20.9. – 25.10.2016

Gender and Development

Gender and Development
Course Dates: 20.09.2016 - 25.10.2016
Registration Dates: 10.08.2016 - 07.09.2016
Coordinating University: University of Helsinki
Coordinator: Elina Oinas, elina.oinas[at]helsinki.fi
Credits: 5 ECTS
Course Level: General

Course Summary:
The course content offers an outline of debates about gender and gender equality in social sciences and Development Studies. The historical shifts from Women and/in Development to Gender and Development will be studied. Major theoretical perspectives within Gender Studies and postcolonial feminist theory are made familiar through a study of texts. One thematic field (health, poverty, education, democracy) will be studied more thoroughly by each student through a case study project.

  • the ability to critically analyze the meaning of gender in the different lines of development thinking and in development co-operation practices.
  • understand and identify differences between various theories on gender, as well as diversities in gender systems in different contexts. 
Learning Methods:
Reading, video lectures, on-line discussions in teams, case study. Please make sure you can participate (on-line) throughout the entire period: the course requires continuous work throughout the 9 weeks, all weeks are equally demanding, and absences longer than one week cause problems for the team you work in.

Study Materials:
  • Texts, www-materials – access to internet essential
Grade 0-5. All phases of the course are assessed through self-, peer- and teacher evaluations.  The final mark will consist of an evaluation of group discussions, where texts are discussed (50%), and a final group work assignment, the case study (50%).

Additional Information: 
The course is designed for BA students with a background in Development Studies, Gender Studies or Social Sciences. The preferred level is roughly second year BA students, but depending on your interests and needs, even PhD students are welcome.

A maximum of 40 students will be admitted to the course. The students will be admitted on a first come, first served-basis.

Photo credit Asian Development Bank 2011 on Flickr.

Registration for this course is closed.