WGSS 211
Gender in the Global Economy
Last Offered Fall 2011
Division II
Cross-listed ECON 211 / WGSS 211
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

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 economics theory, work on care labor and the shifting boundaries between markets, governments and households, theories of household bargaining, 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 the ‘invisible assembly line’; the economics of sex work and global sex trafficking; microcredit; the economics of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. We will finish by looking at community-based activism, non-governmental organizations, and the possibilities for first-world/third-world alliances.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion
Limit: 30
Expected: 20
Class#: 1546
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: reaction papers, midterm exam, research paper;participation in class discussion will count for part of the grade
Extra Info: additional requirements: two oral responses to seminar papers; two 2-page seminar response papers; one response to a peer's final paper
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies majors
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ECON 211 Division II WGSS 211 Division II
Attributes: POEC International Political Economy Courses
WGSS Racial Sexual + Cultural Diversity Courses

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