• Class Number 6709
  • Term Code 2950
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Prof Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt
    • Prof Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 19/07/2019
  • Class End Date 30/09/2019
  • Census Date 02/08/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 26/07/2019
SELT Survey Results

This interdisciplinary course is meant for both women and men, who are currently working (or intending to do so) on environmental sustainability, resource management, rural development and related issues in a participatory manner in developing countries. It trains students how to apply gender analytical tools in natural resource management and development projects, in environmental change, food and water supplies, and sustainable development. The course is meant for, besides students planning to opt for higher academic pursuits such as research, those who want to work as development practitioners and those who want to acquire an in-depth understanding of the critical issues before working in the field.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate a critical appreciation of major gender issues in environmental and resource management in a development context;
  2. apply the concepts and approaches used by scholars and practitioners in linking gender and environmental issues in developmental contexts;
  3. analyse and formulate environmental management projects from a gender perspective, and appraise such a project or policy in terms of its likely gender impacts; and
  4. reflect critically on and discuss own learning as it relates to the concepts and methods introduced in the course.

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, Module 1 - 26/07/2019: Intorductions: Introducing theory: Linking GAD theory to NRM Lecture - Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt Class Activity: Introducing gender, gender roles & relations
2 Week 1, Module 2 - 26/07/2019: Theory 1: Social Inclusion and Participation in the Development Process Recorded Lectures: Dr Patrick Kilby & Sally Moyle, CEO, CARE, Australia Class Activity: Brainstorming on inclusion & participation
3 Week 2, Module 3 - 02/08/2019: Theory 2: Ecofeminism and Feminist Political Ecology Lecture - Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt Class Activity: FPE in action
4 Week 2, Module 4 - 02/08/2019: Theory 3: Women and Rights: Access to Resources Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt Recorded Guest Lecture: Dr Rebecca Monson Class Activity: Access & Control Profile
5 Week 3, Module 5 - 09/08/2019: Theme 1: Migration, the Changing Nature of Households & Gendered Livelihoods Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt Recorded Guest Lecture: Professor Tamara Jacka Class Actiuvity: Researching women's migration data
6 Week 3, Module 6 - 09/08/2019: Theme 2: Climate Change: Is there a connection with gender? Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt Guest Lecture: Dr Siobhan Mcdonnel - Gender & climate change in the Pacific Islands Class Activity: Disasters & gender
7 Assessment Task 1: Podcast on gender, resources and the environment -submission by Sunday August 11, 2019 (11:55 pm)
8 Week 4, Module 7 - 16/08/2019: Theme 3: Food: How is Gender Related to Food Security? Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt Class Activity: Researching WEIA Index
9 Week 4, Module 8 - 16/08/2019: Theme 4: Water and Gender: Managing Irrigation and Water Supplies for the Invisible Farmer? Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt Class Activity: Integrating gender in the project cycle
10 Week 5, Module 9 - 23/08/2019: Theme 5: Gender and fisheries: Gender mainstreaming and gender roles in fisheries Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt Class Activity: Gender mainstreaming tools
11 Week 5, Module 10 - 23/08/2019: Application: Gender in Community-Based Natural Resource Management Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt Guest Lecture: Dr Rebecca Colvin - Use of participatory methods in CBNRM Discussion on final essays
12 Week 6, Module 11 - 30/08/2019: Application: Methodologies and Approaches Available to Consider Gender in Studying the Environment Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt Guest lecture: Dr Sandra Potter - the use of GIS in studying gender in natural resource management.
13 Week 6, Module 12 - 30/08/2019: Course Wrap Up & Assignment 3; Student Presentations of Major Essays Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt Assessment Task 2: Student Presentations of Final Essays
14 Assessment Task 3: Reflective Journal submission date September 28 (11:55pm) Assessment Taks 4: Final essay submission date October 06 (11:55pm) All online Wattle posts end on September 1st

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Podcast 10 % 11/08/2019 16/08/2019 1,2
Final Essay Presentation 10 % 30/08/2019 04/09/2019 1,2
Reflective Journal (not more than 2,000 words, including references, if any) 20 % 28/09/2019 28/11/2019 1,4
Final Essay Writing Project (not more than 4,000 words, including references) 50 % 06/10/2019 28/11/2019 2,3
General Class Participation 10 % 30/08/2019 28/11/2019 2,3,4

* 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: 10 %
Due Date: 11/08/2019
Return of Assessment: 16/08/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2


The Podcast will be a short, no longer than 5-6 minute video recording of your thoughts on ‘Why gender is critically important in considering resource and environmental management. Instructions on how to record a video will be posted on Wattle.

