In many countries, gender inequality persists and women continue to face discrimination in access to education, work and economic assets, and participation in government. In every developing region of the world, women tend to hold less secure jobs than men, with fewer social benefits. And violence against women continues to undermine efforts to reach all development goals. This concentration focuses on development as it relates to gender equality, advocacy, and education. These will be studied specifically in terms of violence against women, sex trafficking, women's movement, women's employment, and gender-aware planning and empowerment.
SOCI 510 (3cr) - Gender Roles in Contemporary Society
Significant issues related primarily to the concerns of women as members of American society, but also in cross-cultural perspective. Includes such topics as socialization in sex roles, women in the professions, women in minority groups, the feminization of poverty, and women and substance abuse and crime.
CIDS 585 (3cr) - Gender, Economic Development, and Poverty Reduction
Introduces the linkages between gender equality and growth & poverty-reduction, and enhances students' ability to participate in the design and implementation of poverty-reduction strategies. Explores the concepts of gender inequality as it relates to poverty; discusses the importance of gender issues in economic development and how they relate to attaining the Millennium Development Goals. Other concepts to be covered: Access to education, health, labor markets, employment opportunities, and productive resources as they affect growth.
SOCI 560 (3cr) - Family Resource Management
Principles of sound management of resources including time, money, and energy as they relate to individuals and groups throughout the lifespan, with emphasis on the family. Offered odd years.
CIDS 590 (3cr) - Issues in Gender and Development
Familiarizes students with the main analytic debates in the field of gender and development. Institutional domains (households, family and kinship, the market, the community and the state) through which gender relations are both defined and transformed receive separate attention. An introductory survey of conceptual approaches to gender is followed by a treatment of central topics which include: the move from WID (women in development) to GAD (gender and development ) as critical perspectives in development studies, conceptual approaches to households, men and masculinities in development, globalization and women's employment, gender, state, and governance, women's movements and state-civil society relations, gender, conflict and post-conflict, and an appraisal of prospects for gender-aware planning and empowerment.
CIDS 586 (2cr) - Gender, Ethnicity, and Family in Development - 2 cr
This course provides an overview of the role of and issues surrounding gender and ethnicity in society. Particular attention will focus on how ethnic and gender roles impact family structure, function and interaction patterns, as well as how these patterns impact community and international development.