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Unit Overview


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.

6 points

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.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Rita Armstrong
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  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.