Keeping in view its commitment to Hindu Philosophy and liberal education, the Center for Gender and Family Studies is an innovative initiative of Hindu University of America to bring together academicians as well as practitioners, state as well as society, on a common platform to address core gender and family issues, through weaving traditional and contemporary thoughts on Hinduism.
The Center aims to become a pioneer in gender and family research and teaching through linking knowledge creation to policy-making, and engaging with past as well as present of Hinduism.
The Center would serve as a platform to share knowledge and experiences towards reducing gender inequalities and enriching family lives through engaging with multiple disciplines ranging from philosophy to anthropology, politics to sociology.
The Centre would bring together theory and practice of gender equality and family life by promoting groundbreaking research and teaching towards an inclusive and happy society, drawing from rich Hindu tradition as well as modernity.
The Center faculty is engaged in research and developing courses on a variety of issues related to gender and family issues. More specifically, the faculty is scrutinizing the positioning of family and women in Hindu religious scriptures as well as in the writings and practices of renowned thinkers and reformers. Alongside bringing into forefront the finer points of Hindu way of life, attempts are made to analyze the ways in which a number of reformers sought to interpret and restructure the tradition, challenging the established practices and seeking to bring reforms appropriate for the modern age.
Degrees: Doctoral, Master’s and Certificate
We believe age is a number and learning is lifelong. We, hence, invite all eligible learners to enroll for doctoral research (thesis-only/course-based) on a variety of related issues. A Masters course on Hinduism, Family and Gender issues will be offered from Spring 2018. The Center is currently offering an online certificate course for counselors and social workers.
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Certificate Course on Family Counseling, Social Work and Hinduism
Understanding Hinduism for Helping Hindu Families
GFS 5001 – Family Counseling, Social Work and Hinduism
Family counseling and social work are increasingly becoming challenging professions owing to growing distress within families, with specificities rooted in their innate social identities. There is no one size fit all formula to counsel families in distress, keeping in view the fact families have social and cultural contexts.
Familial discord is increasing all over the globe, across societies and communities. The Hindu Diaspora is confronting this challenge in an unprecedented manner. The Hindu way of life in the adopted land is constrained. The Hindu families are witnessing challenges including, but not limited to, marital discord, divorces, parents-children discord, and neglect of the elderly.
The Hindu families in distress are finding it difficult to get the right kind of guidance. Family counsellors and social workers can better serve the distressed Hindu clients if they are aware of the Hindu notions and values. The challenges that Hindu Diaspora is confronting across the globe can be addressed by drawing upon rich values of Hindu culture and tradition. The family counselors and social workers need to be sensitized about Hindu Dharma so that they can better serve their Hindu clients.
This course will train the learners to empower individuals, children and families cope with socio-cultural and emotional challenges, through engaging with Hinduism; which is not merely a religion but a way of life with enriching reflections, offered through sacred scriptures, on almost all aspects of life. It will innovatively bring together theory and practice of Hinduism to help the counselors, and social workers chart out a unique course of action while dealing with the distressed Hindu families.
Family counselors, social workers, medical professionals, psychiatrists and academicians.
Mode of Delivery
The candidates will be assessed through mid and end of the term assignments. A certificate will be awarded upon completion of the course.