GI418 Half Unit
Feminist Economics and Policy: An Introduction
This information is for the 2017/18 session.
Prof Diane Perrons (Tower 1.11.01G), Dr Ania Plomien and Prof Naila Kabeer.
This course is available on the MSc in African Development, MSc in Development Management, MSc in Development Studies, MSc in Gender, MSc in Gender (Research), MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation, MSc in Gender, Policy and Inequalities, MSc in Human Resources and Organisations (International Employment Relations and Human Resource Management) and MSc in Social Policy and Development. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
The course is run by the Department of Gender Studies – an interdisciplinary department. One of the key objectives is to bring a multi-perspectival approach to understanding of economic processes. As economic processes have a profound influence on social life, gender relations and gender equality, and vice versa, this course seeks to expose students interested in gender to the work of Feminist Economists.
An interest in gender issues is essential and undergraduate level course in economics would be an advantage.
Recent decades have seen the emergence of gender equality as a key policy concern and Feminist Economics as a sub discipline. The purpose of the course is to engage with the theoretical foundations and intellectual contributions of Feminist Economics and consider how these ideas have been used to provide analytical understandings of gender issues with respect to economic processes and policies operating at macro and micro levels. At the macro level, the course explores the implications of contemporary economic and financial governance from a gender perspective, the gender bias in macroeconomic analyses, and the gendered impact of contemporary austerity policies. At the micro level, the course analyses the gender dynamics of labour market and household inequalities, engages with the economic foundations and explanations of gender inequality within employment and within the household, focusing on wage and productivity differences and the gender division between ‘productive’ and ‘reproductive’ work. Attention to gender as economically significant marker of identity is contextualised, where possible, in relation to race, social class, sexuality and migrant status. Attention is also given to the way in which individual well-being is influenced by the level of development and transnational trade relations. Accordingly, the course seeks to bridge the macro-micro divide by drawing together the gendered critique of existing biases in economic thinking and to provide an analytical foundation for alternative approaches to policies that aim to contribute towards securing sustainable development and gender-equitable well-being.
14 hours of lectures, 12 hours of seminars and 12 hours of workshops in the LT. 2 hours of workshops in the ST.
In certain weeks the lectures and seminars will be integrated.
There will be a reading week in week 6 in line with departmental policy.
Essay (2000 words) in the LT.
• Bargawi, H., Cozzi, G and Himmelweit, R. (2017) Economics and Austerity in Europe Gendered impacts and sustainable alternatives.
• Berik,G., Rodgers,Y. and Seguino S. (2011) Inequality, Development, and Growth.
• Ferber, M. and Nelson, J. (2003) Feminist Economics Today Beyond Economic Man: Feminist Theory and Economics.
• Folbre, N. (2009) Greed, Lust and Gender: A History of Economic Ideas.
• Folbre, N. and Bittman, M. (2004) Family Time: The Social Organization of Care.
• Karamessini,M and Rubery, J. (2014) Women and Austerity The Economic Crisis and the Future for Gender Equality.
• Nelson, J. (2006) Economics for Humans.
• Nussbaum, M (2011) Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach.
• Pearson, R. (2013) Women, Work and Gender Justice in the Global Economy.
• Pujol, M. (1992) Feminism and Anti-Feminism in Early Economic Thought.
• Sen, A (2010) The Idea of Justice.
• Staveren,I, Elson, D.,Grown, C and Cagatay, N (2007) The Feminist Economics of Trade.
• Young, B., Bakker,I. and Elson, D. (2011) Questioning Financial Governance from a Feminist Perspective.
Essay (80%, 4000 words) in the ST.
Presentation (20%) in the LT.
Student performance results
(2013/14 - 2015/16 combined)
|Classification||% of students|
Department: Gender Studies
Total students 2016/17: 42
Average class size 2016/17: 25
Controlled access 2016/17: No
Value: Half Unit
Personal development skills
- Team working
- Problem solving
- Application of information skills
- Application of numeracy skills
- Specialist skills
Course survey results
(2013/14 - 2015/16 combined)1 = "best" score, 5 = "worst" score
The scores below are average responses.
Response rate: 75%
Reading list (Q2.1)
Course satisfied (Q2.4)