• Offered by Resource Management in Asia Pacific
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Anthropology
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Development Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Joyce Wu
    • Prof Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
    See Future Offerings

The broad field of Gender and Development (GAD) has benefitted from recent contributions from both postcolonial feminist and development theories. Consequent to these enrichments, the way ‘gender is done’ in development has been significantly changed. This course is meant for students who are interested to build an advanced understanding of these cutting-edge theories and approaches and in getting equipped with the latest analytical and practical tools. It offers a critical analysis of the current scholarly debates on GAD, including the perspectives on gender and empowerment, and contemporary approaches to gender equity and mainstreaming. This is done through a balance of thought-provoking thematic and regional case studies from different cultural contexts as well as in key gender themes such as intersectionality that are relevant to the practitioners of development. The approach is critical, bottom-up, and inclusive. A key question that will be addressed throughout the course is that, despite the sophistication of scholarly understanding of gender and inequality, why it is still difficult to fully address gender issues in development projects and programs.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Course participants who satisfy all requirements of the courses will have the knowledge and skills:

  1. to   demonstrate a critical appreciation of almost all the major gender issues in   development;
  2. to   have a strong understanding of the concepts and approaches used by   development scholars and practitioners, linking them to gender and   development theory;
  3. be   familiar with the main gender concerns, be able to identify the gaps and use   the skills in formulating development projects from a gender perspective;
  4. to   describe and evaluate data from a gender perspective, and appraise a   development project or policy in terms of the likely gender impacts of it;   and
  5. to   reflect critically on their own experiences of gender and development in   light of the concepts and methods introduced in the course.

Other Information

Delivery Mode:


Semester 1

This course is provided through flexible delivery to both on campus and off campus students.



Indicative Assessment

Assessment Task

Word Count

Assessment Value

Learning outcome to be assessed

Literature Review



1 & 2, 5

Major essay



3 & 4, 5

In-Class Workshop and/or Online input in Discussion Forums


~100-150 words per post in online Discussion Forums (by off-campus students), and 1 class presentation in 1 workshop


1, 4 & 5

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


Students can expect to spend 10 hours per week on this course (inclusive of weekly 2.5 hour lecture/workshops)

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Resource Management in Asia Pacific to request a permission code to enrol in this course.



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2159 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

Responsible Officer: Registrar, Student Administration / Page Contact: Website Administrator / Frequently Asked Questions