SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MML425531
Module Leader Angela O'Hagan
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Sociology
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge


Summary of Content

The overall aim of this module is to develop an understanding of a rights based approach to climate change and climate justice. These issues are explored within wider debates on gender equality, human rights, and development. This module is as much about thinking critically as it is about the formal institutional and legal instruments that comprise the international frameworks on human rights and climate change. Working from a feminist institutionalist and critical thinking perspective, the content and approach in the module supports independent learning and development, encouraging students to think beyond accepted norms about how institutions work and how policy decisions impact the lives of women and men. Following a feminist institutionalist premise that institutions, and therefore policies and decisions that stem from them, are gender biased. Robust gender analysis is essential at all stages of the policy process to remedy this imbalance, reveal inequalities experienced by women and men, in order to do research and make policy and resourcing decisions that result in better and more outcomes for women and men.


BLOCK ONE -360 Introduction to human rights: Major characteristics of human rights Introduction to human rights: Generations and controversy Climate change, climate justice and human rights: The social construction of vulnerability. BLOCK TWO -360 A human rights based approach to climate change: A route to climate justice? Social construction of gender: Gender, sex and feminist theory Approaches to gender and development From Women in development to gender and development. BLOCK THREE -360 Feminist activism and mainstreaming change: The role of institutions and agencies. -360 Millennium Development Goals Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) (CEDAW) Financing for Development: Gender Analysis FAIR methodology: The participation and involvement of communities .

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:1. Critically reflect upon the ways in which climate change impacts upon the socially vulnerable. 2. Demonstrate a theoretically informed understanding of the complexity surrounding gender and development. 3. Present a critically informed assessment of the relationship between climate change, climate justice and human rights. 4. Develop an appreciation of the way in which issues concerning human rights and climate justice can be researched and investigated.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The approach to teaching and learning for this module has been designed to encourage independent, critical thinking, engaging in debate and discussion in class and online. The module progresses through two blocks on theoretical and conceptual understanding of human rights, gender, and development and the normative and legislative underpinning, before moving into a focus on policy and practice. Using learning technologies and classroom methods the module includes flipped classroom, group work on-line through wikis and blogs, group project and presentation as part of the assessed coursework, as well as summative assessments in the form of an essay and reflective blog. Blended learning techniques draw on theoretical and conceptual material, policy analysis and critique, grey literature from NGOs and international human rights institutions, as well as video and on-line material from a range of relevant sources, including guest lectures from external organisations.

Indicative Reading

Balakrishnan, R. and Elson, D. 2011. Economic Policy and Human Rights. Zed Books Balakrishnan, R., Elson, D., Heintz, J. and Lusiani, N., 2011. Maximum available resources and human rights. Center for Women's Global Leadership, Rutgers University. Berik, G., Rodgers, Y.v.d.M. & Seguino, S. 2009. "Feminist Economics of Inequality, Development, and Growth", Feminist Economics, 15(3): 1-33. Bunch, C. 1990. "Women's rights as human rights: Toward a re-vision of human rights", Human Rights Quarterly, 12(4): 486-498. Benereda, Lourdes., Berik, Gunseli., Floro, Maria S. 2016. Gender, Development, and Globalization: Economics as if All People Mattered. London and New York: Routledge Centre for Economic and Social Rights . 2018. Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2018: Exploring new policy pathways. How to overcome obstacles and contradictions in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda Civil Society Reflection Groupon the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Costa, M. 2017 . Gender Responsive Budgeting in Fragile States <>. The Case of Timor-Leste. Routledge. H.Y., Choo and Ferree, M.M., 2010. Practicing intersectionality in sociological research: A critical analysis of inclusions, interactions, and institutions in the study of inequalities. Sociological theory, 28(2), pp.129-149. Dembour, Marie-Be9ne9dicte. 2010. "What Are Human Rights? Four Schools of Thought", Human Rights Quarterly 32, pp. 1-20. Jaggar, A.M. 2013. Gender and Global Justice. Polity Press Kabeer, N. 2015. "Gender, poverty, and inequality: a brief history of feminist contributions in the field of international development", Gender & Development, 23(2):189-205. Williams, M. 2015. Gender and Climate Change Financing: Coming out of the margin Routledge Perrons, D. 2015. "Gendering the inequality debate", Gender & Development, 23(2): 207-222. Rai, S.M. and Waylen, G. eds., 2013. New frontiers in feminist political economy. Routledge. Centre for Economic and Social Rights . 2018. Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2018: Exploring new policy pathways. How to overcome obstacles and contradictions in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda Civil Society Reflection Groupon the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Terry, G. 2009. "No climate justice without gender justice: an overview of the issues", Gender & Development, 17(1): 5-18. Tripp, Aili Mari . 2015 Women and Power in Postconflict Africa.. Cambridge University Press.

Transferrable Skills

Generic Skills -360b7 Presentation and communication skills. b7 Ability to critically engage with issues related to human rights, gender and development. Employability Skills -360b7 Ability to compare and contrast different approaches to common problems. b7 Ability to work independently and as part of a team. b7 Develop capacity to apply gender analysis to a range of policies. Digital Capabilities -360b7 Source and analyse data and policy evaluations concerned with human rights gender and development.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 18.00
Independent Learning (FT) 84.00
Assessment (FT) 30.00
Seminars (FT) 18.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 60.00 45% Critical Essay - (2,500 words)
Course Work 02 n/a 40.00 45% Group project, presentation and Individual Reflective blog