Course Title: Gender in Development

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Gender in Development

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


330H Social Science & Planning

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Assoc Professor Damian Grenfell

Course Coordinator Phone: +61(0) 3995 3462

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 037.05.32A

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course examines the range of approaches to gender issues as they relate to the different historical periods and theories of development. It also explores the links between international gender division of labour, gender aspects of globalization, gender and sustainability and the role of the global women’s movement to development practice.

You will explore the role of gender in regard to political and social processes, the division of labour, and the prospects for human and material development. State formations, the uses of science, patterns of labour and familial arrangements are all sites where gender shapes social practice that you will have the opportunity to investigate. You will consider masculinity and femininity as social constructs in development, and explore perspectives of women and men in different socio-economic locations on the processes of development.

You will investigate how development literature reflects new perspectives on gender, and why the tensions and conflicts between the wealthy and the poor, the powerful and those with less power, are still often resolved to the advantage of men and to the disadvantage of women.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following program learning outcomes:

  • critically reflect on socio-cultural diversity and values, world systems and the benefits of local and global development practices for communities engaged in development processes
  • determine and apply the specialist knowledge and technical skills required to creatively solve problems, demonstrating expert judgment and ethical responsibility in your professional practice in international development
  • critically analyse, synthesize and reflect on personal awareness and lived experience, theories and practices of development, both local and international, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice in the discipline
  • critically reflect on the causes and impacts of poverty in global contexts and to evaluate the theories and practice of development institutions

 Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  1. critically review key debates about gender, development and globalization;
  2. identify and analyse the role played by gender issues in the major social, political and economic transformations in developing countries;
  3. reflect on and apply theoretical perspectives and debates to policy and practice issues in your own professional contexts
  4. compare and contrast the ways in which diverse theoretical perspectives lead to alternative and competing possibilities for analysis and action

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of face to face and online activities such as lectures; class activities and discussion; analysis of cases and guest lectures.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. You will have access to all reading material via myRMIT. Each topic includes reference to a number of readings. Additional references are also provided for students wishing to follow particular themes in more detail. However, you are expected to research and locate further resources to enhance your learning and extend your interests in the course. The course lecturer is available for consultation in order to clarify difficult concepts and to suggest further reading.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include critical analysis and discussion (individually and in groups), essays, case studies and reflective journals. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: