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 and 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. Critically review key gender issues in a global context;  
  2. Apply the concept of human rights to a particular gender issue and analyse it's impact through a justified theoretical framework;  
  3. Decode/debate/interpret/validate some of the features of transnational human rights instruments, agencies and networks and their advocacy around gender;  
  4. Interrogate 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 Reflective review of article on gender and human rights chosen from a set list 25%
Presentation Group presentation on an allocated topic plus post presentation reflection. 25%
Essay Individual essay ingerrogating a contemporary question or issue in gender and human rights. 50%

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