Critical analysis of the history and discourse surrounding development, with special emphasis on how the development process has affected women across the globe. Attention is paid to the often invisible connections between Western women and women in non-Western societies, including the perspectives and experiences of women across the globe. Topics include globalization; women, work and poverty within a global society; women, development and health; women and the state; the global sex trade; and motherhood across the globe. Cross-listed as WMST/SOCI 336. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Course meets Multicultural graduation requirement.
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Course Rotation for Day Program:
Offered even Fall.
Most current editions of the following:
The following is a list of the types of academic journals that contain articles on development projects and debates: Development and Change, Studies in Family Planning, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Journal of Peasant Studies, American Ethnologist, Signs, Women’s Studies International Forum, Sage, World Development, Journal of Development Studies, American Journal of International Law. The use of numerous (six is ideal) topical books is recommended since there are few texts available for a specific course on women and development. Here is a list of possible texts:
Redefining Motherhood: Changing Identities and Patterns
By Abbey, Sharon and Andrea O’Reilly, eds (Second Story Press) Recommended
The Human Rights of Women: International Instruments and African Experiences
By Benedek, Wolfgang, et. al (Palgrave) Recommended
Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World
By Escobar, Arturo (Princeton University Press) Recommended
Living in Hope: People Challenging Globalization
By Feffer, John (Palgrave) Recommended
Gendered Institutions Right for Women in Development
By Goetz, Anne (Zed Press) Recommended
Infertility Around the Globe: New Thinking on Childlessness, Gender, and Reproductive Technologies
By Inhorn, Marcia C. and Fran van Balen (Univ. of California Press) Recommended
Reversed Realities: Gender and Hierarchies in Development Thought
By Kabeer, Naila (Verso) Recommended
World Poverty: Global Inequality and the Modern World System
By Kerbo, Harold (McGraw Hill) Recommended
Mothers of a New World: Maternalist Politics and the Origins of Welfare States
By Koven, Seth and Sonya Michel (Routledge) Recommended
Women for Afghan Women: Shattering the Myths and Claiming the Future
By Mehta, Sunita (Palgrave) Recommended
Globalization and the Welfare State
By Mishra, R. (Edward Elgar Publishers) Recommended
Victims, Perpetrators, or Actors?: Gender, Armed Conflict, and Political Violence
By Moser, Caroline O.N. and Fiona Clark (Palgrave) Recommended
By Peet, R. and Watts, M., eds (Routledge) Recommended
Feminists Doing Development
By Porter, M. and Judd, E. (Zed Press) Recommended
Bitter Harvest: Sexual Exploitation of Girls in Thailand
By Rogers, Betty (Pearson Press) Recommended
Arab Women: Between Defiance and Restraint
By Sabbagh, Suha (Olive Branch Press) Recommended
Close to Home: Women Reconnect Ecology, Health and Development Worldwide
By Shiva, Vandana (New Society Publishers) Recommended
Stolen Harvest: The Highjacking of the Global Food Supply
By Shiva, Vandana (South End Press) Recommended
Globalization: Capitalism and its Alternatives
By Sklair, Leslie (Oxford University Press) Recommended
Do No Harm: Assessing the Impact of Adjustment Policies on Health
By Simms, Chris, et al (Palgrave) Recommended
Globalization and Education: Integration and Contestation Across Cultures
By Stromquist, Nelly P. and Karen Monkman (Rowman Littlefield) Recommended
Gender in the 21st Century
By Sweetman, C. (Oxfam Publishers) Recommended
Gender & Global Restructuring: Sightings, Sites and Resistances
By Anne Runyon & Marianne H. Marchand (Routledge) Recommended
To understand international development policies, the role of the United States in international development efforts and the effects of such policies globally, particularly on women.
To be familiar with development discourse, be able to critically analyze development policies/programs, and be able to put their critical analysis into a cohesive, written form as well as integrating it into classroom discussions.
Describe and explain the emergence of development policies, programs, and discourses and how these have affected women across the globe.
Critically analyze the theoretical perspectives on gender and development.
Critically interrogate the role of first world nations in development.
Produce written work exemplifying your familiarity with various substantive issues concerning women and development (see topical outline).
Describe and explain women as active agents in their lives.
Describe and explain women’s role in the international anti-globalization movement.
Introduction to development discourse
Development from a gender perspective: theoretical issues
Globalization - its meaning and affect on women
Women and poverty
Women and work
Women, development and health
Women and the state (welfare, etc.)
Women and politics
The impact of NGOs (non-governmental organizations)
Are women making a difference in 'Doing Development?'
Reproduction and population issues
Women and the global sex trade
Motherhood across the globe
The environment and women
Collective strategies, individual strategies of resistance
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical
outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.