INTL 640 Gender Analysis in Development Planning Spring 2009
Building upon seminar participants' interests and our collective understandings of the interrelationship between gender, development and social change, we will explore specific ways in which development planning works and how gender analysis can be taken into consideration in this process. This class intends to have very practical applications. Important themes which will be considered include how to research and then construct viable projects; case studies of how to include gender issues in development planning; critical issues in economic empowerment, political action and human rights and relating these to development planning; and how to facilitate both donor agencies and governmental bureaucracies to become more gender-responsive and truly promote greater local participation in planning and evaluation of projects.
This course has a prerequisite: INTL 521 or 522 or consent of the instructor.
Requirements: The readings for this course are relatively heavy, but that's the thrill of a graduate level-only seminar! There are a lot of new works out there, and I struggled to select readings which round out various issues which we need to address. As this is a small seminar, it is crucial that all readings be completed prior to our class meetings. Ideally, students should meet outside of class to discuss them as well; I would be happy to be a part of such meetings, my schedule permitting. The following required books are available for purchase at the U of O bookstore:
(1) Grown, Caren, Geeta Rao Gupta and Aslihan Kes Taking Action: Achieving Gender Equality and Empowering Women UN Millennium Project, Earthscan, 2005
(2) Leach, Fiona Practising Gender Analysis in Education Oxfam, 2003
(3) Oxfam What Men and Women Want: a Practical Guide to Gender and Participation Oxfam 2004
(4) Tiessen, Rebecca Everywhere/Nowhere: Gender Mainstreaming in Development Agencies
(5) United Nations Progress of Women 2008-2009: Who Answers to Women? Gender and
Grading for the course will be assessed on the following:a) Class participation and discussion: as this is a graduate seminar, it is expected that students will not only have completed the readings prior to the class in which they will be discussed, but also will have noted issues which deserve further attention and discussion. A good ‘rule of thumb’ is to come to class with 2-3 questions or points you would like to discuss. In addition, each student is responsible for facilitating one of the topics and one of the methods we will be discussing; be sure to sign up on the first day of class. (20%)
b) Preliminary mapping due April 17th and then on April 24th (20%)
Links to mappings will be here
d) Final assignment (20%)