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Gender and the Sustainable Development Agenda

Romain Chenet
Romain Chenet

Module Leader

Option - Second and Final Years
Term 2

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

This is a new module to be launched in the 2022-23 academic year

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. With the standalone goal of SDG5 as well as frequent policy 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 will support students in analysing sustainable development aims relating to gender, and to gain understanding of key theories, debates, and critiques in this field of academic enquiry. In addition to scene-setting lectures, weekly seminars will help students to engage with a range of pivotal themes spanning global policies, priorities, and actions involving gender and global sustainable development. This will provide students with skills needed to critically assess gendered considerations in theory and practice, and to broaden and deepen their knowledge on opportunities and weaknesses in this area of global action.

This module will offer an understanding of academic debates and key priorities related to gender in the sustainable development era, alongside a capacity to critically reflect on this. Further, it will consider gendered 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 support a diversity of gender identity groups as an integral part of sustainable futures.

Employability Skills

Through this module, you will develop a number of different skills that are 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 including during the recruitment processes whether this on an CV/application form or at an interview.

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 (35%)
    • 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.