Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Women and Global Development
Academic Year
Semester 1
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay  2000 Words  50%
Semester Assessment Seminar Participation  10%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   Pre-Seen Examination  40%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  2000 Words  50%
Supplementary Assessment 2 x 250 word critical reports in lieu of seminar participati  10%
Supplementary Assessment 1.5 Hours   Pre-Seen Examination  40%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Critically discuss and analyse a broad range of topics of relevance to women's experiences in the non- Western world;

Demonstrate an understanding of and debate the complex dynamics of power associated with intersectional approaches;

Identify and critique the diverse ways in which non-Western women participate in the economy;

Critically analyse the distinctive ways in which non-Western women engage in politics;

Critically assess the impact of cultural norms on non-Western women's status;

Critically analyse and evaluate non-Western women's experiences of war and peace;

Identify and critique ways in which ideas about women's sexuality shape their insertion into society and the obstacles and opportunities they encounter;

Draw independent and critical conclusions about how non-Western women’s lives are configured by the forces of globalization.

Brief description

This module explores the experiences of women in relation to politics, economics, society and culture in the world beyond the ‘West’. As such, it takes an intersectional approach which examines the way that dynamics of gender, poverty, race and other dynamics of discrimination work together to shape women’s lives outside the Eurocentric world.


This module aims to explore the differences and similarities in the experiences of women within and beyond the third world in the cultural, economic and political spheres.


The module opens with a theoretical section exploring feminism and intersectionality and proceeds to explore a number of themes, using case studies to anchor analysis in lived realities. The themes covered will include politics, development, culture, sexuality, peace/war and globalization.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number na
Communication Students will learn how to present their ideas verbally and in writing, and how to present their arguments most effectively. They will develop skills in using the many sources of information available to best advantage. They will learn to be clear in their writing and speaking and to be direct about aims and objectives. They will learn to consider only that which is relevant to the topic, focus and objectives of their argument or discussion. Students will also be required to submit their written assessments in word- processed format and the presentation of work should reflect effective expression of ideas and good use of language skills in order to ensure clarity, coherence and effective communication.
Improving own Learning and Performance The module aims to promote self- management but within a context in which support and assistance is available from the module convenor and other students. Students will be expected to improve their own learning and performance by undertaking their own research and exercising their own initiative, including searching for sources and deciding how to answer assessed essay questions.
Information Technology Students will enhance their proficiency using Blackboard, where materials to support learning will be made available. Students will also develop skills in searching for, and assessing the validity of, online information sources as part of preparation for lectures, seminars and assessed tasks. Assessed work will be presented in electronic format, according to standard expectations.
Personal Development and Career planning The module is designed to hone and test skills of use to students in their working lives, particularly in speaking to small groups, listening, thinking and responding to the statement of others. Moreover, the written work requires students to write clearly and concisely, which is a common task in the workplace. Students will be encouraged throughout to reflect on their performance and to consider lessons for future application.
Problem solving Independent project work and problem solving will be one central goal of the module; the submission of an essay will require that students develop independent research skills as well as problem solving skills. The need to research and prepare for seminars will also enable students to develop independent project skills. The ability of students to solve problems will be developed and assessed by asking them to: adopt differing points of view; organize data and estimate an answer to the problem; consider extreme cases; reason logically; consider similar cases; look for patterns; divide issues into smaller problems.
Research skills Students will be required to undertake independent research in order to complete the assessed work. They will utilize a range of information sources, including core academic texts, journal articles, electronic publications, websites and online news sources.
Subject Specific Skills Students have the opportunity to develop, practice and test a wide range of subject specific skills that help them to understand, conceptualise and evaluate examples and ideas on the module. These subject specific skills include: • Collect and understand a wide range of data relating to the module • Evaluate competing perspectives • Apply a range of methodologies to complex historical and contemporary social and political problems.
Team work Students will undertake team exercises in the seminars. For many of the topics of this module, seminars will consist of small-group discussions where students will be asked to discuss as a group the core issues related to the seminar topic. These class discussions and debates form a significant part of the module, and will allow students to approach and examine a given topic through team work.


This module is at CQFW Level 6