Major in Gender and Development

The Major promotes greater articulation between undergraduate and postgraduate courses in gender and development studies.

It builds a stronger foundation for the graduate level programme, and is expected to increase the number of students registering for the M.Sc. graduate programme. In will also assist UWI graduates to acquire knowledge and skills in gender analysis increasingly in demand in national, regional and international development agencies as well as in the workplace of public, private sector and civil society organisations. Graduates with a Major will also be better equipped to conduct gender-related research.

Programme Objectives
The main objectives of the Major are to enable students to:

  • Apply gender and development theory to improve their understanding of Caribbean cultures and societies.
  • Acquire knowledge of feminist theories, theories of masculinities, women´s/men´s studies and the philosophy of gender and use this knowledge to critique and provide solutions to gender and development issues in the Caribbean.
  • Acquire knowledge and skills in quantitative and qualitative research methods and statistics and apply them to research projects in the field of gender and development.
  • Understand the core principles of Sociology and apply these to an analysis of development of Caribbean societies and Caribbean problems.
  • Acquire skills in gender analysis and gender planning tools.


Students are required to complete 30 Credits each from Levels 1, 11 and 111 gender and development courses as indicated below:

Level 1

Semester I

GEND 1001 Research Methods & Interactive Skills

GEND 1103 Basic Theoretical Concepts & Sources of Knowledge

Semester II

GEND 1201 Cultural Representations & the Construction of Masculinity & Femininity

AND One of the following two courses

SOCI 1005 Introductory Statistics for the Behavioural Sciences

OR ECON 1005 Introduction to Statistics

AND ONE of the following two courses

SOCI 1002 Introduction to Sociology

OR SOCI 1003 Sociology and Development


FOUN 1013 Critical Reading and Writing in the Social Sciences OR FOUN 1019 Critical Reading and Writing in the Social Sciences

AND FOUN 1101 Caribbean Civilization

FOUN 1201 Science, Medicine and Technology in Society


Total 10 courses (30 credits)

The Major requires 30 Credits from Levels II and III in the area of specialization as indicated below:

Level II

Semester I

GEND 2001 Gender in Caribbean Culture1: History and Theology

GEND2004 Sexuality, Power and Illicit Desire in the Caribbean

AND THREE Level II Free Electives

Semester II

GEND 2002 Gender in Caribbean Culture II: Linguistics, Popular Culture and Literature

GEND 2013 Men and Masculinities in the Caribbean

AND SOCI 3027 Gender and Development

AND ONE Elective from the following

SOCI 2006 Qualitative Methods in Sociological Research

OR SOCI 2008 Statistics for the Behavioural Sciences

OR SOCI 2007 Survey Design and Analysis

OR SOCI 2011 Social and Cultural Anthropology

AND Any other approved Level II Free Elective

OPTIONAL FREE ELECTIVES 'GOVT2068: Gender, Governance and Leadership (No Prerequisites required)

GEND2003 Feminist Theory and Practice

Total 10 courses (30 credits) Please note the changes in course codes for the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Level III

Semester I

GEND3031 Gender, Sex and Society

GEND3600 Gender, Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS

AND THREE Level III Free Electives

Semester II

GEND3031 Gender, Sex and Society

GEND3032 Gender, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management

GEND3703 Feminist Critiques of Development Theories: Implications for Policy and Planning

AND TWO Level III Free Electives (OR THREE Level III Electives if GEND 3031 was done in Semester I)

OPTIONAL FREE ELECTIVE: GEND3502 - The Philosophy for Gender in Caribbean Thoughts Total 10 courses (30 credits)

NB. Full-time students should register for five (5) courses each semester Part-time students should register for three (3) courses each semester Please note the changes in course codes for the Faculty of Social Sciences.

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