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Administrative Unit: Psychology and Sociology
Course Prefix and Number: SOCI 336
Course Title: *Gender and Globalization
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Critical analysis of the history and discourse surrounding globalization, with special emphasis on how it 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 development; 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 336. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Course meets Multicultural graduation requirement.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): Junior standing.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered even Fall.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

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
Women’s Studies International Forum
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)
The Human Rights of Women: International Instruments and African Experiences
By Benedek, Wolfgang, et. al (Palgrave)
Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World
By Escobar, Arturo (Princeton University Press)
Living in Hope: People Challenging Globalization
By Feffer, John (Palgrave)
Gendered Institutions Right for Women in Development
By Goetz, Anne (Zed Press)
Infertility Around the Globe: New Thinking on Childlessness, Gender, and Reproductive Technologies
By Inhorn, Marcia C. and Fran van Balen (Univ. of California Press)
Reversed Realities: Gender and Hierarchies in Development Thought
By Kabeer, Naila (Verso)
World Poverty: Global Inequality and the Modern World System
By Kerbo, Harold (McGraw Hill)
Mothers of a New World: Maternalist Politics and the Origins of Welfare States
By Koven, Seth and Sonya Michel (Routledge)
Women for Afghan Women: Shattering the Myths and Claiming the Future
By Mehta, Sunita (Palgrave)
Globalization and the Welfare State
By Mishra, R. (Edward Elgar Publishers)
Victims, Perpetrators, or Actors?: Gender, Armed Conflict, and Political Violence
By Moser, Caroline O.N. and Fiona Clark (Palgrave)
Liberation Ecologies
By Peet, R. and Watts, M., eds (Routledge)
Feminists Doing Development
By Porter, M. and Judd, E. (Zed Press)
Bitter Harvest: Sexual Exploitation of Girls in Thailand
By Rogers, Betty (Pearson Press)
Arab Women: Between Defiance and Restraint
By Sabbagh, Suha (Olive Branch Press)
Close to Home: Women Reconnect Ecology, Health and Development Worldwide
By Shiva, Vandana (New Society Publishers)
Stolen Harvest: The Highjacking of the Global Food Supply
By Shiva, Vandana (South End Press)
Globalization: Capitalism and its Alternatives
By Sklair, Leslie (Oxford University Press)
Do No Harm: Assessing the Impact of Adjustment Policies on Health
By Simms, Chris, et al (Palgrave)
Globalization and Education: Integration and Contestation Across Cultures
By Stromquist, Nelly P. and Karen Monkman (Rowman Littlefield)
Gender in the 21st Century
By Sweetman, C. (Oxfam Publishers)
Gender & Global Restructuring: Sightings, Sites and Resistances
By Anne Runyon & Marianne H. Marchand (Routledge)
Course Objectives
  • 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.
Measurable Learning
  • 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.
Topical Outline:
  • 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

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Ahoo Tabatabai Date: January 17, 2012
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.

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