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  • Objectives
    The course aims to offer a structured program of study in the field of gender and development to students with little or no previous knowledge or academic training in either the principal subject area or in gender studies. The course will introduce students to a comprehensive set of topics dealing with the principal issues in the area of gender and development and will be multidisciplinary. The program aims to introduce students to the theoretical and empirical analysis of a wide range of issues and will focus on the development of skills relevant to the following educational aims: * to meet the requisite academic standards and skills for entry into the Master of Arts (Women's Studies); * to provide students with the basic skills and specialist knowledge which can be applied in the gender and development field or associated areas of employment and/or research. Learning outcomes Students successfully completing the course will be able to: * analyse and explain gender differences and disadvantages for women in national and international contexts; * identify, summarise and evaluate different approaches to understanding gender and development; * research a range of issues in gender and development; * improve or develop writing and other communication skills.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or 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.
  • Academic Title
    Graduate Diploma in Gender and Development
  • Course description
    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.

    Core topics

    WMST8001
        

    Introduction to Gender and Development
        

    6

    WMST8002
        

    Introduction to Feminist Issues
        

    6

    plus four* of the following elective topics:

    DVST8021
        

    The West and the Rest
        

    6

    DVST8023
        

    Development Problems Policies and Programs
        

    6

    DVST9043
        

    Gender Analysis
        

    6

    DVST9044
        

    Gender Mainstreaming
        

    6

    DVST9041
        

    Gender, Public Health and International Development
        

    6

    WMST7012
        

    Gender Rules: Sex, Gender and the Law
        

    6

    WMST7014
        

    Feminist Political Perspectives: The Challenges to Political Theory
        

    6

    WMST8041
        

    Indigenous Women's Voices: Negotiating Differences
        

    6

    WMST8042
        

    Gender Issues in Development Reading Topic
        

    6

    WMST8043
        

    Researching Women's Lives in a Post Colonial Context
        

    6

    WMST8044
        

    Gender and Politics in Latin America
        

    6

    WMST8045
        

    A Walk on the Wild Side: Gender and International Politics
        

    6

    WMST8046
        

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

    6

    WMST8047
        

    Gender Issues in Development Reading Topic (B)
        

    6

    WMST8048
        

    Women in World Religions
        

    6

    * 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.

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