Youth, Gender and Identity

By Dr. Naziya Hasan   |   Assistant Professor, Department Of Teacher Education, Manipur University
Learners enrolled: 1621
For prosperity and development of any nation, largest share of investment must be done for its young people. Their social, political, educational and health related aspects must be given utmost care and attention. The young people struggles with problems of self-development, identity crisis, gender related issues such as discrimination and stereotypes that lead to increment of health related problems, imbalance in work-life, risk behaviour and violence. Encouraging positive youth development resultantly improves the quality of young people’s life. India has the largest number of youth population in the world. This population should be channelled in a manner to make them understand their identity and role in society and contribute for social and economic development of the nation. Considering these points, this course is designed for undergraduate students to develop an understanding about the basic concepts regarding youth, gender and identity through various relevant topics such as Introduction of Youth, Gender and Identity, Youth and Identity, Gender and Identity and Issues related to Youth, Gender and Identity.

The main objectives of this course are to enable students to understand the concept of youth, gender and identity; to elaborate the issues concerning youth and sexuality; to explain the relationship between youth, gender and identity in Indian context; to critically analyse the role of culture in identity formation; to discuss the concept of multiple identities; to explain the important role of family, peer group, school and media in identity formation; to develop self-esteem and self-concept; to examine the risk behaviour among youth; to encourage positive youth development; to analyse the influence of globalization on gender and youth identity; and to inculcate sensitivity to issues related to Youth, Gender and Identity within the Indian socio-cultural context.

After successful completion of this course, learners will be able to sensitise themselves regarding the concepts and issues concerning youth, gender and identity along with its intersection with each other.
This whole course is divided into four units comprising 40 modules. Each module will be inclusive of descriptive video, text material, glossary, FAQs, reading references, quizzes and assignments. Total engagement time of the course will be 100 hours in 5 days a week format.

Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 23 Jan 2023
End Date : 16 Apr 2023
Exam Date :
Enrollment Ends : 15 Mar 2023
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 5
Level : Undergraduate

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Course layout

  1. Concept of Youth: Transition to Adulthood
  2. Developmental Aspects of Youth: Adolescence
  3. Developmental Aspects of Youth: Early Adulthood
  4. Youth across Cultures
  1. Youth in Indian Context
  2. Gender, Sex and Gender Identity
  3. Gender Roles and Gender Role Attitudes
  4. Factors Affecting Gender Identity and Gender Roles
  1. Sexual Orientation
  2. Gender Stereotypes
  3. Gender Socialization
  4. Concept of Identity
  1.  Multiple Identities
  2. Youth and Identity
  3. Formation of Youth Identities
  4. Family: Parent-Youth Conflict
  1. Family: Sibling Relationships and Intergenerational Relationship
  2. Family: Intergenerational gap
  3. Changing Family in Changing Society
  4. Peer Group Identity: Friendships and Romantic Relationships
  1. Education and Youth Identity
  2. Workplace Identity and Relationships
  3. Youth Culture
  4. Identity Crisis
  1. Influence of Globalization on Youth identity
  2. Issues of Sexuality in Youth
  3. Sexuality and Youth Identity
  4. Gender Discrimination
  1. Elimination of Gender Discrimination
  2. Gender Equality
  3. Culture and Gender
  4. Culture and Identity Formation
  1. Influence of Globalization on Gender Identity
  2. Media and Gender Identity
  3. Positive Youth Development
  4. Life Skills and Youth
  1. Building Resources: Hope, Optimism and Resilience
  2. Youth, Gender and Violence
  3. Today’s Youth
  4. Youth with Disabilities
  1. Youth and Risk Behaviour
  2. Youth and Health
  3. Mental Health Issues among Youth
  4. Promotion of Youth’s Mental Health and Well-Being
  5. Employment and Education of Youth
  1. Self-Esteem and Self-Concept
  2. Enhancing Work-life Balance
  3. Changing Roles of Women
  4. Women Empowerment
  5. Encouraging Non-gender Stereotyped Attitudes in Youth

Books and references

  1. Bansal, P. (2020). Youth in contemporary India. Springer. https:10.1007/978-81-322-0715-3
  2. Berk, L. E. (2018). Development through the lifespan (7th ed.). Pearson.
  3. Berzin, S. C. (2008). Difficulties in the transition to adulthood: Using propensity scoring to understand what makes foster youth vulnerable. Social Service Review, 82(2), 171-196. https://doi.org/10.1086/588417
  4. Government of India (2014). National youth policy-2014. Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India. 
  5. Hornby, A. S. (2020). Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary of current English (10th ed.). Oxford University Press.
  6. NCERT (2021). Human ecology and family science: Part I. NCERT.
  7. O’Higgins, N. (n.d.). Young people not in employment, education or training [Technical brief]. International Labour Organization. https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/26634NEET_Sida_brief.pdf 
  8. Santrock, J. W. (2019). Adolescence. (17th ed.). McGraw-Hill Education.
  9. Shanahan, M. J. (2000). Pathways to adulthood in changing societies: Variability and mechanisms in life course perspective. Annual Review of Sociology, 26, 667-692.
  10. Sharad, S. (2021). Youth: Concept and Identity. Youth, Gender and Identity. IGNOU. https://egyankosh.ac.in/handle/123456789/80847
  11. The United Nations (n.d.). Definition of youth. https://www.un.org/esa/socdev/documents/youth/fact-sheets/youth-definition.pdf
  12. UNESCO (n.d.). By youth, with youth, for youth. https://en.unesco.org/youth 
  13. UNICEF & J-PAL (2017). Supporting adolescent transition to adulthood: What works and what doesn’t. UNICEF & J-PAL.
  14. Wyn, J., & White, R. (1997). Rethinking Youth. Sage.

Instructor bio

Dr. Naziya Hasan

Assistant Professor, Department Of Teacher Education, Manipur University
Dr Naziya Hasan is working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teacher Education, Manipur University. She has experience of teaching English to undergraduate as well as school students. She has received her PhD degree from IASE, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi in the area of English Language Teaching (ELT). Her areas of interest are ELT, Gender Issues in Education, Teacher Education, Language Education, Educational Technology and Curriculum Development.
She is an active contributor in the development and preparation of MOOCs. She has prepared more than 50 e-contents, modules and video lectures for different MOOCs. She is the course coordinator of three MOOCs namely; Education in Contemporary India, Educational Technology and Youth, Gender and Identity. In the last cycles, Education in Contemporary India and Educational Technology courses have benefitted more than 14000 students worldwide. 

To her credit, she has many articles and research papers published in national and international journals of repute. She has contributed many chapters in different books on education and ELT. She has presented a good number of papers in national and international conferences and seminars. In addition to these, she has attended and delivered lectures in workshops sponsored by UGC, NCERT and RCI. Dr Hasan has keen interest in writing on the issues concerning education.

Course certificate

30 percent for In-Course Assignments and 70 percent for End-Term Proctored Exam.

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