Why pursue an undergraduate degree in B.A. (Hons.) Gender Studies?

Are you a deep thinker with effective writing skills and a passion for justice? Are you interested in analyzing cultural norms and social change? Have you ever thought about why do we have gender-specific crimes or what constitutes a gender-regressive society? Then studying gender and its multiple aspects can be a good fit for you.

Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary area of study that analyses gender and its intersections with other categories like class, race, ethnicity, sexuality, nationality, and so on. Gender cannot operate in isolation and is integral in the study of every discipline. It allows us to blend knowledge across various academic disciplines and understand gender in historical as well as contemporary contexts. It provides tools to develop approaches to investigate, analyze, and critically examine the complex nature of gender and how it is intertwined in every aspect of our lives. It sheds light on how the systems of power and oppression function. It enables individuals and organizations to bring about meaningful social change.

Amartya Sen, an internationally acclaimed Nobel Laureate in economics, has correlated Gender with economics. He is of the view that we can achieve greater economic growth through gender equality. He has laid special emphasis on analyzing issues through a gender lens as gender underpins the very social fabric in our world. Gender Economics is an emerging area of study that builds on the theories of diversity and promotes the significance of gender parity, especially in the field of innovation and creativity. Gender and sexuality are guarded, reinforced, and celebrated in every society of the world. This is a matter of universal importance as it empowers us to analyze and bring about a change in gender regressive societies. For example, the policing of gender and sexuality serves as the foundation of innumerable inequalities in India.

In 2021, keeping this purview in mind, the Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) at O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) launched an exceptional, unmatched, and unique full-time bachelor’s programme in Gender Studies. Pursuing gender studies benefits the students in myriad ways. The B.A. (Hons.) in Gender Studies programme aims to offer a profound understanding of the nuances related to gender in addition to exposing and familiarizing the students with diverse investigative methods and other disciplines. The course proposes to study how gender is defined and the reconstruction of these definitions over the years. Gender is a social construct that has to be examined with race, class, culture, and history for a comprehensive understanding. All these factors shape and inform gender roles and experiences.

The B.A.(Hons.) in Gender Studies programme at Jindal Global Law School will be practice-based learning for students that will empower them to make rigorous inquiries into the complex forms of sexual difference and the impact of feminist research and its intersection with other disciplines. It is a stimulating academic programme that connects the classroom with the world and transcends the theoretical knowledge into practice for activism and social change.

JGLS provides a platform for education, intersectional research, and activism by developing skills in intersectional communication, inter-linking and cross-linking gendered subjects and communities, production and dissemination of gender-based research outputs, counselling and mentoring, prevention of gender-based violence, building accountability frameworks, campaigning and fundraising, and gender sensitization among communities and social clusters.

The subject of Gender Studies has the power to create a better tomorrow by analyzing the historical and contemporary constituents that underlie the diverse individuals’ current statuses from all across the world and reflecting upon the measures by which people have sought equality as well as social change. It informs policy decisions at every level and promotes access to justice. Gender experts are needed both in academia and in policy. Every institution is required to have a dedicated Gender Office for the welfare of employees.

If you want to know more about this Undergraduate Degree in B.A. (Hons.) Gender Studies, join us for an interactive session with Mr. Abhay Ojha, Deputy Director of Law School Admissions along with Stuti Lal, Manisha P. Bhagat, and Priyanka Nair, Managers for Law School Admissions at the Jindal Global Law School and get to know more about the programme and how the interdisciplinary approach helps shape the future of several young minds.

Date & Time: 29th January, 5PM

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The article is written and curated by the Admissions Team of Jindal Global Law School, O.P. Jindal Global University.

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