DEVT 2101 - Empowerment & Development: Community & Gender
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code DEVT 2101 Course Empowerment & Development: Community & Gender Coordinating Unit Anthropology and Development Studies Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study Incompatible DEVT 2001 or DEVT 3001 & ANTH 2021 or ANTH 3021 Course Description This course investigates crucial interconnections between gender, community and development, examining the ways in which community participation and gender influence development policies, processes and programs; and the extent to which development, gender relations and hierarchies, and communities may be transformed in the process. It examines key concepts and theoretical frameworks of development with a particular focus on the intersection of development terms such as community, participation, sustainability, gender, equality & empowerment, in light of current issues in development discourse and critical analysis of development practice and policy. These include the use of key concepts and ideals such as empowerment, gender equality, sustainable development, as well as central issues in development practice and policy such as the interaction between poverty and gender, the empowerment of women through work and microfinance/credit, the proposed empowerment of communities (and countries) through the `girl effect?, the complexities of corporate community development, the practice of tourism (volunteer/cultural) as sustainable community development, the issue of gender violence, legislation and human rights at the level of local communities, and an analysis of the Sustainable Development Goals from the standpoint of gender and the community.
The course takes an actor-oriented perspective, grounding applied practices in macro-economic, historical and socio-political contexts of local people's development experiences. It privileges the ways in which development beneficiaries perceive, understand and feel about the imposition of development and culture change and to what extent they can gain knowledge and/or power over this process through the analysis of several community-based case studies. The course also looks at some of the knowledge, skills and attitudes that are needed to seek practical solutions in these settings, exploring various participatory field methods concerned with generating shared information, ensuring community empowerment and participation and in eliciting community/ local views.
Course Coordinator: Dr Alison Dundon
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1. Secure and accurate understanding of the nature and theories of development at the community and/or grassroots level as well as the main critiques of development from a gender-based perspective.
2. Knowledge of and insight into key issues and concerns raised about the nature of development and development studies from a critical perspective.
3. Ability to understand and apply key theoretical approaches to contemporary development contexts and situations.
4. Capacity to critically evaluate central themes, propositions and concepts in development studies, particularly those concerned with community development and gender-based development.
5. Commitment to an academically rigorous comprehension of the diversity of community and participatory development contexts, policies and practices.
6. Sensitivity and ability to work collaboratively in teams as well as individually in a learning and research intensive environment.
7. Understanding of and commitment to continuous learning and research into development policies and programs, and acknowledgement of specific cultural and social issues in global development programs and policies.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1,2 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
3.4 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
6 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
5 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
Required ResourcesEssential and Supplementary Readings are available online at the course MyUni site as listed in the Course Outline. There is also a detailed set of instructions and requirements for each assessment item and associated criteria marking sheet, including essay questions and report requirements.
Recommended ResourcesFor those who wish to read beyond the essential readings for each week or for use in developing and researching assessments, supplementary readings have also been suggested for each week and will be available on MyUni.
Online LearningLectures will be pre-recorded each week and made available on MyUni. Course lecture PowerPoints and additional notes or references will also be made available on MyUni. The PowerPoints only refer to the main points or issues raised in the lectures and are not a substitute for listening to recorded lectures. Essay/ report questions & topics will also made available on MyUni. In 2021, workships will be held online as well as face-to-face as far as possible & reasonable.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
Course work is made up of three components: pre-recorded lectures, workshops and assessment items. Students participate in a face-to-face or online workshop each week. There are essential readings set for each workshop, beginning from Week One, which are available on MyUni. These readings are designed to complement the material discussed in the lectures and are essential for participation in the workshops. All students are expected to have read each week’s essential reading/s. Delivery of lecture material, which introduces and examines the central themes of the week’s topic, will be pre-recorded and made available on MyUni before the weekly workshops.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
1 hour of lectures (or equivalent) per week = 12 hours per semester
1 x 2-hour workshop (or equivalent) per week = 24 hours per semester
6 hours reading per week = 72 hours per semester
2 hours research per week = 24 hours per semester
2 hours assignment preparation per week = 24 hours per semester
TOTAL WORKLOAD = 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities Summary
Weekly Course Structure
Week 1 Buzzwords: Contested Concepts
Week 2 Community
Week 3 Gender
Week 4 Empowerment
Week 5 Preparation for assignment
Week 6 The Girl Effect
Week 7 Microfinance & Microcredit
Week 8 'Men Matter': Gender & Development
Week 9 Corporate Community Development
Week 10 Voluntourism @ Development
Week 11 Living well? Alternatives & Futures
Specific Course RequirementsStudents are required to participate in a workshop (online or face-to-face) each week. Participation in these on a weekly basis is a primary requirement of this course. Each student must participate in a minimum number of workshops. Students who do not attend the minimum number of workshops, without just cause and/or medical/counselling certification, will receive 0% for the participation mark.
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- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment SummaryAssessment Tasks
Poster (1000 words) 30%
Report or Essay (2500 words) 60%
Assessment Related RequirementsStudents are required to attend a two hour workshop each week. Attendance at and participation in these on a weekly basis is a primary requirement of this course. Each student is required to attend a minimum number of EIGHT workshops out of a total of TEN workshops. Students who do not attend the minimum number of workshops, without just cause and/or medical/counselling certification, will receive 0% for the workshop participation mark.
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SubmissionAssignments are to be submitted online via the Course MyUni site. There will be no extensions for written work without adequate documentation as set out in the Faculty of Arts MACA form & process (Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment). Late assignments will be penalised at 2% per day (based on a 7 day week). According to Faculty policy, essays more than 7 days late will be graded as 0%. Failure to submit any written work will result in an FNS grade (Failure No Submission).
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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