MAGD : MASTER OF ARTS (GENDER AND DEVELOPMENT STUDIES)

Programme Type DEGREE
Mode Open Distance Learning
School School of Gender and Development Studies
Duration 2 Years
Medium ENGLISH HINDI
Specialization Gender & Development Studies
Description

The programme 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 and financial institutions. Development policies and practices have a differential impact on women and men. This necessitates an understanding of the “gender gap” in access to resources, privileges, entitlements and choices. Consensus has evolved around the need to explore the “gender gap” in key development sectors and how this gap can be bridged. There is now greater emphasis on mainstreaming gender perspectives into the development process. This will contribute to building a gender-sensitive rubric of development, recasting development theory and action in the “direction of improved living standards, socially responsible management and use of resources, elimination of gender subordination and socioeconomic inequality as well as to promote the organizational restructuring required to bring about desirable change.” Exploration of gender issues has become an important activity for most non-governmental organizations. Increasing emphasis is being laid in Governmental agencies on establishing gender-differential impacts and taking positive, affirmative action towards gender equality and equity. It is now widely acknowledged that gender considerations need to be reflected in all development plans, programmes and policies. There is growing concern over the isolation of women in so-called “soft” sectors in education, employment and development rather than mainstreaming gender concerns across all organizations, institutions and activities. While the concerns are clearly articulated, 38 IGNOU Common Prospectus national goals and the UN millennium/sustainable development goals cannot be achieved without concrete effort towards gender equality. Achieving gender equality and gender equity requires multi-pronged approaches and strategies. One of the key approaches and strategies revolves around design and development of suitable educational programmes that equip practitioners and policy makers with the requisite knowledge and skills to make a valuable contribution in this sphere. The Master’s/ Postgraduate Diploma programmes would make an excellent foundation for analyzing, critically assessing existing development interventions and promoting gender-sensitive/gender-based research and action. The strong focus envisaged on positive affirmative action would be of considerable significance.

Eligibility

Bachelor’s Degree or a higher degree from a recognized University.

Fee Structure

Rs. 10,800/- for full programme to be paid year wise @Rs. 5,400/- per year.

Programme Coordinator Prof. Annu J. Thomas, athomas@ignou.ac.in, Ph. 011-29571614 Prof. Savita Singh, savitasingh@ignou.ac.in, Ph. 011-29571613

Course Details

Compulsory Courses
Course Code Name of Course Credits
MGS1 GENDER AND DEVELOPMENT: CONCEPTS, APPROACHES AND STRATEGIES 6
MGS2 GENDER, DEVELOPMENT GOALS AND PRAXIS 6
MGS3 GENDER ANALYSIS 4
MGS4 GENDER-SENSITIVE PLANNING AND POLICY MAKING 8
MGS5 RESEARCH METHODOLOGIES IN GENDER AND DEVELOPMENT STUDIES 8
MGSP1 INTERNSHIP-I / FIELD BASED RESEARCH PROJECT-I 4

Regional & Study Centre Details

Regional Centre Study Centre
University Campus SOGDS: School of Gender and Development Studies