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OADD 2245 - Gender & sustainable development : Introduction to the Basics of Gender and Environment Negotiations

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2020-2021

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


Basic acquaintance with global environmental policies, interest in the UN negotiating bodies, and international climate players, etc.

Course Description

Gender is a cross-cutting issue of growing importance at the international environmental negotiating table. The course is an introduction to the various facets that shape the gender topic in international environmental negotiations. It will enable students to understand the major issues at stake and to reflect on the objectives of an international gender negotiation. It will also enable students to identify the major players in the sector and to detect the logics of lobbying.
This course will explore projects and activities from a gender perspective and introduces the relevance of existing analytical frameworks to understanding gender issues in environmental management.
The course will have a theoretical and practical component. It will also call upon external speakers to illustrate the themes of certain modules. Finally, students will be asked to produce presentations on key themes.
Learning outcomes:/
1. Understand the intersectional links and multidisciplinary nodes between gender and environmental policies: climate, biodiversity and broader sustainable development.
2.Identify the major actors in the sector and analyse the logics and levers of action enabling progress in international negotiations on the subject.
3. Apply quantitative and qualitative tools to assess the robustness of gender and environmental intervention techniques.
4. Develop culture on gender and the environment.


LETELLIER, Emma M. (Attaché d'administration de l'Etat (AAE))

Pedagogical format

Pedagogical format:/
24 hours of lessons divided into 12 sessions of 2 hours each, by videoconference, with the support of a succinct course material. The first 3 courses will be dedicated to negotiation techniques. The next 8 sessions will be thematic. The last session will sum up the previous sessions by opening on a topical issue. Each course will therefore have a format adapted to the subject dealt with, with the common basis being a theoretical presentation by the teacher, an exchange with the students, the presentation of one or more assignments and the intervention of an external expert selected according to availability and time left. The order of this structure may change during the course of the term but its components will remain the same.

Course validation

Type of assessment: oral presentation, individual, group, participation:
Combination of lectures, tutorials and various paper analysis.
The final grade is the sum of three grades:
- an oral group presentation (40%) to assess a student's ability to work in a group and to report on the general environment of a topic, as well as to demonstrate the proper application of the negotiation techniques learned during the sessions. This assessment will be graded during the simulation of the 2 real-time negotiation sessions. (Session 4 and Session 8). Constructive feedback on the quality and relevance of the simulation will be given by the teacher during the session. Duration: 1 hour.
- a short policy review (30%) to assess a student's understanding of certain key complementary themes or the role of certain actors in the field. Each student will have to present to the class, in the form of an oral pitch, a topic chosen in advance from the list of topics communicated by the teacher. The presentation will be sent to the teacher and shared with the other students one week in advance, in written form not exceeding one double-sided page. In order to construct his or her presentation, the student will be personally responsible for the research sources and will provide a short bibliography of some of the works (maximum 5) or references used (sources). The teacher will be at the disposal of each student by email to help him or her if necessary. Feedback on the quality and relevance of the work presented will be given by the teacher immediately during the session and may be the subject of an open discussion with the other students in order to enrich the collective reflection and to understand the positive points and the points to be improved if necessary. Maximum duration: 10 minutes.
- case study: professional situation (30%): In groups of 3 to 5 students, an oral presentation will be made on the basis of a powerpoint presented during the session. The topic will be defined in advance with the teacher (to be chosen from a list of dedicated topics). The idea is to represent (put oneself in the place of/in the shoes of) an institution (a development bank, a government, an NGO...) which would present its daily work and its implementation actions and/or advocate to other important actors in the sector. It will be followed by a question-and-answer game with the teacher and other students. Maximum duration: 15 minutes.


Course workload:/
This course requires a high level of personal investment and attendance.
One or more readings will be recommended for each session. Active participation and reflection by the student is expected.
In total, each student :
-will produce a policy review presented orally (individual)
-will participate in 2 negotiation sessions (real-time simulation) (whole class)
-will present a case study (small group of 3 to 5 students/group)

Required reading

  • 1.Enhanced Lima work programme on gender and its gender action plan; decision 3/CP.25
  • 2. Matthias Barth, 2018, Routledge Handbook of Higher Education for Sustainable Development, Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • 3.Aguilar, L., Granat, M., & Owren, C. (2015). Roots for the future: The landscape and way forward on gender and climate change. IUCN & GGCA, Washington, DC.