• 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 2022
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This course is available for in-person and remote (online) learning.

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 in learning the analytical tools of GAD practice. It trains students to use analytical skills and approaches to mainstreaming 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 feminist 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. Develop a deep understanding of the concepts and approaches used by development scholars and practitioners, linking them to gender and development theory;
  3. Identify the main challenges and gaps related to gender, and formulate development projects from a gender perspective;
  4. Appraise a development project or policy in terms of the likely gender impacts;
  5. Reflect critically on their own experiences of gender and development in light of the concepts and methods introduced in the course.

Other Information



Indicative Assessment

  1. Online group wiki – evaluating gender inclusion in a development project (1000wds) (30) [LO 1,2,5]
  2. Class presentation of final essay (10) [LO 1,4,5]
  3. Final Essay Project (3,000 words) (50) [LO 3,4,5]
  4. Deep engagement with the course through regular class participation (10) [LO 1,4,5]

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A standard workload for a 6 unit course is 130 hours including class time and independent study.

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

Readings will be provided on the Wattle course site.

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.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $5700
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
On Campus
7202 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person View
7203 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 Online View

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