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India: Gender Equity in Education

What does it mean to understand education as a vehicle for social change, achieving gender equity and personal empowerment? What teaching strategies can be employed effectively to promote critical consciousness about social injustices and inequality? How can feminist pedagogy be effectively employed to achieve gender equity in all classrooms?
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Course Description

Participants will develop familiarity with feminist pedagogies and their significance for all disciplines; interpret their own educational experiences within the context of feminist reflections on education; formulate their own philosophies of education; and develop and test pedagogical strategies for developing critical consciousness about social inequalities.

Short-changing girls is not only a matter of gender discrimination; it is bad economics and bad societal policy. Experience has shown, over and over again, that investment in girls’ education translate directly and quickly into better nutrition for the whole family, better health care, declining fertility, poverty reduction and better overall economic performance” – Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary General

Program Information

Course: WGS 350: Gender Equity in Education: Leadership and International Community Engaged Learning in India

Liberal Learning: Gender and [pending] Global

Dates: Winter 2018

Program Directors: Dr. Marla Jaksch, Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Dr. Avani Rana, Director of Leadership

Eligibility: No Pre-Requisites, Language Requirements, or GPA Restrictions – Open to all students (including current first-year students)

Winter 2018 Program Fee: TBD


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  • Chand Baori in Abhaneri
  • Hawa Mahal
  • Other temples, museums, and sites of interest


Please contact the TCNJ Center for Global Engagement at, 609-771-2596.

For course specific questions, please contact Dr. Marla Jaksch at or Dr. Avani Rana at

Please review our refund, cancellation, and withdrawal policy statement should a student not be able to participate in the program.