Through lively class discussions, readings, films, speakers, a research project, and simulation exercise we will explore gender and environmental dimensions in economic development. This seminar examines gender differences in economic opportunity, in basic human rights, and in political representation across developing countries. The course requires some familiarity with quantitative analysis in social science, and we will also explore theoretical underpinnings of the scholarly and policy discourse on engendering development.
Students will first gain an overall context for understanding the broad economic changes that have affected gender equity, with a focus on how the forces of globalization through trade and investment have affected men and women in developing countries. Next the seminar examines how gender discrepancies are linked to poverty, as well as the impact of macroeconomic policies on both poverty and gendered outcomes. We will also study how legal reforms and social norms have affected women’s rights and well-being; themes in the intra-household division of resources and labor; and issues of migration and human trafficking. The seminar concludes with an examination of women in governance and policies to promote gender equality. Intertwined in the contextual discussions are presentations of evidence on the links between gender and the environment.