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  • Objectives
    Students who complete the Masters of Development Studies (Gender and Development) will:• demonstrate a sound understanding of recent developments in feminist theory and the literature in gender and development;• understand the issues involved in debates about the relationships between gender and the development process;• develop an understanding of contemporary feminist debates about gender and development and the relationship of these debates to other areas of social enquiry;• know and be able to use some of the techniques employed in development planning.
  • Academic Title
    Master of Development Studies (Gender & Development)
  • Course description
    2 Year (200 Point) program:

    Duration: 2 years full-time / up to 4 years part-time.

    First 100 points

        * one compulsory subject (12.5 points)
        * one core subject (12.5 points)
        * elective subjects totalling 75 points

    Second 100 points

        * thesis 15,000 words (50 points)
        * two core subject (25 points)
        * two elective subjects (25 points)

    Total 200 points - subjects are 12.5 points each, unless indicated otherwise

    1.5 Year (150 Point) program:

    Duration: 1.5 years full-time / up to 3 years part-time.

        * thesis 15,000 words (50 points)
        * one compulsory subject (12.5 points)
        * at least two core subjects (25 points)
        * electives to total 150 points

    - refer to 200 point program for subjects

    Total 150 points - subjects are 12.5 points each, unless indicated otherwise.

    1 Year (100 Point) program:

    Duration: 1 years full-time / up to 2 years part-time.

    - refer to the second 100 points of the 200 point program above for structure and subjects

    Total 100 points - subjects are 12.5 points each, unless indicated otherwise.
         
    First 100 points
    Compulsory subject

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    131-432  Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective
    This subject surveys recent developments in feminist theory and feminist methodology within a cross-cultural context. It explores issues involved in present-day debates about feminist epistemology and knowledge, including debates surrounding the rela...     Semester 1     12.50

    Core Subjects


    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    121-545  Understanding Development
    This subject forms an introduction to the main past and current theories of development, involving the approaches of several social science disciplines. It also considers many of the major issues in development, including the environment, gender, hum...     Semester 1     12.50

    131-434  Reading Course
    This subject involves a study of theoretical, empirical or historiographical issues broadly related to the thesis topic and conducted through extensive reading, decided by the student in conjunction with the supervisor. The subject should enhance the...     Semester 1, Semester 2     12.50

    121-461  Gender Issues in Development
    This subject will focus on feminist engagements with development theory. Case studies will consider the place of women and men in rural social orders, the relationship between gender, the environment and ethnicity, the gendered dimensions of governan...     Semester 2     12.50

    Elective subjects
    Gender studies

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    131-434  Reading Course
    This subject involves a study of theoretical, empirical or historiographical issues broadly related to the thesis topic and conducted through extensive reading, decided by the student in conjunction with the supervisor. The subject should enhance the...     Semester 1, Semester 2     12.50

    Asia Institute

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    110-486  Researching Islam and Muslim Societies     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    110-499  Asian Health and Development     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    110-553  Human Rights in Southeast Asia
    This seminar will focus on human rights and its critics from a historical and comparative perspective. We will explore the factors that have given rise to radically different conception of rights and justice (i.e. political, economic, cultural, relig...     Semester 2     12.50

    English/Cultural Studies

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    106-428  Media, Politics and Cultural Diaspora     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    Political Science

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    166-416  Justice, Democracy and Difference
    This subject provides a critical examination of contemporary debates about ideas of justice, democracy and the politics of difference. The subject critically explores both the major liberal approaches to justice alongside critiques of liberal approac...     Semester 1     12.50

    166-498  Women in Global Politics
    This subject will examine feminist contributions to the theorising of international politics. It will consider the ways in which feminist theorists have 'gendered' international relations theory. The subject engages with the work of theoris...     Semester 1     12.50

    166-442  Rights and Public Policy
    This subject aims to assist students with the development of skills relevant in the policy-making process. This is carried out by familiarising students with legal and political developments within a variety of rights fields and by requiring them to ...     Semester 2     12.50

    School of Philosophy, Anthropology and Social Inquiry/Melbourne School of Land and Environment

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    121-408  Civil Society, NGOs and the State
    In the nearly two decades since the end of the Cold War, the world has witnessed a remarkable rejection of the big plans and projects that characterized the period of high-modernization that existed between the Bretton Woods pact of 1944 and the end ...     Semester 1     12.50

