GI420      Half Unit
Transnational Feminist Development Agendas

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 Global MSc in Management, Global MSc in Management (CEMS MIM), Global MSc in Management (MBA Exchange), MSc in Development Management, MSc in Development Management (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in Development Studies, 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 Rights, MSc in Human Rights and Politics, 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 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 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).


This course runs in the WT. This course has a reading week in Week 6 of WT.

Formative coursework

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

Indicative reading

Basu, A. 2010. Women's Movements in the Global Era: The Power of Local Feminisms. Westfield Press.

Bhattacharyya, G., 2018. Rethinking racial capitalism: Questions of reproduction and survival. Rowman & Littlefield.

Browne, J., Cave, S., Drage, E. and McInerney, K. eds., 2023. Feminist AI: Critical Perspectives on Algorithms, Data, and Intelligent Machines. Oxford University Press.

Fletcher, A.J. and Kubik, W., 2017. Women in Agriculture Worldwide. Routledge.

Hoang, K. K. 2022. Spiderweb capitalism: how global elites exploit frontier markets. Princeton University Press.

Hoang, L. and Yeoh, B. eds., 2015. Transnational labour migration, remittances and the changing family in Asia. Springer.

Kocabıçak, E., 2022. The political economy of patriarchy in the global South. Routledge.

Marchand, M.H. and Runyan, A.S. eds., 2010. Gender and global restructuring: Sightings, sites and resistances. Routledge.

Merry, S. E. 2014.  The Seductions of Quantification: Measuring Human Rights, Gender Violence, and Sex Trafficking. University of Chicago Press.

Rai, S.M. and Waylen, G. eds., 2014. New frontiers in feminist political economy. London: Routledge.

Tripp, A.M, Casimiro, I., Kwesiga, J. and Mungwa A. (eds.) 2009. African Women's Movements: Transforming Political Landscapes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


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

Student performance results

(2020/21 - 2022/23 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 27.7
Merit 66
Pass 6.4
Fail 0

Key facts

Department: Gender Studies

Total students 2023/24: 51

Average class size 2023/24: 17

Controlled access 2023/24: No

Value: Half Unit

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Personal development skills

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