Sociology of Gender

By Dr. Jasleen Kewlani   |   Assistant Professor of Sociology at Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL), Punjab, Patiala.
Learners enrolled: 397

The syllabus contents have been designed to equip the minds of the students with sensitivity and ability to understand gender issues being faced by Indians and the Indian society. The nation has developed in terms of education, finance, urbanization, modernization, westernization and the like. But, the situation of gender has not ameliorated as it should have been. Rapes, rather brutal rapes followed by animistic murders, forced prostitution and the like are the crimes which yet speak of extreme gender inequality. The difference is even stronger and noticeable in rural and urban areas. All this needs to be explained to the young minds so that whenever they come in a position to improve the situation or pool their efforts they have a good understanding of the situations to be hit upon.

The title of the course is ‘Sociology of Gender’. It deals with the trends and patterns related to the growth and development of the subject in India and Western part of the world. Domestic violence and other forms of force n violence being used against a particular gender is a common issue of almost all the nations. There is a need to understand the background and the social and cultural differences making one gender victimised and other empowered. India and the western world have their own particular features which design the gender related scenarios thereon. The students, through this course shall learn the factors which led to development of the subject ‘Sociology of Gender ‘in India and in the western world; and how this branch of the academics is applied on problem solving mechanisms on governance and people’s level.

Gender studies have always been a crucial part of research and policy making. The studies undertaken by researchers in gender related issues have become part and parcel, rather the ground of many policy documents. In the contemporary times, when criminal justice and social wellbeing are a major focus of the governance, the aims cannot be achieved until the issues are identified maturely and are researched over. Only utility oriented and logical research can result into resolving the issues. ‘Women’, this term is featured with a heavy meaning. All women do not form one single category. There are uncountable sub-categories to be looked after and researched over. There is a need to look into the living realms of different classes within in the class of women like rural women; urban women; educated women; uneducated women; skilled, unskilled women; women with disability; women infected with HIV’AIDS; transgender women (lesbians); young girls; girl children; raped and assaulted women and the like. This little reference to diversification of the class of women itself makes it clear how important it is to undertake research in all these domains. But, the pre-condition for research is the understanding of the gendered society and the factors which make women empowered or disempowered.


If the young minds are taught such course (sociology of gender), there is a hope that a clear understanding of feminism and the related trends and issues can be done. There is no need of creating feminists, but there is surely a need of creating such a cult of academicians and researchers who sincerely look into the problems of women life. Only such studies and trainings can make the issues and problems functionally resolved. 

There have been some very popular thinkers and theorists who gave very profound works to academia. Some of their works are very useful to understand the connectivity between gender and society. They are many theories on Feminism, gender and development and the like. The reflections expressed by these prominent thinkers form a crucial part of the present course. This shall lead to cognitive development of the learners and shall instill in them, a capacity to address the gender related issues with more grounded and explainable approach featured with logistics of time. On the whole teaching and learning of the contents of the course of Sociology of Gender shall train the learners about how research can be designed and undertaken to understand the related issues more and how the issues can be resolved efficaciously.

Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 31 Jan 2023
End Date : 30 Apr 2023
Exam Date :
Enrollment Ends : 15 Mar 2023
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 4
Level : Undergraduate

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Course layout


Development of ‘Sociology of Gender’


