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Gender in the Global Political Economy


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This is a credit bearing course but can also be taken as a non-credit bearing course.

Discover the difference between our credit bearing and non-credit bearing courses.

Why are men paid more than women in most parts of the world? How much is feminised, unpaid labour worth and should it be waged? How does gender structure affect how we participate in economic life? Our Gender in Global Political Economy short course equips you with the tools of analysis to answer these important questions.

You will study concepts and theories developed by feminist political economists alongside other theorists of social inequality and exploitation. You will also develop your ability to use economic data, policy reports, activist publications and archival material in original political economic analysis.

Gender in Global Political Economy offers you a solid grounding in important works of scholarship which have detailed how gendered power ‘works’ in the organisation of the global political economy, as well as how gender is produced through political economic structures and processes. You will become familiar with the main arguments and conceptual developments within the broad areas of feminist political economy in relation to other key approaches to inequality and exploitation in the global political economy.

We plan to cover the following content:

  • Introduction to gender in global political economy
  • Social reproduction
  • Migrant labour and the globalisation of social reproduction
  • The feminisation of labour
  • Population control and production
  • Economies of reproductive justice
  • Gendering finance and financial crisis
  • Claiming freedom: rights and redistribution
  • Claiming freedom: wages and accounting for reproductive labour
  • New directions in feminist global political economy

The Gender in Global Political Economy short course is ideal for those working in the NGO or policy sector who wish to expand their understanding of concepts such as social reproduction and the feminisation of labour, or who want to know more about women’s unpaid work, gender pay gaps, and gendered forms of exploitation in the global economy.

Assessment is via two 1500-word learning journals (20% each), a 2000-word final essay (50%) and seminar participation (10%).

15 credits at level 5

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.