- To familiarize students to with an in depth history of gender studies as an academic discipline in Pakistan, South Asia and in the West.
- To familiarize students with the classical and contemporary debates within gender studies.
- To identify main contours of gender studies, its branches and emerging debates within the discipline.
The course will cover basic concepts in gender studies scholarship such as gender, patriarchy, feminism, women’s experience, gender construction, gender role ideology and gender inequality etc. This course will familiarize students with key tenets, contemporary debates and emerging issues in Gender Studies. It will trace the history of the discipline as it emerged in the West, as well as its emergence in Pakistan and the larger region of South Asia. Students will be introduced to the discipline and its distinguishing features, both in content and pedagogy. Through exposure to the former and current debates present in academic texts, interactive and experiential learning, this course will be a foundational course in key concepts and educational philosophy of Gender Studies.
It will explore how gender manifests itself across cultures in social, cultural, legal, economic and political arenas. The course will discuss sociology of knowledge production and theories/debates surrounding the status of women/gender studies as an academic discipline.
Another significant aspect of the course will be to review the status of women’s/gender studies in Pakistan and the issues/challenges at societal and institutional levels face by the discipline. The need for women’s studies and its linkages with other traditional disciplines will also be explored. The integration/autonomy debates of women’s studies in the academic context of Pakistan will be examined in detail.
- Introduction to foundational concepts in gender studies (gender, feminism, patriarchy)
- Understanding the importance of pedagogies and educational philosophy.
- History of gender studies as an academic discipline in the West
- Locating the emergence of Gender Studies in the context of ‘waves’ of feminism.
- History and development of Gender Studies as an academic discipline in Pakistan.
- Integration versus autonomy debates in Gender Studies
- Challenges for Gender Studies in Pakistan and globally.
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