    121-436  The Geopolitics of Peace and Development     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    121-462  Health and Development
    This subject examines the relationship between health and political economic development in the world system, particularly in developing countries. It draws upon medical anthropology and health sociology in addressing issues such as the social origin...     Semester 1     12.50

    121-525  The Political Ecology of Development
    The subject provides postgraduate and honours students with a critical understanding of the institutions that regulate the interactions between society and the natural environment, using a political ecology perspective. The topics explored in this su...     Semester 1     12.50

    136-430  Theories of Modernity
    In this subject images of the "city", "progress", "the public" and "the nation" will be used to establish some of the features of modernity. The way modernity is understood will also be explored through various...     Semester 1     12.50

    121-545  Understanding Development
    This subject forms an introduction to the main past and current theories of development, involving the approaches of several social science disciplines. It also considers many of the major issues in development, including the environment, gender, hum...     Semester 1     12.50

    121-460  Field Methods for Development
    The subject will focus on ethnographic or qualitative methods, particularly as they apply to development work. It includes a discussion of varying notions of ethnographic or qualitative research, including the notion of praxis the merger of theory an...     Semester 2     12.50

    121-461  Gender Issues in Development
    This subject will focus on feminist engagements with development theory. Case studies will consider the place of women and men in rural social orders, the relationship between gender, the environment and ethnicity, the gendered dimensions of governan...     Semester 2     12.50

    136-528  Medicine and Culture
    Over the ages people have deployed various methods - metaphysical, magical or the pure empirical - to combat the ravages of disease. Bloodletting, cupping, leaching, doses of highly poisonous chemicals, blisters, copious draughts of mineral water, hy...     Semester 2     12.50

    136-431  Imagined Societies
    This subject critically engages with questions regarding the place of subjectivity in the constitution and organisation of social and political relations, at both the theoretical and empirical levels. It involves the study of political subjectivities...     Semester 2     12.50

    Key Centre for Women's Health

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    505-522  Women's Sexual & Reproductive Health
    This subject takes as a starting point a consideration of what constitutes sexual and reproductive health over the life course. It provides an overview of key sexual and reproductive health issues in a variety of geographic locations and considers t...     Semester 1     12.50

    505-523  Gender and Health: Critical Perspectives
    This subject examines the way Gender and Health, and particularly Women's Health have been examined within and across the disciplinary fields of Public Health, Biomedicine, Epidemiology, Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology. We will examine th...     Semester 1     12.50

    505-524  Research Methodology in Women's Health     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    505-525  Women and Global Health
    Developing and newly-industrialised countries experience wide variation in terms of history, politics, demographic transition, development and epidemiology. This subject situates women and their health in a dynamic context of development, globalizati...     Semester 2     12.50

    Second 100 points
    Thesis

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    131-520  Minor Thesis - Gender and Development
    Topics covered will include theories of development, feminist critiques of development theory, qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, statistical analysis, interviewing and survey techniques, environmental and social impact analysis, ge...     Semester 1, Semester 2     50

    Core subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    131-540  Reading Course
    This subject involves a supervised study of an area of scholarship chosen by the student in consultation with an appointed supervisor. A READING list will be agreed upon and discussed regularly during the semester as the READING proceeds. The subject...     Semester 1, Semester 2     12.50

    131-546  Gender, Globalisation and Development
    This subject examines the relationships between gender, globalisation and development in selected regions of Asia and the Pacific, drawing on the theoretical perspectives and insights of a number of social science and humanities disciplines. On compl...     Semester 1     12.50

    131-547  Rethinking Rights and Global Development
    This subject explores the theoretical and political issues surrounding ideas of rights and human rights, with special reference to the development process within the contemporary globalising order. It draws on recent critical, feminist and other (re)...     Semester 2     12.50

    Elective subjects:
    Gender studies

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    131-540  Reading Course
    This subject involves a supervised study of an area of scholarship chosen by the student in consultation with an appointed supervisor. A READING list will be agreed upon and discussed regularly during the semester as the READING proceeds. The subject...     Semester 1, Semester 2     12.50

    131-546  Gender, Globalisation and Development
    This subject examines the relationships between gender, globalisation and development in selected regions of Asia and the Pacific, drawing on the theoretical perspectives and insights of a number of social science and humanities disciplines. On compl...     Semester 1     12.50

    131-547  Rethinking Rights and Global Development
    This subject explores the theoretical and political issues surrounding ideas of rights and human rights, with special reference to the development process within the contemporary globalising order. It draws on recent critical, feminist and other (re)...     Semester 2     12.50

