Course Title: Gender Practice in Development

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Gender Practice in Development

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

HUSO2070

City Campus

Postgraduate

330H Social Science & Planning

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006

HUSO2070

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2008,
Summer2009

HUSO2070

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2011

Course Coordinator: Dr Reina Ichii

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 0416

Course Coordinator Email:reina.ichii@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 37.4.12c

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None. This course is a stream core course for the Master of Social Science (International Development) program and there are none prerequisites other than those required for entry to the program as a whole.


Course Description

This course provides an introduction to gender analysis and other aspects of gender practice as a means of identifying and understanding women’s and men’s specific roles in development processes and projects, as well as identifying and understanding the differential impacts these same processes and projects can have on women and men. The course will focus on developing student skills in conducting gender analysis and understanding the role of gender in the project cycle and in wider planning processes. The course includes participatory tools as they apply to gender analysis since participatory approaches are formed on concern about empowerment, and equity and respect for difference that are central to questions of gender practice.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At the conclusion of this course it is envisaged that you will:

1. Be familiar with the main tenets and approaches to gender analysis in development planning and projects;

2. Have developed the skills and competence to enable you to conduct gender analysis within the context of a particular development intervention;

3. Have developed a critical awareness of the ways gender influences differential access to, and control over, developmental resources and processes within communities and institutions;

4. Be able to contribute to debates and discussions on gender and development and gender analysis in a conceptually competent manner;

5. Have developed an awareness of issues and processes for incorporating gender within development organisations; and,

6. Have developed skills in the preparation of critical oral and written argument appropriate for studies at postgraduate level.


At the conclusion of this course it is envisaged that you will:

1. Be familiar with approaches to gender analysis in development projects

2. Have developed the skills to conduct gender analysis

3. Have developed a critical awareness of the ways gender influences developmental resources and processes

4. Have developed an awareness of issues and processes for incorporating gender within organizations.  


Overview of Learning Activities

This course comprises a Study Guide which provides an introduction to key literature, debates, concepts, and gender analysis frameworks and tools. Each topic in the Study Guide contains reference to a number of Readings that are included in the course Reader. This course also includes a course workshop that includes case studies, group exercises and lectures to consolidate material introduced in the Study Guide. Because there will be a substantial amount of experiential-based learning and skills development, participation in the class is recommended.

COURSE CONTENT

The course is divided into six interrelated topics divided into three parts. These topics will each be the focus of one session in the course workshop, and will follow an introductory lecture. The Topics are:

One: Introduction to Gender Practice in Development.

Two: Gender Awareness in Development.

Three: Gender in Development Organisations.

Four: WID Frameworks for Gender Analysis.

Five: GAD Frameworks for Gender Analysis.

Six: Participatory Approaches in Gender Practice.

Seven: Gender in the Project Cycle.


Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able access all reading materail via online learning hub.


Overview of Assessment

You will be able to prepare assessment tasks with a total word length or equivalent of 5,000 words.