The Graduate Certificate in Gender Mainstreaming Policy and Analysis is an 18-unit program offered by the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. It is normally completed in one semester full-time or three semesters part-time.

Students who have successfully completed the course may apply for admission into the Graduate Diploma in International Development or the Master of Arts (International Development) .

The Graduate Certificate in Gender Mainstreaming Policy and Analysis is also offered by Distance Education with a limited range of optional topics. The topics available for Distance Education are indicated by an asterisk (*). A computer with internet access is required for study in distance mode.

Admission requirements

Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or an equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution. However, the Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.

Credit may be granted, on application, for comparable prior studies.

Course aims

The course is designed to prepare students for a variety of careers where specialised knowledge is required for the integration of gender considerations into policy making, program/project design and implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

This course aims to provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of Gender Mainstreaming and Gender Analysis. Since 1995 Gender Mainstreaming, an international strategy to achieve gender equality in all aspects of society, has been adopted by many governments, local, national and international organisations in developing and developed countries, including Australia.

Gender Analysis is a foundational base for all economic and social development policy and development programs. The course also provides opportunities to apply this knowledge in simulated virtual learning environments designed to enhance work related learning and understanding of real-world workplace contexts.

The specialised skills the course offers in Gender Mainstreaming and Gender Analysis are applicable to both the Australian and the international context.

Learning outcomes

On completing this course students should be able to:

  • display a comprehensive understanding of contemporary debates on integrating gender into policies and programs
  • analyse gender inequality issues and apply appropriate analytical tools and frameworks
  • implement Gender Mainstreaming strategies within the context of gender theories
  • investigate how Gender Mainstreaming and Gender Analysis have been practiced by international and/or national government agencies and non-government organisations
  • demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively in respectful partnerships across cultures and linguistic diversity on gender inequality issues.

Program of study

To qualify for The Graduate Certificate in Gender Mainstreaming Policy and Analysis, a student must complete 18 units (9 units Core topics and 9 units Elective topics) with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study below.

Not all topics necessarily are available in a given year.

Core topics

 DVST9031  Gender Analysis  (4.5 units)*
 DVST9032  Gender Mainstreaming  (4.5 units)*

Elective topics

 Plus 9 units selected from the following:

 DVST8010   Development Problems, Policies and Programs  (4.5 units)*
 DVST9013   Applied Development Studies  (4.5 units)*
 DVST9023    Research Practice in Development Studies (4.5 units)
 DVST9035A  International Development Practicum (4.5 units)
 POAD9028  Evaluation Methods  (4.5 units)*
 WMST8003  The Global Woman: Introduction to Gender and Development  (4.5 units)*
 WMST8005  Indigenous Women's Voices: Negotiating Differences  (4.5 units)
 WMST8008  Engendering Justice, Rights, and Representation: Gender, State and Citizenship  (4.5 units)
 WMST9021  Sex, Gender and the Law: Exploring feminist legal issues and law reform  (4.5 units)

 *Available in Distance Education mode.