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

  • 3 credits

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 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).

Important Information

Prerequisite: None.


Maame Hagan

Maame Hagan is a Ph.D. candidate in economics, originally from Ghana, West Africa. Hagan moved to the United States 13 years ago to study international relations, political science, and economics, and her current research interests are in the fields of international economics and public economics. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and trying out new recipes.

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