Delhi University

Course Objective:

The course aims at enabling the students to understand the issues
concerning the rights of citizens in general and the marginalized
groups in particular, and assess the institutional and policy
measures which have been taken in response to the demands of
various movements. Conceptual dimensions, international trends
and the Indian experience form the contents of the course.
Expected Learning Outcome:
The study of this course will equip the students with theoretical
and conceptual understanding of socio-economic and political
problems of marinalised groups in society such as women, dalits,
minorities and adivasis and repercussions of contemporary
developments such as globalization on them.
1. Caste, Gender, Ethnicity and Class as distinct categories
and their interconnection.
2. Globalisation and its impact on workers, peasants, dalits,
adivasis and women.
1. Human Rights: Various Meanings
2. UN Declarations and Covenants
3. Human Rights and Citizenship Rights
4. Human Rights and the Indian Constitution
5. Human Rights, Laws and Institutions in India; the role of
the National Human Rights Commission
6. Human Rights of Marginalised Groups : Dalits, Adivasis,
Women, Minorities and Unorganised Workers
7. Consumer Rights: The Consumer Protection Act and
grievance redressal mechanisms
8. Human Rights Movement in India
1. Analysing Structures of Patriarchy
2. Gender, Culture and History
3. Economic Development and Women
4. The issue of Women’s Political Participation and
Representation in India
5. Laws, Institutions and Women’s Rights in India
6. Women’s Movement in India
1. Environment and Sustainable Development
2. UN Environment Programme : Rio, Johannesburg and after
3. Issues of Industrial Pollution, Global Warming, threats to
4. Environment Policy in India
5. Environmental Movement in India
1. Agarwal, Anil and Sunita Narain (1991), Global Warming
and Unequal World: A Case of Environmental Colonialism,
Centre for Science and Environment, Delhi.
2. Baxi, Upendra (2002), The Future of Human Rights, Oxford
University Press, Delhi.
3. Beteille, Andre (2003) , Antinomies of Society : Essays on
Ideology and Institutions, Oxford University Press, Delhi
4. Chandhoke, Neera (2003), Conceits of Civil Society, Oxford
University Press, Delhi.
5. Geetha, V (2002) Gender, Stree Publications, Kolcutta.
6. Ghanshyam Shah, (1991) Social Movements in India, Sage
Publications, Delhi.
7. Guha, Ramachandra and Madhav Gadgil, (1993)
Environmental History of India, University of California
Press, Berkeley.
8. Haragopal, G (1997) The Political Economy of Human Rights,
Himachal Publishing House, Mumbai.
9. Menon, Nivedita (ed) (2000) Gender and Politics in India
Oxford University Press, Delhi.
10. Patel, Sujata et al (eds) (2003), Rethinking Social Science in
India, Sage, New Delhi.
11. Rao, Anupama (ed.) (2003) Gender and Caste: Issues in
Contemporary Indian Feminism, Kali for Women, Delhi.
12. Shah, Nandita and Nandita Gandhi (1992) Issues at Stake:
Theory and Practice in the Contemporary Women’s Movement
in India, Kali for Women, Delhi


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