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BGSE-001 Gender Sensitisation: Society, Culture and Change

By Prof. Nilima Srivastava & Dr. G. Uma   |   Indira Gandhi National Open University
Learners enrolled: 2118
The Undergraduate Course on ‘Gender Sensitization: Society, Culture and Change’ aims to address the prevailing notions of gender issues in the society and ways to address the same. It also aims to provide ways to bring about changes in the society by addressing values like equality and equity. Culture, Society and State constructed certain norms, customs and stereotypes to look into women, men and their issues. Due to patriarchal social construction, women are not treated on par with men. Women face challenges to realize their rights, aspirations and potentials. It is important to deconstruct the prevailing patriarchal notions about women, men and other sexualities. Family, Society and State also construct and reinforce roles and responsibilities for men and women. The existing power relations between men and women play an important role in controlling and dominating women. The disciplines of Women’s and Gender Studies and Gender and Development Studies have theoretically addressed these issues. Relationship between men and women, their roles and responsibilities and myths related to other sexualities need to be deconstructed. The Course on “Gender Sensitization: Society, Culture and Change “specifically aims to build understanding of women’s status in our society and identifying ways to address the same. It requires a new understanding of construction of gender to reconstruct ‘gender just society’.
Summary
Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Not Applicable
Duration : 16 weeks
Start Date : 15 Feb 2021
End Date :
Exam Date :
Enrollment Ends : 30 Jun 2021
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 8
Level : Diploma



Course layout

Week-1 
Unit 1: Understanding Gender and Related Concepts  
Unit 4: Gender in Everyday Life 

Week-2 
Unit 1: Understanding Gender and Related Concepts   
Unit 8: Gender of Work 

Week-3 
Unit 1: Understanding Gender and Related Concepts   
Unit 4: Gender in Everyday Life 

Week-4
Unit 2: Gender and Sexualities 
Unit 3: Masculinities   

Week-5 
Unit 5: Family, Love and Power 

Week-6 
Unit 6: Marriage 
Unit 7: Motherhood
Unit 8: Gendering Work

Week-7 
Unit 8: Gendering Work 
Unit 9: Gender and Employment 
Unit 10: Gender Issues in Work and Labour Market 

Week-8 
Unit 10: Gender Issues in Work and Labour Market 

Week-9 
Unit 9: Gender and Employment 

Week-10 
Unit 11: Health in Social Contexts 

Week-11 
Unit 12: Reproductive Health and Rights
Unit 13: Gender and Disability

Week-12 
Unit 16: Sexual Harassment at the Workplace
Unit 15: Gender- Based Violence

Week-13  
Unit 15: Gender- Based Violence

Week-14 
Unit 15: Gender- Based Violence

Week-15
Unit 17: Gender and Language
Unit 19: Reading and Visualising Gender 
Unit 18: Gender and Media 

Week-16 
Unit 20: Conclusion: Towards Gender Equality   



Books and references

1. IGNOU  : Gender Sensitization: Society, Culture and Change ( 2019) BGSE001, New Delhi IGNOU 
2. Jane Pilcher and Imelda Whelehan ( 2005) : Fifty Key Concepts in Gender Studies 

Instructor bio

Prof. Nilima Srivastava & Dr. G. Uma

Indira Gandhi National Open University
Dr. Nilima Srivastava is a  Professor with School of Gender and Development Studies, IGNOU. She is Programme Coordinator of MA in Women’s and Gender studies, Ph.D in Women’s Studies and Gender Sensitization initiative.










Dr. G. Um
a is Assistant Professor with School of Gender and Development Studies, IGNOU and is closely associated with Ph.D and MA in Gender and Development Studies offered by the School. 



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