Gender and Globalization

Prof. Jennifer Olmsted
Drew University - Dept. of Economics, 2015
Level: beginner
Perspective: Feminist Economics
Topic: Feminism, gender, globalization
Format: Course description/syllabus

This syllabus was originally taught in Spring 2015
Instructor: Prof. Jennifer Olmsted 

Course Objective:

In this class we will explore how globalization shapes and is shaped by gender norms with a particular focus on questions related to ‘work,’ mobility and well-being. The importance of policy in shaping the mobility of humans, financial assets, goods and services, and ideas is key to understanding globalization processes and will provide an overarching set of themes for the course. The course will be interdisciplinary in its approach, drawing on economics, history, cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, political science, feminist and post-colonial theory to better understand economic globalization and the ways it is gendered. Both theoretical contributions to the question of how gender is shaped by/shapes globalization, as well as empirical case studies from a range of countries will also inform our understanding. This course is also writing intensive, so will involve writing two drafts of a research paper, the creation of a wiki entry, a take-home exam, as well as brief reflections on the readings.

Course Outline:

  1. Introduction/ Discussion of course and wiki project
  2. Defining terms
  3. Global communications
  4. Feminist economic development
  5. Political change
  6. Interogating markets
  7. Sanctions

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This syllabus is part of the Syllabi collection on International Association for Feminist Economics. This course is suitable for undergraduate students.


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