Gender Studies | Graduate Topics in Gender Studies: Gender, Education & Development
G701 | 29712 | Ross, H


This course is for graduate students interested in engaging in multi-
disciplinary analysis of relationships among gender, education, the
ethics of cross-cultural and international research, global and
international learning, and the politics and practice of
international development.  The course welcomes reflective and
sustained thinking about the relationship between gender and
educational theory and practice in a diversity of contexts.  Through
readings, discussions, and guest lectures we will explore our own
relationships to educational practice and research, and the
relationships among education, schooling, international development,
and gender relations in different regions and countries. We will
read and discuss relevant studies in anthropology, economics,
history, and sociology, as well as interdisciplinary scholarship in
the fields of education, development and gender studies.  We will
critically evaluate these studies (and our own experiences) in order
to build a comprehensive understanding of current debates and
policies concerning gender and education around the world, with a
particular emphasis on the structures and challenges that have come
to be labeled as “development.”  To promote a common analytical
vocabulary for seminar participants we will discuss contrasting
theoretical perspectives on gender, education, and development,
including still dominant modernization frameworks as well as
culturalist and feminists frameworks of critical and post-colonial
theorists. We will also examine how our understandings of gender
affect our research questions and methodologies and the gender
frameworks used by governments, NGOs and international
organizations.  Basic gender and development theories include Women
in Development (WID), Gender and Development (GAD), and capabilities
theorists, such as Martha Nussbaum.  A unifying theme throughout the
semester will be consideration of the ethics of doing research.