GI420      Half Unit
Global Development and Its Discontents: Feminist Perspectives

This information is for the 2022/23 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Nazanin Shahrokni


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation. This course is available on the Global MSc in Management, Global MSc in Management (CEMS MIM), Global MSc in Management (MBA Exchange), MSc in Development Management, MSc in Development Studies, MSc in Gender, MSc in Gender (Research), MSc in Gender (Sexuality), MSc in Gender, Peace and Security, MSc in Gender, Policy and Inequalities, MSc in Global Politics, MSc in Human Geography and Urban Studies (Research), MSc in Human Rights, MSc in Human Rights and Politics, 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.

There will be 30 places available on this course, including for those students for whom it is compulsory.

Course content

This course engages with the relevant literature on globalisation and its discontents with a particular focus on feminist perspectives. Students will be provided with a thorough knowledge of the different modalities through which gender and other, related, axes of inequalities intersect with the complex processes of globalisation. Globalisation has simultaneously opened and closed spaces and possibilities, it has brought about both enabling and disabling effects, and it has worked through, built on, undermined and underlined various forms of inequality. To capture this complexity, this course focuses on global actors (i.e. networks, elites, and institutions) and sheds light on the three interconnected dimensions and processes of globalisation (economic, political, and cultural), paying particular attention to flows of capital, flows of people, and flows of ideas.

Specific reference is made to state policies and political institutions, migration and migrant labourers, the emergence of the “global city,” and “natural” disasters and pandemics, and their implications for social and gender inequalities. Towards the end, we explore, in greater detail, counter-hegemonic movements and feminist struggles over recognition, redistribution and representation.


This course runs in Lent Term.  It contains both asynchronous and interactive teaching and learning elements.

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

Formative coursework

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

Indicative reading

• Benería, L., Deere, D. C., & Kabeer, N. (2012) ‘Gender and International Migration: Globalization, Development, and Governance’, Feminist Economics, 18(2), 1-33.

• Bonilla, Yarimar (2020) “The coloniality of disaster: Race, empire, and the temporal logics of emergency in Puerto Rico, USA.” Political Geography 78: 102181.

• Brown, W. (1995) “Finding the Man in the State.” Chapter 7 in States of Injury. Princeton: Princeton University Press, pp. 166-196.

• Chant, S. (ed.) (2010) International Handbook of Gender and Poverty: Concepts, Research, Policy, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

• Desai, M. (2010) The Messy Relationship Between Feminisms and Globalizations. Gender and Society, 21(6): 793-803.

• Esquivel, V. and C. Rodriguez-Enriquez (2020) ‘The Beijing Platform for Action charted a future we will need to bring up: building feminist economic policy’ Gender and Development Vol 28 (2): 281-298.

• Fraser, N. (1997) ‘From redistribution to recognition? Dilemmas of justice in a ‘postsocialist age’ Chapter 1 in Justice Interruptus. Critical reflections on the ‘postsocialist’ condition London: Routledge.

• Freeman, C. (2001) Is Local: Global as feminine: masculine? Rethinking the gender of globalisation, Signs 26(4): 1007-1037.

• Menon, N. (2015). Fighting patriarchy and capitalism. Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 33(1), 3-11.

• Moghadam, V Globalizing Women: Transnational Feminist Networks Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005.

• Parrenas, Rhacel Salazar (2015) Servants of Globalization: Migration and Domestic Work, 2nd edition, Stanford: Stanford University Press.

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

• Sassen, D. (2005) “The global city: Introducing a concept” The Brown Journal of World Affairs 11 (2): 27-43.

• Sultana, Farhana (2014). “Gendering Climate Change: Geographical Insights” The Professional Geographer 66(3): 372-381.

• UN Women (2018) Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 agenda for sustainable development New York: UN Women.

• Waylen, G. (2008) ‘Transforming global governance: challenges and opportunities’ in S.M.Rai and G.Waylen (eds) Global Governance. Feminist Perspective London: Palgrave Macmillan.


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

Student performance results

(2018/19 - 2020/21 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 14.4
Merit 74.2
Pass 11.4
Fail 0

Key facts

Department: Gender Studies

Total students 2021/22: 45

Average class size 2021/22: 11

Controlled access 2021/22: Yes

Value: Half Unit

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