Feminism : Concepts and Theories

By Prof. Mathangi Krishnamurthy   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 2320
This course will evaluate the rise and trajectory of the feminist movement and explicate concepts surrounding feminism. We will look at the ways in which feminism has developed, its organization around questions of gender, its mandate, and its contemporary import. We then open out the course into questions of feminist theory. Through case studies, literature, ethnography, and theory, we will examine why such analysis matters and why it is critical to our everyday lives.

INTENDED AUDIENCE  : Undergraduates, Graduates, Undergraduate Instructors, General Audience
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 24 Apr 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1 : Introduction, History and Vocabulary 
Week 2 : Key Concepts - 1 
Week 3 : Key Concepts - 2
Week 4 : Key Concepts - 3
Week 5 : The Three Waves of Feminism 
Week 6 : The Feminist Body 
Week 7Indian Feminism  
Week 8 : Feminism and Work/ Labour
Week 9 : Feminism in Film and Theatre 
Week 10 : Popular Culture, Social Media and Feminism
Week 11 : Gender, queer theory, and post-structuralism
Week 12 : Learnings and conclusions 

Books and references

  1. hooks, bell. Feminism is for everybody: Passionate Politics. Cambridge, MA: South End Press
  2. Hughes, Christina. 2002. Key Concepts in Feminist Theory and Research.New Delhi; London, California: Sage
  3. Menon, Nivedita. 2012. Seeing Like a Feminist. New Delhi: Zubaan.

Instructor bio

Prof. Mathangi Krishnamurthy

IIT Madras
Mathangi Krishnamurthy is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras. She holds a PhD in anthropology from The University of Texas at Austin, and was an Andrew W.Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her areas of interest include the anthropology of work and gender, medical anthropology, urban studies, globalization, and affective labour. Her new book "1-800-Worlds: The Making of the Indian Call Centre Economy" published by OUP in 2018 chronicles the labour practices, life-worlds, and media atmospheres of Indian call centre workers, and locates them within the socio-political context of the new Indian middle classes

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 centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 24 April 2022 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 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. 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 Madras .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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