• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Anthropology
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Non Language Asian Studies, Development Studies, Gender Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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All activities that form part of this course will be delivered remotely in Sem 2 2020.

This course is meant for students who are interested in developing an advanced understanding of the elements of the scholarly debates and theories in Gender and Development (GAD), as well as the analytical tools of GAD practice. It trains students to use analytical skills and approaches to mainstream gender in development 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 the course addresses throughout 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. demonstrate an understanding of 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.

Other Information

Delivery Mode:


Semester 2 (Mid/late July through to late October)

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



Indicative Assessment

  1. Online group wiki (15) [LO 1,2,5]
  2. Final Essay Project (4000 words) (60) [LO 3,4,5]
  3. Regular Class Participation and/or Online input in Discussion Forums (15) [LO 1,4,5]
  4. Presentation of Final essay (10) [LO 1,4,5]

In response to COVID-19: Please note that Semester 2 Class Summary information (available under the classes tab) is as up to date as possible. Changes to Class Summaries not captured by this publication will be available to enrolled students via Wattle. 

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

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have successfully completed or currently enrolled in ANTH8039.

Prescribed Texts

Required & supplementary readings. Exact readings vary as they are updated on an annual basis.

Preliminary Reading

Cornwall, Andrea, and Althea-Maria Rivas. 2015. "From 'gender equality and 'women's empowerment' to global justice: reclaiming a transformative agenda for gender and development." Third World Quarterly 36 (2):396-415.

England, Paula. 2010. "The gender revolution: Uneven and stalled." Gender & society 24 (2):149-166.

Eerdewijk, Anouka, and Tine Davids. 2014. "Escaping the mythical beast: gender mainstreaming reconceptualised." Journal of International Development 26 (3):303-316.

Okali, Christine. 2012. Gender analysis: engaging with rural development and agricultural policy processes. In Working Paper 026: Future Agricultures.

Staronova, Katarina, Eva Hejzlarova, and Kristýna Hondlíková. 2017. "Making Regulatory Impact Assessment Gender Sensitive: The Case of the Czech Republic and Slovakia." Transylvanian Review of Administrative Sciences (51):89-105. doi: 10.24193/tras.51E.6.

Hesse-Biber, Sharlene Nagy, and Deborah Piatelli. 2012. The Synergistic Practice of Theory and Method. In Handbook of Feminist Research: Theory and Praxis, edited by Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber. California: SAGE Publications, Inc.

Bilge, Sirma. 2010. "Recent feminist outlooks on intersectionality." Diogenes 57 (1):58-72.

Gunnarsson, Lena. 2011. "A defence of the category ‘women’." Feminist Theory 12 (1):23-37. 

Covarrubias, Katia, Benjamin Davis, and Paul Winters. 2012. "From protection to production: productive impacts of the Malawi Social Cash Transfer scheme." Journal of Development Effectiveness 4 (1):50-77.

Jewkes, Rachel, Michael Flood, and James Lang. 2015. "From work with men and boys to changes of social norms and reduction of inequities in gender relations: a conceptual shift in prevention of violence against women and girls." The Lancet 385 (9977):1580-1589.



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
2020 $3570
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
In Person
9473 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person View
9736 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 Online N/A

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