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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 is approved under gtPathways in the content area of Economic or Political Systems (GT-SS1).

Important Information

Prerequisite: None.