GY316      Half Unit
Gender in High Income and Emerging Economies

This information is for the 2018/19 session.

Teacher responsible

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 not available as an outside option nor to General Course students.

Course content

Gender inequality in a global context; Production and reproduction; Gender 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 – in the UK, USA, Germany, China and in the Scandinavian and Eastern European countries; Policies for gender equality.


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

Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6.

Formative coursework

1 formative mock exam in LT.

Indicative reading

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

Evans, M. (2017) The Persistence of Gender Inequality; Jain, D. and Elson, D (Eds) (2011) Harvesting Feminist Knowledge for Public Policy; Karamessini, M, and Rubery, J. (2014) Women and Austerity: The Economic Crisis and the Future for Gender Equality; Lutz, H. (2011) The New Maids, London: Zed; McDowell, L. (2013) Working Lives: Gender, Migration and Employment in Britain, 1945–2007 Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell; McDowell, L. (2009) Working Bodies: Interactive Service Employment and Workplace Identities; Sassen, S. (2007) Sociology of Globalization, London: W.W. Norton; Taylor, Y. (2016) Fitting Into Place? Class and Gender Geographies and Temporalities.


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the summer exam period.

Key facts

Department: Geography & Environment

Total students 2017/18: Unavailable

Average class size 2017/18: Unavailable

Capped 2017/18: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

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