Globalisation, Gender and Development

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Marsha Henry, Prof Naila Kabeer and Prof Diane Perrons


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation. This course is available on the MPhil/PhD Human Geography and Urban Studies, MPhil/PhD in Regional and Urban Planning Studies, MSc Human Geography and Urban Studies (Research), MSc in Development Management, MSc in Development Studies, MSc in Gender, MSc in Gender (Research), MSc in Gender, Policy and Inequalities, MSc in Global Politics, MSc in Global Politics, MSc in Global Politics (Global Civil Society), MSc in Human Rights, MSc in Management, MSc in Management (CEMS MIM), MSc in Social Policy and Development, MSc in Social Policy and Development: Non-Governmental Organisations and MSc in Urban Policy (LSE and Sciences Po). This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

This course cannot be taken alongside GI409 Gender, Globalisation and Development: An Introduction.

Course content

This course will provide students with a thorough knowledge of two key interconnected and intersecting literatures: gender and development and gender and globalisation. The course provides students with an introduction to the history of the field of gender and development studies and globalisation and gender, in particular how globalisation is associated with widening social, spatial and gender inequalities. The course is organised into  a number of themes: critical engagements and understandings of development ; contemporary theories of gender, development and globalisation; global integration and development - gender, and poverty; China and India;  Work, development and global divisions; ; Gender and security; and Issues of embodiment - sexuality , masculinity and embodiment.  The second half of the course is concerned with gender and development: theorising policies and practice focusing on questions of recognition, redistribution and representation in relation to violence, reproductive rights, social protection, land rights gender mainstreaming and gender quotas.   The course draws on a wide range of perspectives and considers diverse analytical tools for the analysis of gender, development and globalisation. Emphasis is placed on the analysis and theorisation of socio-economic and spatial aspects of change, particularly changes in working patterns, living arrangements, experiences and subjectivities. Empirical illustrations are provided through a series of case studies and readings of ethnographies linking global and local issues and the lives of people across the globe.


Lectures in the MT will be 90 minutes, followed by 60 minute seminars. One week in the MT will be a 180 minute integrated lecture/seminar. Lectures in the LT will be 60 minutes, followed by 60 minute seminars.

Formative coursework

Essay (1500 words) in the MT.

Indicative reading

  • Benería, L (2003) Gender, Development and Globalization: Economics as if All people Mattered, Routledge
  • Chant,S (2007) Gender, Generation and Poverty;
  • Chant,S (ed) (2010) International Handbook of Gender and Poverty: Concepts, Research, Policy, Edward Elgar.
  • Cook, S. and Kabeer, N. (2010) Social Protection as Development Policy, New Delhi: Routledge;
  • Carrillo, B. and Duckett, J. (2011) China’s Changing Welfare Mix: Local Perspectives, London: Routledge;
  • Cornwall, A., Edstrom, J and Greig, A, (eds) (2011) Men and Development: Politicising Masculinities, London: Zed Books;
  • Cornwall, A. and Eade, D,(eds.) (2010) Deconstructing Development Discourse: Buzzwords and Fuzzwords, Rugby: Practical Action Publishing;
  • Cornwall,A and Molyneux, M (Eds) , (2008) The Politics of Rights: Dilemmas for Feminist Praxis
  • Cornwall, A, Harrison,E & A.Whitehead (Eds) (2007) Feminisms in Development;
  • Jaquette,J & Summerfield,G (Eds) (2006) Women and Gender Equity in Development Theory and Practice;
  • Kabeer, N., Sudarshan, R.  and Millward, K. (2013)  Organizing women in the informal economy: beyond the weapons of the weak
  • Kabeer, N. (2008) Gender and social protection in the informal economy, Commonwealth Secretariat/Routledge
  • Kabeer, N (2008) Global Perspectives on Gender Equality: Reversing the gaze Co-edited with Agneta Stark,  Routledge.
  • Kabeer, N The Power to Choose: Bangladeshi Women and Labour Market Decisions in London and Dhaka, Verso, 2003;
  • Marchand and, M., and Runyan, A.  eds., (2011) Gender and Global Restructuring: Sightings, Sites and Resistances London: Routledge.
  • Marchand, M & Parpart,J (Ed) (1995) Feminism/Postmodernism/Development;
  • Ngia,P (2006) Made in China, Duke University Press
  • Nussbaum, M. (2011) Creating capabilities : the human development approach, Cambridge Mass: Harvard University Press
  • Ong,A (1999), Flexible Citizenship, Duke University Press;
  • Perrons, D (2004) Globalization and Social Change, Routledge;
  • Razavi, S. and Utting, P. (2011) The Global Crisis and Transformative Social Change, London: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Rofel ,L (2007) Desiring China, Duke University Press;
  • Saunders,K (Ed), (2002) Feminist Post-Development Thought;
  • Sen, A (2000) Development as Freedom, Anchor Books;
  • Steans, J. (2012) Gendering Globalization, Bristol: Policy Press
  • L.Zhang and A. Ong, (eds) (2008) Privatizing China: Socialism from Afar, Cornell University Press
  • In addition a range of institutional reports will be referred to including for example
  • ILO (2010) Moving Towards Decent Work for Domestic Workers: An Overview of ILO’s Work.
  • World Bank (2011) Gender Equality and Development, World Development Report 2012


Essay (50%, 4000 words) in the LT.
Essay (50%, 4000 words) in the ST.

Teachers' comment

This course has been re-designed for the 2013/14 academic year.

Key facts

Department: Gender Institute

Total students 2012/13: 28

Average class size 2012/13: 13

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Commercial awareness
  • Specialist skills