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IGNOU launches PG Diploma in Women's & Gender Studies (PGDWGS)

02 May, 2012

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has launched a new Post Graduate Diploma  in Women’s & Gender Studies through the School of Gender & Development Studies (SOGDS) from July 2012 session.

This is the first  of its kind, to be offered through distance education in the country. The last date for applications for the July 2012 session is July 30 (without late fee) and with late fee the last date is August 14.

The  addresses the need to examine gender issues from an academic perspective through the dissemination of the growing body of knowledge in the areas of women’s and gender studies.  Admission is open to all students with an undergraduate degree in any discipline who may be interested in acquiring conceptual, theoretical and analytical knowledge in the areas of women’s and gender studies, or furthering their interests in these areas.

The one year, 34 credit comprises of four core courses in theories & concepts, power, arts & media and gendered bodies.  The courses are intended to equip students with foundational knowledge in the discipline to prepare them for relevant employment opportunities later on.

Women’s & Gender studies being inter-disciplinary areas, the  focuses on developing analytical and critical perspectives by examining given knowledge discourses across disciplines from a gender perspective.

The school, which already offers a Master’s in Gender & Development Studies, is launching the PG Diploma in Women’s & Gender Studies from this year, to be followed by a Master’s programme in Women’s & Gender Studies in the near future.

After completion of the programme, employment opportunities can be sought in NGO’s, public sector, counseling, media, mass communication, journalism, writing, editing, teaching, or any other fields where a basic, conceptual understanding of gender issues is required.

Persons already employed in various fields (NGO’s, counseling, law, medical field, journalism, media, etc) may also be interested in taking this program as an avenue of additional knowledge enrichment and for betterment of career opportunities within their respective fields.

Further information regarding admissions can be obtained from the university website www.ignou.ac.in or by contacting wgs@ignou.ac.in.

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