GI409      Half Unit
Gender, Globalisation and Development: An Introduction

This information is for the 2023/24 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Sharmila Parmanand


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation. 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 Management (LSE and Sciences Po), 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 (Rights and Human Rights), MSc in Gender (Sexuality), MSc in Gender, Peace and Security, MSc in Gender, Policy and Inequalities, MSc in Human Geography and Urban Studies (Research), MSc in Human Resources and Organisations (International Employment Relations/CIPD), MSc in Human Rights, MSc in Human Rights and Politics, MSc in Inequalities and Social Science, MSc in Political Science (Global 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.

This course will be limited in space availability outside MSc Gender, Development and Globalisation and will be capped at 45 students.

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 gender approaches to development such as Women in Development (WID), Women and Development (WAD), and Gender and Development (GAD).  A particular focus is on how global development is associated with widening social, spatial and gender inequalities, illustrated by case studies of global integration and uneven development.  Specific reference is made to household inequalities, social protection programmes, and microfinance schemes. The final session brings the course to a conclusion by addressing some alternative visions of development and social change in the context of a globalised world.


This course runs in the Autumn Term.  

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:


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

Key facts

Department: Gender Studies

Total students 2022/23: 49

Average class size 2022/23: 16

Controlled access 2022/23: Yes

Lecture capture used 2022/23: Yes (MT)

Value: Half Unit

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  • Leadership
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