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This course will present a feminist economic analysis of the global economy, and some of the urgent issues facing women in poor countries. The course will start by developing theoretical resources: these will include feminist critiques of economic theory, work on care labor and the shifting boundaries between markets, governments and households, and discussions of intersectionality and difference. Then we will discuss a series of interlinked issues which may include the contradictory effects of structural adjustment and its successors; the informal sector and global value chains; the economics of sex work and global sex trafficking; and migration. We will finish by looking at community-based activism, non-governmental organizations, and the possibilities for North/South alliances.
Format: seminar; lecture/discussion
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
reaction papers, research paper; participation in class discussion will count for part of the grade
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies majors
This course cannot count toward the ECON major.
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
GBST Economic Development Studies Electives
POEC International Political Economy Courses
WGSS Racial Sexual + Cultural Diversity Courses