When I first get really interested in a new area, I often look around for a course outline to guide my reading. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to find reading lists for heterodox areas like feminist economics. Lucky for you, I’ve searched high and low to put together this page of links to course syllabi related to gender and economics. Some were available through OpenCourseWare or listed on the Union of Radical Political Economists’ page of syllabi in heterodox economics, but most I found through Google, abandoned on old course websites.
I’ve tried to determine the level of each course based on the syllabus. In general, “introductory” courses mention no prerequisites, and seem to be aimed at women’s studies and other majors as well as economics students; “intermediate” courses are coded as 200 or require a first year economics course only; and “senior” courses are coded as 300+ or list intermediate theory courses as a prerequisite. Within categories, courses are listed approximately in reverse chronological order.
I hope this page proves useful for autodidacts, students and instructors alike. I will update it periodically. If you stumble upon anything that I’ve missed, please leave a link in comments.
Courses about Gender and Economics
Gender and Economics, intermediate economics course taught by Dr. Lisa Giddings at Malacester College in 2008. Only books are referenced.
Women in the Economy (Word document), senior economics/business course taught by Dr. C. Asher at Villanova University in 2007.
The Economic History of Work and Family, a history course taught by Professor Anne McCants at MIT in 2005.
Women’s Economic Roles, a senior economics course taught by Randy Albelda at UMass Boston in 2005.
Feminist Economics, senior economics and social policy course taught by Professor Deborah Levison at the University of Minnesota in 2004.
Feminist Economics, senior economics course taught by Professor Julie Matthaei at Wellesley in 2003.
Political Economy of Women, senior women’s studies/economics course taught by K. Christensen at SUNY/Purchase in 2003.
Gender, Enterprise, and Organizations from the Asian Institute of Technology. A focus on women in the informal sector and micro credit. Date is unclear, perhaps from the early 2000s.
Women in the Economy, economics course taught by Professor Frances Wooley at Carleton University in 1997.
Broader Courses Which Include Sections in Feminist Economics
Gender, Work, and Family, senior sociology course taught by Professor Harriet B Presser at the University of Maryland in 2008.
Gender and Public Policy, economics course taught by Frances Woolley at Carleton in 2005. More focus on economic issues than you might guess from the title.
The Political Economy of Gender, Race, and Class, intermediate economics course taught by Julie Matthaei at Wellesley in 2004.
Sex, Markets, and Power, political science course taught by Frances Rosenbluth at Yale. Date unclear, perhaps 2003. Structure and order seems particularly well thought out.
Contending Perspectives in Economics, introductory economics course taught by Chuck Barone at Dickinson College in 2001. An interesting course structure which pits Austrian economics against various heterodox schools.
Philosophy and Economics, intermediate course taught by Esther-Mirjam Sent at Notre Dame in 2000. Only one class is devoted to feminism, but this is such an unusual and interesting course that I chose to include it anyway.
History of Economic Thought, taught by Julie Matthaei at Wellesley in 1999. I’ve never seen a History of Economic Thought Course incorporate women, let alone feminism!
Political Economy of Discrimination, a senior economics course taught by John R. Walker at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. There is no date on this syllabus, but it requires “familiarity with the World Wide Web,” so it must be old.
Gender and Development
Gender and International Development, senior international development course taught by Professor Anita M. Weiss at the University of Oregon in 2008.
Understanding the Links: Globalization and Gender Inequalities senior women’s studies course taught by Reena Kukreja at Queen’s in 2007.
Gender and Development (Word document) This appears to be the entire 2007-2008 reading list for the M.Sc. in Gender and Development, taught at the Faculty of Continuing Education, Birbeck, University of London.
Third World, Second Sex: Does Economic Development Enrich or Impoverish Women’s Lives? introductory course taught by Laurie Nisonoff at Hampshire College in 2004.
Gender and Development: With Reference to the Caribbean, taught by Professor Rhoda Reddock and Gemma Tang Nain at The University of the West Indies in 2004.
Handbook on Gender Studies This somewhat chaotic page from the University of the West Indies lists a number of women’s studies courses with reading lists, including several which relate to development. Just keep scrolling.
Gender, Power, and International Development anthropology (!) course taught by Professor Christine Walley at MIT in 2003.
Gender and International Development, a senior social work course taught by Maureen Wilson and Anne McGrath at the University of Calgary in 2001.