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Week 1 summary

Watch this video of Dr Maree Pardy and Dr Francesca Bussey discussing gender and development myths.

This week we set-out to investigate some of the threshold concepts related to gender and development.

These relate back to the key questions we started the course with, including:

  • how the complex concepts of gender and development interrelate
  • whether this association is making a positive difference in people’s lives
  • how thinking about gender and development improve the life experiences of people in diverse situations.

Coming up next week

While we have complicated concepts of gender this week, next week we’ll focus on women, including an investigation of why women bear a disproportionate burden of world poverty and disadvantage.

We’ll also observe how celebrities, corporations, the media and philanthropic organisations have taken up this issue and ask how this newfound attention has improved (or not) the lives of both men and women.

Your task

Watch the video to hear your educators, Maree and Francesca, discuss the key concepts we’ve covered this week.

When you’re done, use the comments to share your own key takeaways from the week.

You can also use this opportunity to ask any questions/clarify your understanding about any of the ideas we’ve looked at before taking the quiz in the next step.

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