100 Point Master of Development Studies (Gender & Development)

Major/Minor/Specialisation !097GD-SPC+1002 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Year and Campus: 2016


Dr Nadeem Malik

Email: malikn@unimelb.edu.au


Currently enrolled in this course:


Please note that 097GD Master of Development Studies (Gender and Development) will not longer be accepting new applications from 2015, the program from 2015 will be offered as a specialisation in the 097AB Master of Development Studies program. Please refer to the correct handbook entry for program information for commencing students from 2015.

The Master of Development Studies (Gender & Development) provides specialist training and a professional qualification for graduate who are working, or seeking to work in development field. It is especially relevant to those with an interest in pursing careers in fields related to gender and development. The program is designed to give students a firm grounding both in recent theorising about gender and development and in practical concerns surrounding planning for gender in development projects within government and non-government organisations. The program does not necessarily lead to higher degree study, but high achieving students who complete the thesis option may qualify for entry to a masters by research or PhD.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete the Masters of Development Studies (Gender and Development) should:

  • demonstrate a sound understanding of recent developments in feminist theory and the literature in gender and development;
  • understand the issues involved in debates about the relationships between gender and the development process;
  • develop an understanding of contemporary feminist debates about gender and development and the relationship of these debates to other areas of social enquiry;
  • know and be able to use some of the techniques employed in development planning.
Structure & Available Subjects:

100 point program

Duration: 1 year full-time / up to 2 years part-time.

The Masters of Development Studies (Gender and Development) 200 point program requires:

  • four compulsory subjects (50 points)
  • elective subjects (50 points)

Please note: the minor thesis is available in the 200 point program and the 150 point program only

Capstone Requirement

All students are required to complete the Capstone Requirement for the program (25 points). Students must complete one capstone option -

Capstone Option 1: Co-requisites: DEVT90002 Internship in Development (12.5 points) and DEVT90001 Project Management & Design (12.5 points)

Purpose: An opportunity to acquire practical skills in development practice and project management and apply this knowledge to solve problems that arise in a professional context and develop an integrated understanding of knowledge and practice.

Capstone Option 2: GEND90004 Minor Thesis – Gender and Development (50 points) Please note this option is not available to students completing the 100 point program.

Purpose: An opportunity to integrate knowledge and research skills to address a specific development research question.

Capstone Option 3: DEVT90041 Research Methods for Development (12.5 points) and DEVT90048 Research for Development (12.5 points)

Purpose: An opportunity to develop research skills and apply those skills in a workshop setting.

For policies that govern this degree, see Academic Services Policy in the University Melbourne Policy Framework. Students also should also refer to information in the Student Policy Directory.

Subject Options:

Compulsory Subjects

Four compulsory subjects (50 points)

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
March, August

Elective Subjects

50 points

Please note: students should complete 100 points of graduate level subjects to meet the requirements of the program.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
January, Semester 1, Semester 2
January, Semester 1, Semester 2
March, August
Not offered in 2016
Semester 1
Links to further information: http://www.ssps.unimelb.edu.au/
Related Course(s): Master of Development Studies (Gender & Development)

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