IGNOU launches five new courses on gender and development

The Indira Gandhi National Open University's (IGNOU's) School of Gender and Development Studies (SOGDS) has launched two new full-time, on-campus programmes and four distance mode programmes for July 2011 session.

Admissions are open for MA in Gender and Development Studies (also available in distance mode) and MA in Women's and Gender Studies for face-to-face mode and PG Diploma in Gender and Development Studies, PG Certificate in Gender and Development Studies, Diploma in Women's Empowerment and Development for distance mode.

“The master's programmes will equip students with the ability to deconstruct the complex power hierarchies and relationships operating in society, from the perspective of women and gender. The focal areas for the programme include Concepts and Theories in Women's & Gender Studies; Queer studies; Gender and Power; Gender through Film and Visual Arts; History of Women's Movements; Gendered Bodies, Research Methods, Gender and Science, Women and Social Sectors; Gender and Literature, and others,” said Prof. Savita Singh, Director, SOGDS, IGNOU.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Gender and Development Studies, launched from July 2011, is likely to be of interest to academics and researchers, trainers, facilitators, supervisors, staff of organizations working in the area of gender and development, government personnel,personnel working in banks/ financial institutions.

“The programmes seek to enable learners to analyze extent of gender-sensitivity of development interventions, conduct gender analysis, critically analyze gender differentials in selected development sectors, identify research designs and methodologies, discuss positive affirmative action in development planning and practice to promote gender equity and equalityand describe experiences during internship or conduct a field-based research project,” adds Singh.

Learners enrolled for the Open Distance Learning (ODL) mode are required to complete an internship / field-based research project worth 4 credits(one credit equals 30 student study hours) in both year one and two. Learners enrolled for the On-campus mode would have to complete a non-credit internship/field-based research project in the second year. Though this component does not carry credit weightage, completion is compulsory to earn the MA degree.

The student handbook/ prospectus can be obtained on payment of Rs.100 in cash at the sale counter of Student Registration Division (SRD) in Block-3 at IGNOU's headquarters at Maidan Garhi or at any of the IGNOU's regional centers.

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