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Gender and the Sustainable Development Agenda

Romain Chenet
GD321 (Second Years) GD322 (Final Years)
Romain Chenet

Module Leader

Option - Second and Final Years
Term 2

Not available to students outside the School for Cross-Faculty Studies

Module description:

With the 2015 Agenda for Sustainable Development, gender equality and women’s empowerment have been presented as not only important aims but fundamental instruments for achieving wider aims. Via the standalone goal of SDG5 as well as frequent mention of a need to ‘mainstream’ gendered considerations into all initiatives, women and girls in particular are cast both as essential targets for sustainable development as well as valuable partners in its realisation. Entire industries have emerged to cater to this targeted global policy priority, spanning public, private, and third sectors.

The module supports students in analysing global development aims relevant to gender, and to gain understanding of theories, debates, and critiques across targeted fields of academic enquiry. In addition to scene-setting lectures, weekly seminars will help students to engage with a range of pivotal themes spanning policies and initiatives within and across the world. This aims to provide students with skills to critically assess gendered considerations in theory and practice, and to build knowledge on opportunities and weaknesses in this area of action via transdisciplinary study extending from a '(critical) development studies' foundation. It includes thematic focuses and case studies on topics such as intersecting inequalities/exclusions, gender mainstreaming, feminism(s) in/beyond development, approaches to 'empowerment' and 'rights', unpaid labour, gendered movements, masculinities, sexualities, trans and non-binary identities, gender-based and sexual violence, political participation, and professionalisation.

Overall, this module will offer an understanding of academic debates and priorities related to gender and sustainable development, alongside a capacity to critically reflect on this. Further, it will consider policy and practice considerations under SDG5 and the 2030 Agenda, and the historical build-up to current approaches. Finally, this module offers students the capacity to investigate targeted development issues with a view to proposing suggestions that may better support a diversity of gendered experiences as an integral part of sustainable futures.

Employability Skills

In this module, you can develop a number of different skills sought by employers which will support your professional development. We have highlighted this to enable you to identify and reflect on the skills you have acquired and apply them throughout your professional journey.

These skills will include:

    -- Working with others: developing professional relationships with others to achieve individual and team outcomes in group activities, presentations, and other module tasks (relevant to all forms of employment).
    - Effective communication: developing ideas and insights which engage others, driving forward discussions with a focus on actionable and practical solutions. This is a key focus of the module and relevant across sectors (relevant to marketing, business, civil sector, and the third sector)
    - Time management: through a requirement to plan independent study, assignments, and engage in other forms of time management in this module, students are able to build valuable workplace skills (relevant to all forms of employment)
    - Emotional intelligence: students develop a nuanced and practical understanding of complex global issues with a firm emphasis on taking local context and individual experiences into account, supporting future careers where a considered and engaged approach to clients/stakeholders is needed (relevant to social work, NGO work, customer relations, management).


    • Critical Review (25%)
    • Individual Presentation (25%)
    • Policy brief (50%)

      Please note: Module availability and staffing may change year on year depending on availability and other operational factors. The School for Cross-faculty Studies makes no guarantee that any modules will be offered in a particular year, or that they will necessarily be taught by the staff listed on this page.