Course Catalog

01:988:160 Women Working in the Global Economy: Feminist Perspectives

Course Description: This course examines issues related to women’s paid and unpaid work during a time of rapid integration of world markets. Students will analyze the role of government policy, unions, and women’s movements in raising women’s wages, promoting equal opportunity, fighting discrimination in the workplace, and securing greater control over working hours. We will integrate current policy and academic discourse on corporate responsibility and codes of conduct to uphold labor rights for female workers. We will also examine issues of intergenerational equity as women continue to perform most of the unpaid work caring for children and the elderly. By the end of the course you will be a more informed and critical reader of academic work, news accounts, and policy materials that present evidence and policy arguments about women and work.