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KINT 7770 - Gender and Development in the 21st Century

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2020-2021

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


The advanced seminar is open for 2nd year Students that have already attended the course on Gender and Development from a Rights-Based Approach, Achieving gender equality in International Cooperation (PSIA) or a similar course (elsewhere).

Course Description

/!\ TITLE : Gender and Development in the 21st Century - Focusing on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Development Cooperation

This advanced seminar on Gender and Development in the 21st Century, focuses on ‘gender' in the broader sense. While in most of the partner countries, gender is still understood as a binary social construct, challenges appear in the international cooperation, to consider also the rights of people with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. ‘The notion that there are two and only two genders is one of the most basic ideas in our binary Western way of thinking. Transgender people challenge our very understanding of the world. And we make them pay the cost of our confusion by their suffering.'** The ‘development cost' adds to this ‘human cost' when some groups are privileged and others are excluded from participating and benefiting from poverty reduction, economic growth and development. This course invites students to get a deeper understanding of the challenges development cooperation faces while committing to the principle of ‘leave-no-one-behind', as the Agenda 2030 (Sustainable Development Goals) requests. Students are expected to participate actively and keep an open mind during class debates.

** Findlay, as cited in Egale Canada Human Rights Trust , ‘Outlaws & In-laws: Your Guide to LGBT Rights, Same-Sex Relationships and Canadian Law' (2003) at 46.

1. Students will understand the challenges of addressing the rights of persons of diverse sexual orientation and gender identity into international cooperation;
2. Students will strengthen their capacities to discuss and defend their opinions regarding the integration of sexual orientation and gender identity in international cooperation;
3. Students will build capacities allowing them to identify, analyse and negotiate different interests and build consensus around shared concerns;
4. Students will apply new tools to identify good practices at non-governmental, bilateral and multilateral level regarding sexual orientation and gender identity in development cooperation;
5. Students will acquire knowledge about the Universal Periodic Review (UPR - UN).

The course pays attention to sensitive questions students face when entering the professional arena. Upon request, students will be coached and discuss answers to the following questions:
• How can I optimize my starting position? (empowerment and self-management)
• How can I prepare for my first job? (planning, monitoring and evaluating)
• What are my professional goals? (building vision and mission, leadership skills)
• How can I build alliances at the workplace? (strategic planning and risk management)
• What should I know if I want to start publishing? (writing skills)


RAVESLOOT, Saskia (Director - SARACO bvba, Office for Gender and Human Rights)

Pedagogical format

The pedagogical approach is interactive and combines lectures with teamwork. During class, students are invited to take an active role and come prepared to join discussions. Preparation consists of building arguments, based on suggested reading.

Course validation

The grading and assessment is a combination of:
i) the participation in class discussions (30%);
ii) a mid-term assessment (30%) and
iii) a final group work to be presented during class at the end of the course (40%).

Students will receive feedback after the sessions: students will have the possibility to ask additional questions and to receive individual coaching where needed. On a collective basis, after the presentation of their mid-term assessment and the final assessment (which is also group work that will be presented during the course).


- Attendance: 2 hours a week / 24 hours a semester
- Reading and Preparation for Class: 4 hours a week / 48 hours a semester
- Research and Preparation for Group Work: 4 hours a week / 48 hours a semester
- Research and Writing for Individual Assessments: 2 hours a week / 24 hours a semester

Required reading

  • McGoldrick, D., 2016. The development and status of sexual orientation discrimination under international human rights law. Human Rights Law Review, 16(4), pp.613-668.
  • Otto, D., 2013. International human rights law: Towards rethinking sex/gender dualism. The Ashgate Research Companion to Feminist Legal Theory, pp.197-216.
  • O'Flaherty, M. and Fisher, J., 2008. Sexual orientation, gender identity and international human rights law: contextualising the Yogyakarta Principles. Human Rights Law Review, 8(2), pp.207-248.

Additional required reading

  • The Yogyakarta Principles, Principles on the application of International Human Rights Law in Relation to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.
  • Additional Principles and State Obligations on the Application of International Human Rights Law in Relation to Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics to Complement the Yogyakarta Principles.