SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Gender and Development (MSc RID)

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Year 1
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Term 1

The purpose of this module is to familiarise students with the main analytic debates in the field of gender and development. Four institutional domains (households, family and kinship, the market, the community and the state) through which gender relations are both defined and transformed receive separate attention. An introductory survey of conceptual approaches to gender is followed by a treatment of central topics which include: the move from WID (women in development) to GAD (gender and development) as critical perspectives in development studies, conceptual approaches to households, men and masculinities in development, globalisation and women’s employment, gender, state and governance, women’s movements and state-civil society relations, gender, conflict and post-conflict, and finally an appraisal of prospects for gender-aware planning and empowerment.

This module will be delivered alongside the parallel module 'Gender and development', worth 22.5 CATS credits. Students will have the opportunity to attend all lectures and tutorials, but the examinable component will be approximately 75% of the 22.5 CATS credits syllabus. The following topics will not be part of the examinable component of this module: Week 1: Conceptual Issues in Gender and Development and Week 10 : Gender, policy and practice: reproductive health  

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

By the end of the module, students should be able to demonstrate:

  • Familiarity with key analytical debates in the field of gender and development
  • An ability to relate these debates to development theory, policy and practice
  • An ability to comprehend and manipulate complex analytical arguments
  • An ability to evaluate the impact of development interventions (policies, project and institutional reforms) on issues of gender equity and empowerment


Teaching takes place through a weekly 2 hour lecture, 1 hour tutorial and a fortnightly 1 hour Film screening..

Method of assessment

100% Coursework. Each student will be expected to submit a Policy Brief of no more than 1500 words (worth 40%) and one essay of no more than 4000 words (worth 60%) and Resubmission of coursework regulations apply to this module.


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