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Gender Analysis in Global Development - Core perspectives and Issues

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ECTS Credits


Level of Study




Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

The main objective of this course is to develop in-depth understanding of analytical perspectives and core concepts relevant for the study of gender in the context of global development and social justice. Gendered power-relations and vulnerabilities are explored through a range of topical issues, as are questions of gender justice and empowerment.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course the students should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student has in-depth knowledge of:

  • Core concepts and ideas in gender analysis and feminist epistemologies, including post-colonial and critical non-Western perspectives
  • Historical and current trends in gender and development as a policy field
  • Intersectionality and the politics of location
  • Recent perspectives on masculinity and patriarchy
  • Gendered aspects of sexuality and reproduction
  • Different perspectives on empowerment including perspectives on political and social mobilization from below
  • Gender perspectives on resources, livelihoods and climate change
  • Current debates on gender, culture and human rights
  • Current debates on gender violence and conflict



The student has the ability to:

  • Deal critically with various sources of information and apply them to structure and formulate independent scholarly arguments
  • Critically apply key concepts of gender and feminist analysis to discuss empirical and theoretical problems

General competence:

By the end of the course the student has:

  • The ability to coherently communicate ideas concerning gendered analysis of development processes both in written work and in oral presentations
  • The ability to apply knowledge and skillsin new areas to complete complex assignments

Required Previous Knowledge


Access to the Course

Open to all students registered in Master's Programme in Global Development Theory and Practice in the Gender track.

Open to master's students registered in other relevant programmes at UiB.

Teaching and learning methods

The teaching methods will consist of lectures , seminars and group work.

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

The teaching methods will consist of lectures , seminars and group work.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

  • Presentation of selected course readings for the class
  • Participation in two compulsory group work sessions.
  • Individual oral presentation of a selected topic from the course curriculum

All these activities and assignments must be completed and approved before the student can proceed to the home exam.

Forms of Assessment

Home exam (7 days, 3000 words)

Grading Scale


Assessment Semester


Reading List

Will be made available on 1st December for the spring semester and 1st June for the autumn semester.

Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated in accordance with the Faculty of Psychology's routines for participatory evaluation and the University of Bergen's Quality Assurance System.

Programme Committee

Department of Health Promotion and Development, Faculty of Psychology.

Course Coordinator

Department of Health Promotion and Development, Faculty of Psychology.

Course Administrator

Department of Health Promotion and Development, Faculty of Psychology

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Home exam

    Assignment handed out
    09.12.2022, 09:00
    Submission deadline
    16.12.2022, 14:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam