Gender and development CANCELLED

Course content

This course employs a comparative perspective to examine how gender affects and is impacted by the theories, experiences and policies of international development.  Underlying the discussions is a normative debate on the “rules” of inequality. We will begin by discussing the historical evolution of how the concept of gender has been constructed, conceptualized, and integrated into international development theory and practice.  We will then examine how greater attention to gender issues has challenged the assumptions behind the theoretical frameworks and the policy prescriptions guiding international development.  Here, we will focus on the contributions that feminist scholars have made in re-theorizing women’s role in the economy by looking at issues of intra-household dynamics of power, distribution, and control; reproductive and unpaid work; and productive work, especially in the informal sectors and in the contemporary context of shifting structures of global production.  Finally, we will examine how feminist activists and scholars have organized to improve women’s power and position in the economies of the South.  Here we will examine theories of empowerment, gender and the welfare state.  We will conclude with a debate on the future prospects of the growing field of transnational feminist movements.  Although there are no specific course prerequisites for this course, students are expected to have some background in international development and in a social science discipline

Education

MA thematic course (MSc Curriculum 2005)

MA Theory and Themes course (MSc Curriculum 2015)

Course package (MSc 2015): Knowledge, organisation and politics
 

 

Learning outcome

Knowledge:

By the end of the course the students will have achieved knowledge of

- theories of gender

- development

- and the intersection of the two.

 

Skills

Students will have developed skills to

- analytically evaluate opposing theories and policies

 

Competences

By the end of the course studens will have competencies

- in applying theoretical framework and historical knowledge of practices to examine and analyse particular themes and country contexts

- in debate

 

 

Syllabus available upon request

INDICATIVE WORKLOAD
The number of lecture hours are the same for both 7,5 and 10 ECTS courses.

10 ECTS:
Lectures: 28
Course preparation: 130
Exercises: 50
Exam Preparation: 67
Total: 275

ECTS
See exam description
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Individual or group. A portfolio assignment is defined as a series of short assignments during the course that address one or more set questions and feedback is offered during the course. All of the assignments are submitted together for assessment at the end of the course. The portfolio assignments must be no longer than 10 pages. For group assignments, an extra 5 pages is added per additional student. Further details for this exam form can be found in the Curriculum and in the General Guide to Examinations at KUnet.
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

Please see the learning outcome

ECTS
See exam description
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Individual/group. Free written take-home essays are assignments for which students define and formulate a problem within the parameters of the course and based on an individual exam syllabus. The free written take-home essay must be no longer than 10 pages. For group assignments, an extra 5 pages is added per additional student. Further details for this exam form can be found in the Curriculum and in the General Guide to Examinations at KUnet.
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

Please see the learning outcome

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • Course Preparation
  • 97
  • Exercises
  • 56
  • Exam
  • 25
  • English
  • 206