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.


The Major requires 90 Credits in approved gender and development courses offered by the IGDS Mona Unit and approved courses offered by other Faculties: Level 1 (30 credits); Level II (30 credits) and Level III (30 credits). as indicated below:

Level 1

Semester I 
Course Code
Course Title
GEND1001 Research Methods and Interactive Skills
GEND1103 Basic Theoretical Concepts and Sources of Knowledge
GEND1201 Cultural Representation and the Construction of Masculinity/Femininity
And ONE of the following two courses
SOCI 1005 Introductory Statistics for the Behavioural Sciences
ECON 1005 Introduction toStatistics
And ONE of the following two courses
SOCI 1002 Sociology for the Caribbean
SOCI 1003 Sociology and Development (for Criminology Minors)
And THREE of the following courses
FOUN 1013 Critical Reading and Writing in the Social Sciences
FOUN 1019 Reading and Writing in the Social Sciences
FOUN 1101 Caribbean Civilization
FOUN 1201 Science, Medicine and Technology in Society

AND TWO LEVEL 1 FREE ELECTIVES Total - 10 courses(30 creditss)
The Major reqires 30 Credits; 
15 from Level Two and 15 from Level 
Three in the area of specialization as indicated below

Level 2

Semester 1 Semester 2 OR
Course Code
Course Title
GEND2001 Gender in Caribbean Culture I
GEND2400 Sexuality and Power in the Caribbean
Semester ll  
GEND2002 Gender in Caribbean Culture II
GEND2013 Men and Masculinities in the Caribbean
AND ONE of the following four electives

SOCI 2006

Qualitative Research Methods in Sociological Research
SOCI 2008 Statistics for the Behavioural Sciences
SOCI 2007 Design and Analysis
SOCI 2011 Social and Cultural Anthropology
GOVT2268 Gender Governance and Leadership (No Prerequisites required)
GEND2003 Feminist Theory and Practice (No Prequisites required)
Total - 10 courses(30 credits)

Level 3

Semester I

Course Code
Course Title
GEND3600 Gender Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS
Semester II
GEND3032 Gender, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management
GEND3703 Feminist Critiques of Development Theorires: Implications for Policy and Planning
Semester I or II
GEND3027 Gender and Development(Formerly SOCI2016)
GEND3031 Gender, Sex and Society
GEND3502 The Philosophy for Gender in Caribbean Thoughts (No prequisites required)
Total - 10 courses (30 credits)

NB. Full-time Students should register for five(5) courses each semester

Part-time students should register for five(3) courses each semester

As detailed above, Gender Majors MUST sucessfully complete 11 courses offered by the Institute for Gender and Development Studies, Mona Unit, three (3) Foundation courses, four(4) courses from the Department of Sociology and 12 free electives depending on the Minor(s) selected, for a total of 30 courses (90 credits) or 30 courses (93 credits) if you were required to do FOUN1019 and Writing in the Social Sciences).

Undergraduate students from other faculties can complete gender courses as free electives; can pursue a double Major or can combine their Major with a Minor in Gender and Development Studies. 

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