    Historical Studies

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    131-551  Gender: Representations and Histories
    What is gender and why does it matter? In this seminar we will explore how this concept emerged and the multiple meanings it has taken on in academic inquiry and everyday life. Representations of gender will be examined in both theoretical and histor...     Semester 1     12.50

    121-508  Project Management & Design
    An introduction to project management and design from an interdisciplinary and participatory perspective. The principal focus is the project cycle: identification, feasibility and design, appraisal, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. Part...     Semester 1     12.50

    Criminology

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    191-537  Genocide, State Crime and the Law     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    Asia Institute

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    110-553  Human Rights in Southeast Asia
    This seminar will focus on human rights and its critics from a historical and comparative perspective. We will explore the factors that have given rise to radically different conception of rights and justice (i.e. political, economic, cultural, relig...     Semester 2     12.50

    School of Philosophy, Anthropology and Social Inquiry/Melbourne School of Land and Environment

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    121-523  Internship in Development
    INTERNSHIP IN DEVELOPMENT IS A CORE SUBJECT (12.5 CREDIT POINTS) AVAILABLE TO POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS IN DEVELOPMENT, ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES AND VARIOUS COGNATE DISCIPLINES AND FIELDS OF STUDY. THE (LOCAL) INTERNSHIP SUBJECT AIMS TO PROVIDE STUDENTS WIT...     Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer     12.50

    121-544  International Internship
    INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIP IS AN ELECTIVE (25 CREDIT POINTS) SUBJECT AVAILABLE TO MASTERS LEVEL STUDENTS IN DEVELOPMENT, ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES AND VARIOUS COGNATE DISCIPLINES AND FIELDS OF STUDY. IT PROVIDES STUDENTS WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO GAIN EXPOSU...     Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer     25

    121-503  Research Methods and Design     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    121-508  Project Management & Design
    An introduction to project management and design from an interdisciplinary and participatory perspective. The principal focus is the project cycle: identification, feasibility and design, appraisal, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. Part...     Semester 1     12.50

    121-525  The Political Ecology of Development
    The subject provides postgraduate and honours students with a critical understanding of the institutions that regulate the interactions between society and the natural environment, using a political ecology perspective. The topics explored in this su...     Semester 1     12.50

    ENST00003  Environmental Impact Assessment
    This subject prepares students for environmental management roles by providing them with the principles of how human impacts on the environment might be detected and managed. The principles will be placed within the legal and social contexts of envir...     Semester 1     12.50

    121-529  Social Impact Assessment and Evaluation
    This subject develops the skills to understand and assess the social impacts of development. The different actors involved in shaping and implementing development projects and programmes (the state, international development agencies, non-government ...     Semester 2     12.50

    121-537  Heritage and Cultural Environments
    This subject provides students with advanced level analysis and interpretation of the range of issues associated with cultural resource management. The subject advances student knowledge of cross cultural issues as they relate to resource management ...     Semester 2     12.50

    136-528  Medicine and Culture
    Over the ages people have deployed various methods - metaphysical, magical or the pure empirical - to combat the ravages of disease. Bloodletting, cupping, leaching, doses of highly poisonous chemicals, blisters, copious draughts of mineral water, hy...     Semester 2     12.50

    Social Work

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    196-519  Issues in Women's Mental Health
    The focus of this subject is on exploring and understanding the clinical and social aspects of women´s mental health. Discussion will draw on theoretical perspectives and research findings from sociology, psychology and neuroscience, as w...     Semester 1     12.50

    Key Centre for Women's Health

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    505-522  Women's Sexual & Reproductive Health
    This subject takes as a starting point a consideration of what constitutes sexual and reproductive health over the life course. It provides an overview of key sexual and reproductive health issues in a variety of geographic locations and considers t...     Semester 1     12.50

    505-523  Gender and Health: Critical Perspectives
    This subject examines the way Gender and Health, and particularly Women's Health have been examined within and across the disciplinary fields of Public Health, Biomedicine, Epidemiology, Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology. We will examine th...     Semester 1     12.50

    505-524  Research Methodology in Women's Health     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    505-525  Women and Global Health
    Developing and newly-industrialised countries experience wide variation in terms of history, politics, demographic transition, development and epidemiology. This subject situates women and their health in a dynamic context of development, globalizati...     Semester 2     12.50

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