SOCS5013 Gender in Development: Approaches and Issues

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit begins with a survey of the trends and changes in gender in development theory from the 1950s up to the present. It charts the evolution from women in development, with its focus on women's disadvantage and exploration of how Development has impacted men and women differently, through gender and development, which takes a more holistic view of gender relations in society, up to gender mainstreaming, which is ubiquitous in public policy currently. Through this survey, students study the rationale for gender equity and the importance of gender in development—in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development activities. The unit examines some of the main concepts and tools used in gender analysis of development (e.g. empowerment and agency, autonomy, vulnerability, gender disaggregation).

Students then examine some major development issues using a gender perspective and applying these concepts and tools (e.g. reproduction and fertility control, intra-family dynamics, gender based violence, access to resources and environmental sustainability, education, work and livelihoods). Through this examination, students explore how gender intersects with other social categories such as race, religion and class in development processes, and the importance of constructions of ideal masculinities and femininities, and of state and religious gender ideologies in development. Development is seen as a complex, profoundly gendered phenomenon that requires an interdisciplinary approach in concert with deep local knowledge.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge of various approaches to gender in development; (2) evaluate such approaches and the various concepts used in gender analysis of development; (3) apply these gender approaches and concepts to particular issues in development such as family planning and population control, education, family relations, access to resources, employment; (4) conduct research on gender in development; and (5) critically analyse gender issues in development in academic writing and in report form, as well as in discussions.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) essay; (2) research project; and (3) seminar participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
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