Understanding Gender in Society: Concepts and Trends
Starts on: 1 st & 15 th of every month | Duration: 6 Months | Registration open
The course 'Understanding Gender in Society: Concepts and Trends' forms an excellent introduction into the question of gender and how it shapes our everyday lives.
Gender today is an essential part of our vocabulary and through this course, the learner will come to understand gender as an important analytical concept. This course will not only provide conceptual clarity on several gender related terms, but also examine and explore these concepts from a practical angle in our daily lives. Issues that affect men and women both positively and negatively need to be addressed in a constructive manner; relationships within the home and the workplace need to be examined from a gender perspective.
The course goals clearly define gender as being the relationship between men and women and how societies and cultures determine what is masculine or feminine, as well as how power is allocated and used differently by men and women. It aims at directing your attention towards social and cultural processes and interventions, developing a clear and precise conceptual clarity on gender and its ramifications, and understanding the range of theories and complex dynamics of socialisation processes in term of them having differential effects on men and women and on the relationships between them. Further, the course does not look at women in isolation; rather, it sees both men and women as being an integral part of the gender debate and dialogue.
- This innovative course is one of its kinds, at the national, regional and international level, offered in a distance education mode.
- The course has been written in a format such that it reaches out to a wide range of audience – including students, working professionals from all fields, parents and all individuals who question the basis and norms of society in the roles and responsibilities that are assigned to men and women
- It will consider a range of conceptual issues with practical and illustrative examples in understanding the impact of gender biases in our lives.
- The course traces the roots of gender inequality in families, communities, societies, religions and the workplace and encourages critical analysis of different debates and perspectives on the theme.
- The course material is designed and developed, to meet the special requirements of a distance mode of education. It includes inbuilt exercises and in-text questions aimed at stimulating critical thinking and analysis.
- Moodle the preferred web-based platform, used by educational institutions across the world, is used to maximize interaction between the instructors and the learners. Lively discussions take place in an asynchronous mode, enabling learners from across the globe to participate and share their comments, queries, suggestions, views and experiences in their virtual classroom.
- Learners can also access the instructor through the Moodle, via emails, Skype and even over the telephone.
This course is highly beneficial for any individual who is interested in understanding in detail the influence of gender in the shaping of our attitudes, our thinking as well as our perceptions of how men and women should behave in society. It is a useful course for all working professionals, especially those in leadership positions, including managers and supervisors. It is a vital course for those individuals working in the development sector - using rights based approach and those who work towards women's empowerment. It is also suited for practitioners, adult educators, managers (staff of international and national voluntary development organisations, bi-lateral and multi-lateral development agencies, and government departments), researchers and policy makers who wish to have more gender sensitive programmes.
Learning OutcomesAfter the completion of this course the learner willbe enabled to:
- Develop a clear and precise conceptual clarity on gender and its varied ramifications in everyday life
- Understand the range of theories and complex dynamics of socialization processes
- Gain the ability to analyze the different institutions of society from a gender perspective
To develop and strengthen an understanding on the concept of gender justice; to rethink change in lives and systems towards building a gender equitable world; and for developing strategies for mainstreaming gender into everyday situations of personal and professional lives.
- 6 units of study
- Four evaluative exercises – Reflection note, quizzes and project based assignment.
- 2–3 videos for the course
- Powerpoint presentation giving the highlights of each unit
- Additional readings per unit
Unit 1: Gender Debates and Dialogues
- Sex and Gender: Distinction and Significance
- Understanding Gender
- Why do we need to talk about gender
- Ending Gender Inequality: Two Schools of Thought
Unit 2: Roots of Gender Discrimination
- Gender stereotyping
- Defining Socialisation
Unit 3: Mainstreaming Gender
- Historical Trends
- Gender Analysis
- Mainstreaming Gender
Unit 4: Gender at the Workplace
- Setting the Context
- Varied Dimensions of the workplace
- Challenges at the workplace
- Sexual harassment as a form of workplace violence
Unit 5: Gender based Violence
- Defining Gender based violence
- Forms of gender based violence
Unit 6: Gender Mainstreaming within Institutions
- Understanding Gender Mainstreaming within Institutions
- Engendering Workplace through a Gender Policy
- Gender Audit: Gender Assessment of an Organisation