Course code EDS370

EDS370 Gender and Development

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Course responsible: Lyla Mehta
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in August block. This course has teaching/evaluation in August block, .
Course frequency: Annually.  
First time: Study year 2004-2005
Preferential right:
Course contents:
The course will include the following topics (can vary from year to year): Historical development of concepts of gender. Gender in agriculture. Gender in rural development and resource management. Gender in development discourse and policy. Gender and economics. Gender and Human Rights. Gendered methodologies and analyses.
Learning outcome:
The course will introduce students to the concept of gender and development through examining the gendered dimensions of environmental change and resource management. Particular attention is given to exploring feminist epistemologies and gendered lenses to look at development and social change.
Learning activities:
Lectures, group work and take home exam paper.
Teaching support:

Full list shared in Canvas. 

World Bank (2001). Engendering Development. Article collection.

Cornwall, A., Harrison, E. and Whitehead, A. (2007) Feminisms in Development: Contestations, Contradictions and Challenges, London: Zed Books.

Jackson, C. and Pearson, R. (1998) Feminist Visions of Development: Gender Analysis and Policy, London: Routledge.

Kabeer, N. 1994. Reversed Realities: Gender Hierarchies in Development Thought. Verso.

Visvanathan, N. et al. (eds.) (2011) The Women, Gender and Development Reader, London: Zed Books

Recommended prerequisites:
Bachelor degree or the equivalent
Mandatory activity:
100% participation is required, as well as several obligatory assignments during the course.


The grade in the course is set on the basis of an individual take home exam paper assignment, which counts for 80 % of the final grade. Regular attendance/ participation in class and the presentation count for 20%. The teacher can arrange oral defense of the paper if needed for grading.

Nominal workload:
About 60 hrs structured teaching time plus ca. 65 hrs independent work. In all, about 125 hrs of student work.
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Ca. 60 hours, about 40 % lectures and 60 % guided individual work.
External examiner will be used to evaluate the term paper.
Examination details: Portfolio: Letter grades