M.A. Women's Studies or Master of Arts in Women’s Studies is a postgraduate social science course. Women's studies are an interdisciplinary academic field which explores politics, society and history from an intersectional, multicultural women's perspective. The curriculum comprising many areas such as Women’s movements, laws made for them, development programmes, research related to women topics, women’s political development and many other important topics attached to it. The duration of M.A. in Women's Studies is mostly of two academic years but it may vary from institute to institute. The syllabus is divided into four semesters.
M.A. Women's Studies Eligibility
The candidates should complete their B.A. degree under any recognised University in Arts stream.
The marks of admission for this course may vary from University to University.
In various colleges and Universities it conducts entrance exams plus interview for the admission of the students.
M.A. Women's Studies Syllabus
The below mentioned syllabus is provided by the Panjab University, Chandigarhsince 2011-2012.
Conceptualising Women’s Studies
Women’s Movement in India
Basics of Social Research
Feminism: An Indian Perspective
Emerging Trends in Research Methodology
United Nations and Women’s Issues
(Optional Paper) (i) Field Project OR (ii) Women and Environment
Women and Law I
Women and Development
Women and Human Rights
(Optional Paper) (Candidate will be required to opt for one paper out of the courses offered)Option (i) Women and Management Option (ii) Women and Entrepreneurship Option (iii) Training in Practical Skills
Women and Politics
Women and Law II
3 & 4
Optional Papers (Candidate will be required to opt for two papers out of the courses offered) (i) Women and Work (ii) Women and Health (iii) Women and Media or Dissertation in lieu of two papers