GI420      Half Unit
Globalisation, Gender and Development: Policy and Practice

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Naila Kabeer


This course is available on the MSc Human Geography and Urban Studies (Research), MSc in Development Management, MSc in Development Studies, MSc in Gender, MSc in Gender, Policy and Inequalities, MSc in Global Politics, MSc in Human Rights, MSc in Management, 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.

Course content

This course will provide students with a thorough knowledge of theoretical and policy debates in the field of gender and development at local, national and global levels and within a globalising context. The course is organised as a number of themed blocks focusing on questions of theorising policy and practice in the field of gender and development and paying attention to questions of recognition, redistribution and representation in relation to violence, reproductive rights, social protection, land rights, gender mainstreaming and gender quotas. 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.


10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT.

Formative coursework

One essay of 1500 words to be handed in midway through the LT.

Indicative reading

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
Kabeer, N. (2008) Gender and social protection in the informal economy (Commonwealth Secretariat/Routledge)
N. Kabeer, N., Sudarshan, R. and Milward, K (eds), 2013, Organizing Women Workers in the Informal Economy: Beyond the Weapons of the Weak, London: Zed
Kelly, R. et. al.( 2001) Gender, globalisation and democratisation Oxford: Rowman & Littlefield..
Marchand and, M., and Runyan, A. eds., (2011), Gender and Global Restructuring: Sightings, Sites and Resistances London: Routledge.
Rai, S.M. and Waylen, G. (eds) (2008) Global Governance. Feminist Perspective, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Razavi, S. and Utting, P. (2011) The Global Crisis and Transformative Social Change, London:
Palgrave Macmillan
Saunders,K (Ed), (2002) Feminist Post-Development Thought;
Sen, A (2000) Development as Freedom, Anchor Books;


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

Key facts

Department: Gender Institute

Total students 2012/13: Unavailable

Average class size 2012/13: Unavailable

Value: Half Unit

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