M. A. Women’s Studies

The core objective of the post-graduate programme in Women’s Studies is knowledge building and its transmission is through teaching, research, field work and documentation. It fulfills several interrelated and complementary roles for the academic community and policy makers. The programme specifically trains students through field work which significantly contributes to the understanding of women. Students are oriented and trained through research methodology courses and workshops for applying appropriate tools for research work and dissemination. The programme enables them to have a better understanding of issues related to women from an Interdisciplinary perspective and equips them to train, conduct research and learn effective techniques for implementation of women related policies. Eligibility for M.A. programme is a Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline with a minimum of 50% marks. The selection will be based on the marks secured in the entrance examination as per University norms.

Focus Areas


of the program

Women and Society

Gender Inequality and gender discrimination does not occur in vacuum. The social construction of gender, gender roles, gender stereotyping and the role of social institutions in the socialization process are reasons for their social position. The focus area will highlight upon the interconnection between various Social Institutions which influences the changing Status of Women and the emerging debates on empowerment of women in the Indian context.

Women’s Movement

Movements are a primary agent of social and political change for nation, states, groups and individuals. The thrust area will focus on women’s movements and their central concerns for the purpose of understanding those issues that have been resolved (or still remain). This would update the women’s concerns through the fresh lens of a new generation. It provides opportunity to know the details of women’s movements in India as well as at the regional level and discusses contemporary debates surrounding Women’s Activism/ Movement in India.

Women and Development

The thrust area is premised on the Gender specific development needs, development process, development indicators and the place of women in it which could contribute towards engendering national policies and programmes. The key concepts of development, gender and development and gender disparity etc. will be dwelved in depth to understand women and development. The outcomes of international interventions, national machinery for women’s development and international agencies for women’s development will be researched upon to understand the significance.

Violence against Women

The focus area will provide scope to understand the forms of violence and explore the connection between gender, sexuality, culture and violence. The evolution of society’s response to violence and the laws, programmes and services to address violence will be given attention. The issues related to violence on women, the changing nature of violence, contemporary issues, the case of Nirbhaya and after, media reporting etc. will be focused in depth.

Who can prefer this Course


Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with a minimum of 50% of marks. The entrance examination for M.A. Women’s Studies will consist of 100 multiple choice questions in the following areas.
General knowledge
Social issues
Women’s issues

Current Curriculum

Year of Revision : 2019
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Previous Curriculum

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