Course Title: Gender in a Global Context

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Gender in a Global Context

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

In 2023, the course is titled 'Gender in Development'. 

From 2024, this course will be titled 'Gender in a Global Context'. 


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 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

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 concept of gender as it is understood in different sites globally. It explores the links between gender identities, sex and biology, as well as the relationship between gender and coloniality. Major areas of contestation and social change are examined through the lens of activism, international development programming, and in humanitarian and conflict contexts. Areas of particular focus include human rights, economic and social empowerment, gender-based violence and sexual abuse. You will explore the role of gender regarding political and social processes, the division of labour, and the prospects for human and material development. Everyday experiences from a range of sites around the globe—including the home, the ‘workplace’, the political realm— will be considered in order to understand contemporary approaches to gender. You will consider masculinity and femininity as social constructs, interrogate concepts of gender binary and gender fluidity, and explore perspectives as they relate to the frequent dichotomisation of sexes between women and men and the impact of conflating that with gender identities.  

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Course Learning Outcomes 

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:  

  1. Critically review key debates about gender in a global context  
  2. Identify and analyse the role played by gender issues in the major social, political and economic transformations in different societies around the globe.  
  3. Reflect on and apply concepts to debates, policy and practices in a range of professional contexts.  
  4. Compare and contrast the ways in which diverse theoretical perspectives lead to alternative possibilities for analysis and action particularly in terms of addressing gender inequity.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of face to face and online activities including key readings; 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. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

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 tasks are designed to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of key concepts, themes and debates appropriate for studies at postgraduate level.  

Assessment Tasks 

Short writing exercise: 500 words, 10%, Aligned Course Learning Outcomes: 1,3  

Essay: 1500 words, 30%, Aligned Course Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4 

Report: 2000 words, 40%, Aligned Course Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4 

Participation and collaboration: 20%, Aligned Course Learning Outcomes: 1,3 

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 Equity Learning Services if you would like to find out more.  

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.