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Department of Economics

Gender Economics

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Year 3
Taught in:
Full Year

This course provides a critical overview of economic theories, methods and economic policy-debates from a gender perspective. The course is designed to cover major debates in gender economics relevant to developed and developing countries. The course analyses orthodox economic theory and provides students with a gender-critique. The course will also offer students the chance to explore alternative feminist economic theory and apply these different theoretical understandings to concrete examples in the real world.

The course is split into five parts over two terms, covering the following:
Part A: Gender and the History of Economic Thought
Part B: Gender and the Household
Part C: Women, Gender and Labour Market Processes
Part D: Selected Topics in Gender and Development
Part E: Macroeconomics and Gender


(153400123) Macroeconomic Analysis


(153400130) Microeconomic Analysis

(Note: For BSc Economics and BSc Development Economics students both these courses are core courses in year 2 of their degrees, but BA two-subject degree students can only take EITHER of these two courses in their year 2)

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

On successful completion of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate the ability to: 

  • Demonstrate a general understanding of the theoretical debates surrounding the construction of gender and gender relations in the discipline of economics.
  • Critically examine and assess mainstream and heterodox economic theories and policies from a gender perspective.
  • Evaluate the ways in which current economic realities in developed and developing countries have different effects on men and women.
  • Identify the connections between feminist economic theory and feminist economic reality in developed and developing countries.
  • On the basis of a solid understanding of alternative, gendered economic theory, propose alternative policies that address gender- inequalities in different economic spheres.

Method of assessment

Assessment weighting: Exam 80% / Coursework 20%. Resubmission of coursework regulations do not apply to this course.