Gender Economics (PG)

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Department of Economics

Module overview

The module 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 and developing counties. The course analysis 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.

Students pursuing a degree external to the Department of Economics should contact the convenor for approval to take this module.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of this module a student will be able 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.

Students will be familiar with mainstream micro and macroeconomics from their undergraduate degrees in economics.  This module takes the concepts and theories analysed in undergraduate economics courses and reinvestigates them through a critical gender lens. This course also complements the theoretical courses offered in the MSc Economics programmes by offering some concrete analysis. The module will offer a separate seminar for PG students, led by the module convenor, where a deeper level of discussion and analysis will take place.

Method of assessment

Assessment weighting: One essay outline (10%), one essay (50%), one seminar presentation (20%), one group project (20%). Resubmission of coursework regulations do not apply to this course.

Suggested reading

Core Reading List:
  • Beneria, L. 2003, Gender, Development & Globalisation. Economics As If All People Mattered. New York: Routledge.
  • Jacobsen, J. 2007. The Economics of Gender. Cambridge: Wiley Blackwell.
  • Rai, S. and G. Waylen (eds). 2014 New Frontiers in Feminist Political Economy. London: Routledge
Additional Reading:
  • Barker, D.K. and Feiner, S.F. 2004 Liberating Economics:  Feminist Perspectives on Families, Work, and Globalization, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
  • Blau, F., Ferber, M. and Winkler, A. 2014 The Economics of Women, Men and Work, Boston:  Pearson (Seventh Edition).
  • Ferber, M. and Nelson, J. (1993) Beyond Economic Man:  Feminist Theory and Economics. London and Chicago: Chicago University Press.
  • Jackson, C. and R. Pearson (eds) 1998. Feminist visions of Development: Gender Analysis and Policy, London and New York: Routledge.
  • Kabeer, N. 1994 Reversed Realities: Gender Hierarchies in Development Thought, London: Verso.
  • Nelson, J. 1995. Feminism, objectivity and economics. London: Routledge.
  • Throughout the course we will also referring to articles in the following journals (among others): Feminist Economics and Gender Development


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