Women and International Development

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This unit explores theories, strategies and discourses about women and feminism in the context of international political, economic and social development. Gender-conscious analysis and critique of development theories, policies, implementation and evaluation are examined. The unit intersects gender and feminist analyses and sustainability in the era of globalisation. The unit explores the impact of international trade and the movement of people; racism; conflict and militarisation; environmental crises and critiques of western paradigms. Recommended for students in gender studies, community development and international studies.

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Must have passed units in {ACW1020, ACW1021} OR {ASS1051, ASS1052} OR {ASA1023}

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students are expected to be able to:

  • Identify the major discourses of international development theory and practice;

  • Demonstrate a 'gender analysis' of  discourses in the field;

  • Apply knowledge to construct critical case studies;

  • Articulate knowledge in making a professional contribution to the international development sector.

  • Assessment

    Assessment typeDescriptionGrade
    AssignmentClass assignment based on material covered in weeks 1 to 330%
    Case StudyIn-depth study of an issue in the development field50%
    TestIn-class test covering the issues and topics throughout semester20%

    Total effective word limit 3000 words.

    Required reading

    Gender and development,
    Momsen, JH 2004,
    New York: Routledge

    Book of readings,
    Women and International Development,
    Victoria University

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