Globalisation, Gender and Development

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Naila Kabeer COL.5.04C and Prof Diane Perrons COL.5.01B

Dr Anouk Patel Campillo


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, 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 Human Rights, MSc in Management, MSc in Management (CEMS MIM), MSc in Management (MiM Exchange) 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, or GI420 Globalisation, Gender and Development: Theorising Policy and Practice.

Removal of duplicate MSc Gender Policy and Inequalities. (27/06/2016 VT)

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. We   begin by defining and theorising gender, development and globalisation and their operation in material spaces, policy and practice.

The first part of the course considers contemporary theories of globalisation and development and the differences that a gender perspective makes. A particular focus is on how globalisation is associated with widening social, spatial, gender and racial inequalities, illustrated by case studies of global integration and uneven development. Specific reference is made to the global division of labour, employment, carework and migration; contrasts and alternatives within neoliberalism are considered by reference to the development strategies of China and Latin America and their implications for social and gender equalities. The final lecture considers the question of security as well as bringing the issues raised in the first part of the course to a conclusion by reviewing change, continuity and risk in the contemporary globalised world.

The second half of the course is concerned with theorising policies and practice in the field of gender and international development.  These are explored in greater detail through case studies of feminist struggles over recognition, redistribution, representation and rights as they play out in relation to various policy issues, including gender-based violence, sexuality and reproduction, microfinance, social protection, gender quotas and collective action, including labour standards and corporate social responsibility.


Lectures will be 90 minutes with time for Q & A and, followed by 60 minute seminars. 

There will be a reading week in both terms in week 6 in line with departmental policy.

Formative coursework

Essay (1500 words) in the MT.

Indicative reading

• Benería, L. Berik, G and Floro, M.  (2015) Gender, Development and Globalization: Economics as if All people Mattered, London: Routledge. (2nd Edition).

• Chant, S. (ed.) (2010) International Handbook of Gender and Poverty: Concepts, Research, Policy, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

• Cook, S. and Kabeer, N. (2010) Social Protection as Development Strategy, London: Routledge.

• Cornwall, A.,Edstrom, J. and Greig, A. eds. (2011) Men and Development: Politicising Masculinities, London: Zed Books.

• Cornwall, A., Harrison, E. & Whitehead, A. (eds) (2007) Feminisms in Development: contradictions, contestations, and challenges, London: Zed Books.

• Devaki, J. and Elson, D. (2011) Harvesting Feminist Knowledge for Public Policy, IDRC, London: Sage

• Escobar, A. (2011) Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World, Princeton Princeton University Press

• Jaggar, A. (2014) Gender and Global Justice, Bristol: Polity

• Kabeer, N. (2001) The Power to Chose. Bangladeshi women and labour market decisions in London and Dhaka, London: Verso.

• Kabeer, N. (2003) Gender Mainstreaming in Poverty Eradication and the Millennium Development Goals: a handbook for policy-makers and other stakeholders, London: Commonwealth Secretariat.

•  Long, N., Jingzhong,Y., Yihuan,W. (2012)  Rural transformations and development- China in context: the everyday lives of policies and people, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

• Marchand, M. and Runyan, A. (2011) Gender and Global Restructuring, second edition London: Routledge.

• Milanovic, B. (2016) Global Inequality: A New Approach for the Age of Globalization, Harvard: Harvard University Press

• Mirchandani, K. (2012) Phone Clones. Authenticity Work in the Transnational Service Economy, Ithaca: ILR Press.

• Ong, A. (2010) Spirits of Resistance and capitalist Discipline, 2nd Edition New York: Suny Press.

• Patel, R. (2010) Working the Night Shift. Women in India’s Call Centres, Stanford: University Press.

• Perrons, D. (2004) Globalization and Social Change, London: Routledge.

• Visvanathan, N. (2012) The Women, Gender and Development Reader, London: Zed Books.

• Selwyn, B. (2014) The Global Development Crisis, Cambridge: Polity Press.

• Stiglitz, J. (2015) The Great Divide. Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them, London: Penguin.

In addition a range of institutional reports will be referred to including for example

• ILO (2015) World Employment and Social Outlook: The Changing Nature of Jobs, Available at:

• UNDP (2014) Gender Equality Strategy 2014-2017. Available at:

• UNDP (2012) Powerful Synergies: Gender Equality, Economic Development and Environmental Sustainability. Available at:

• UN Women (2015) Progress of the World’s Women. Transforing Economies, Realizing Rights. Available at:

• UNRISD (2015) UNRISD Classics, Volume II: Gendered Dimensions of Development. Available at:

[Note this is an edited collection of classic articles – take a look at these – you may find some on the reading list – but also see the recently written introduction by Silke Staab and Shahra Razavi]

World Bank (2012) World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development. Available at:,,contentMDK:22999750~menuPK:8154981~pagePK:64167689~piPK:64167673~theSitePK:7778063,00.html



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

Student performance results

(2012/13 - 2014/15 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 10.2
Merit 63.6
Pass 24.6
Fail 1.7

Key facts

Department: Gender Institute

Total students 2015/16: 36

Average class size 2015/16: 12

Controlled access 2015/16: No

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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

Course survey results

(2012/13 - 2014/15 combined)

1 = "best" score, 5 = "worst" score

The scores below are average responses.

Response rate: 81%



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