INTL Reading: Gender Analysis in Development Planning        Spring 2017

Professor Anita M. Weiss M, W 2-3:20 pm, 627 PLC










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. I have designed this course 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 promote greater local participation in planning and evaluation of projects.

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 pertinent works out there, and I struggled to select readings that 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. I intend to meet with the group on Mondays, and on Wednesdays seminar participants will discuss the readings without me. Importantly, I do not intend to lecture, but rather will participate as a peer in the class (except when I’m discussing the assignments). I have linked all of the readings to the course website.

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 meetings 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. (40%)      

  b) Preliminary mapping due Week Three and then on Week Four  (20%)

                Links to statements and mappings are on the Participants page

  c) Final Project to develop a fundable Project Proposal (40%)

                    Links to PPs will be here, with students' permission


                                                                            for questions regarding this site please contact Professor Anita Weiss