UGC NET Exam Women Studies Subject Syllabus

Code No. : 74

UGC NET Women Studies Paper II and Paper III ( Part A and B )

Unit – I

  • Concept and need for Women’s Studies – Scope of Women’s Studies – Women’s Studies as an academic discipline.
  • Women’s Movements – Pre-independent, Post-independent and Current women’s movements.
  • National Committees and Commissions for Women – Government. Organizations for Women – Department of Women and Child Development.

Unit – II

  • Liberal Feminism – Rationality, Freedom, Education.
  • Marxist Feminism – Production, Reproduction, Class, Alienation, Marriage and Family.
  • Radical Feminism – Gender, Patriarchy, Reproductive Technology, Motherhood.
  • Socialist Feminism – Class and Gender, Division of Labour, Unified and Dual System, Exploitation.
  • Indian Women – Family, Caste, Class, Culture, Religion, Social System.

Unit – III

  • Women’s Education – Gender bias in enrolment – Curriculum content – Dropouts.
  • Negative capability in Education – Values in Education – Vocational Education.
  • Recent Trends in Women’s Education – Committees and Commissions on Education.
  • Adult Literacy and Non – formal education for women’s development.

Unit – IV

  • Concept of Work – Productive and non – productive work – Use value and market value.
  • Gender Division of Labour – Mode of Production – Women in organised and unorganised sector.
  • Training, skills and income generation.
  • New Economic Policy and its impact on Women’s Employment – Globalization – Structural Adjustment Programs.

Unit – V

  • Concept and meaning – Importance of Entrepreneurship – Entrepreneurial traits – Factors contributing to women Entrepreneurship – Micro Enterprises.
  • Gender and Technology – Technology and Production – Technology Transfer – Appropriate Technology – Emerging Technologies.
  • Information Technology – Impact on Women’s Development.

Unit – VI

  • Gender in Health – Health status of women in India – Mortality and Morbidity factors influencing health – Nutrition and health – HIV and AIDS control programme.
  • National Health and Population Policies and Programmes – Maternal and Child Health ( MCH ) to Reproductive and Child health approaches, Issues of old age.
  • Women and Environment – Nature as feminine principle – Basic needs in Rural and Urban Environments – Care and management of natural resources – Depletion of natural resources – Sustainable environment and impact on women.

Unit – VII

  • Girl Child in Society – Child labourers – Changing role of women – Marriage – Single parent – Motherhood – Widows.
  • Theories of Development – Empowerment – Alternative approaches – Women in Development ( WID ), Women and Development (WAD) and Gender and Development ( GAD ) – State Policy and Programmes.
  • Women Development approaches in Indian Five – Year Plans – Collectivity and Group dynamics – Self – helf Groups women and leadership – Panchayati Raj – Political Role and Participation – NGOs and Women Development – National and International Funding Agencies.

Unit – VIII

  • Indian Constitution and provisions relating to women.
  • Personal laws – Labour Laws – Violence against, women – Legal protection – Family Courts – Enforcement machinery – Police and Judiciary.
  • Human Rights as Women’s Rights.

Unit – IX

  • Portrayal of women in Mass Media ( Cinema, TV Print media ).
  • Role of women in media – Development of Communication Skills – Alternative Media – Folk Art, Street Play and Theatre – Women as change agents.
  • Indecent Representation of Women ( Prohibition ) act, 1986 – Impact of media on women.

Unit – X

  • Limitations of methodology of social science, Research for women’s studies, Scope and significance of research in women’s studies.
  • Research Design and Methods – Survey – Exploratory – Diagnostic, Experimental, Action Research.
  • Qualitative verses Quantitative Research – Case Studies.

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