• Class Number 9948
  • Term Code 2960
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • Prof Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt
    • Prof Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/07/2019
  • Class End Date 25/10/2019
  • Census Date 31/08/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2019
SELT Survey Results

This course is meant for students who are interested in developing an advanced understanding of the elements of the scholarly debates and analytical tools of Gender and Development, including the theories around gender and empowerment, and contemporary approaches to gender equity and mainstreaming. This is done through a balance of feminist theories and gender analytical frameworks that are relevant to the practitioners of development. The approach is critical, hands-on, and inclusive. A key question that will be addressed through 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:

  1. demonstrate a critical appreciation of almost all the major gender issues in development;
  2. have an 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. 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. reflect critically on their own experiences of gender and development in light of the concepts and methods introduced in the course.

Required Resources

Required Readings are available on Wattle.

Supplementary readings are available on Wattle.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Week 1: July 24 Icebreaker: Self-Introduction by course participants Course Introduction & Key Concepts Class Tutorial – Understanding Gender and Gender Roles.
2 Week 2: July 31 Theories of Gender and Development Class Tutorial: Understanding Practical and Strategic Gender Needs
3 Week 3: August 7 Tools of Gender Mainstreaming Class Tutorial: Exploring different gender mainstreaming tools (group work)
4 Week 4: August 14 Gender Analytical Tools and Frameworks Class Tutorial: Gender Analysis of a Development Project (group work)
5 Week 5: August 21 Gender in Social Impact Assessment Class Tutorial: TBA
6 Week 6: August 28 In the Field: ‘Doing’ Gender and Development Class Tutorial: TBA
7 Mid-Semester Break (includes preparatory time for wiki) - September 02-15:
8 Week 7: September 18 No Class Online group exercise (Wiki) begins on September 02, 2019 Wiki – Evaluating gender inclusion in a social protection project. Online group exercise ends on September 18 (11:55 pm)
9 Week 8: September 25 Integrating Intersectionality in Gender and Development Class Tutorial: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches
10 Week 9: October 02 Gender or Women (in Development)? Guest Lecture: Dr Miranda Forsyth Class Tutorial: TBA
11 Week 10: October 09 Gender and Social Protection Class Tutorial: Women’s Access to Financial Services
12 Week 11: October 16 Men and Masculinities in Development Consultation on Final Essay topics: what is expected, what to write and how
13 Week 12: October 23 Course Wrap Up & Thanks Presentation of Final Essays Student Feedback Presentation of Final Essays Sunday October 27, 11:55pm –Submission: Major Essay

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Online group wiki – Evaluating gender inclusion in a social protection project 15 % 18/09/2019 02/10/2019 1, 3, 4
Presentation of final essay 10 % 23/10/2019 06/11/2019 1, 5
Final essay 60 % 27/10/2019 28/11/2019 1, 2, 3
Regular participation in the class, in class discussions/activities (and/or Online input in Discussion Forums for Off-campus students) 15 % 27/10/2019 28/11/2019 1, 5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using 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. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 18/09/2019
Return of Assessment: 02/10/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4

Online group wiki – Evaluating gender inclusion in a social protection project

The online wiki will run during week 6-7 (including mid-semester break). This will be a collaborative group work. Students will be divided into groups of 4 or 5. The groups will be allocated with an existing social protection project and will be provided with the project document (and other resources if available). The group members will work as a group of Gender Specialists working for the respective organisation/agency to evaluate the project with a gender lens and collaboratively develop a short evaluation report of 1000 words. 

The evaluation report should address the question: How was gender addressed in the project? What could have been done better in order to address gender more meaningfully?

While developing the wiki, consult the course lectures and readings.

In order to facilitate discussions within the group, there will be an online discussion forum for each group where group members can discuss the issues, resources, logistics (who does what in the wiki), and so on.

The wiki part will hold 5% and this part will reflect a group mark. The discussion part will reflect the participation marks and will hold 10%, which will be an individual mark, depending on the efforts you put into research, critical reflection on collected material and supporting others.

Marking Rubrics are available on Wattle.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 23/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 06/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 5

Presentation of final essay

On the last day of the course, there will be a presentation of an outline of the main arguments of your Final Essay. These presentations should be well-timed, short and to-the-point, clear, well organised and professional. Both On- and Off-campus students should upload their presentations on Wattle as this is part of the overall grade.

This assignment is meant to start developing your essay, to encourage you to engage with others, to enhance your communication skills and to assist you in clearly articulating your analysis. You will need to read the readings, reflect on one or more aspects of the content/argument that you wish to present in your Final Essay, and build a core argument (in favour or against or about the theme under discussion).

You should prepare for the session either a short (NOT MORE THAN 250 WORDS), analytical or reaction note, or a short (NOT MORE THAN 5-6 MINUTES) podcast, or a very brief (NOT MORE THAN 5 SLIDES) PowerPoint presentation on the reading. You are expected to present it in the class, and be prepared to discuss with others in the class in a workshop mode. No individual gets more than 5 minutes under any circumstance. Use your critical thinking to build your argument, and imagination to present the content creatively.

Marking Rubrics are available on Wattle.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 60 %
Due Date: 27/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Final essay

The Final Essay (up to 4,000 words)may comprise of a specific theme/topic that the student wishes to pursue or may include an analysis of the social and gender contexts of a development project. In case of the latter, more than the project description, critical analysis and evaluation of how the particular project objectives may or may not lead to equitable results in terms of gender must form the core material. 

Generally, the essay includes:

A review of relevant literature setting out the key gender issues being dealt with. 

The case study itself (this can be taken from secondary literature, primary literature such as existing development projects, or from the students own work/experience. Suitable development projects or activities to review may be found on bilateral donor websites and multilateral donor websites such as the World Bank.

Critical analysis or evaluation with implications for gender policy and/or practice.

You will submit the write-up on Wattle via Turnitin.

All the topics should be discussed with the course lecturer or the tutor beforehand.

It is possible for students to undertake their own primary research but this is complex and university ethics clearance will usually be required (with average ethics clearance rate of two months). You will need to start planning at a very early stage if you choose to do this, and consult with Kuntala for advice.

Please note the essay word count includes the Bibliography.

Due Sunday October 27, 11:55pm

Marking Rubrics are available on Wattle.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 27/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 5

Regular participation in the class, in class discussions/activities (and/or Online input in Discussion Forums for Off-campus students)

Class participation is expected and typically involves discussing the relevant topic and readings in class and if you are an off-campus student then making short online inputs (not more than 200 words) on the discussion topic for the week. Presentation in the in-class workshop is part of this assessment.

The course site in Wattle also hosts an Online Discussion Forum divided into the themes of different weeks. Participation in these Discussion Forums is mandatory for all off-campus course participants. They are a part of your assessment.

Each of these weekly Discussion Forums will focus on the week’s discussion points or questions based on that week’s readings. You are required to read the reading material supplied, reflect on them, write a short note, no longer than 200 words, on the questions pertaining to each week’s readings. I expect you to take part in these Discussion Forums on a regular basis during the course. Such posts on a regular basis are important for course participants who are away from the campus.

In-campus course participants generally use the discuss forums in the class, but are welcome to post short notes or information related to the readings, if they wish to. Such posts are not obligatory. However, if, during the course of the semester, you relocate or change your residence status, and there are variations in your attendance, or you are unable to attend a class for a specific reason, please remember that you are, even for a week, an off-campus student. Therefore, you MUST follow the relevant requirements post on the Online Discussion Forum if you were not present in the class.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

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.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
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Global leader in critical feminist approaches to development

Prof Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt

Prof Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt
6125 4343

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Prof Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt

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