Gender and Development

Key information

Start date
End date
Term 1
Module code
FHEQ Level
Department of Development Studies

Module overview

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.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module


By the end of this module students should be able to command and demonstrate the following knowledge and skills:

  • familiarity with key analytic 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, projects and institutional reform) on issues of gender equity and empowerment.




Teaching takes place through a weekly 1 hour lecture and 1 hour tutorial.


Method of assessment


100% Coursework. Each student will be expected to submit a take home test worth 30% and one essay worth 70% of the overall grade. Resubmission of coursework regulations apply to this module.



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