This course examines the lives and experiences of women in various parts of Asia, taking into account social, economic and political change. Looking into women’s private as well as public lives, the course focuses on the intersections and interactions between people’s experiences, socially structured institutional arrangements and processes, and collective action. The course seeks to uncover different aspects of the gender politics of women’s and social movements, the state, civil society actors, and specifically the role of development NGOs and donors, in attempt to bring about social change. Sources, processes and patterns of social change will be considered in relation to their impact on women’s rights, social status, and political power. The course also examines women’s proactive and creative engagement with communities, social movements, and groups that have been overlooked or harmed by development projects. The course draws on concepts and theories from gender studies, development studies, and political sociology. Readings include women’s own life stories, novels, as well as academic journals and books.