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Course Name Gender and Development
Course Code 24SDS541
Program M.Sc. in Social Data Science & Policy
Semester III
Credits 3
Campus Faridabad


Unit I

Introduction to Gender and Development: Understanding Gender: Definitions, Concepts, and Theories, Historical Perspectives on Gender and Development Key Concepts: Patriarchy, Gender Roles, Gender Inequality, Theoretical Frameworks: Feminist Perspectives, Intersectionality.

Unit II

Gender Analysis Frameworks: Introduction to Gender Analysis, Gender Mainstreaming vs. Gender Integration, Tools and Methods for Gender Analysis, Applying Gender Analysis to Development Projects and Policies, Case Studies: Gender Analysis in Practice.

Unit III

Gender, Work, and Economic Development: Gender Division of Labor: Formal and Informal Sectors, Women’s Economic Empowerment: Challenges and Opportunities, Gender Wage Gap and Employment Discrimination, Microfinance and Women’s Entrepreneurship Sustainable Livelihoods Approaches and Gender.

Unit IV

Gender, Health, and Education: Gender Disparities in Health: Access, Utilization, and Outcomes, Reproductive Health and Rights, Gender-Based Violence: Impacts on Health and Development, Gender and Education: Access, Quality, and Gender Parity, Gender-responsive Health and Education Policies and Programs.

Unit V

Gender, Environment, and Sustainable Development: Gender and Environmental Degradation, Climate Change and Gender Vulnerabilities, Women’s Role in Natural Resource Management and Conservation, Gender-responsive Approaches to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Mainstreaming Gender in Environmental Policies and Projects.


Prerequisite: NA

Summary: The Gender and Development course provides a comprehensive exploration of the intersection between gender dynamics and development processes. Through an interdisciplinary lens, students delve into the fundamental concepts, theories, and historical perspectives shaping gender roles, inequalities, and power structures globally. The course equips students with the tools and methodologies for conducting gender analysis, enabling them to critically evaluate development projects and policies through a gender-sensitive lens.

Course Objectives and Outcomes

Course Objectives:

  1. Understand the Conceptual Foundations
  2. Examine Key Concepts and Theoretical Frameworks
  3. Gain proficiency in employing gender analysis frameworks to assess the differential impacts of development policies and projects on diverse gender groups.
  4. Investigate the gendered division of labor across formal and informal sectors, discerning the challenges and opportunities for women’s economic empowerment.
  5. Investigate Gender and Environment for Sustainable Development

Course Outcomes:

  • CO1: Students can define fundamental concepts and theories related to gender and development,
  • CO2: Students grasp the complexities of gender roles, patriarchy, and gender inequality within various socio-cultural contexts.
  • CO3: Identify Critically evaluate different theoretical frameworks, such as feminist perspectives and intersectionality, to comprehend the multifaceted nature of gender issues.
  • CO4: Apply gender analysis frameworks to deconstruct development projects and policies, discerning their differential impacts on various gender groups.
  • CO5: Recognize the significance of gender mainstreaming and gender integration strategies in promoting gender equality within development interventions.


  • Reading philosophical and sociological texts
  • Self-reflection

-Program outcome PO – Course Outcomes CO Mapping

PO1 PO2 PO3 O4 PO5 PO6 PO7 PO8

Program Specific Outcomes PSO – Course Objectives – Mapping


Evaluation Pattern:

Assessment Internal External
Midterm Exam 20
*Continuous Assessment


End Semester 60

*CA – Can be Quizzes, Assignment, Projects, and Reports, and Seminar

Textbooks, Papers, Reference Books

  • “Gender and Development: A Practical Guide” by Caroline Moser and Fiona Clark
  • “Gender, Development and Globalization: Economics as if All People Mattered” by Lourdes Benería, Gunseli Berik, and Maria S. Floro
  • “Gender and Development” by Janet Momsen
  • Selected journal articles, policy briefs, and reports related to each unit’s topic.
  • Online resources from reputable organizations such as UN Women, World Bank, and WHO.

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