Gender Issues in Development

Subject DEVT90040 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week for 12 weeks.
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Students enrolling in this subject must have completed a Bachelor of Arts degree or equivalent.

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr Lan Anh Hoang


Dr Lan Anh Hoang

Subject Overview:

As a fundamental cross-cutting theme in development theory and practice today, gender perspectives and practices have moved significantly from the political and economic empowerment strategies of feminist activism in the 1970s. What began as a concern with women's ongoing discrimination and disadvantage and the lack of visibility of women and their particular needs from development became a broader concern with the nature of relations between men and women. The subject will review shifts in gender theories and practices since the 1950s with a focus on contemporary actions and approaches, feminist critiques, and the embedding of gender in practices of development agencies, international organisations, non-government organisations and state level actors. Drawing on scholarship in development studies, sociology and anthropology, the subject will make use of case studies in the developing world in its examination of key concepts and tools such as ‘gendered division of labour,’ ‘gender sensitiveness,’ ‘gender mainstreaming,’ and ‘gender analysis.’ We will also discuss important themes in the gender and development literature such as power and inequalities, economic development and poverty, resources allocations and entitlements, marrige and family, sexualities, masculinities, childhood and HIV/AIDS.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this subject, students are expected to:

  • have a stong grasp of key concepts relating to gender and development;
  • understand the principles underlying certain development issues relating to gender;
  • be aware of gender analysis frameworks and tools that can be applied to promote gender awareness and eradicate gender inequities in development interventions;
  • be able to carry out gender analysis of contemporary issues in development.

A 1000 word proposal (20%) due during semester, a 1000 word group presentation (20%) due during semester, and a 3000 word final essay (60%) due during the examination period.

Hurdle Requirement: Students are required to attend a minimum of 75% of classes in order to qualify to have their written work assessed. Regular participation in class is required.

Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

A reading list will be provided by the subject coordinator

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Links to further information:
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of Arts in Professional and Applied Ethics
100 Point Master of Development Studies
100 Point Master of Development Studies (Gender && Development)
150 Point Master of Development Studies
150 Point Master of Development Studies (Gender && Development)
200 Point Master of Development Studies
200 Point Master of Development Studies (Gender && Development)
200 points Master of Arts in Professional and Applied Ethics
Development Studies
Development Studies
Development Studies
Development Studies
Gender and Development Specialisation - 100 Point Program
Gender and Development Specialisation - 150 Point Program
Gender and Development Specialisation - 200 Point Program
Tailored Specialisation
Tailored Specialisation

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