Gender and Development

Centre of West African Studies, School of History and Cultures

College of Arts and Law


Code 24294

Level of study Second Year

Credit value 20

Semester 1 and/or 2 depending on staff availability

Module description

The module familiarises students with the significance of 'gender' as an axis of Social differentation in African societies. In semester I, after introducing gender as an important parameter in development theories and policies, we focus 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 classes