Gender Analysis in Global Development - Core perspectives and Issues

Postgraduate course

Course description

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 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
  • The politics of reproduction and sexuality
  • Different perspectives on empowerment and gender justice
  • Gender perspectives on livelihoods and labour
  • Gender, culture and human rights

One of the following current issues in gender and development:

  • Gender and migration
  • Gender violence and conflict
  • Gender and climate change


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 skills in new areas to complete complex assignments



ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Semester of Instruction

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 and Erasmus exchange students.Maximum of five places - must apply to and be approved by course leader before registration

Teaching and learning methods
The teaching methods will consist of lectures, seminars and group work, as well as student led lectures (SSL).
Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching
The teaching methods will consist of lectures , seminars and group work.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
  • Participation in compulsory group work sessions as well as guided, self-directed workshops and student-led lecture on one current gender and development issue (minimum 80% attendance)
  • Individual oral presentation of a selected topic from the course curriculum
  • Forms of Assessment

    Home exam (7 days, 3000 words)

    Please note that ChatGPT and other AI text Generators are not allowed in submitted written work and home exams

    Grading Scale
    Assessment Semester
    Reading List
    Will be made available on 1st July 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