Gender Studies

Gender Studies

I. Introduction to Gender Studies

 Introduction to Gender Studies
 Difference between Gender and Women Studies
 Multi-disciplinary nature of Gender Studies
 Autonomy vs. Integration 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

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 health in Pakistan
 Status of Women in Education
 Women and Employment
 Women and Law

VII. Gender and Governance
 Defining 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
 Defining 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
 Shermin Ubaid Chinoy

Suggested Reading For Gender Studies

1.Theories of Women StudiesEds., Bowles. Gloria and
Renate D. Klein
2.Introduction: Theories of Women Studies and
the Autonomy/ Integration Debate in Theories
of Women Studies.
Bowles G and Renate, K.
3.The State of the Discipline of Women Studies in
Pakistan in Social Sciences in Pakistan
Saigol, Rubina
4.The State of Women Studies in Pakistan in
Journal of Asian Women Studies
Bari, Farzana
5.Women’s Law in Legal Education and Practice
in Pakistan.
Shaheed, F. and Mehdi, R.
(ed.) (1997)
6.Locating the self: Perspectives on Women and
Multiple Identities.
Khan, N.S. et al.(ed.) (1998)
7.The Social Construction of GenderLorber, Judith
8.Queer TheoryLorber, Judith
9.Gender,USA,Harriet Bradley(2013)
10.Women of Pakistan: Two Steps Forward, One
Step Back.
Mumtaz,Khawar& Shaheed,
11.Feminism and its Relevance in South AsiaSaeed K, Nighat & Bahsin,
12.Feminist ThoughtsTong, Rosemarie
13.Reversed RealitiesKabeer, Naila
14.Gender Planning and DevelopmentMoser, Caroline
15.Electoral Politics: Making Quotas Work For
Hoodfar,Homa&Tajali, Mona
16.The Gender face of Asian PoliticsAyaz, Aazar &
17.Performance Assessment of Women
Parliamentarians in Pakistan
Bari, Farzan (2002)
18.Base line Report: Women’s Participation in
Political and Public Life
Zia, Shahla & Bari, Farzana.
19.Freedom from ViolenceSchuler, Margarte (1992)
20.Human Rights Commission of Pakistan Report

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