Not available in 2016/17
GY421 Half Unit
Gender and Development : Geographical Perspectives
This information is for the 2016/17 session.
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.
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.
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
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|
Department: Geography & Environment
Total students 2015/16: 15
Average class size 2015/16: 15
Controlled access 2015/16: Yes
Value: Half Unit
Personal development skills
- Team working
- Problem solving
- Application of information skills
Course survey results
(2012/13 - 2014/15 combined)1 = "best" score, 5 = "worst" score
The scores below are average responses.
Response rate: 95%
Reading list (Q2.1)
Course satisfied (Q2.4)