M.A. in Women Studies

Panjab University
In Chandigarh

Price on request

Important information

Typology Master
Location Chandigarh
Duration 2 Years
  • Master
  • Chandigarh
  • Duration:
    2 Years

Where and when
Starts Location
On request
Panjab University, Chandigarh, 160014, Punjab, India
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Starts On request
Panjab University, Chandigarh, 160014, Punjab, India
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Course programme

THE Post Graduate Degree Programme of the Centre for Women's Studies, is very innovative, wherein the students are not only taught concepts and theories, but their application in everyday life. The success of the Centre in its endeavours is obvious from the fact that the students have taken active interest in counselling, even taking up a marital discord and violence case on their own and successfully counselling the couple in resolving the dispute.

The Centre, through its teaching programme not only sensitises the students to gender issues and attempts to ensure a commitment to the empowerment of women. It also provides training in all the above skills through its curricula. The emphasis is on Practical skill training in Project formulation, designing, monitoring, budget formulation and analysis as well as on research training normally given in Research degree courses such as M.Phil. Lastly and most significantly, the course is multidisciplinary, which stands the students in good stead in any field of activity which they may decide to pursue, whether development, law, human rights or any other. Here is a brief overview of the course content:
Semester I
Paper I - Conceptualising Women's Studies 100
Paper II - Women's Movement in India 100
Paper III - Feminist Theory 100
Paper IV - Research Methodology (Gender Perspective)-I 100

Semester Two

Paper I - Feminism: An Indian Perspective 100
Paper II - Research Methodology (Gender Perspective)- II 100
Paper III - United Nations and Women's Issues 100
Paper IV - Project Work 100

Semester III

Compulsory Papers
Paper I - Women and Law-I 100
Paper II - Women and Development 100
Paper III - Women and Human Rights 100
Paper IV - Optional Paper 100

Option (i) Women and Management
Option (ii) Women and Entrepreneurship
Option (iii) Women and Media
Option (iv) Training in Practical Skills

Semester IV

Compulsory Papers
Paper I - Women and Politics 100
Paper II - Women and Law- II 100
Optional Papers (Papers III & IV) 100 each
(i) Women and Work
(ii) Women and Health
(iii) Women and Environment
Dissertation in lieu of two papers

What is more significant from the point of view of today's market and job oriented society is the number of opportunities available in women's studies. Students can seek employment with various types of organizations - public, private, government and non-profit. Graduates find job opportunities in a variety of fields, such as government, communications and media, law, public relations, human services, research, international relations, public health and other career fields.
There are many practical applications for Women's Studies training on the job. For example, as more women work, business and corporations find the need for more sensitivity to women's issues such as sexual harassment, flexi-time, parental leave, pay equity, and equal employment opportunities. The development of women's agencies and organizations is spurring demand for persons with specializations in Women's Studies. There is growing demand in the professions of law, medicine, social work, teaching, counseling, and government service for expertise on gender issues. Similarly, women's studies specialists are increasingly being used as consultants in industry, higher education, insurance companies, and personnel firms. Perhaps most importantly, many Women's Studies graduates say that their education gave them the confidence to pursue careers traditionally held by men. (more detailed information can be had from the Centre for Women's Studies)

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