Course Title: Gender Development and Globalisation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Gender Development and Globalisation

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


330H Social Science & Planning


Sem 2 2006


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Dr Kaye Quek

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8202

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.5.12

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces students to a gendered approach to understanding international politics, development, and globalisation. It draws on feminist theory to explore a range of issues, such as: Is violence against women a development issue? Why is masculinity being identified as a cause of global finance crises? How do we explain the boom in the global sex industry and what does it mean for women’s human rights? The course is organised around a series of issues presented as topics, including gender and migration, gendering militarism and war, gender and the global population ‘crisis’ and the global sex industry. Students who complete this course should understand the ways in which gender politics might affect the opportunities of women and men differently at both local and global levels, and be familiar with the main strands of feminist theorising on international relations, human rights, development, and globalisation.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • analyse and describe dynamic relationships between global and local economics, social and cultural processes, actors and institutions in the global economy and the developed and developing worlds;
  • identify and describe processes and relationships are characterised by, and themselves produce, gender-based inequalities;
  • reflect on the changing nature of people’s identity as a result of the processes of globalization;
  • apply key concepts in the fields of international development, gender and development and critical globalization, and skills in several key qualitative research methodologies in social science, with sensitivity to and conceptual competence in contributing to debate over issues concerning gender and development and gender and globalization.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will engage in a variety of learning activities, including lectures, tutorials and small group discussion.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to use a prescribed text and materials available through MyRMIT Studies.

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 an essay, class debate, group project and pop quiz.

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.

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