SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MML125527
Module Leader Emily Thomson
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Economics
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge


Summary of Content

This module is designed to give students an understanding of the key principles of a feminist economics approach to the study of economics and social justice. In doing so, this module will give students the chance to explore the role of women in the economy with a particular emphasis on analysing and understanding the nature of women's work, both paid and unpaid, in a globalised economy. Within this framework, the primary focus will be on analysing the situation of women in the labour market, the nature and impact of gender divisions within the household economy and supranational policy approaches to advancing gender equality including gender mainstreaming and 'smart economics'. The module also aims to build competency in applying relevant economic tools and concepts to the study of gender inequalities. The emphasis throughout the course will be to encourage students to familiarise themselves with the language and methods associated with a 'mainstream economics approach' and to critically assess the relevance of such an approach in informing the development and evaluation of policy.


-360 1. The social construction of economics 2. 'Gender' as a social construct and impact on economics 3. Androcentric bias in the conventional tools of economic analysis 4. Gender inequality - what can data tell us? 5. Case study of the gender pay gap 6. Macroeconomics and GDP, what 's gender got to do with it? 7. Unpaid labour and the 'care' economy 8. Introduction to gender and international trade 9. Gender mainstreaming in economic decision making 10. 'Smart economics' and the role of the 'business case' for gender equality

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:1. Understand and explain the causes and nature of contemporary gender inequalities with specific reference to the world of work and the economy. 2. Demonstrate expertise in analysing the issues, themes and debates concerning women's position in the economy from a feminist economics perspective.3. Critically assess how the promotion of gender equality relates to questions of overall economic performance. 4. Demonstrate an ability to critically evaluate policy approaches to gender equality.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

A combination of short lectures, directed reading, video material and Podcasts will be used to introduce topics week by week. In face to face seminars and online workshops students will be asked to participate in informed debate around the main topic areas covered in both lectures, videos and directed reading, with questions written in advance to guide discussion. Thus, this module follows a 'flipped classroom' model whereby topics are introduced initially through reading and engagement with online activities and class contact time is then used to explore content more deeply and consolidate independent and peer supported student learning.

Indicative Reading

Becker, G. (1993) A Treatise on the Family London: Harvard University Press Becker, G (1971) The Economics of Discrimination Second Edition Chicago: Chicago University Press Beneria, L (1999) 'The Enduring Debate over Unpaid Labour' International Labour Review 138(3) 287-309 Beneria, L., Berik, G. & Floro, M. (2015) Gender, Development and Globalization: Economics as if All People Mattered 2nd Edition Routledge Cavaghan, R (2017) Making Gender Equality Happen: Knowledge, Change and Resistance in EU Gender Mainstreaming Routledge Ferber, M and Nelson, J (eds) (2003) Feminist Economics Today: Beyond Economic Man Chicago: University of Chicago Press Himmelweit, S (2002) 'Making visible the hidden economy: the case for gender impact analysis of economic policy' Feminist Economics Vol 8 no 1 pp49-70 Lips, H (2013) "The Gender Pay Gap: Challenging the Rationalizations. Perceived Equity, Discrimination, and the Limits of Human Capital Models" in Sex Roles 68:169-185 Kantola, J and E Lombardo (2017) Gender and the Economic Crisis in Europe: Politics, Institutions and Intersectionality Palgrave Macmillan Nelson, J (2017) Gender and Risk-Taking: Economics, Evidence, and Why the Answer Matters Routledge McKay, A (2005) The Future of Social Security Policy: Women, Work and a Citizen's Basic Income London: Routledge Rai, S. M. & G Waylen (2013) New Frontiers in Feminist Political Economy Routledge Van Staveren, I, D Elson, C Grown and N Cagatay (2007) The Feminist Economics of Trade Routledge Walby, S (1986) Patriarchy at Work Cambridge: Polity Waring, M (1988) If Women Counted: A New Feminist Economics MacMillan ______ (2003) "Counting for something! Recognising women's contribution to the global economy through alternative accounting systems" Gender and Development , 11 (1), 35-43

Transferrable Skills

Generic Skills -360b7 Presentation and communication skills. b7 Ability to evaluate, assimilate and interpret economic data. b7 Ability to critically engagement with policy approaches to the economy from a feminist perspective Employability Skills -360b7 Ability to compare and contrast different approaches to common problems. b7 Ability to work independently and as part of a team b7 Ability to learn independently, and to construct knowledge through discussion with others b7 Ability to understand the social and economic context of gender equality . Digital Capabilities -360b7 Source gender disaggregated economic data

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 30.00
Lectures (FT) 18.00
Seminars (FT) 18.00
Independent Learning (FT) 84.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 50.00 45% Essay 2000 words
Exam 01 2.00 50.00 45% Unseen Exam