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Gender Analysis for Development,

Policy and Planning

4 credits
GEND 6103 (Diploma/MSc)

GEND 7102 (MPhil)

GEND 8102 (PhD)

The development enterprise initially ignored gender, assuming that poor people were the target group in need of (economic) development. Influenced by the emergence of liberal and radical feminist thinking and activism in the 1960s and 1970s, the field of women and development emerged with its concern to integrate women into development and to pay attention to women’s issues. In the 1980s, a shift to gender brought men into the picture, and raised important questions about the social construction of gender and its impact on political, economic and social structures. In the last fifteen years, difference, language/voice and power have inspired additional approaches to gender and development, bringing a concern with empowerment, participation and gender mainstreaming. The course will examine the theoretical debates underpinning these shifts, their relationship to broader feminist analyses as well as their implications for policy and praxis. The course will thus provide an overview of gender and development theories; introduce students to the concepts of policy, the importance of gender in policy environments – both governmental and non-governmental, and the practical and theoretical tools for effective gender-sensitive research, policy formulation, implementation and evaluation of developmental challenges in the Caribbean and elsewhere.



  • Provide an overview of theoretical approaches to gender and development and their intersections with feminist theories and development thought;
  • Provide an understanding of the concept of policy and relevance of gender-sensitive and gender aware policy planning in development at the micro, meso and macro levels within state and non-state actors;
  • Expose students to a number of gender planning frameworks and tools towards the planning, formulation and implementation of gender sensitive and relevant policy and praxis;
  • Conduct gender and culturally-sensitive planning in designing social and development projects through small-group and project-based learning conduct.