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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

PIED5255M Gender, Globalisation and Development

30 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Dr Lisa Thorley

Taught: 1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr), Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module is intended to broaden students' understanding of how gender relations impact on the development process at both policy and practice level. It will consider the different approaches that have characterised the integration of gender issues into international development, and will assess the extent to which government agencies and NGOs are 'gender aware'. The course is designed to provide maximum student input and skills learning. This is an interactive model, where students will benefit from a high level of engagement and the practice of transferable communication skills.


On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

1 Display an advanced knowledge of the integral nature of gender to development thought, analysis, planning and practice; to relate gender and international development thinking to processes of globalisation; and appreciate the field’s multidisciplinary nature;
2 Critically appraise some of the widespread ‘common sense’ understandings and misunderstandings informing the social construction of gender, and the tensions and misinformation that result from these
3 To reflect critically on a wide range of contemporary debates and issues in gender and international development
4 Demonstrate skills in oral presentation and discussion, critical reading and reflective and analytical writing, and therefore the ability to contribute to debates concerning gender and international development
5 Produce an original piece of written work that reflects the insights gained by a gender and development perspective to current issues and processes that have emerged with globalisation.


The module will explore and apply gender analysis to a number of contemporary global challenges related to development, and how these gender relations and dynamics result in and arise from social, economic, and political change. The issues we will discuss focus on, but are not exclusively relevant to, developing country contexts. These may include, but are not limited to:

- The gendered impact of economic policy and crisis
- Gendering work and the household
- Gender, industrialisation and employment
- Gender, reproductive rights, and population sex ratios
- Men and masculinities
- Gender and violence and conflict
- Women’s movement(s), feminism(s) and activism
- Gender and religion

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours256.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)278.00

Private study

Students will be required to prepare for discussions in seminars through extensive reading of sources listed on the module reading list. In addition to this, students should spend time preparing for their assessments which should include finding and using sources not listed on their reading list.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Formal and informal seminar contribution
- Feedback on short mid-term assignment.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Critique1 x 2,000 Mid Term Essay35.00
Essay1 x 4000 End of Term essay65.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 11:55:12


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