GI409      Half Unit
Gender, Globalisation and Development: An Introduction

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Diane Perrons COL.5.01B

and other GI faculty


This course is available on the MSc in African Development, MSc in Development Management, MSc in Development Studies, MSc in Empires, Colonialism and Globalisation, 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 Global Politics (Global Civil Society), MSc in Human Geography and Urban Studies (Research), 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 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 GI407 Globalisation, Gender and Development.

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.


Lectures in the MT will be 90 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.
  • 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, Harrison,E & A.Whitehead (Eds) (2007) Feminisms in Development;
  • 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
  • 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 (100%, 4000 words) in the LT.

Student performance results

(2011/12 - 2013/14 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 15.5
Merit 53.4
Pass 29.3
Fail 1.7

Key facts

Department: Gender Institute

Total students 2014/15: 33

Average class size 2014/15: 12

Controlled access 2014/15: Yes

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