Gender and Development

Centre of West African Studies, School of History and Cultures

College of Arts and Law


Code 20750

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 20

Semester 1 and 2

Module description

The course familiarises students with the significance of `gender' as an axis of social and economic differentiation in African societies. Semester 1 focussed on empirical and theoretical studies of African lives and work (social and domestic organisation; production; reproduction; gendered divisions of labour and patriarchy). Initially, the second semester's focus is on policy: how are gender issues incorporated, or not, into policies in African societies (poverty, education, health, nutrition and fertility), while the last three sessions examine the complexities of feminisms in cross-cultural contexts.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and group work