The Geography of Gender: Global Perspectives

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Sylvia Chant S515 and Ms Alice Evans

Dr Martina Klett-Davies


This course is available on the BA in Geography, BSc in Environment and Development, BSc in Environmental Policy with Economics and BSc in Geography with Economics. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.


It would be an advantage if students have some grounding in gender and/or development issues from a second year course such as GY200 Economy, Society and Space, or GY202 Introduction to Development in the South.

Course content

An analysis of the geography of gender in high income, emerging economies and in the developing world. The course focuses on the variability of gender roles and relations and their socio-spatial implications in different geographical contexts.

MT: Gender in high income and emerging economies: Gender inequality in a global context; Production and reproduction; Gender work and identity; Theorising the changing organisation of work, gender divisions between paid and unpaid work;  Global cities: polarisation and feminisation of work; Migrant workers and the global care chain. Changing gender divisions in high income and emerging economies – China; Economic crisis and gender equality; Policies for gender equality.

LT: Gender in the Global South- 'Engendering' the development agenda; Conceptualising and measuring gender inequality; the UNDP gender indices and beyond; Fertility, reproduction and health; Households and families; Global production and the 'informalisation' and 'feminisation' of labour; sex/work and HIV/AIDS; Gender and development policy; Men and masculinities.


10 hours of lectures and 9 hours of classes in the MT. 10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT. 1 hour of classes in the ST.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce one essay per term, and will also be expected to give class papers.

Indicative reading

No one book covers the entire syllabus, but the following are useful basic reading:

MT: Ehrenrich, B. & Hochschild, A. (2004) Global Women: Nannies, Maids and Sex Workers in the New Economy, New York: Jain, D. and Elson, D (Eds) (2011) Harvesting Feminist Knowledge for Public Policy; Lutz, H. (2011) The New Maids, London: Zed; McDowell, L. (2009) Working Bodies: Interactive Service Employment and Workplace Identities, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell; Sassen, S. (2007) Sociology of Globalization, London: W.W. Norton. 

LT: Benedek, W., Kisaakye, E. & Oberleitner, G. (2002) (Eds), Human Rights of Women: International Instruments and African Experiences, London: Zed; Chant, S. (Ed.) (2010) The International Handbook of Gender and Poverty: Concepts, Research, Policy, Cheltenham: Elgar; Cornwall, A., Harrison, E. & Whitehead, A. (Eds) (2007), Feminisms in Development, London: Zed; Jackson, C. and Pearson, R. (Eds) (1998), Feminist Visions of Development, London: Routledge; Kabeer, N. (2003) Gender Mainstreaming in Poverty Eradication and the Millennium Development Goals, London: Commonwealth Secretariat.


Exam (75%, duration: 3 hours) in the main exam period.
Essay (25%, 2500 words) in the LT.

Student performance results

(2010/11 - 2012/13 combined)

Classification % of students
First 17.9
2:1 58.9
2:2 19.6
Third 3.6
Fail 0

Key facts

Department: Geography & Environment

Total students 2012/13: 15

Average class size 2012/13: 8

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication

Course survey results

(2010/11 - 2012/13 combined)

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

The scores below are average responses.

Response rate: 83.5%



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