Women and International Development

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 will be able to:
  1. Identify the major discourses of international development theory and practice;  
  2. Demonstrate a 'gender analysis' of discourses in the field;  
  3. Apply knowledge to construct critical case studies; and  
  4. Articulate knowledge in making a professional contribution to the international development sector.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Class assignment based on material covered in weeks 1 to 3 30%
Case Study In-depth study of an issue in the development field 50%
Test In-class test covering the issues and topics throughout semester 20%
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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