Not available in 2015/16
GI419      Half Unit
Gender and Contemporary Social Movements

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Kalpana Wilson, COL.5.04E


This course is available on the MSc in African Development, MSc in Gender, MSc in Gender (Research), MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation, MSc in Gender, Policy and Inequalities and MSc in Social Policy and Development: Non-Governmental Organisations. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

The period from the 1990s onwards, which has seen the rapid acceleration of globalization and the consolidation of neoliberal policies and practices, has also been marked by a wide variety of social movements directly engaging with and challenging these processes. These movements have been characterized by new collectivities, new forms of organizing, and multiple visions of social, economic and political transformation. Exploring experiences and perspectives emerging from social movements, cutting across divisions between the ‘global North’ and ‘global South,’ this interdisciplinary course brings a transnational gender perspective to bear on these movements, the contexts in which they are located and the debates and contradictions they have generated.


10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of seminars in the MT.

Formative coursework

1500 word writing exercise and a seminar presentation

Indicative reading

  • Collins, J (2003) Threads: Gender, Labour and Power in the Global Apparel Industry, University of Chicago Press, Chicago
  • Horn, J (2013) ‘Gender and Social Movements – Overview Report’, Bridge Cutting Edge Programmes
  • Kabeer, N., R. Sudarshan and K. Milward (2013) Organizing Women Workers in the Informal Economy: Beyond the Weapons of the Weak, Zed Books, London
  • Mohanty, C. T. (2003) '"Under Western Eyes" Revisited: Feminist Solidarity through Anti-Capitalist Struggles', Signs, 28(2): 499-535
  • Motta, S., C.Flesher Fominaya, C.Eschle, L.Cox (2011)‘Feminism, women’s movements and women in movement’ Editorial in Interface: a journal for and about social movements, 3 (2): 1 - 32
  • Razavi, S(ed.) (2003) 'Agrarian Change, Gender and Land Rights', Special Issue of the Journal of Agrarian Change, 3 (1-2): 1-288
  • Tyler, I (2013) Revolting Subjects: Social Abjection and Resistance in Neoliberal Britain, Zed Books, 2013


Essay (100%, 4000 words) in the LT.

Key facts

Department: Gender Institute

Total students 2014/15: 11

Average class size 2014/15: 10

Controlled access 2014/15: No

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