GI409      Half Unit
Gender, Globalisation and Development: An Introduction

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Marsha Henry COL.5.04H


This course is available on the MSc Human Geography and Urban Studies (Research), MSc in Development Management, MSc in Development Studies, MSc in Empires, Colonialism and Globalisation, MSc in Environment and Development, MSc in Gender, MSc in Gender (Research), MSc in Gender, Media and Culture, MSc in Gender, Policy and Inequalities, MSc in Global Politics, MSc in Global Politics (Global Civil Society), MSc in Human Rights, MSc in International Employment Relations and Human Resource Management, MSc in Management, MSc in Regional And Urban Planning Studies, 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 GI407 Globalisation, Gender and Development.

Course content

The course provides students with an introduction to  the field of gender, globalisation and development studies; it provides an analysis of how globalisation is associated with widening social, spatial and gender inequalities and an examination of some of the consequences of contemporary economic, social and spatial restructuring on the organisation of daily life in the Global North and South. The course is comprised of 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 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.

Formative coursework

Essay (1500 words) in the MT.

Indicative reading

  • Benería, L (2003) Gender, Development and Globalization: Economics as if All People Mattered, London: Routledge
  • Cook, S. and Kabeer, N. (2010) Social Protection as Development Policy, New Delhi: 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.
  • Kabeer, N (2000) The Power to Choose: Bangladeshi Women and Labour Market Decisions in London and Dhaka, London: Verso.
  • Ong, A. (1999), Flexible Citizenship, London: Duke University Press.
  • Perrons, D. (2004) Globalization and Social Change, London: Routledge.
  • Razavi, S. and Utting, P. (2011) The Global Crisis and Transformative Social Change, London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Sen, A (2000) Development as Freedom, Oxford: Oxford Paperbacks.
  • Sen, A (2009) The Idea of Justice, London: Allen Lane.
  • Steans, J. (2012) Gendering Globalization, Bristol: Policy 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 (100%, 4000 words) in the LT.

Teachers' comment

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

Key facts

Department: Gender Institute

Total students 2012/13: 44

Average class size 2012/13: 12

Value: Half 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