ADH714 - Gender, Race and Culture


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Online*

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: Nil


Corequisite: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - online

Learning experiences are via FutureLearn and will include 5 x scheduled online seminars PLUS online independent and collaborative discussions and learning activities


*This unit uses the FutureLearn online learning platform. Learn more about studying through FutureLearn


This unit explores how gender, sexuality, race, and culture are central to development and humanitarianism. We examine theoretically and through a series of case studies on controversial issues such as violence against women, sex work, sexual violence in war and conflict, feminisation of development agendas, reproductive tourism. The unit considers how development has classically considered such matters through sexual and reproductive rights, economic empowerment, and microfinance, and the shift today to a principal concern with gender-based violence. When did concern with macro structural issues become secondary to more culturally contextualised issues such as forms of violence such as forced and child marriage, dowry etc and what might this tell us about “gender rand development”. We consider how theories of coloniality, post colonialism, embodiment, critical race theory, embodiment, and queer theory have challenged and expanded capacities to think through these issues. For example, if we take the apparent global ubiquity of gender-based violence in development interventions we ask, what is being achieved here, how, and what might it prevent us from seeing.  We ask also in this context, how has gender become embedded as sexism and phobias, race as racism, and culture as culturalism (particularly gender-based violence, racialized as problems of culture and cultural norms). How have these terms been appropriated by neoliberal agendas and how are communities across the globe responding?

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