Not available in 2016/17
GY421      Half Unit
Gender and Development : Geographical Perspectives

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Sylvia Chant STC417a


This course is available on the MPA in European Public and Economic Policy, MPA in International Development, MPA in Public Policy and Management, MPA in Public and Economic Policy, MPA in Public and Social Policy, MSc in African Development, MSc in Development Studies, MSc in Environment and Development, MSc in Gender, MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation, MSc in Gender, Policy and Inequalities, MSc in Global Politics, MSc in Health, Community and Development, MSc in Population and Development, MSc in Regional And Urban Planning Studies, MSc in Regulation, MSc in Urban Policy (LSE and Sciences Po) and MSc in Urbanisation and Development. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.


A knowledge of development and/or gender in the Global South would be a distinct advantage.

Course content

An analysis of gender roles, relations and inequalities in developing world regions, with particular emphasis on the variability of these in different geographical contexts, and their intersections with poverty, especially in urban areas. Specific themes include: the incorporation of gender into development analysis and practice; indicators of gender inequality; households and families, domestic inequalities and carework; fertility, family planning and reproductive rights; health, healthcare and housing; gender divisions in urban labour markets; female labour force participation; internal and international migration; Gender and Development (GAD) policy; 'Smart Economics'; female empowerment and participation; girls in GAD;  men and masculinities in GAD; gender, climate change and disasters


10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of seminars in the MT. 2 hours of lectures in the ST.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce one essay during the course as well as to prepare presentations for seminars (usually in pairs) and to be actively engaged in seminar discussions, including as discussants and rapporteurs

Indicative reading

Detailed reading lists will be provided during the course.  No one book covers the entire course.  However, recommended essential reading is as follows: W Benedek, E Kisaakye & G Oberleitner (Eds), Human Rights of Women: International Instruments and African Experiences, 2002; S.Chant (Ed.) The International Handbook of Gender and Poverty, 2010; S. Chant and G.Beetham (eds) Routledge Major Works on Gender, Poverty and Development, Vols1-4, 2015; S Chant & M Gutmann, Mainstreaming Men into Gender and Development, 2000; A.Cornwall, E.Harrison & A.Whitehead (Eds) Feminisms in Development, 2007; A.Cornwall and M.Molyneux (Eds) The Politics of Rights: Dilemmas for Feminist Praxis, 2008; C Jackson & R Pearson (Eds), Feminist Visions of Development, 1998; J.Lee & S. Shaw (Eds) Women Worldwide: Transnational Feminist Perspectives, 2011; S.Rai and G.Waylen (eds) New Frontiers in Feminist Political Economy, 2013, UN Women, Progress of the World’s Women 2011-12, 2011; World Bank WDR 2012: Gender Equality and Development, 2011.


Exam (75%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Essay (25%, 2500 words) in the LT.

Student performance results

(2012/13 - 2014/15 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 20.4
Merit 51.9
Pass 27.8
Fail 0

Teachers' comment

A small course taken by a variety of MSc students across the school, particularly from the Gender Institute, and Departments of Social Policy, Development Studies and Geography and Environment.  Students tend to report high levels of satisfaction, and to perform well (with a good spread of merit marks and some distinctions).

Key facts

Department: Geography & Environment

Total students 2015/16: 15

Average class size 2015/16: 15

Controlled access 2015/16: Yes

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication

Course survey results

(2012/13 - 2014/15 combined)

1 = "best" score, 5 = "worst" score

The scores below are average responses.

Response rate: 95%



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