Globalisation, Gender and Development

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

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

and other GI faculty


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 African Development, MSc in Development Management, MSc in Development Studies, MSc in Gender, MSc in Gender (Research), MSc in Gender, Policy and Inequalities, MSc in Gender, Policy and Inequalities, MSc in Global Politics, MSc in Global Politics, MSc in Global Politics (Global Civil Society), MSc in Human Geography and Urban Studies (Research), MSc in Human Rights, MSc in Regional And Urban Planning Studies 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.

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. The first part of the course provides students with an introduction to these fields of study; considers contemporary theories of gender, development and globalisation alongside critical engagements and understandings of development. 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, changing working patterns and gender divisions,  and the association between rapid economic change and continuing social divisions. The second half of the course deals with theories relating to policy, politics and power in the field of gender and international development. These are explored in greater detail through case studies of feminist struggles over recognition, redistribution and representation as they play out in relation to various policy issues, including gender-based violence, the care economy, gender mainstreaming, social protection, land rights, gender quotas and collective action. Emphasis is placed on understanding the politics of framing within the policy domain, the tactics and strategies deployed by feminist scholars, advocates and activists in their struggles for interpretive power and the interactions between global institutions and local movements in shaping policy outcomes.


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

Formative coursework

Essay (1500 words) in the MT.

Indicative reading

  • Benería, L (2003) Gender, Development and Globalization: Economics as if All people Mattered, Routledge.
  • Chant,S (ed) (2010) International Handbook of Gender and Poverty: Concepts, Research, Policy, Edward Elgar
  • Kabeer, N. (1994)  Reversed realities: gender hierarchies in development thought London Verso Books
  • Cornwall, A., Edstrom, J and Greig, A, (eds) (2011) Men and Development: Politicising Masculinities, London: Zed Books;
  • Cornwall, A. and Eade, D,(eds.) (2010) Deconstructing Development Discourse: Buzzwords and Fuzzwords, Rugby: Practical Action Publishing;
  • Cornwall,A and Molyneux, M (Eds) , (2008) The Politics of Rights: Dilemmas for Feminist Praxis
  • Cornwall, A, Harrison,E & A.Whitehead (Eds) (2007) Feminisms in Development;
  • Jaquette,J & Summerfield,G (Eds) (2006) Women and Gender Equity in Development Theory and Practice;
  • Kabeer, N (2008) Global Perspectives on Gender Equality: Reversing the gaze Co-edited with Agneta Stark,  Routledge.
  • Marchand and, M., and Runyan, A.  eds., (2011) Gender and Global Restructuring: Sightings, Sites and Resistances London: Routledge.
  • Marchand, M & Parpart,J (Ed) (1995) Feminism/Postmodernism/Development;
  • Ngai,P (2006) Made in China, Duke University Press
  • Nussbaum, M. (2011) Creating capabilities : the human development approach, Cambridge Mass: Harvard University Press
  • Ong,A (1999), Flexible Citizenship, Duke University Press;
  • Perrons, D (2004) Globalization and Social Change, Routledge;
  • Razavi, S. and Utting, P. (2011) The Global Crisis and Transformative Social Change, London: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Rofel ,L (2007) Desiring China, Duke University Press;
  • Saunders,K (Ed), (2002) Feminist Post-Development Thought;
  • Sen, A (2000) Development as Freedom, Anchor Books;
  • Steans, J. (2012) Gendering Globalization, Bristol: Policy Press

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

  • ILO (2010) Moving Towards Decent Work for Domestic Workers: An Overview of ILO’s Work.
  • World Bank (2011) Gender Equality and Development, World Development Report 2012


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

Student performance results

(2011/12 - 2013/14 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 7.2
Merit 60
Pass 31.2
Fail 1.6

Key facts

Department: Gender Institute

Total students 2014/15: 45

Average class size 2014/15: 16

Controlled access 2014/15: 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