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Course purpose and contextIn 2015 the United Nations pledged to work towards ending all forms of discrimination against women and girls 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 this project’s history and also subject claims of success to some serious scrutiny.To do this, we’ll ask and seek to address the following big questions:
- Is the developing world heterosexual?
- Is gender a performance?
- What’s the story with gender and development?
What you’ll be learning
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Deakin University online course,
Gender and Development
- explore the concept of gender and how it is now considered an integral part of development
- analyse the concept of development, including what it means, what its history is and whether we’ve arrived yet
- investigate if 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.
Meet the teamYour Lead Educator for this course is Dr Maree Pardy.Joining you in course conversations will be Dr Helen Dalton, Unit Chair of ADH714, and you’ll also hear from Dr Francesca Bussey.If you haven’t already, take a moment to view your teaching teams’ profiles and follow Helen for course updates, feedback and discussions.You can also add to the conversation on social media using #FLgenderdev.
Making the most of your learning
- 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 a more integrated understanding of the topic, such as what’s expected at a postgraduate level, you can spend more time engaging with the learning materials and activities. This may including looking at additional resources provided in the see also section and more actively participating in conversations.
Your taskWatch the video to hear more from Maree and Francesca about the critical issues facing hospital operations and how these will be addressed in this course.When you’re done, use the comments to introduce yourself, why you’re taking this course, what you hope to get out of it and what the concept of global gender justice means to you.Next, select the mark as complete button (doing this will help you keep track of your progress) and move to the next step.
Gender and Development
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