Gender Justice and Workplace Security

By Prof. Dipa Dube   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 2627
The issue of gender justice has been a matter of discussion and deliberation, both at the international and national levels. With the increased participation of women in all walks of life, particularly at the workplace and the breaking of hitherto social, political and religious gender barriers, the issue has assumed significance and become subject- matter of debate at all levels including law. Today, women are donning multiple roles, apart from being a homemaker- they are working as top executives in MNCs, working as legislators in State and Central legislatures, working as educators in the education sector, etc. While the changed societal matrix & perception and economic globalization have made way for the increased participation of women, the concern over the free play of discriminatory attitudes and prejudicial mindsets often pose challenges to women and targets of multi-facet retaliations and disincentives. The incident of Nirbhaya in the Capital of the Nation not only exhibits how such treatment is basically an anathema to the concept of gender justice but also exposes the barbaric mindset annihilating the values of basic civilization. The days of yore when women were treated as fragile, feeble, dependent and subordinate to men, should be a matter of history.The course is aimed at acquainting the participants with the concept of gender justice. From the arena of Constitutional guarantees to criminal law to laws ensuring safety at the workplace, specifically sexual harassment, the course will focus on an understanding the laws, its procedural intricacies and judicial decisions aimed at strengthening the position of women in society.

  • Law
  • Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Also of general interest and  benefit for all students including Engineering and Science
INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Some aspects of this course is of key interest to companies since they are statutorily required to set up Internal Complaints Committee on Sexual Harassment and enumerate internal procedures for the same.

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 4 weeks
Start Date : 26 Aug 2019
End Date : 20 Sep 2019
Exam Date : 16 Nov 2019 IST
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 1
Level : Undergraduate

Course layout

Week 1: 
Introduction to Gender Justice- Notion and Significance
Week 2: International and Constitutional Perspectives on Gender Equality
Week 3: Protection  of Women at Workplace
Week 4: Gender Violence- Within and Beyond

Books and references

1. Ferber, Holcomb & Wentling, Sex, Gender & Sexuality: The New Basics, Oxford Univ. Press 2008.
2. Flavia Agnes, Sudhir Chandra, Monmayee Basu, Women and Law in India, Oxford Univ. Press 2004.
3. Mamta Rao, Law Relating to Women and Children, Eastern Book Co, Lucknow.
4. K.I. Vibhute, Criminal Law, Lexis Nexis, 12th Edn.
5. N. Prabha Unnithan (ed.), Crime & Justice in India, Sage Pub., 2013.
6. Ritu Gupta, Sexual Harassment at Workplace, Lexis Nexis, 2013. 

Instructor bio

Prof. Dipa Dube
 has been pursuing her career as an academic for over a decade. Having completed her LL.M. and Ph.D from the Universities of Pune and Calcutta, Dr. Dube has been involved in teaching courses in Criminal Laws, Criminology, Penology, Evidence etc. in reputed Institutes of India such as NUJS, Kolkata and NLU Jodhpur. Presently, she is working as a Professor at the Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law, IIT Kharagpur. She has many books and articles to her credit. She has attended several National and International Conferences and delivered lectures on invitation at various national institutions including State Judicial Academy. She has also undertaken research projects in diverse areas of criminal law, disability, gender justice etc. funded by Government agencies.

Course certificate

  • The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centers.
  • The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
  • Date and Time of Exams:16 November 2019 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
  • Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.

  • Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 3 assignments out of the total 4 assignments given in the course.
  • Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
  • Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

  • If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.
  • Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kharagpur It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.
  • Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies are being discontinued from July 2019 semester and will not be dispatched.

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