• Offered by State, Society & Governance in Melanesia
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Anthropology
This course explores the links between gender, violence, and development in Melanesia and the Pacific. We introduce and critically examine concepts of violence – especially those used by development practitioners – and their usefulness for the region.
Each week, we look at pressing development issues in the region such as poverty and economic empowerment, political participation and human rights, sorcery and religious beliefs, rapid cultural change, urban migration, and health challenges, and we ask about the relationship of violence and gender to these challenges. 
This course encourages students to ask questions such as, are development problems the source or the outcome of violence (or both)? How do men and women feature differently in violence and its effects? How are different groups and actors in the region trying to address violence and its effects? Our frames of reference for examining the links between gender, violence, and development include the state, the family, the village, and the urban neighbourhood in Melanesia and the Pacific.
We draw on the extensive academic and applied expertise of researchers in the ANU’s State, Society and Governance in Melanesia program. The course is meant for postgraduate students as well as practitioners interested in gender, development and violence in the region and beyond. 


Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify different concepts of violence and apply this knowledge to understand case studies from the region
  2. Identify and reflect on key concepts that link gender and violence, such as gender violence, and relate these to development issues and practices.
  3. Reflect on and communicate ways that development may shape or contribute to violence as well as how different actors are trying to change violence
  4. Demonstrate advanced skills in critical reading, thinking, writing, discussion and public presentation. 

Indicative Assessment

a)  Class Participation (10%) Based on overall student contributions to in-class and online discussions, particularly assessing their knowledge of the readings.  Each student will also be asked to lead at least one class discussion of the weekly readings. This satisfies Learning Outcomes (LO) 1, 2, 3,4.


b)  Literature Review (30%): Students are asked to select a theme or topic and provide a 1,500 word review of three key readings on that theme. These readings may be selected from the required readings or other literature in consultation with the lecturer. The literature review should be concise and accessible, and provide a critical analysis of the selected articles.  This assessment will be undertaken mid-way through the course and addresses Learning Outcomes 2 & 3.


c)  Case Study Paper and Class Presentation (60%): At the end of the course, students will write a 3,000 word essay that focuses on a thematic or policy issue related to the course that brings together the issues of gender and violence related to a development problem. They will be expected to review the relevant literature to critically analyse key arguments, and demonstrate their understanding of what sort(s) of violence are apparent, how gender plays into the problem, and assess if/how development practices or policies are contributing to the issue at hand. Students must consult with the course convenor before commencing the project. Assignments will be graded on the basis of analytical content, scholarly rigour, clarity of expression, and accessibility and persuasiveness of the class presentation.  This satisfies Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4.

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100 hours: 36 contact hours, 64 hours of library/online work.



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3216
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8411 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person N/A

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