Gender and Development

School: School of Government
International Development Department

Modular value: 20 credits
Module Convenor: tbc

Aim of Module

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.

Learning outcomes

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.

Topics covered include:

Feminist Theories of Development

  • Liberal and Marxist/Socialist Feminist Approaches to Development Marxist feminist approaches
  • Contemporary Approaches to Gender and Development
  • Feminist economics and development
  • Queering Development Studies

Gender in Development Policy and Practice

  • ‘Gender mainstreaming’ in international development: MDG3 – Analysing ‘empowerment for women’
  • Sexual and Gender Based violence
  • Reproductive and Sexual Health

In-depth Case Studies

  • Student presentations
  • Student 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.

Related courses:

The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.