Handbook

100 Point Master of Development Studies - Gender and Development Specialisation

Year and Campus: 2017

Coordinator

Professor Anthony D'Costa

Email: adcosta@unimelb.edu.au

Contact

Currently enrolled students:

Future students:

Overview:

The Master of Development Studies (specialisation in Gender & Development) provides specialist training and a professional qualification for graduates 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 theories 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 (specialisation in 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; and
  • 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.

  • two compulsory subjects (25 points)

Coursework Only Option

  • elective subjects (75 points)

or

Minor Thesis Option

  • DEVT90041 Research Methods for Development OR DEVT90048 Research in Development (12.5 points)
  • minor thesis parts 1 and 2 (total 50 points)
  • elective subject (12.5 points)


Capstone Requirement:

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

Capstone Stream 1: 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.

Capstone Stream 2: DEVT90060 Internship in Development (25 points) or DEVT90008 International Internship in Development (25 points)
Purpose: An opportunity to acquire practical skills in development practice and apply this knowledge to solve problems that arise in a professional context and develop an integrated understanding of knowledge and practice.

Capstone Stream 3: GEND90011 Gender and Development Thesis Part 1 and GEND90012 Gender and Development Thesis Part 2 (total 50 points)
Purpose: An opportunity to integrate knowledge and research skills to address a specific development research question.

Capstone Stream 4: DEVT90001 Project Management & Design (12.5 points) and DEVT90035 Monitoring and Evaluation in Development (12.5 point)
Purpose: An opportunity to acquire practical skills in project management and monitoring and evaluation and apply this knowledge to solve problems that arise in a professional context and develop an integrated understanding of knowledge and practice.

Subject Options:

Compulsory Subjects

25 points

Subject
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

Minor Thesis Subjects

Minor Thesis Option - 62.5 points

Please note the following prior to enrolling in the minor thesis -

  • to be eligible to enrol in the thesis, students must submit a 300 word thesis proposal for approval by the course coordinator prior to the semester of enrolment in the thesis
  • students enrolling in the minor thesis must also complete DEVT90041 Research Methods in Development or DEVT90048 Research in Development
  • the minor thesis must be completed over two consecutive semesters (part 1 and 2)
Subject
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

Elective Subjects

Coursework Only Option - 75 points

or

Minor Thesis Option - 12.5 points

Subject
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
January, Semester 1, Semester 2
25
January, Semester 1, Semester 2
25
Semester 1
12.5
Not offered in 2017
12.5
Links to further information: http://arts.unimelb.edu.au/ssps
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Master of Development Studies - Gender and Development Specialisation

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