Spring 2012

Gendering Political Economy


Nancy Folbre (Section 01)


This course will explore the interface between feminist theory and political economy. It will ask how the social construction of gender has shaped the discourse of economics, with a strong emphasis on feminist theory's intellectual history in Britain, the U.S., and France. It will also explore a variety of ways that economic theory can help explain the evolution of gender inequality, with particular attention to insights of recent behavioral and experimental research. No formal background in economics is necessary, but participants must have a high level of intellectual curiosity about social science in general, and economics in particular. Students should also be prepared to tackle some technical topics including utility maximization, game theory, statistical analysis, and experimental methodologies. Course pedagogy will emphasize active learning, consistent class participation, a number of small written assignments and oral presentations, and a final research paper.

Limited to 35 students. Spring semester. Visiting Professor Folbre.

If Overenrolled: Preference to WAGS majors and then to students on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Quantitative Reasoning


2020-21: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2012