GI409      Half Unit
Conceptual Foundations in Gender, Development and Globalization

This information is for the 2024/25 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 has a limited number of spaces (it is controlled access) and demand is typically very high. Priority is given to students on the MSc Gender, Development and Globalisation. Students from outside this programme may not get a place. 

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 AT. This course has a reading week in Week 6 of AT. 

Formative coursework

Essay (1500 words)

Indicative reading

  • Albertyn, C., García, H.A., Campbell, M., Freeman, S. and de Assis Machado, M.R., eds. (2023). Feminist Frontiers in Climate Justice: Gender Equality, Climate Change and Rights. Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • 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).
  • Brassett, J., Elias, J., Rethel, L. and Richardson, B. (2023). The international political economy of everyday life. Oxford University Press.
  • Chant, S.H. ed., (2011). The International Handbook of Gender and Poverty: Concepts, Research, Policy. Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • 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
  • Li, T.M. (2007). The Will to Improve: Governmentality, Development, and the Practice of Politics. Duke University Press.
  • Fraser, N., Arruzza, C. and Bhattacharya, T., (2019). Feminism for the 99%. Verso.
  • Marchand, M. and Runyan, A. (2011) Gender and Global Restructuring, second edition London: Routledge.
  • Visvanathan, N. (2012) The Women, Gender and Development Reader, London: Zed Books.
  • Walby, S. (2011) The future of feminism. Cambridge: Polity Press.

In addition, a range of institutional reports will discussed in the course, including:

  • ILO (2024) World Employment and Social Outlook. Available at:
  • UNDP (2022) Gender Equality Strategy 2022-2025. Available at:
  • UN Women (2019) Progress of the World’s Women: Families in a changing world.
  • UN. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


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

Student performance results

(2020/21 - 2022/23 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 22.6
Merit 70.8
Pass 6.6
Fail 0

Key facts

Department: Gender Studies

Total students 2023/24: 46

Average class size 2023/24: 16

Controlled access 2023/24: No

Value: Half Unit

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Personal development skills

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