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Unit information: Gender and Development in 2022/23

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Unit name Gender and Development
Unit code POLIM2032
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Egle Cesnulyte
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law


The unit will introduce issues, theories and debates concerning the area of gender and development. Engaging with various academic literature and theoretical perspectives, it will explore how different social, economic and political developments interweave together to affect the lives of women and men in different areas of the Global South.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit the student should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate current theoretical perspectives in the field of gender and development.
  • Gain an understanding of how contemporary economic and social processes shape the contemporary world; understand how gender is theorised, understood and incorporated into development practice.
  • Evaluate research methodologies and develop critiques of them.

Teaching details

The unit will be taught through blended learning methods, including a mix of synchronous and asynchronous teaching activities

Assessment Details

Formative assessment: an oral presentation supported by a handout Summative assessment: a 4000 word essay

A full statement of the relationship between the programme outcomes and types/methods of assessment is contained in accompanying Programme Specifications and section B7 of the Major Change to Current Programme forms for the programmes of which this unit is a part. The assessment for each unit is designed to fit within and contribute to that approach in terms of intellectual development across each of the two teaching blocks, and in relation to knowledge and understanding, intellectual skills and attributes, and transferable skills.


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