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SO923 - Gender, Imperialism and International Development

  • Module code: SO923
  • Module name: Gender, Imperialism and International Development
  • Department: Sociology
  • Credit: 20

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

Unequal lives and growing disparities are primary features of the contemporary world, within which gender relations remain embedded. This module looks at how gender articulates with development within the context of the international political economy, as a means of understanding the distinct analyses and forms of resistance developed by feminists from the majority world. Early sessions are designed to provide a historical, discursive and political context, examining, for example, imperialism and orientalism; women?s movements for change; measures and methods of gendered development. Thereafter sessions engage with feminist theories critical of the major approaches to development, including modernisation theory, Marxist perspectives, ecological approaches and post-modernism, and assess approaches based around rights, entitlements and justice. The final part of the module enables students to address one of the following contemporary issues: climate change; the economic crisis; peace-building.

Principal learning outcomes

The module aims: to provide a critical understanding of gender divisions and their impact on processes of development in an international context; to provide exposure to issues and debates developed by women activists, practitioners and researchers from within the majority world itself; to facilitate communication, learning and teamwork in a diverse international group through an awareness of the educational process and the use of group work.

Timetabled teaching activities

2 hrs per week

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
20 CATS (Module code: SO923-20)
A2 (Assessed work only) Group Powerpoint (700 words) 15%
  Essay (3300 words) 85%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (part year) visiting 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Postgraduate Taught Gender and International Development (M9P7) - Year 2
Optional Core


  • Postgraduate Taught Social and Political Thought (L3P8) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Sociology (L3PD) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Social Research (L3PE) - Year 2
  • Taught Postgraduate Science, Media and Public Policy (L3PV) - Year 2