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 toward:

Important Information

Prerequisite: None.

Textbooks 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


Hwayoung Jeon
Hwayoung Jeon

Young is a PhD student in the Department of Economics at Colorado State University. Her research interests include public and environmental economics, in particular how they impact inequality. She is originally from South Korea where she was first introduced to economics. When Young was an exchange student at Saarland University, Germany, she was particularly impacted by German students asserting their right to study for free, even though their tuition was around €200 ($210) per semester. After that, she became more interested in societal and economic issues, leading to a PhD program in economics. Through her research, she seeks to address the problem of inequality in the world.