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Graduate Certificate in Gender Mainstreaming Policy and Analysis

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  • Objectives
    The course is designed to prepare students for a variety of careers where specialised knowledge is required for the integration of gender considerations into policy making, project design and implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Gender mainstreaming is an international strategy to achieve gender equality in all aspects of society that has been gradually adopted since 1995 by many governments in developing and developed countries, including Australia. This course aims to provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of gender mainstreaming and gender analysis. As well, it provides the opportunity to focus on a specific policy area (such as public health or development) or employ this knowledge in their own workplace through an action research topic. The specialised skills the course offers in gender mainstreaming and gender analysis are applicable to both the Australian and the international context. Learning outcomes Graduates will be able to: * display a thorough understanding of the historical and contemporary debates on integrating gender into government policies and processes; * analyse gender inequality issues using appropriate analytical tools and frameworks; * discuss gender mainstreaming strategies within the context of feminist and/or development theories; * investigate how gender mainstreaming and gender analysis have been practiced by international and/or national government agencies and non-government organisations.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or an equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution. However, the Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature. Credit may be granted, on application, for comparable prior studies.
  • Academic Title
    Graduate Certificate in Gender Mainstreaming Policy and Analysis
  • Course description
     The Graduate Certificate in Gender Mainstreaming Policy and Analysis is an 18-unit program offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences on a fee-paying basis. It is normally completed in one semester full-time or three semesters part-time.

    The course articulates with the Master of Arts (International Development) and its constituent programs.

    Students who have successfully completed the course may apply for admission into the Graduate Diploma in International Development or the Master of Arts (International Development).

    The Graduate Certificate in Gender Mainstreaming Policy and Analysis is also offered by distance education with a limited range of optional topics. The topics available for distance education are indicated by an asterisk (*). A computer with internet access is required for study in distance mode.

    PROGRAM OF STUDY  [January, 2009]

    A student's program of study must be approved by the Program Approver.

    To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Gender Mainstreaming Policy and Analysis, a student must complete 18 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study below.

    Not all topics necessarily are available in a given year.

    Core topics

    Students must choose at least two of the following topics:


    Gender Analysis *



    Gender Mainstreaming *


    Plus one elective, selected from the following:


    Gender, Public Health and International Development *



    Practicum in International Development



    Program Evaluation



    Action Learning Project (Policy) *



    Action Learning Projects (Management) *



    Governance and Public Policy *



    Applied Evaluation Methods *



    Introduction to Gender and Development



    Engendering Justice, Rights and Representation: Gender, State and Citizenship



    Sisters in Law: Sex, Gender and the Law


    * Available in Distance Education mode.

    Please refer to the current timetable for specific details regarding the availability of elective topics.

    Except with permission of the Faculty Board:

        * no topic may be attempted more than twice;
        * a student may not include a topic which repeats work previously undertaken; and
        * the course must be completed within one semester full-time or three consecutive semesters part-time or, where credit has been granted for previous work, a period determined by the Board.

    The award of a grade of Fail (F) in the same topic on more than one occasion may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University's Policy on Student Progress.

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