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MAAPD program

The MAAPD (Gender) is a specialisation within the MAAPD. It will provide an understanding of the principal ways in which a gendered approach to social inquiry and participatory processes, can be applied to the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development activities. Particular emphasis will be placed on the problems of combining gender perspectives and participatory practices that include both men and women, with other forms of technical expertise in development work.

Who should do the MAAPD (Gender) program

The MAAPD (Gender) program is designed for those who have developed an interest in the application of anthropology's critical methods and styles to social issues in development.

It is designed for people working in government, non-government organisations, or as independent consultants, who wish to develop their gender expertise in development work by pursuing a professional program.

Graduates of the Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development (Gender) program will have the knowledge and skills to:

  • critically reflect on gender and gender relations, and discuss the rationale for gender equity and a gender sensitive approach in development policies and programs;
  • contribute to debates on gender issues in development, through their ability to evaluate, analyse and monitor development policies, projects and practices strategies and their consequences from a gender perspective;
  • gain an understanding of trends and changes in development theory and practice as they apply to local development processes;
  • apply critical social inquiry and participatory processes to the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development activities;
  • undertake social assessments and integrate social perspectives and participatory practices with other forms of technical expertise in development; and
  • advise on the development policy processes of NGOs, the private sector, government, and multilateral agencies to ensure the inclusion of local and community perspectives.

The MAAPD (Gender) program is taught by anthropologists and gender experts from specialist areas across the ANU. It draws on the regional and conceptual expertise that has contributed to the world-class reputation of ANU in anthropological and gender studies. It comprises four compulsory and two elective courses.

MAAPD (Gender) is currently available on-campus or online at either a full-time or part-time intensity - 2 semesters full time, 3 - 4 semesters part time. Any of the courses offered can be taken as Non Award Courses.

Updated:  5 November 2014/Responsible Officer:  MAAPD Convenors /Page Contact:  Program Coordinators