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Gender, Global Development and Postcolonialism - SIMS39

15 credits, Autumn 2019
This is an interdisciplinary course addressing issues of gender and development. As a student you will explore central questions and themes that have been critically raised by researchers and activists in the field.

A Range of Themes in Gender and Development

In this course, you will be introduced to the breadth of the field of gender and development theory and to the central issues in the current debates regarding inequalities and social change, key concepts, theories and analytical tools. More specifically, the course will examine the following aspects or themes in gender and development debates:

  • History of development and gender debates from colonialism to postcolonialism: Millennium Development Goals, development policies and mainstreaming gender and development and beyond.
  • Problematizing categories in gender and development from a postcolonial perspective: gender, masculinities, queer, global power relations, human rights and recognition.
  • Studying and theorizing bodies in the postcolonial era: bodies as sites of contestation: population, reproduction, health, sexuality, violence, conflict and gendered insecurity.
  • Analysing economy, society and global inequalities: work, employment, migration, poverty, gender and sustainable development and the climate and ecology discourses.

Online course platform

This course uses Live@Lund as the online course platform. The course platform will be opened about four weeks before the course begins to all students who were accepted. Here you will be able to access literature, assignments, announcements, and schedule, as well as participate in discussions and communicate with teachers. You can access the course site here (a new window will open).

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About the course

Course Period: 2019-11-04 to 2020-01-19

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This course uses Live@Lund as course site. Admitted students will be able to log in to see more information.

Course coordinator

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Helle Rydström
Professor, Department of Gender Studies

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