Indian Society and Socialization


Feminism: Theoretical Orientations-I


Feminism: Theoretical Orientations-II


Identifying and Understanding Gender Issues


Changing Gender Profile in India


Criminality, Crime and Law


Correctional Methods and Criminal Justice Administration


Social Movements and Gender related Developments


Law, Legal Provisions and Legal Institutions: Impact on Gender Equality


Political Participation of Women in India: Issues and Provisions


Gender Studies in India: Emerging Scenario

Books and references

1. Ania Loomba and Ritty A. Lukose, South Asian Feminisms, Duke University Press, New Delhi, 2012.

2. Anne Phillips, Faminism and Politics, Oxford, New York, 1998.

3. Ashok S. Kolaskar and Motilal Dash, Women and Society: The Road to Change, Oxford, New Delhi, 2012.

4. Edgar Krau, Toward Globalization with a Human Face, University Press of America, USA, 2009.

5. Jennifer Mather Saul, Feminism: Issues and Arguments, Oxford, New Delhi, 2003.

6. Joseph Bristow, Sexuality, Routledge, New York, 2013.

7. Joanna kerr, Ellen Sprenger and Alison Symington, The Future of Women’s Rights, Zed Books, New York, 2004.

8. Kumkum Roy, The Power of Gender and the Gender of Power, Oxford, New Delhi, 2012.

9. Leela Dominelli, Women and Community Action, Rawat, Jaipur, 2007.

10. Leslie J. Calman, Toward Empowerment: Women and Movement Politics in India, Westview Press, America, 1992.

11. Michael S. Kimmel, The Genderered Society, Oxford, New York, 2008.

12. Ram Ahuja, Social Problem in India, Rawat Publications, New Delhi, 2014.

13. Raka Ray, Handbook of Gender, Oxford, New Delhi, 2012.

14. Sally Hines, Transforming Gender, The Policy Press, London, 2007.

15. Sandra Kemp and Judith Squires, Feminisms, Oxford, New York, 1997.

16. Sharmila Rege, Sociology of Gender, Sage, New Delhi, 2007.

17. Sue Morgan, The Feminist History Reader, Routledge, New York, 2006.

Instructor bio

Dr. Jasleen Kewlani

Assistant Professor of Sociology at Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL), Punjab, Patiala.

Brief Introduction

Dr. Jasleen Kewlani is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL), Punjab, Patiala. She is a contributor to the Higher Education system for more than 18 years now and has contributed to academics and research proficiently in different and distinct ways. She has been teaching Sociology, Research Methodology and Sociology of Law and Sociology of Gender to both graduate as well as post-graduate students. Her expertise encapsulates subjects like Environmental Sociology; Gender Studies; and Research Methodology. To academics, she has contributed two books and around twenty five papers. She is State Awardee and she has been honoured by State of Punjab twice in the last few years for her unique contribution to profession and the subject ‘Sociology’.

At RGNUL, the prominent positions she has held are Coordinator, UGC Grants Commission; Coordinator CLAT & Admission Committee; Coordinator, RGNUL Institute of Competitive Examination; Coordinator, MOOCs, RGNUL; Coordinator, IGNOU’s School of Law for four years; Coordinator, Website Committee; Member, Executive Council; Member, Academic Council; and Member, Academic Committee. She has been the Chief Editor, RGNUL Social Sciences Review (RSSR), a Peer Reviewed Bi-annual journal of the university, with ISSN Number and RNI Number. 

She is a visiting faculty at the Punjab Jail Training School, Punjab and is associated with the academic as well as professional development ventures undertaken by the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D, New Delhi). For more than a decade now, she has been training police officials of Punjab and from other states also. She is a well-known E-Content developer for both Post Graduate as well as Under-Graduate Courses. She has designed and executed many academic programmes for Direct to Home (DTH) Channel. She has been associated as an Expert with the prestigious Educational Multi-Media Research Centre (EMRC), Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab from the year 2016 and has been actively participating in the realm. Recently in the month of July, 2021 she has been appointed as the Principal Investigator, Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on ‘Sociology of Gender’. The MOOC has been sanctioned by the Consortium of Educational Communication (CEC), an inter-university centre of the University Grants Commission (UGC), India. 

She is the only sociologist in North-India, who was awarded the nation’s most prestigious UGC Research Award by the University Grants Commission, New Delhi in the year 2016. On the basis of her excellent research progress and functionality of her research work for social good, she was also awarded with an extension of one year by the UGC, so that more workable findings could be reached under the granted research work. She is Post Doctorate Fellow, Ph.D and a University Gold Medalist. Dr. Kewlani has also been member to various Peer Review and also Advisory Boards of national as well as international journals.

Course certificate

The course is free to enrol and learn. 

Internal Assessment :  30%  &  Online Examination: 70%

Total Marks: 100 ; Passing Marks: 40

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