Not available in 2019/20
GI409      Half Unit
Gender, Globalisation and Development: An Introduction

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Ece Kocabicak TWR.1, 11.01


This course is available on the CEMS Exchange, Global MSc in Management, Global MSc in Management (CEMS MiM), Global MSc in Management (MBA Exchange), MBA Exchange, MPhil/PhD in Gender, 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 (Sexuality), MSc in Gender, Policy and Inequalities, MSc in Global Politics, 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 Human Rights and Politics, MSc in Inequalities and Social Science, MSc in Regional And Urban Planning Studies, MSc in Urban Policy (LSE and Sciences Po) and MSc in Women, Peace and Security. 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.

This course will have limited numbers, but seminar allocation will be available across GI409 and GI407 where possible.

Course content

This course will provide students with a knowledge of two key interconnected and intersecting literatures: gender and development and gender and globalisation.  We begin by defining and theorising gender, development and globalisation and their operation in material spaces, policy and practice.

The course considers contemporary theories of globalisation and development and the differences that a gender perspective makes.  A particular focus is on how globalisation is associated with widening social, spatial and gender inequalities, illustrated by case studies of global integration and uneven development.  Specific reference is made to the global division of labour, employment, environmental change, carework and migration and their implications for social and gender equalities.  The final session brings the issues raised in the first part of the course to a conclusion by addressing some alternative visions of social change in the context of a globalised world.


10 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the MT.

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

There will be a reading week in week 6, in line with departmental policy.

Formative coursework

Essay (1500 words)

Indicative reading

Agarwal, B. (2016) Gender Challenges (Vol 1, 2 and 3). India: Oxford University Press.

Benería, L. Berik, G and Floro, M.  (2015) Gender, Development and Globalization: Economics as if All people Mattered, London: Routledge. (2nd Edition).

Devaki, J and Elson, D (2011) Harvesting Feminist Knowledge for Public Policy, IDRC, London: Sage

Escobar, A. (2011) Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World, Princeton Princeton University Press

Marchand, M. and Runyan, A. (2011) Gender and Global Restructuring, second edition London: Routledge.

Milanovic, B. (2016) Global Inequality: A New Approach for the Age of Globalization, Harvard: Harvard University Pres

Mirchandani, K. (2012) Phone Clones. Authenticity Work in the Transnational Service Economy, Ithaca: ILR Press.

Perrons, D. (2004) Globalization and Social Change, London: Routledge.

Spierings, N. (2015) Women's employment in Muslim countries : patterns of diversity. Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan.

Selwyn, B. (2014) The Global Development Crisis, Cambridge: Polity Press.

Stiglitz, J. (2015) The Great Divide. Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them, London: Penguin.

Stiglitz, J. (2015) The Great Divide. Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them, London: Penguin.

Visvanathan, N. (2012) The Women, Gender and Development Reader, London: Zed Books.

Walby, S. (2009) Globalisation and inequalities: Complexity and contested modernities. London: Sage Publications Ltd.

Walby, S. (2011) The future of feminism. Cambridge: Polity Press.

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

IFPRI (2012) Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Index, Washington: International Food Policy Research Institute. Available at:

ILO (2015) World Employment and Social Outlook: The Changing Nature of Jobs, Available at:

UNDP (2014) Gender Equality Strategy 2014-2017. Available at:

UNDP (2012) Powerful Synergies: Gender Equality, Economic Development and Environmental Sustainability. Available at:

UN Women (2015) Progress of the World’s Women. Transforing Economies, Realizing Rights. Available at:

UNDP (2015) United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Geneva: The United Nations. Available at:

World Bank (2012) World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development.  Available at:,,



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

Student performance results

(2015/16 - 2017/18 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 15.4
Merit 60
Pass 23.1
Fail 1.5

Key facts

Department: Gender Studies

Total students 2018/19: 28

Average class size 2018/19: 14

Controlled access 2018/19: 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