CONCENTRATION  PSW S 12053 (C)   WOMEN - EMPOWERMENT AND                                                     DEVELOPMENT                                           

2 Credits                                                                    

Course Outcomes:


CO 1   Acquire the knowledge of women oriented theories and student able to deliver logical explanation of some phenomena related to women.

CO 2   Demonstrate the critical thinking on why gender important in development and gender mainstreaming.

CO 3   Articulate the connection between societal institutions and power structures and the impact the material realities have on womens lives.

CO 4   Perceive the intersections between gender and other social and cultural identities, including race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, class, age, disability and sexuality.

CO 5   Democratically engage for the human rights and for the social justice for women.


Module  I

Introduction of Women Studies: Concept of Women’s Studies -- Status of women- Global, Indian and Kerala- Education, Family, Employment, Society. Role of women in Family and Society among different groups - History and Emerging trends, Divorce.  Terminologies related to women. Women in Development (WID) Women and Development (WAD) and Gender and Development (GAD) The Welfare Approach, The Equity Approach, The Anti - poverty Approach, The Efficiency Approach, The empowerment Approach,.

5 Hours


Module  2

Women and Theories: Engendering Women: Concept of Gender- Gender and Equality. Theories – Feminism, Male gaze, Third Place theory, Brahmanical Patriarchy etc. Women’s Movements- International, India and Kerala - Origin, History and Importance. Feminist ideologies- Various approaches to feminism- Masculinities, Patriarchy, Eco- Feminism, Transgender Politics, Lesbian, Cyber feminism, Menstrual Activism  etc. Feminism in India - Liberal, Radical, Socialist, Post modern. Discrimination against women based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.

5 Hours

Module  3          

Women and Health: Women and Health- Indicators- Health issues of women, Malnutrition- Anemia- Reproductive Health, Maternal mortality and Infant mortality rate in India. Women and HIV/AIDS - Policies & Programmes for improving Health & Nutrition status of women, Maternity and child health services 

3 Hours


Module  4

Participation of Women in Development Sector: Policies, liberalization & Globalization & its impact on women- feminization of poverty, Rights for women- Home, Work place- Equal Wage and Remuneration. Women Empowerment- Concept of Empowerment- Social, Economic, Political and Physical Empowerment, Indicators of women Development- Gender Analysis, Gender Sensitivity, Gender Auditing, Gender Budgeting. Women Entrepreneurship- SHGS, Women Leadership and Mobilization. NGO’s working in the chief of women development. Women in politics: Power politics. Women in Local Governance 73rd and 74th amendments and reservation.

 5 Hours

Module  5

Issues and women’s rights in India: Constitutional provisions and Legislation in India for women- National and State Women commission- Structure and Functions, National Policy for Women Development.  CEDAW.  Law related Family and Marriage:  Marriage Laws (Hindu and Muslim), Dowry prohibition Act 1961, Divorce Laws (Hindu and Muslim), Adultery Law- Section 497, Issues and rights related abortion, The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005, Right to Property, Status of Widows, Unwed mothers and Destitute.  Laws against violence and sexual crimes- Rape, Immoral traffic, Indecent representation of women, Immoral Traffic Prevention Act 1956 etc. Labor laws and women: Gender division of Labor - Rural and Urban. Organized and unorganized sectors, Trends in women’s Employment , Equal Remuneration Act,  The Maternity (Amendment) Bill 2017, Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.Marginalization of women - Dalit, Tribal and Black women.

 6 Hours


Lecturers, Reading material, Article Review, Discussion, Debates Assignments, Analysis & Learning, Field work, News clippings &Individual activities