Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsMAREE PARDY: Hi I'm Maree Pardy, and I'll be leading you through this open course, Gender and Development, in which we're going to ask a series of questions, consider some interesting provocations, and also explore case studies. We'll consider gender and development as separate categories, each having their own interesting and dynamic histories. Gender and Developement also affect each other in complex ways. And we've come a long way in understanding how these two are linked. To begin, you might want to consider how in the last two decades, for example, there've been many new commitments throughout the world to gender justice in development.

Skip to 0 minutes and 45 secondsSustainable development goals that commit all nations to work towards the end of gender inequality by the year 2030, might be one of those things you consider. Also, celebrities have joined the call for gender justice and equity. Think about Angelina Jolie, Emma Watson, Meryl Streep, to name a few. We are now familiar with global campaigns and national commitments in policy and law to end gender based violence throughout the world. Transnational corporations also claim to be working to support human rights for women, girls, and LGBTQI communities. So we might suggest that the gender agenda has been well and truly mainstreamed. It's now a concern for celebrities, UN agencies, and governments throughout the world.

Skip to 1 minute and 31 secondsBut what sort of changes have come about from this groundswell of sentiment? And what is the predicament of gender and development today? This course will ask all of these questions, and more. We aim to critically examine the history of gender and development, and expand our own understanding of the challenges and promises of working towards global gender justice today. You might be wondering who you'll be studying alongside. Well the course includes participants from all over the world. Each person will have their own experiences and understandings of gender, and of development. Some of you will be practitioners in the fields of development, or humanitarianism, or in community sectors perhaps. Some of you will be completely new to this field.

Skip to 2 minutes and 16 secondsI'm sure you will have as much to share, as you have to gain, as we engage together through our studies. We also draw on issues here that some of you may consider controversial. Some issues might even provoke emotional responses. You might wish to be mindful of these as you participate in conversation with each other. So let's get to know each other a little. Please write a little bit about yourself, your experience, and your interest in the course. And once again, welcome to Gender and Development. I'm looking forward to learning with you all.

Let's get started

Meet your education team and explore some key concepts in Gender and Development.

Is the developing world heterosexual? Is gender a performance? What’s the story with gender and development?

In 2015 the UN pledged to work towards ending all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere by 2030.

Such commitments indicate the success of Gender and Development as both an intellectual and a political project. In this course we’ll trace its history and also subject the claims of success to some serious scrutiny.

Over the next two weeks you’ll:

  • explore the concept of Gender and how it is now considered an integral part of development
  • analyse the concept of Development – what does it mean, what is its history, have we arrived yet?
  • investigate whether the association of gender with development is making a positive difference in people’s lives
  • consider how can thinking about development improve the life experiences of people in diverse contexts?

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Meet the team

Your Lead Educator for this course is Dr Maree Pardy. The team also includes expert mentor Dr Francesca Bussey who will be working with Maree to help you get the most out of this course. Follow them to keep up with the latest course updates, feedback and discussions.

You can also meet and follow fellow participants by reading through their introductions on the course welcome page.

Different ways to learn

  • If you have a general interest in this topic, you can work through the core learning activities in about three hours each week. You will have the opportunity to check your understanding and spend some time joining the discussions.
  • If you would like to develop an integrated understanding of the topic, expected at a postgraduate level, spend more time engaging with all the learning activities. Delve into the additional resources listed under More resources and actively comment, take part in discussions and review how other participants are responding and engaging.
  • If you would like to connect with educators and participants using social media you can engage with our cohort on Twitter using #FLgenderdev. If you’re new to social media check these social media tips and tools.

Your task

In the comments, take a moment to introduce yourself and share what the idea of global gender justice means to you.

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Gender and Development

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