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Online course

Gender and Development

Does gender matter in international and community development? Find out in this free online course.

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 development

This online course explores why gender matters in contemporary international and community development, asking:

  • What does gender have to do with international development?
  • Is ‘woman’ the core of gender and development?
  • What brings gender and development together?
  • What is the history of women in international development?
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When would you like to start?

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 gender development or the humanitarian and community sectors.

Take your learning to the next stage

The course provides a free introduction to a Deakin University’s postgraduate degree in Development and Humanitarian Action which can be done entirely on FutureLearn.

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.

Francesca Bussey

Dr Francesca Bussey is an educator and researcher specialising in curriculum and digital innovation. She is fascinated by the role of education and digital technologies in social transformation.

Who developed the course?

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

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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?

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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.

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.
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    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.
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    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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