Course Title: 
Gender, School and Society
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Year Taught: 
Integrated Degree
School of Arts and Sciences

'Gender, School and Society' is a course offered at the School of Arts and Sciences, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Mysuru campus.

On completion of the course, the student teacher will;

  1. Develop basic understanding and familiarity with key concepts–gender, gender bias, gender stereotype, empowerment, patriarchy and feminism;
  2. Analyse gender issues in school, curriculum, textual materials across disciplines and pedagogical processes.
  3. Critically analyse the impact of policies, programmes and scheme for promotion of gender equality and empowerment.
  4. Understand on how school as an institution addresses gender concerns in curriculum, textual materials and pedagogy.
  5. Understand how gender relates to education and schooling.

Unit I: Gender Roles

1.1 Patriarchy, feminism and gender.
1.2 Meaning of gender roles, influences of gender roles.
1.3 Gender bias, trans- gender, gender stereotyping.

Unit II: Women Empowerment

2.1 Women empowerment – concept, meaning and need.
2.2 Policy initiatives relating to women empowerment-schemes and programmes relating to various commissions and committees.

Unit III: Gender and Education

3.1 Gender Identities and Socialisation practices in- family, schools.
3.2 Girls education- issues of access, retention and exclusion-National Policy Beti Bachao Beti Padhao.
3.3 Violence against women- Family, school, work place and media (print and electronic)

Unit IV: Elimination of Gender Disparity

4.1 Gender disparity and Curriculum-role of Co-Education in eliminating gender disparity.
4.2 Teacher as an agent of change in eliminating gender disparity and gender In-equality.
4.3 Role of society, family, school, counselors,women and Child Welfare Department and Media.

Unit V: Gender Equality - Issues and Challenges

5.1 Indian Constitutional Provisions relating to women; Violence against women - female infanticide, human trafficking.
5.2 Legal provisions relating to protection of rights of women. Role of UNO.
5.3 Institutions for redressal of sexual harassment and abuse

Principles of growth and development; 

  1. Debate on how boys and girls perceive role models in their own lives. 
  2. Preparing analytical report on portrayal of women in print and electronic media. 
  3. Organising debates on equity and equality cutting across gender, class, caste, religion, ethnicity disability, and region.
  4. Preparation of project on critical analysis of recommendations of commissions and policies on capacity building and empowerment of girls and women. 
  5. Project on women role models in various fields with emphasis on women in unconventional roles.
  6. Debates and discussions on violation of rights of girls and women. 
  7. Role plays on women empowerment.
  8. Brain storming sessions after watching videos of great women.
  1. Sarojini, N.B., et al. (2006). Woman’s Right and Health. New Delhi: NHRC.
  2. Pachauri, S.K. (1999). Women and human rights. Delhi: APH Publications.
  3. Gandotra, V., & Patel, S. (2009).Women working condition and efficiency. New Delhi: New century Publication.
  4. Mishra, N. (2008). Woman laws against violence and abuse. New Delhi: Pearl Books.
  5. Sarojini, R. (2002). Justice for women. Hyderabad: Sai Srinivasa Printers.