Course Title: Gender, Development and Globalisation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Gender, Development and Globalisation

Credit Points: 12.00


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 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Dr. Reina Ichii

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0416

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 37, Floor 5, Room 43

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

Program Learning Outcomes 

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Apply a body of theoretical and practical knowledge of international development, gender and development, global cultures, language and economic issues to your professional practice or further study. 
  • Work professionally and effectively with others in diverse cultural, linguistic and organisational contexts, and to adapt practices and knowledge to local circumstances. 
  • Assist in the identification of needs, the design, planning, resourcing and implementation of research and development projects in international and cross-cultural settings

Course Learning Outcomes 

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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of how processes and phenomena related to globalisation and development are gendered.
  2. Explain major areas of concern resulting from the gendered nature of globalisation and development, and how global processes and relationships are characterised by, and themselves produce, gender-based inequalities.
  3. Critically reflect on, evaluate, and analyse scholarly debates and key concepts related to gender, development, and globalisation.
  4. Apply theoretical approaches to ‘real world’ scenarios involving global gender issues. 

Overview of Learning Activities

You will engage in a variety of learning activities, including lectures, tutorials, and small group discussion. Several hours of self-directed study and writing is also expected each week. 

Overview of Learning Resources

Reading materials for this course will be made available via Canvas. 

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. 

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 

Assessment Task 1: Book Club Questions (20%), Aligned Course Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3 

Assessment Task 2: Magazine Article (40%), Aligned Course Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4 

Assessment Task 3: The Pitch (Group Work Report) (40%), Aligned Course Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4 

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

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