GI420      Half Unit
Globalisation, Gender and Development: Theorising Policy and Practice

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Naila Kabeer COL.5.04C


This course is available on the MSc in African Development, MSc in Development Management, MSc in Development Studies, 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 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 GI407 Globalisation, Gender and Development.

Course content

This course will provide students with a thorough knowledge of theoretical and policy debates in the field of gender and development at local, national and international levels in an era of rapid globalisation. The course is organised as a number of themed blocks. The first deals with theories relating to policy, politics and power in the field of gender and international development. This is followed by three separate blocks, each organised around the 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 the struggle for interpretive power and the interactions between global institutions and local movements in shaping policy outcomes. Empirical illustrations are provided through a series of policy case studies and readings of ethnographies which explore in detail the processes of accommodation, negotiation, subversion and confrontation through which feminist actors have sought to exercise voice and influence.


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

Formative coursework

One essay of 1500 words to be handed in midway through the LT.

Indicative reading

  • Cornwall, A. , E. Harrison and A. Whitehead (eds) (2007) Feminisms in Development: Contradictions, contestations and challenges  London: Zed Books
  • Kabeer, N., Sudarshan, R. and Milward, K (eds), 2013, Organizing Women Workers in the Informal Economy: Beyond the Weapons of the Weak London: Zed Books
  • Marchand and, M., and Runyan, A. eds., (2011) Gender and Global Restructuring: Sightings, Sites and Resistances London: Routledge.
  • Rai, S.M. and Waylen, G. (eds) (2008) Global Governance:  Feminist Perspective, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Razavi, S. (eds) (2012) Seen, heard and counted: rethinking care in a development context Oxford Blackwell
  • Chant, S. (2011) The international handbook of gender and poverty: concepts, research, policy  London: Edward Elgar
  • Saunders,K (Ed), (2002) Feminist Post-Development Thought. Rethinking modernity, post-colonialism and representation  New Dehli: Zubaan
  • Kuiper, E. and D. Barker  (eds)  (2006) Feminist economics and the World Bank: history, theory, policy London: Routledge


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

Student performance results

(2013/14 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 20.7
Merit 34.5
Pass 44.8
Fail 0

Key facts

Department: Gender Institute

Total students 2014/15: 50

Average class size 2014/15: 16

Controlled access 2014/15: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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

Course survey results

(2013/14 combined)

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

The scores below are average responses.

Response rate: 86.7%



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