Faculty of Arts


Gender and Development


This course explores ways in which understanding gendered power relations is central to the critical development thinking, practice and policies. It draws on the range of critical theories to introduce key concepts and incorporates examples from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Pacific. It covers the history of gender and development, key analytical concepts such as sex/gender systems, sexual inequality, economic inequality, empowerment, intersectionality, masculinities and voice. The aim of this course is to survey various perspectives on gender and development, introduce key analytical concepts, review issues around data collection and analytically discuss critical gender and development issues.

By the end of this semester, students should know:

  • The genealogy of gender and development
  • Key analytical concepts in the study of gender and development such as gender, empowerment, patriarchy, identity, feminism, essentialism, informality, reproduction, subjectivities, discourse, governmentality, feminisation of poverty, intersectionality
  • How to locate these concepts in a critical discussion of gender and development in a particular country

By the end of this semester, students should be able to:

  • Think critically and theoretically about broad gender and development issues
  • Critically analyse and discuss an academic article
  • Find and synthesise relevant qualitative and quantitative information from a range of sources
  • Present orally and in writing an argument appropriate for a graduate audience
  • Work effectively in a small group

Availability 2021

Semester 1


Lecturer(s) Associate Professor Yvonne Underhill-Sem


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DEVELOP 702: 15.0 points



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