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at Cave Hill, Barbados

Graduate Programmes

MSc in Gender and Development

Programme Goals

  1. To improve the quality of gender-based analysis in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors;
  2. To demonstrate the breadth of the field of gender studies: its history of thought, research methods and applications to the Caribbean;
  3. To provide senior professionals with a range of modern techniques and an enhanced capacity to address developmental issues in a globalizing world;
  4. To strengthen and improve the pool of academic institutions that teach women’s/gender and development studies at different levels;
  5. To inculcate attitudes essential for lifelong learning and professional problem-solving;
  6. To develop a cadre of well-trained gender specialists;
  7. To facilitate gender-based research and publication in diverse subject areas;
  8. To expose students to the importance of appreciating difference vis à is gender and other social categories of analysis.
Admission requirements
Applicants should have a First Degree with at least lower 2nd Class Honours (GPA 2.0-2.99). Preference will be given to students with some prior training in gender studies.  This could include the UWI Minor in Gender and Development or Gender Studies or its equivalent.
UWI Diploma in Gender and Development Studies or equivalent tertiary level diploma and extensive working experience in a related field;
This programme is 18 months full-time or 24 months part-time during which time the candidate will have completed 35 credits.
Course of Study
Candidates are required to complete thirty-five credits (35), consisting of:
  1. 5 compulsory core courses (19 credits)
  2. 2 elective courses (8 credits)
  3. 1 research paper or internship project supervised by a gender specialist (15,000 -20,000 words, 8 credits).
  4. 1 research seminar (non-credit)
Core Courses
  1. Contemporary Feminist Theorizing (4 credits)
  2. Feminist Epistemology and Methodology (4 credits)
  3. Issues in Caribbean Feminism and Gender Relations (3 credits)
  4. Gender Analysis for Development, Policy and Planning (4 credits)
  5. Sexualities, Bodies and Power in Society (4 credits)
Students may take elective courses from other graduate programmes, depending on interest and availability.  The offer of IGDS electives for any academic year will depend on the grouped research interests of the cohort as well as the availability of staff to offer these courses. In the initial stages of the programme not all electives will be offered.  The expansion of the number of electives will depend on the numbers of students enrolled and the availability of teaching staff. 
The student could select either two (2) IGDS electives or one (1) IGDS elective and one (1) elective from other graduate programmes depending on their interest.
Select 1 or 2 from the following:
IGDS Electives
  1. GEND6105 Key Issues in Gender and Transformation in the Caribbean
  2. GEND6601 Key Theories & Debates in Gender & Development
  3. GEND6102 Data Collection and Analysis: A Gendered Approach
  4. GEND6402 Gender & Political Mobilisation & Activism
  5. GEND6202 Gender and Globalization
  6. ********* Gender and Human Rights (new course)
  7. ********* Regulating Sexual Citizenship in ‘Postcolonial’ Nations (new course)
1 Elective from other Graduate Programmes
  1. CLTR6270 Under Western Eyes: Rethinking Cultural Hegemony in Caribbean Gender Relations
  2. LITS6201 Women’s Writing and Feminist Theory
  3. LITS6202 Women, Fiction and Gender
*Or any other approved Graduate course or reading course relevant to student’s research area
Cost of the MSc in Gender and Development Studies: $25, 000 BDS
For Application Form and additional information please see the Graduate student handbook or visit:


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Engendering Local Government in the Commonwealth Caribbean, Violet Eudine Barriteau

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