Doing Gender in Theory and Practice (350D7)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

“Doing Gender in Theory and Practice” is geared towards students who will soon be taking up jobs working on gender, sexuality and development issues in a wide variety of organisations across the world.

The module will familiarise you with the literature on gendered institutions, gender regimes and how gender power dynamics operate within informal spaces and in formal organisations and systems. You will learn and develop practical tools and strategies to analyse gender equality issues in organisations.

You will become familiar with using the Gender at Work Framework and explore how the Framework has been applied to develop program interventions in variety of institutional settings around the world.

The main skills that we will develop, across each session of the ‘Doing Gender’ module, include:

  • understanding factors that limit or enhance the capacity of individuals and organisations to act as ‘change agents’
  • organisational and programme analysis, using the Gender at Work Analytical Framework; this includes identifying and understanding ‘deep structures’, ‘social norms’ and ‘gender regimes’
  • power analysis and gender-aware planning, including entry points for change
  • strategic evaluation and learning for gender equality.


100%: Seminar


40%: Coursework (Essay)
60%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 30 hours of contact time and about 270 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.