Institute for Gender and Development Studies

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The Diploma in Gender and Development Studies is a three-semester taught programme. This programme will equip students to better understand and apply current approaches to feminist theorising and activism, and better utilize gender tools in the workplace. It aims to maximise the development of students’ understanding of fundamental areas in the fields of Gender and Development Studies. The course content is equivalent to the first year of the MSc programme. Postgraduate Diploma students are required to complete twenty-four (24) credits consisting of five core courses and one elective. The elective should be chosen through advising with the Graduate Studies Coordinator.

Transfer Options

Diploma to MSc: Students who have completed the Postgraduate Diploma may apply for the MSc Programme. If accepted, they will be exempted from 18 credits and would therefore have to complete two additional courses, one elective, research seminar, and the research project or internship.


Five Core Courses Required - 20 Credits

Semester I

GEND 6100 Contemporary Feminist Theorising 4 credits
GEND 6104 Sexualities, Bodies and Power 4 credits

Semester II

GEND 6102 Feminist Epistemology and Methodology 4 credits
GEND 6103 Gender Analysis for Development, Policy and Planning 4 credits

Semester III

GEND 6105 Key Issues in Gender and Transformation in the Caribbean 4 credits
Other Requirements - One Elective - 4 Credits

Diploma students must take their elective in Semester I or Semester II of their programme year.

Some Eligible Electives
GEND 5001 Philosophy of Gender *** 4 credits
GEND 5002 Philosophy of Gender in Caribbean Thought *** 4 credits
SOCI  5001 Gender Ethnicity and Class: Issues of Identity, Nation and Citizenship*** 4 credits
GEND 6001 Advanced Feminist Theory (Reading Course) 4 credits

Note: Electives also include other relevant graduate courses offered in other Faculties and Departments. 

*** Indicates courses taught at both undergraduate and graduate levels.


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