This course introduces geographical perspectives related to gender studies with an emphasis on concepts of feminism and gender. The course is structured to cover various policy approaches, the historical evolution of different approaches, and the gender implications of social, economic, political and environmental interventions in the developing countries. Students will get an exposure to national policies and planes of action for women introduced since 1976 with special emphasis on Sri Lanka , and develop diagnostic skills in gender analysis and gender integrated planning. This course combines lectures, discussions, analysis and presentations.

Course topics include: Gender and feminism; Policy approaches; Critique on gender relations; Gender and space; Women and sectoral development; Gender, environment and feminism; Gender analysis; Gender planning principles and procedures; and Gender impact assessment.