ŞULE ÖZLER, UCLA
OFFICE: BUNCHE 9631
OFFICE HOURS: TUESDAY: 1-3 p.m.
GENDER AND DEVELOPMENT IN A GLOBALIZING WORLD
I. WHAT IS THIS COURSE ABOUT?
This course is designed to provide an overview of gender and economics field with an emphasis
on developing country expericences in a globalizing world economy.
This overview will focus
on the following topics:
Theoretical debates within feminist theory and gender and economics field.
Gender inequalities such as gender division of labor in paid and unpaid work, patterns of
employment and unemployment,
and wage gaps between men and women accross countries
Globalization, structural adjustment, feminization of the labor force, and poverty,
health, sex trafficking.
Efforts and proposals (by governments, international policy making institutions and civil
society organizations) to make economic policies and economic structures gender-equitable.
A midterm paper (30%)
Class participation (25%)
ESSAY (DUE ON FEBRUARY 12):
Pick one of the first four weeks’ topics and write an essay on that topic using all the material in
This essay should include (a) the common theme in the assigned readings, and (b)
the differences (in content) between the readings (i.e., what makes each reading unique). Essays
should be 5 pages maximum (text) (double-spaced, Times New Roman, font 12). Tables and
graphs can be put in additional couple of pages.
Late essays or essays that do not meet the
formatting and page requirements, or papers sent via e-mail will automatically be assigned C.
II.2. CLASS PARTICIPATION
I will randomly put you into groups of two/three as class leaders.
Class leaders will start the
discussion laying out the major issues and themes in the readings, and posing questions.
Everyone is expected to participate in the discussion. You will earn the complete 25% for class
participation if in most class periods you can demonstrate that you read/thought about the
material, and can make sensible remarks, raise interesting questions, and facilitate class
II.3 FINAL ESSAY:
Final essays are due on Final essays are due on Tuesday, March 18, 2008, 3:00pm.
Turn in your
essays to the Economics Department main office (Bunche Hall 8283).
They should be maximum
10 pages (text) (double-spaced, Times New Roman, font 12). Tables and graphs can be placed in