IDM087-Gender and Development (for REP students only)

Module Provider: School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Sarah Cardey


Summary module description:

This module will examine the ways in which gendered roles and perspectives influence development outcomes. Studying development through a gendered lens requires the student to investigate the organisation and distribution of power within a society, across societies, and within institutions. Therefore, this is not only a module about women in development; it is about the specific ways in which underdevelopment and the process of achieving greater social and economic security may be experienced differently by women and men. Participants will be introduced to theories and methods of analyzing gendered aspects of development and how they may be used in policy formulation and project design.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:

  • Understand the historical and cultural origins of ‘gender’ as a sociological/political concept and tool of analysis
  • Discuss and critically compare, with reference to their underlying theoretical and conceptual bases, some of the broad development approaches adopted by institutions to meet the particular needs of men and women
  • Evaluate major development debates from gendered and feminist perspectives
  • Recognise the primary ways in which gender analysis can be used to disaggregate issues such as poverty, vulnerability and human rights
  • Apply these concepts to the area of international planning in the context of development

Additional outcomes:
The module also aims to develop research, writing and critical evaluation skills.

Outline content:
The module will involve exploration of the following broad themes:

  • Emergence of gender as concept in development policy and practice
  • The inequality of women as an issue for development intervention
In addition, participants will explore more specific themes of current concern debate. The following list is indicative of the kind of issues that may be covered:
  • Gender and the environment
  • Masculinities in development
  • Disability, gender and development
  • HIV/AIDS and gender
  • Gender and poverty
  • Gender and empowerment
  • Sexuality/sexualities in development
  • Gender frameworks and planning

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Sessions will primarily involve lectures and structured student-led group discussions. Sessions may also include guest speakers, use of video material and workshop activities. There will be additional reading for participants to do in their own time.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Guided independent study 180
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 95
Oral assessment and presentation 5

Other information on summative assessment:
The Module will be assessed by two pieces of coursework
1) A critical reading assignment of 1000 – 1500 words (maximum) due mid-term (40%)
2) A 4000 - 4500 word research essay due by week 5 of the Spring term (55%).

There will be a participation mark of 5% for student participation in in-class, student-facilitated discussions. The full 5% participation allocation will be awarded if students complete their facilitated discussion on their assigned day.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
A mark of 50% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:
An essay of 4,000 words, on a topic selected from a list of three.

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Last updated: 21 December 2016

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