The implication of how gender is understood would determine the what could be studied, how does it have to be studied and why should it be studied? This would be explored by using appropriate reading materials in the form of essays and book chapters.
Women’s Studies/Gender Studies: This module will engage with the idea of women’s studies/gender studies. The debate around questions whether this is a perspective or is it a discipline? This debate would be placed in the larger historical and political context of feminist politics. The status of gender studies/women’s studies in India would also be addressed.
Is time gendered?: Social science investigations are determined to a very great extent by the two matrices of time and space. This module will try and look at the matrix of time from a gendered perspective. Is time universal and uniform, or is it experienced by human being differently. What is the politics of time?
Is space gendered? : Continuing from the above theme, this module aims to look at the category of space from a gendered vantage point. There is of late considerable feminist writing on the gendered construction, use and conception of space and the resulting marginalization and exclusion that occurs. The debates on the use and access to spaces of certain kinds, especially urban spaces have become the focus of great deal of academic attention and writing. This module seeks to familiarize students with some aspects of this current debate.
Some basic concepts (i) - Intersectionality: This module would be focussed on one of the conceptual categories that is used very often and very effectively in gender studies classrooms- that of intersectionality. This module will try and explore the meaning of the term and the various debates on the concept of intersectionality.
Some basic concepts (ii) – Caste: This module will try to address the debates and politics centred on the idea, practice and institution of caste. This module would try to map the ‘imagination of equality’ with reference to the politics of caste/gender/ sexualities/religion/work and so on.
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