As a graduate in gender studies, you study and analyse different social, political and cultural issues to learn how social differences such as race, class, location, and nationality affect gender and sexuality. You will also analyse many other areas like history, film studies, anthropology, and psychology for its effects on the representation of gender identities as this is an interdisciplinary field.
Graduates in gender studies fight and work against injustice towards people on the basis of their gender identities and sexualities. They explore and research on how human identities and social interactions are shaped by their gender.
Choosing any stream at the plus two level will enable you to pursue gender studies courses. However, taking a humanities would be recommended.
There are only a few courses available exclusively for gender studies at the UG level in India. Although any bachelor degree will be a sufficient eligibility for pursuing gender studies courses at the PG level, it is always better to go for a bachelor’s in a humanities or social sciences subject. Especially when you choose subjects like Literature, Political Science or Sociology, you will have the opportunity to take optional subjects on gender studies/women’s studies/studies on alternative sexualities.
After completing UG, you can go for an MA in gender studies or an MA in women’s studies. There are also various courses available in this area in foreign universities like the MSc in Gender Studies at the London School of Economics.
After pursuing master’s, you can go for an M Phil or PhD if your profile (including projects, research papers, and internships) and research proposal is excellent. This will enable you to take up a career in the academia.
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People working in the field of gender studies should be able to formulate clear arguments and defend their positions, and write detailed research papers summarizing their research findings. They should also be able to read and think critically.
Since this a research oriented field, the ability to conduct methodical research by evaluating ideas and facts would be very important.
People working in this field should be able to critically analyse various assumptions and make valid inferences as part of their work.
People working in the field of gender studies will have to interact with people coming from different backgrounds as part of their work. THey should be able to understand them easily and accept their view without the baggage of any prejudice.