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Gender and social inequality

P226

This module provides an overview of the major contemporary issues in gender and social inequality, which cut across all areas of policy and development practice in both the developed and developing world.

The module examines definitions, concepts and theories of sex, gender and identity. It examines the historical emergence and evolution of various types of feminism; and it examines the ways in which gender inequality can be addressed - and sustainable development promoted - through policy and in practice.

The themes explored in this module are applied to a variety of gender-related issues, including the tasks of promoting gender mainstreaming and more equitable forms of representation and participation, reducing gender-based violence, and finding gender-equitable responses to the challenges of climate change and persistent - and in some cases widening - health inequalities.

Topics covered

  • Introduction to gender
  • Examining concepts of gender
  • Feminism in historical context
  • Approaches to gender and inequality
  • Contemporary patterns of gender inequity
  • Gender mainstreaming and organisational change
  • Gender, development and social change
  • Gender, participation and representation
  • Gender, culture and religion
  • Gender-based violence and conflict
  • Gender, biodiversity and conservation
  • Gender and climate change
  • Gender, health and disease
  • Gender in the age of sustainable development
  • Radical approaches to gender and social inequality.

Learning outcomes

By completing this module, you will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the terminology and discourse of gender, sex, feminism, inequality and inequity in relation to the major issues of gender and social inequality.
  • demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the historical aspects of feminism.
  • demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the major contemporary patterns of gender inequality and inequity.
  • demonstrate critical understanding of the ways in which gender and social inequality is approached in theory, research and policy, including the main frameworks used to conceptualise these issues, such as gender mainstreaming.
  • demonstrate critical understanding of the major contemporary issues in relation to gender and social change; participation and representation; and culture and religion.
  • demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the contemporary problems of gender-based violence and conflict: their causes, characteristics and potential solutions.
  • demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the complex linkages between gender and major contemporary environmental issues: biodiversity loss and climate change.
  • demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the complex linkages between gender, health and disease, including strategies for promoting both women's health and sustainable development.
  • outline critically the main features and challenges of addressing gender inequality and inequity through the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, including through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • discuss and critically assess some radical perspectives on the relationship between gender and social inequality.

Assessment

  • a two-hour written examination worth 60%
  • a 3000-word critical essay worth 40%