This unit explores how gender is deeply embedded in the ways we define our world and act within it, how our bodies are regulated and surveilled according to this dimension, hence how power enters into both the enhancement and suppression of capabilities through definitions of gendered bodies and their interactions and intersections. The gendered dimension is considered from a global perspective through the lens of human rights and how the latter attempt to intersect some traditional modes of gendered identities and interactions by injecting questions about opportunities and outcomes of a social, political, economic or cultural nature. All of this is then disseminated and applied to the work of development and community development.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critique key gender issues in a global context;  
  2. Apply the concept of human rights to a particular gender issue and evaluate its impact through a justified theoretical framework;  
  3. Decode/debate/interpret/validate some of the features of transnational human rights networks and their advocacy around gender;  
  4. Critically evaluate debates about the contradictory impact of globalisation on gender relations; and  
  5. Cross-examine transgender issues as they arise in an organisational setting highlighting an individual's responsibilities within the workings of local and global communities.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Review Critical reflective review paper on gender and human rights (1200 words) 25%
Presentation Group presentation on allocated weekly topic focused in the class (approximately 1000 words per group member) 25%
Essay Write an essay based on one of the allocated five topics (2500 words) 50%

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