Purpose of the assignment is to demonstrate the student’s capacity to engage with the literature of development practice and relevant institutions in terms of comprehension, analysis, engagement with the core arguments of the course, and to communicate clearly in writing in an academic style.

The suggested approach is to read the papers in the first few modules, note down their arguments, critically reflect on them, and write a note of about 800 words. To start with, introduce the argument you are making, which papers you are addressing, note if they have different points of views, give examples from the course readings, and finally, from your own experience and point of view make a powerful conclusion showing how useful the course might be in gaining an insight into the topic.

Check Wattle for marking rubrics

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 30/08/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/09/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

Final Essay Presentation

Five minute presentation of their essays is a course requirement for all students.

The course ends with brief presentations or podcasts by students on their Final Essays. Off-campus students must upload their presentations on Wattle. This is a course requirement for all students in the course irrespective of their presence in the campus. You will need to present an outline of the main findings/arguments of your essay to your peers and be prepared to receive their constructive comments. You should prepare a brief (NOT MORE THAN 5-6 SLIDES) PowerPoint presentation (or a 5-6 minute podcast) on the reading. If you are a regular student, 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 5-6 minutes under any circumstance. Use your critical thinking to build the argument, and imagination to present the content creatively. Presentations should be clear, well organised and professional. This will be considered in the overall assessment.

All in-campus students are expected to present briefly (speak, use notes, show video or ppt slides). They are expected to ask short questions to others, in order to initiate a productive intellectual dialogue.

We expect you to stay within time. Tips for presentation: a general rule of thumb is that a speaker can fit 100 words per minute of time allotted and 1 slide may take up at least 2 minutes. Try NOT to use wordy slides. Use neither excessively prominent/huge fonts nor too small fonts; for general text, the font size should in no case be below 24.

All off-campus students are expected to upload their brief notes or the PowerPoint slides/podcasts on Wattle. Please check the version of Microsoft (or Mac) PowerPoint you have in your computer; these days many offer the ability to record your voice. If you are developing a short note, I will also appreciate receiving audio files.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 28/09/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,4

Reflective Journal (not more than 2,000 words, including references, if any)

The reflective journal will note your learnings – from the readings, from the discussions & the lectures - on each module, & will be worth 20% of your overall grade for this course. It is due after the lectures have ended, but perhaps a good idea is to make notes in a journal regularly as we move through each of the modules in the course to reduce your burden of writing.

The journal is also described in other courses as a ‘reflection paper’. Your reflective journal will address the question: ‘What are my key learnings from this module?’ You are welcome to write in first person singular number, and ground your answer – for each week – on the combination of readings, lectures, guest lectures and discussions that you have been exposed to in each module.

The purpose of this exercise is to ensure that you have understood the content of each module. It is also meant to ensure that you have engaged with the prescribed readings for each of the modules, and have been able to reflect on them. Your reflective journal will be about 2000 words in length, including references, if any. However, please ensure that the references do not exceed 20-25% of the world length. Lectures should not be cited in the reference list.

Post your reflective journal on Wattle in the allocated submission box in time.

Due: 28th September, 11:55pm

Assessment Task 4

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 06/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2,3

Final Essay Writing Project (not more than 4,000 words, including references)

(NOT MORE THAN 4,000 words including references)

A set of essay questions are available on Wattle to choose from. Alternatively, the major essay 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, the essay must be more than a project description, but to provide critical analysis and evaluation of how the particular project objectives may or may not lead to equitable results in terms of gender, environment/resource management.

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.

As well as the essay, you are expected to submit a short Powerpoint presentation which outlines the main findings/arguments of the study. Presentations should be clear, well organised and professional. This will be considered in the overall assessment.

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 us for advice.

Due: 6th October, 11:55pm

Assessment Task 5

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 30/08/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4

General Class Participation

Class participation is expected and typically involves:

In-campus students: Actively discussing the relevant topic and readings in class and respond to other students’ comments, and

Off-campus students: Writing two short and succinct notes for posting in online Discussion Forums (approx. 150 words) on the discussion question/topic for the week, or participating in the class through Zoom video conference. Zoom instructions will be sent to online students at the later stage. If you choose to not participate through Zoom video conference, then please note that two postings per forum is minimum, and please refer to the marking rubric.

The course site in Wattle 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 of around post short notes, not longer than 100 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 are important for course participants who (or when they) 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.

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.

Students are assessed on the quality of their inputs and their overall engagement with the topics.

They are also expected to maintain overall civility and academic manner in conversations/posts.

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).
Prof Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt

Research Interests

Gender in Natural Resource Management, with particular focus on water, agriculture, fishing, extractives and food sectors, and on climate change & gender

Prof Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt

Prof Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt
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Research Interests

Prof Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt


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