Gender Studies Syllabus Contents are;Introduction to Gender Studies, Social Construction of Gender, Feminist Theories and Practice, Feminist Movements, Gender and Development, Status of Women in Pakistan, Gender and Governance, Case Studies, And so on…

Gender Studies Syllabus Contents


I. Introduction to Gender Studies

  • Prologue to Gender Studies
  • Difference among Gender and Women
  • Studies Multi-disciplinary nature of Gender Studies
  • Autonomy versus Coordination Debate in Gender Studies
  • Status of Gender
  • Studies in Pakistan

II. Social Construction of Gender

  • Historicizing Constructionism
  • Problematizing the category of “Sex”: Queer Theory
  • Is “Sex” socially determined, too?
  • Masculinities and Femininity
  • Nature versus Culture: A Debate in Gender Development

III. Feminist Theories and Practice

  • What is Feminism
  • Liberal Feminism
  • Radical Feminism
  • Marxist/Socialist Feminism
  • Psychoanalytical Feminism
  • Men’s Feminism
  • Postmodern Feminism

IV. Feminist Movements

  • Feminist Movements in the West. First Wave, Second Wave, and Third Wave
  • Feminism. United Nation Conferences on Women, Feminist Movements in
  • Pakistan.

V. Gender and Development

  • Colonial and Capitalistic Perspectives of Gender
  • Gender Analysis of Development Theories; Modernization Theory, World System
  • Theory, Dependency Theory, Structural Functionalism.
  • Gender Approaches to Development: Women in Development (WID), Women
  • and Development (WAD), Gender and Development (GAD); Gender Critique of
  • Structural Adjustment Policies (SAPs).
  • Globalization and Gender

VI. Status of Women in Pakistan

  • Status of Women’s well being in Pakistan
  • Status of Women in Education
  • Women and Employment
  • Women and Law

VII. Gender and Governance

  • Characterizing Governance
  • Suffragist Movement
  • Gender Issues in Women as Voters
  • Gender Issues in Women as Candidates
  • Gender Issues in Women as Representatives
  • Impact of Political Quota in Pakistan

VIII. Gender-Based Violence

  • Characterizing Gender
  • Based Violence
  • Theories of Violence against Women
  • Structural and Direct Forms of Violence
  • Strategies to Eliminate Violence against Women

IX. Case Studies of:

  • Mukhtaran Mai
  • Mallala Yousaf Zai
  • Sherman Ubaid Chinoy….


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