Not available in 2020/21
GY312      Half Unit
Geographies of Gender in the Global South

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Mara Nogueira


This course is available on the BA in Geography, BSc in Economic History and Geography, BSc in Environment and Development, BSc in Environmental Policy with Economics and BSc in Geography with Economics. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.

Course content

This course introduces students to the geography of gender inequalities and their variations at regional, national and local levels in the Global South.  Particular attention is paid to the still-lagging but vital ’en-gendering’ of development analysis and policy over time, and how gender is critical in understanding people’s experiences of social, economic, demographic and political aspects of development as individuals, and in the context of households, communities and nation-states. Topics covered include the evolution of gender on ‘development agendas’ and the changing nature of gender framing and ‘women’s empowerment’ in development policy and practice, the measurement of gender inequalities, domestic divisions of labour and household transformations, gendered employment, gendered dynamics of migration within and from the Global South, and gender in relation to reproductive health and health and healthcare in general. 


10 hours of lectures and 9 hours of classes in the MT.

Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce one formative essay in the Michaelmas Term.

Indicative reading

Benería, L.; Berik, G, and Floro, M. (2015) Gender, Development and Globalisation, 2nd ed., London: Routledge; Chant, S. (2007) Gender, Generation and Poverty: Exploring the 'Feminisation of Poverty' in Africa, Asia and Latin America, Cheltenham: Elgar; Chant, S. (Ed.) (2010) The International Handbook of Gender and Poverty: Concepts, Research, Policy, Cheltenham: Elgar; Chant, S. and Gutmann, M. (2000) Mainstreaming Men into Gender and Development, Oxford: Oxfam; Coles, A; Gray, L. and Momsen, J. (Eds) (2015) The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Development, London: Routledge;  Cornwall, A., Harrison, E. & Whitehead, A. (Eds) (2007), Feminisms in Development, London: Zed; Jackson, C. and Pearson, R. (Eds) (1998), Feminist Visions of Development, Routledge; Marchand, M. and Parpart, J. (Eds) (1995), Feminism/Postmodernism/Development, London: Routledge; UN Women (2015) Progress of the World’s Women 2015-16: Transforming Economies, Realising Rights , New York: UN Women; .World Bank (2011) World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development, Washington DC: World Bank


Essay (100%, 3000 words) in the LT.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Geography & Environment

Total students 2019/20: 21

Average class size 2019/20: 10

Capped 2019/20: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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