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Gender Issues in Development (DEVT90040)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeDEVT90040
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

As a fundamental cross-cutting theme in development theory and practice today, gender discourse and practices have gone beyond the exclusive focus on feminist activism in the 1970s. What began as a preoccupation with women's discrimination and disadvantage and the lack of their visibility in development initiatives 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 debates and the embedding of gender in practices of development agencies, international organisations, and state actors. Drawing on the scholarship in gender studies, development studies, political science, sociology and anthropology, the subject will examine key gender concepts and tools through case studies in the developing world. 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, marriage and family, sexualities, masculinities, childhood and HIV/AIDS.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  • Have developed an in-depth understanding of key concepts, theories and approaches relating to gender and development
  • Understand the principles and structures underlying certain gender-related development issues
  • Have acquired critical and analytical skills and methods to enable the identification and critical analysis of gender-related issues across developed and developing worlds
  • Have developed an independent approach to understanding the interdisciplinary field of gender and development
  • Be able to communicate their knowledge effectively in a variety of oral and written formats

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • A 1000 word proposal (20%) due during semester
  • A 1000-word equivalent group presentation (20%) due during semester
  • A 3000 word final essay (60%) due during Week 10 of the semester
  • Hurdle requirement: Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of classes in order to pass this subject

Dates & times

  • July
    CoordinatorLan Anh Hoang
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursA 3 hour seminar per week for Weeks 1-8 of Semester 2
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 September 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date23 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail11 October 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    July contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 30 May 2019