|Instructor Info:||Lynda Pickbourn|
|TA Info:||Shannon Fairorth|
The rapid integration of global markets that has taken place since the 1980s is the outcome of a common set of macroeconomic policies implemented in both developed and developing countries. This course examines the often contradictory impacts of these policies on gender relations in developing countries and asks: what challenges do global economic trends pose for gender equality and equity in developing countries? To answer this question, we will begin with an introduction to alternative approaches to economics and to economic development, focusing on the differences between neoclassical and feminist economics. We will then go on to examine and critique the theoretical frameworks that have shaped the gender perspective in economic development. This will be followed by an exploration of the impacts of economic development policy on men and women and on gender relations in Africa, Asia and Latin America, in the context of a globalizing world economy. Special topics will include the household as a unit of analysis; women's unpaid labor, the gendered impacts of economic restructuring and economic crisis; the feminization of migration flows and the global labor force in the formal and informal sectors. The course will conclude with an evaluation of tools and strategies for achieving gender equity within the context of a sustainable, human-centered approach to economic development.
10/2/14: Research Proposal due in class
10/30/14: Annotated bibliography and outline of research paper due in class
11/18/14: First draft of research paper due in class
12/11/14: Final draft of research paper due in class
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