• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Anthropology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2019
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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.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Class/Tutorial Participation (10) [LO 1,2]
  2. Literature Review (30) [LO 1,2]
  3. Major Essay (50) [LO 2,3]
  4. Reflective Journal (10) [LO 1,4]

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130 hours tota over the duration of the course with a combination of lectures, tutorials and in-class workshops and library/online work.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

Each week students will have two required readings and additional supplementary readings.

The interdisciplinary nature of the course requires the use of several books and articles rather than a specific text book, and an indicative list of readings is given below:

Agarwal, Bina (1991) Engendering the environment debate: Lessons from the Indian subcontinent, CASID Distinguished Speaker Series no. 8, Michigan State University.

Collaborative paper (2011) Gender and environment: critical tradition and new challenges, Environment and Planning D, Society & Space.

Cornwall, Andrea, Elizabeth Harrison and Ann Whitehead (2007) Gender myths and feminist fables: The struggle for interpretative power in gender and development, Development and Change, 38(1), 1-20.

Jackson, C. (1993) Doing what comes naturally? Women and environment in development, World Development 21(12), pp. 1947-63.

Leach, Melissa (2007) Earth Mother myths and other ecofeminist fables: How a strategic notion rose and fell, Development and Change, 38(1) 67-85.

Shiva, Vandana (1988) Staying Alive: Women, Ecology and Development, London: Zed Books, pp. 14-37; 38-54.

Zwarteveen, M.Z (1995) Linking women to the main canal: Gender and irrigation management, Gatekeeper Series 54, IIED.

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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
2019 $3360
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6709 19 Jul 2019 26 Jul 2019 02 Aug 2019 30 Sep 2019 In Person View
6795 19 Jul 2019 26 Jul 2019 02 Aug 2019 30 Sep 2019 Online View

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