GI419      Half Unit
Gender and Contemporary Social Movements

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Kalpana Wilson, COL.5.04E


This course is available on the MSc in Gender, MSc in Gender (Research), MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation, MSc in Gender, Policy and Inequalities and MSc in Social Policy and Development: Non-Governmental Organisations. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

The period from the 1990s onwards, which has seen the rapid acceleration of globalization and the consolidation of neoliberal policies and practices, has also been marked by a wide variety of social movements directly engaging with and challenging these processes. These movements have been characterized by new collectivities, new forms of organizing, and multiple visions of social, economic and political transformation. Exploring experiences and perspectives emerging from social movements, cutting across divisions between the ‘global North’ and ‘global South,’ this interdisciplinary course brings a transnational gender perspective to bear on these movements, the contexts in which they are located and the debates and contradictions they have generated.


10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of seminars in the MT.

Formative coursework

1,500 word writing exercise and a Seminar presentation

Indicative reading

Collins, J (2003) Threads: Gender, Labour and Power in the Global Apparel Industry, University of Chicago Press, Chicago
Dufour, P., D. Masson, D. Caouette, (2010) Solidarities Beyond Borders : Transnationalising Women's Movements, University of British Colombia Press, Toronto
Kabeer, N., R. Sudarshan and K. Milward (Forthcoming 2013) Organizing Women Workers in the Informal Economy: Beyond the Weapons of the Weak, Zed Books, London
Mohanty, C. T. (2003) '"Under Western Eyes" Revisited: Feminist Solidarity through Anti-Capitalist Struggles', Signs, 28(2): 499-535
Naples, N. A, and M. Desai (2002) Women's Activism and Globalization: Linking Local Struggles and Transnational Politics. Routledge, New York
Razavi, S(ed.) (2003) 'Agrarian Change, Gender and Land Rights', Special Issue of the Journal of Agrarian Change, 3 (1-2): 1-288


Essay (100%, 4000 words) in the LT.

Key facts

Department: Gender Institute

Total students 2012/13: Unavailable

Average class size 2012/13: Unavailable

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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