• Class Number 7370
  • Term Code 3160
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 12 units
  • Topic On-Campus
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Prof Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt
    • Prof Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 26/07/2021
  • Class End Date 29/10/2021
  • Census Date 14/09/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
SELT Survey Results

This course is for students who wish to build a deeper 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 thought-provoking regional and sectoral case studies from different cultural contexts including South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Pacific, and indigenous societies; as well as in key themes such as empowerment, water, and mining. The approach is critical, bottom-up, 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. The course will therefore benefit students who intend to go for higher academic research, those who want to work as development practitioners and those who want to acquire an in-depth understanding of the field.

Learning Outcomes

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


Students who satisfy the requirements of this course will have the knowledge and skills:

  • to demonstrate a critical appreciation of the almost all the major gender issues in development;
  • to have a strong understanding of the concepts and approaches used by development scholars and practitioners, linking them to gender and development theory;
  • be familiar with the to main gender concerns, be able to identify the gaps and use the skills in formulating development projects from a gender perspective;
  • to 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

to 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 whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

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 29 Course Introduction Online Workshop 1 on Gender and Migration July 29 - August 14
2 Week 2: August 05 Introducing Patriarchy and other key concepts
3 Week 3: August 12 Theories of GAD
4 Week 4: August 19 Tools of Gender Mainstreaming Online Workshop 2 on Microfinance and Empowerment August 17 - September 04
5 Week 5: August 26 Gender & Social Protection
6 Week 6: September 02 Gender or Women (in Development)?
7 Week 7: September 23 Gender Analytical Tools and Frameworks Online workshop 3 on Gender and Conflict September 21 October 09
8 Week 8: September 30 Gender in Social Impact Assessment
9 Week 9: October 07 Integrating Intersectionality in GAD Online workshop 4 on SDG October 12 - October 30
10 Week 10: October 14 Men and Masculinities in Development
11 Week 11: October 21 In the Field: Doing GAD
12 Week12: Course Wrap Up Student Presentation

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Online group wiki – Evaluating gender inclusion in a social protection project 20 % 20/09/2021 30/09/2021 1,3,4
Presentation of final essay 10 % 26/10/2021 28/10/2021 1,5
Final Essay 40 % 31/10/2021 17/11/2021 1,2,3
General Class Participation/Online Discussion Forums for off-campus course participants 15 % 31/10/2021 17/11/2021 1,5
Online Workshops 15 % 31/10/2021 17/11/2021 1,3,4

* 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 Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

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: 20 %
Due Date: 20/09/2021
Return of Assessment: 30/09/2021
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 15%, 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: 26/10/2021
Return of Assessment: 28/10/2021
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: 40 %
Due Date: 31/10/2021
Return of Assessment: 17/11/2021
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.

Marking Rubrics are available on Wattle.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 31/10/2021
Return of Assessment: 17/11/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,5

General Class Participation/Online Discussion Forums for off-campus course participants

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 300 words, on the questions pertaining to each week’s readings. If you are away from the campus, such posts on a regular basis are important for you.

When you are attending the Zoom sessions for the discuss forums, please post two questions related to the readings. Such posts are not obligatory. If, during the course of the semester, you relocate or are unable to attend the Zoom sessions for any other reason, please remember that you must post on the Discussion Forums.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 31/10/2021
Return of Assessment: 17/11/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,4

Online Workshops

The course site in Wattle hosts four Online Workshops for ANTH 8039 course participants on specific themes during the course. Participation in these Workshops is mandatory for all ANTH 8039 students, irrespective of their location. They are part of your assessment.

Each of these Online Workshops will run for about 2 to 3 weeks during which each student is required to: read the material supplied, reflect on them, write a short note of around 200 words and post it under the specific Workshop location on Wattle. You are also required to post a brief comment on someone else’s posting. Finally, at the end of each workshop, you will write a short summary (not more than 100 words) of your readings on others’ posts and comments, and post it to the specific Workshop.

These three pieces of writing on each of the four Online Workshops will be collectively assessed for ANTH 8039 course participants.

Online Workshop 1

Online Workshop 2

Online Workshop 3

Online Workshop 4

Marking Rubrics are available on Wattle.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to 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 be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, 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 Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

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

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission permitted. 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. Extensions may be granted 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

Global leader in critical feminist approaches to development

Prof Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt

Wednesday 18:00 18:30
Wednesday 12:00 13:30
Prof Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt
02 6125 4343

Research Interests

Prof Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt

Wednesday 18:00 18:30
Wednesday 12:00 13:30

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