Gender and Development

Tu 9:00AM - 11:50AM / 3610 Wesley W Posvar Hall / CRN 19786

This course seeks to critically examine how development processes affect women and men, and gender relations. By doing so it aims to contribute to an ongoing policy discussion on the meaning and operationalization of diverse, inclusive, and equitable development. The course begins with theoretical approaches to gender and development, development economics, and feminist critiques. In this first half, the discussions include methodological, cultural and practical implications of mainstreaming gender into development policies and practices. In the second half, the course studies how gender relations are impacted by social change in the form of positive or negative development. In this policy applied section of the course, the focus shifts to issues of production (formal and informal work), reproduction (fertility decisions, maternal health), and violence (domestic and conflict). The policy focus encourages students to review and debate what we know and we don't know about what policies can work to close gender gaps globally. The course concludes with a discussion of feminist foreign policies and the gender equality promise of the United Nation's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Mihriban Muge Finkel

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Category D: Designated Courses

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