Semester Offering: August

Globalization and regional economic integration are features that characterize the economy nowadays. The course discusses gender issues under such economic globalization. Patterns in economic development differs under different states and locations, and gender issues and relations are shaped by and also shape the economy. The course provides key concepts in understanding gender issues in economic globalization.


By the end of the course, the students are able to:
-      identify and present key gender issues in globalizing economy
-      critically assess changing global and regional economy from a gender perspective




I.         Why gender matters in economics
1.      Economic growth and human development
2.      Poverty, inequality and economic growth
3.      Gender critique on economic growth measurement
II.        Unpaid work and care work
1.      What is unpaid work
2.      What is care work
3.      Measuring unpaid work
4.      Implication for policy
III.       Industrialization and gendered labor market
1.      Labor force participation rate
2.      Industrial sex segregation
3.      Decent work and precarity
4.      Gender wage gap
IV.      Economic integration and trade
1.      Gender and global/regional trade
2.      Value chain analysis
V.       Gender responsive budgeting
1.      What is gender responsive budgeting
2.      Gender budget analysis




No designated textbook, but class notes and handouts will be provided


1.     Beneria, Lourdes, G. Berik and M. S. Floro (2003 and 2016) Gender, development, and globalization: Economics as if all people mattered, Routledge, first and second edition.
2.     Bettio, F. and Verashchagina, A. (eds) (2008) Frontiers in the economics of gender, Routledge.
3.     Pearson, R. and Sweetman, C. (eds) (2010) Gender and development journal’s issue on “The economic crisis”, 18:2.
4.     UNDP(2014) Gender and economic policy management initiative: Asia and the Pacific; Module 1-12.
5.     van Staveren, I, D. Elson, C. Grown and N. Cagatay (2007) The feminist economics of trade, Routledge.
6.     Walby, S. (2009) Globalization and inequalities: Complexity and contested modernity, Sage publication


1.      Gender and development (Taylor and Francis)
2.      Feminist economics (Taylor and Francis)


The course consists of 13 hours of lecture and discussion; and 4 hours of classroom exercise.


The course is based on lecture and class discussion. Some hands-on classroom exercises are introduced.


The grade is based on:
-         Assignment (topic review paper): 45%
-         Final exam (open book): 45%
-         Participation: 10%

“A” would be awarded if a student can eleborate on the content discussed in class and able to provide own gender analysis on specific cases. A “B” would be awareded if a student shows an overall understanding of topic covered in class. A “C” would be awareded if a student meets below average expectation on both understanding and analysis. A “D” would be awareded if a student does not meet basic expectation in analyzing or understanding issues covered in the course.