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Online course

Gender and Development

How does gender relate to international and community development? Find out with this online course.

Gender and Development

This course is part of the program Gender and Development, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a Development and Humanitarian Action degree. Find out more.

Explore the relationship between gender and international development

What does gender have to do with international development? Is ‘woman’ the centre point of gender and development? What is it that brings gender and development together?

These are some of the questions you will be asking and answering on this course. You’ll explore the gendered dimensions of contemporary international and community development and ultimately learn how and why gender is so important.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsHave you ever wondered what gender has to do with international development? Have you ever asked about the major global challenges for gender equity? Hello. I'm Maree Pardy. And I'm a lecturer in international and community development for Deakin University. I teach post-graduate students and I also research gender issues. And I'm now very excited to introduce you to this FutureLearn course. In this two-week course, we'll explore a range of theories that will help us to understand what gender is and how it works in the world. We'll analyse some of the moral and political challenges of gender inequity, reflect on the history of gender and development, and discover why gender is critical to understanding and engaging with development.

Skip to 0 minutes and 49 secondsThis course will attract not only those of you working in the development, humanitarian, and community sectors, but also those interested in gender, development, and global futures. Join me on this course of discovery.

What topics will you cover?

The key questions addressed in this online course about why gender matters in contemporary international and community development, include:

  • what does gender have to do with development?
  • is ‘woman’ the core of gender and development?
  • what brings gender and development together?

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Explore the concept of Gender and how it is now considered an integral part of development.
  • Evaluate the concept of Development – what does it mean, what is its history, have we arrived yet?
  • Investigate ways in which gender and development can contribute to positive change.
  • Assess the complex circumstances in which gender and development work occurs.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for those who have an interest in or are working in the humanitarian and community sectors.

Who will you learn with?

Maree Pardy

Dr Maree Pardy, is an anthropologist and lectures in Community and International Development. She researches and publishes in the areas of gender & cultural diversity, human rights and global change.

Who developed the course?

Deakin University is one of Australia’s largest universities with more than 58,000 students studying online and on-campus.

Advance your career with a degree

This course is the first step to a degree in Development and Humanitarian Action.

What's different about this course?

Since 2017 you have been able to take a degree on FutureLearn. This free course is a bit like a starter course for a degree — it should give you a flavour of the degree subject but can also be your first step towards a degree qualification.

If you enjoy this course you can apply to join the program it’s part of to start working towards a degree on FutureLearn.

Don’t worry, you can still take the course without doing a full degree!

How do degrees work on FutureLearn?

Do the free course
Join and complete the program
Get academic credit for an online degree from Deakin University

Which program and degree is this course part of?

This course is part of the program Gender and Development, which is part of the degree Development and Humanitarian Action.

Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate and transcript

You can buy a Certificate of Achievement for this course — a personalised certificate and transcript in both digital and printed formats, to prove what you’ve learnt. A Statement of Participation is also available for this course.

Certificate of Achievement + transcript $124.00

Statement of Participation $79.00

Get a taste of this course

Find out what this course is like by previewing some of the course steps before you join:

  • Chalkboard with 'Change the Story' written on it.
    Single stories

    Simplifying gender or development to a single narrative distorts our perceptions. Read Dr Maree Pardy and watch a video of Nigerian writer Adachie.

  • Female celebrity in gold sparkly dress signing autographs.
    So hot right now

    Watch videos of Madonna and Angelina Jolie speak up about Gender and Development. Read as educator Dr Maree Pardy examines celebratainment.

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