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
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.