- To introduce the academic discipline of gender studies.
- To familiarize students with key concepts related to gender.
- To show how gender manifests itself across cultures in social, cultural, legal, economic and political arenas.
The course will provide an overview of knowledge produced within the remit of women/gender studies as an academic discipline, in national and international contexts, with particular focus on the history of women’s rights and struggles. The impact of culture, religion, economy, politics and societal values on women's lives will be explored and the emergence of gender oppression historicized. Gender relations will be explored in conjunction with race/ethnicity, class and other social relations to illustrate their inter-connectedness. An enhanced understanding of key issues in gender studies such as performativity, social construction of femininity and masculinity, the practice of gender and intersectionality (an awareness of gender and how it intersects with social, cultural and biological categories such as race, ethnicity, nationality and class) will be a key component of the course. In this context, the course will also highlight alternative perspectives such as Black, Latina/Chicana and Third World feminisms to introduce multiple theoretical perspectives, on these core concepts, and impart an understanding regarding the variety of cultural contexts in which theories of gender are produced, performed and negotiated.
- Abu-Lughod, Lila. (2013). Do Muslim Women Need Saving? Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.
- Berger, M. T., & Radeloff, C. L. (2011). Transforming Scholarship: Why Women's and Gender Studies Students Are Changing Themselves and the World (1st ed.). New York: Routledge.
- Berlant, Lauren. (2008). The Female Complaint. 1st edition. Durham: Duke University Press Books.
- Butler, J. (2004). Undoing Gender. New York: Routledge.
- Chanter, T. (2006). Gender: Key Concepts in Philosophy. London: Continuum International Publishing Group .
- Freedman, E. (2007). The Essential Feminist Reader. London: Modern Library .
- Grewal, I., & Kaplan, C. (2005). An Introduction to Women's Studies: Gender in a Transnational World (2nd ed.). London: McGraw-Hill Education.
- Lorber, J., & Moore, L. J. (2010). Gendered Bodies: Feminist Perspectives (2nd ed.). London: Oxford University Press.
- Marchbank, J. (2007). Introduction to Gender. Boston: Longman.
- Mahmood, Saba. (2005). Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
- McCann, Carole R. and Seung-kyung Kim (eds). (2013) Feminist Theory Reader: Local and Global Perspectives. New York: Routledge.
- Orr, C. M., Braithwaite, A., & Lichtenst, D. (Eds.). (2011). Rethinking Women and Gender Studies. London: Routledge.
- S.Channa (Ed.). (2004). Encyclopaedia Of Women Studies (Vol. 5). New Delhi: Cosmo Publications
- Shaw, Susan M. and Janet Lee (eds). (2014) Women’s Voices, Feminist Visions: Classic and Contemporary Readings. New York: McGraw Hill.