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x Gendered Geographies of Development and Globalisation

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Year 3
Course Description

The main aim of this course is to enable students to achieve a critical understanding of gendered dimensions of development and globalization processes, through engagement with theoretical debates and practical realities in the global South, via critical engagement with key feminist theories, and relating these to broader issues of development, globalization, environmental management, and social change. Students analyse the multiple ways by which gender relations are articulated and produced through interventions and discourses across sites and scales. It gives students a firm grounding in, and analytical perspectives on, key themes in the field such as economic globalisation, poverty, micro-credit, community and participatory/alternative development. It enables students to develop insights into geographical diversity of broader processes through engagement with case study material drawn from South Asia, Latin America, and Africa.

For more information on this course and to check that it is running, please contact Dr Debby Potts, the Head of the SOAS Geography Programme (debby.potts@soas.ac.uk).

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

By the end of the course students will have demonstrated a critical engagement with feminist theories of development and how these relate to broader economic, social and political development issues. By looking at case studies from across the global South, students will have an understanding of different constructions of gender in different geographical contexts. Students will explore current debates and policies in the area of gender and development including neoliberal policies, market focussed development, sustainability, microfinance, and human rights and capabilities approaches. Students will gain a deepened range of skills, including critical reading of relevant literature and other sources, researching and synthesising relevant data, coherent report writing, and presenting findings in a professional and succinct manner.


Teaching will take the form of 15 hours of lectures with 5 seminars

Method of assessment

This course will be examined by one essay worth 75% of the final mark, and an Oral Presentation with handout worth 25%