Modular value: 20 credits
Lecturer: Emma Foster
The module aims to introduce students to the gender dimensions of development theory, policy and practice. Students will learn how to use feminist theories to analyse contemporary processes of development. They will analyse how gender issues permeate all aspects of development policy and will learn how to critically assess these policies.
The course also aims to enable students to apply these theoretical and analytical tools to a gendered analysis of contemporary development practices.
By the end of the module you will be able:
Be familiar with the key concepts and terminology commonly used in gender and development studies
Understand how and why feminist theories are relevant to the study of development
Distinguish between, and critically engage with, different feminist theoretical approaches to development and identify which they believe to be most relevant
Develop a critical analysis of the gendered character of development theory, policy and practice
Understand the ways in which ‘development’ as theory and practice is gendered and the potential implications of this ‘gendering’
Critically engage with contemporary scholarship on gender and development
Teaching and learning approach
The module will be delivered using a range of teaching and learning methods in a highly participatory environment, including interactive lectures, group discussions, and student led presentations.
The assessment is broken down into two components:
A case study assignment involving student presentations and a 2000 word written workbook worth 30% of the total module mark
A 3,500 word essay worth 70% of the total module mark.
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