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IGDS – Mission, Vision, Strategy
Mission: To produce and disseminate knowledge to transform gender relations in the Caribbean in support of the UWI’s mission to enhance regional and international development.
Vision: All UWI Graduates are committed to social justice and the promotion of gender-responsive human relations and development
Strategy: The IGDS will achieve its mission and vision by producing and delivering interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary programmes that are characterized by excellence in:
* Teaching guided by feminist theories and gender & development perspectives, principles and practices
* Research and publications that investigate societal issues and challenges from a gender perspective
* Public service, outreach and activism that transform gender relations and promote social justice
* Building partnerships and mobilizing resources to facilitate the above
We offer disciplinary and interdisciplinary courses in Gender across faculties within the University of the West Indies, at both the undergraduate and post-graduate levels.
We initiate collaborative research projects that address the relationship of gender to all areas of society.
We pursue a program of outreach activities that includes seminars, workshops and networking events.
The IGDS is founded on the understanding that social, cultural and historical processes have constructed and reproduced unequal gender relations within society. The Institute emphasizes scholarship and teaching that is broadly comparative and recognizes that gender is a fundamental category of analysis in all disciplines.
The work of the Institute is three-fold, comprising teaching, research and outreach. Our Institute employs a broad range of theoretical approaches and methods that helps students to think critically and synthetically about the multiple axes of power through which gender identities and practices are constructed and challenged. The intellectual goal of the IGDS is to develop new approaches to knowledge creation and social scientific inquiry that will inform our teaching, research, institutional and community practices.
As an interdisciplinary programme IGDS offers a wide range of courses that use the lens of gender to examine issues such as globalization, history, political science, literature, popular culture, feminist theory, development, sexuality studies, race and ethnicity, environmental studies, policy, governance, law, cultural studies, philosophy and economics.
The IGDS has introduced a comprehensive revised graduate programme that emphasizes synergies and collegiality in a challenging interdisciplinary environment. Students now have the opportunity to pursue a post-graduate diploma in Gender and Development; a master of Science in Gender and Development as well as MPhil / PDd degrees in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies.
As one of the most vibrant programmes at UWI we look back with pride on what we have achieved in such a short span of existence. the Institute celebrated its 15th anniversary In 2008-2009. We look to the future with enthusiasm and confidence as we continue to engage in dialogue and research in the quest for a just and equitable society for all.
THE IDEAL IGDS GRADUATE
The ideal IGDS graduate will have a desire for know