Multidisciplinary/Interdisciplinary Nature Of Gender Studies
Analysis and understanding of the nature of a field of study is as important as its existence. It helps us in understanding what the subject is about and what we will get to know after studying and analyzing it. Gender Studies is a field of social science that deals with understanding and analyzing the social, cultural and biological setup of gender in a society. Understanding the nature of Gender Studies is as important for students as its study.
What is Multidisciplinary And Interdisciplinary?
Before analyzing and understanding the nature of Gender Studies, it is important to understand the concept of Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary subjects.
A multidisciplinary field of study is that in which people from different backgrounds having specialization in different fields of study work together and produces a combine field of science and piece of work. In multidisciplinary field each person is drawing knowledge and theories of the new field based on his own disciplinary knowledge. In simple words it is the combination and involvement of different academic disciplines and professionals in an approach to a problem or a topic.
An interdisciplinary field of study is that in which knowledge and methods from two or more academic disciplines are integrated into one activity. It is actually the combination and assimilation of knowledge of different fields of study to form a new science and field of study.
In interdisciplinary field ideas and theories from existing fields are fitted in new one while in multidisciplinary field educators and scholars of different fields set together and produce new ideas and theories based on the knowledge of their respective fields.
Nature Of Gender Studies
Muhammad Nawaz Khalid Aarbi (M.Sc Gender and Women Studies) in his book “Gender Studies for CSS” has called Gender Studies an interdisciplinary field of study. According to him Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study because it includes ideas and theories of women’s studies concerning women, feminism, gender and politics. Similarly it also includes idea and theories of men’s studies and LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) studies.
Importance Of Gender Studies
In today’s world gender related issues such as gender discrimination, gender based violence and other gender related issues makes the field of Gender Studies an important discipline of modern world. It is a field of study that can be opted and studied at every level of schooling and it helps in better understanding the gender based nature of society and social setup.
Gender Studies is relatively a new field of study that came into being in 1990’s. Many new ideas and theories of the subject are in development stages and it tracks many of its ideas from other fields of study which makes it an interdisciplinary field of social sciences.