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Unit information: Gender and Development in 2015/16

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Unit name Gender and Development
Unit code POLIM2032
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Egle Cesnulyte
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law


The unit will introduce students to the history of the field of gender and development studies and with the use of a range of theoretical perspectives which have shaped and informed the field, it will examine the contemporary challenges facing the developing world in relation to globalisation, from gender perspectives. In particular, students will examine how gender is theorised and its relationship to migration, employment and education.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit the student should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate current theoretical perspectives in the field of gender and development.
  • Gain an understanding of how contemporary economic and social processes shape the contemporary world; understand how gender is theorised, understood and incorporated into development practice.
  • Evaluate research methodologies and develop critiques of them.

Teaching details

The main method of teaching will be weekly face-to-face seminar sessions which will involve a combination of lecturing, group discussion and student presentations.

Assessment Details

Formative assessment: an oral presentation supported by a handout Summative assessment: a 4000 word essay

A full statement of the relationship between the programme outcomes and types/methods of assessment is contained in accompanying Programme Specifications and section B7 of the Major Change to Current Programme forms for the programmes of which this unit is a part. The assessment for each unit is designed to fit within and contribute to that approach in terms of intellectual development across each of the two teaching blocks, and in relation to knowledge and understanding, intellectual skills and attributes, and transferable skills.

Reading and References

  • Mohanty, C. T. (1984) “Under Western Eyes. Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses” Boundary 2 Vol. 12/13, Vol. 12 no. 3 – Vol. 13 no. 1 On Humanism and the University I. The Discourse of Humanism (spring – Autumn, 1984) pp.333-358.
  • Momsen, J. (2009) Gender and Development London: Routledge.
  • Oso, L. and Ribaes-Mateos, N. (2013) The International Handbook on Gender, Migration and Transnationalism: Global and Development Perspectives Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
  • Sharp, J., Briggs, J., Yacoub, H., Hamed, N. (2003) “Doing Gender and Development: Understanding Empowerment and
  • Local Gender Relations” in Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, New Series, Vol. 28. No. 3 pp.281-295.
  • Shiva, V. (1993) ‘GATT, Agriculture and Third World Women’ in Mies, M. and Shiva, V. Ecofeminism pp.231-245 London: Zed.
  • Visvanathan, N. Duggan, L. and Nisonoff L. (2011) The Gender and Development Reader 2nd Ed. London: Zed Books.