This course allows professionals from a range of backgrounds to gain formal qualifications in an area that directly or indirectly impacts upon their work or research. Students need no previous knowledge or academic training in gender studies, simply an interest in better understanding the key issues of gender and development, whether they be global or specific to a region.
This is a structured, multidisciplinary program combining conventional women's studies with politics, sociology and broader issues of development and the rights of people in society. It introduces students to the theoretical and empirical analysis of a wide range of issues and focuses on the development of flexible skills suited to a variety of situations and contexts.
The course opens up a range of opportunities in the areas of development studies, international relations and politics and also can be used as a pathway to further studies such as the Master of Arts (Women's Studies) or the Master of Arts (Development Studies).
PROGRAM OF STUDY [November, 2008]
To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Gender and Development, a student must complete 36 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study.
Introduction to Gender and Development
Introduction to Feminist Issues
plus four* of the following elective topics:
The West and the Rest
Development Problems Policies and Programs
Gender, Public Health and International Development
Gender Rules: Sex, Gender and the Law
Feminist Political Perspectives: The Challenges to Political Theory
Indigenous Women's Voices: Negotiating Differences
Gender Issues in Development Reading Topic
Researching Women's Lives in a Post Colonial Context
Gender and Politics in Latin America
A Walk on the Wild Side: Gender and International Politics
Engendering Justice, Rights and Representation: Gender, State and Citizenship
Gender Issues in Development Reading Topic (B)
Women in World Religions
* Not all topics may be offered in any one year. Students should consult with the program adviser to find out which topics are available in the year of their enrolment.
Except with permission of the Faculty Board:
* the program must be completed full-time within two consecutive semesters or part-time within six consecutive semesters;
* no topic may be attempted more than twice.
The award of a grade of Fail (F) in 12 or more units may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University's Policy on Student Progress.