ECON 211 - Gender in the Economy (GT-SS1)

  • 3 credits
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Note: This course is usually offered Summer and Fall.

Role gender plays in economies; the way gender affects economic outcomes for individuals and societies.

Gender in the Economy is an introductory course which takes an interdisciplinary approach to examining ways in which gender, as a culturally defined concept, affects the economy.

The objectives of this course are:

  • To show that gender as a social category (like race, ethnicity, and class) is relevant to the study of the economy;
  • To gain an understanding of some of the ways in which the economy is gendered;
  • To examine gender in a global context; and
  • To use gendered analysis to think critically about alternative approaches to economics.

After completing this course, a successful student should have an understanding of topics such as:

  • Theories of gender
  • The neoclassical economic perspective
  • Feminism and feminist economics
  • Femininity, masculinity, and consumption Labor markets in a gender context
  • Labor markets in a gender context
  • Social reproduction and care work
  • Gender and poverty in the U.S.
  • Women and globalization

This course requires the use of electronic proctoring through ProctorU, please see for detailed instructions.  For students requiring accommodations, please contact Resources for Disabled Students; for consideration of exceptions outside the scope of RDS, please contact the University Testing Center

This course meets the All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) requirements for Global and Cultural Awareness (Category 3E) and is approved under gtPathways in the content area of Economic or Political Systems (GT-SS1).

This course can be applied towards:

Important Information

Prerequisite: None.

Textbook and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • The Economics of Women, Men and Work, 7th Ed.
    Blau, Francine D., Ferber, Marianne A., and Winkler, Anne E.
    ISBN: 978-0190670863


Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

My goal is to earn my PhD in economics in the fields of public policy, international trade, and regional modeling. After 3 years in the PhD program at Colorado State University, I have worked as a graduate teaching assistant in charge of recitation planning and grading for approximately 90 students per semester. My past experience has involved interviewing executive-level managers at Fortune 500 companies researching different aspects of "good companies" as a research assistant for McBassi and Company. My current work includes research into grandparent childcare subsidies for low-income families and Pension Risk effects on the provision of Grandparent Childcare. For these research ideas I have invested in Mathematica, R, and STATA statistical software.