GI409      Half Unit
Gender, Globalisation and Development: An Introduction

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Diane Perrons COL.5.01B

and other GI faculty


This course is available on the CEMS Exchange, IMEX Exchange, MSc in Development Management, MSc in Development Studies, 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 Human Resources and Organisations (International Employment Relations and Human Resource Management), MSc in Human Rights, MSc in Inequalities and Social Science, MSc in Management, MSc in Management (CEMS MIM) and MSc in Management (MiM Exchange). 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.

This course will be capped at 30.

Course content

This course will provide students with a 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 course then 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 and brings the issues raised in the course to a conclusion by reviewing change, continuity and risk in the contemporary globalised world.


Lectures in the MT will be 90 minutes, followed by 60 minute seminars.

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

Formative coursework

Essay (1500 words)

Indicative reading

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

• Bourguignon, F. (2015) The Globalization of Inequality, Princeton: Princeton University Press

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

• 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.

• Kilkey, M., Perrons,D. and Plomien, A. (2013) Gender, Migration and Domestic Work: Masculinities, Male Labour & Fathering in the UK and USA, Hampshire: MacMillan

•  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.

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

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

• Ngai,P (2006) Made in China, Duke University 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.

• Rai, S. (2013) Gender and the Political Economy of Development: From Nationalism to Globalization, Cambridge: Polity.

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

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

• Sen, A (2000) Development as Freedom, Anchor Books

• 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:

World Bank (2012) World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development.



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

Student performance results

(2012/13 - 2014/15 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 15
Merit 48.3
Pass 35
Fail 1.7

Key facts

Department: Gender Institute

Total students 2015/16: 21

Average class size 2015/16: 11

Controlled access 2015/16: No

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

Course survey results

(2012/13 - 2014/15 combined)

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

The scores below are average responses.

Response rate: 91%



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