Gender Issues in Development

Subject 121-461 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 3-hour seminar per week for 8 weeks, commencing in the first week of the semester
Total Time Commitment: 8 additional hours/week. Total of 10 hours per week.
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Vicky Schubert
Subject Overview: This subject will focus on feminist engagements with development theory. Case studies will consider the place of women and men in rural social orders, the relationship between gender, the environment and ethnicity, the gendered dimensions of governance and civil society, and the connection between changes in the world economic system and the social construction of masculinity, femininity, and gender specific roles in the former colonial world. Discussions will focus on the relationship between feminist actions and critiques and the practices of development agencies, international organizations, non-government organizations, state level actors, and local and global financial interests. Students who complete this subject should be familiar with theories of development and feminist critiques; and be able to apply these perspectives to contemporary issues involving development agencies and their practices.
Objectives: Students who successfully complete this subject should
  • be aware of the theory and practice of development, theories of social change and development in the light of challenges to traditional roles;
  • be able to understand the principles underlying certain key development problems;
  • appreciate the political and social implications of both the problems and their management solutions;
  • understand the difficulties in applying some of the theoretical solutions to environmental and development problems.
Assessment: An essay of 3500 words on a topic to be agreed upon with the lecturer 60% (due late September), a proposal for the final essay of 750 words 15% (due mid semester), an informal presentation of one article or topic combined with leading the seminar in a discussion of that presentation of 750 words 15%, and attendance and participation 10%.
Prescribed Texts:
To be advised
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • have skills
Notes: Previously offered as 121-516 Gender Issues in Development. Students who have completed 121-516 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.
Related Course(s): Master of Arts (Asian Societies)
Master of Development Studies (Gender & Development)
Master of Development Studies(CWT)
Master of Social Health (Medical Anthropology)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts(Development Studies)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Gender Studies
Gender Studies
Gender Studies

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