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Faculty of Behavioral Sciences

Paper 4.5: Gender Studies

Unit

Content

Time (Hours)

Domain

I Introduction to Gender

Meaning of gender; cultural differences; philosophical and political issues surrounding gender .

Methods of research- Meaning, goals and steps of gender research; difficulty in conducting research; feminist research methodology.

Gender perspectives – evolutionary theory and socio-biology, psychoanalytic, constructivist and post modern perspectives.

Feminism as a movement

Third Gender

13

 

4

 

3

 

6

 

 

Must Know

  

Desirable to Know

Nice to Know

II Gender discrimination, attitude and identity

Gender differences and inequalities; stereotyping and discrimination; gender and caste.

Gender roles and gender role attitude; gender- role socialization; gender and emotion

Concept of identify; gender identity; multiple identities ; gender mainstreaming

Transgender individuals

Case study on foeticide 

14

4

5

5

 

Must Know

Desirable to Know

Nice to Know

III Sex related comparisons

Sex related comparison- cognitive abilities; personality attribute and social domains

Aggression and violence- concept and theories; rape and other forms of sexual coercion; domestic abuse and sexual harassment.

Sex differences in health – mortality; health behaviours and chronic illness. Sex differences in mental health- depression, suicide, death and bereavement.

Changing sex roles

Reproductive health

13

 

4

 

5

 

4

 

Must Know

 

 Desirable to Know

Nice to Know

 

Syllabus Books:

  1. Whelehan, I., &Pilicher, J. (2004). 50 key concepts in gender studies. New Delhi: Sage Publications.
  2. Howson, A. (2005). What is Gender. London: Sage Publications.

 

Reference Books:

  1. H. Eagly, A. E. Beall, R. J. Sternberg. (2004). The Psychology of Gender.Guilford Press.
  2. S. Rogers. (2001). The Psychology of Gender and Sexuality: An Introduction.Open University Press.
  3. Burr. (1998). Gender and Social Psychology.Routledge.
  4. Di Ceglie; D. Freedman. (1998). A Stranger in My Own Body: Atypical Gender Identity Development and Mental Health.Karnac Books.
  5. S. Kimmel. (2000). The Gendered Society. Oxford University Press.
  6. Francis; C. Skelton. (2001). Investigating Gender: Contemporary Perspectives in Education.Open University Press.