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Gender and Women Studies is an interdisciplinary programme. The programme acts as a catalyst to highlight the role of gender in all aspects of life in the national development. It is to integrate gender in the academic disciplines that have been historically male dominated. Gender and Women Studies attempts to expand the definition and perceptions of existing gender dynamics between women and men in the society .It encourages critical analysis of the interplay of gender, class, ethnicity, religion and race in the society. Furthermore it offers the holistic approach to knowledge by infusing it with a new perspective to shape a better future for all people. The courses are designed thus to encourage further research and analysis on gender and women's status in Pakistani society. It will prove beneficial in many careers especially in-service people such as, journalists, educationists, community workers, administrators and human resource development projects etc.

Eligibility Criteria

2nd Class Bachelor's Degree from any HEC recognized institution

Selection Process

Direct admission


2 Years

Medium of Instruction

English/ Urdu

Teaching Methodology

The University allots study centre and tutors for the students to get guideline accordingly. A student has to secure passing marks in assignments as well as in final exams to successfully complete concerned educational programme.

AIOU Credits Required

60 Credit hours

1. Psychology of Gender-4641
2. Lifespan Development of Women: a Psychosocial Context-4642
3. Pakistani Khawateen Ka Sheri Adab Mein Kirdar-4643
4. Pakistani Khawateen Ka Nasri Adab Mein Kirdar-4644

1. Research Methods in Gender Studies-4645
2. Applied Statistics in Gender Studies-4646
3. Feminist Debates on Gender Inequalities-4647
4. Feminism and Islam-4648
5. Sociological Theory I-4682
6. Sociology of Gender Issues I-4685

1. Gender and Development-4651
2. Women and Development-4652
3. Perspectives of Gender Studies-4653
4. Pakistani Perspectives of Gender Studies-4654
5. Sociological Theory Ii-4687
6. Changing Role of Urban Women-876

1. Women and Media-874
2. Women and Health-877
3. Women and Environment-878
4. Perspectives of Women Rights in Islam-880






Optional in 4th Semester




For research / thesis students




The Allama Iqbal Open University was established in May, 1974, with the main objectives of providing educational opportunities to masses and to those who cannot leave their homes and jobs. During all these past years, the University has more than fulfilled this promise.