WGST-350-01 Gender and Sustainability
Spring for 2017-2018
The course will present an overview of gender and development policies worldwide, including the introduction to gender analysis as the central aspect to understanding patterns of land use and conservation strategies, both individual and collective and how male and female farmers contribute differently to conservation and agricultural production efforts. Students will be presented with real case studies from all regions (Latin America, Asia and Africa) documenting gender gaps in relation to access to land, agricultural and natural resources (water, soil), extension services, farm labor, forest, livestock, credit/microcredit, etc. Current international trends and research streams on gender and agriculture and natural resource management (NRM) will be discussed and analyzed with the aim to influence policy to reach lasting change. The course is an interactive experience and students are expected to actively contribute to the class through their involvement in field studies, analysis of particular case studies and innovative presentations skills (videos, posters, maps, etc.)
An independent module on participatory action research (PAR) theory and methodologies will be part of the course, in order to provide students with some qualitative research skills and tools to conduct first hand research on a variety of topics that include gender, livelihoods strategies, and resources allocation in relation to development challenges in various world regions.

Learning Objectives:
Understand Gender perspectives and its implications in Agriculture/Environment fields
Understand global, regional and household trends of sustainable development
Understand frameworks of sustainable livelihoods and gender
Understand gender responsive participatory research theory and practice

Students will be familiar with the literature and interventions carried out by government, international agencies and bilateral/multilateral bodies that advocate for equity and the recognition of important fields of social stratification (ethnicity, race, class, age, etc.). At the completion of the course, students should be prepared to understand basic elements of gender analysis and its implications for project/program design. Students should be able to conduct qualitative gender analysis and independently develop frameworks for fieldwork and academic research.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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