School: Social Sciences
Academic Unit: Social Anthropology and History
Level of studies: Postgraduate
Course code: GCS-6 Semester: 2st
Course Title: Gender and Economic Inequality in the Developing World
Independent teaching activities Weekly teaching hours Credits
3 10
Course type: Special background
Prerequisite courses: None
Language of instruction and examinations: Greek. Reading knowledge of English is a required.
Is the course offered to erasmus students: Νο
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    Learning outcomes: The course intends to explore the application of economic theories of inequality and social welfare in the field of gender relations in the developing world. Students will also learn to make comparisons about gender relations between the developing and the so called developed world.

    General Competences: 
    Production of free, creative and inductive thinking.
    Criticism and self-criticism.
    Working in an interdisciplinary environment.
    Showing social, professional and ethical responsibility and sensitivity to gender issues
    Respect for difference and multiculturalism.

    (3) SYLLABUS

    The course is initiated by presentations of alternative theories of economic inequality and social welfare. Subsequently, questions related to gender relations in the developing world are examined under the light of these theories. Special attention is paid to related studies from Bangladesh, India as well as to the problem of “missing women” in China, India, and North Africa. The last part is a reflective evaluation of the application of the theory of human capabilities pioneered by Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum in the field of gender relations.


    Delivery: Face-to face
    Use of information and communications technology : A combination of lectures and work presentation by the students. The instructor introduces the basic concepts about equality, justice, and social welfare during the first three weeks. Students present studies referring to gender relations in poor households in the developing world in the next four weeks and present papers examining the suitability of the theory of human development as the basis of a universalist theory of feminism in the remaining weeks of the course.
    Teaching methods:  Activity Semester workload
    Lectures, seminar attendance 39
    Reading 50
    Prep for presentations 30
    Exam preparations 50
    Essay 100
    Course total 269
    Student performance evaluation: Two written tests counting for 20% of the total mark each. Students are also asked to submit an essay extending to a maximum of 5,000 words that is related to the topic that they presented in class. The essay, in conjunction with their general performance in class amounts to 60% of the final mark.


    Suggested bibliography:

    John Rawls, 2001. Θεωρία της Δικαιοσύνης, Κεφάλαια 2 και 3. Εκδόσεις Πόλις.

    Amartya Sen, 2004, Επανεξετάζοντας την Ανισότητα, Κεφάλαια 2,3,4,5. Εκδόσεις
    Αναστοχασμός (Καστανιώτης).

    Χ. Μπέλλας (σημειώσεις υπό έκδοση έργου), Η Ιστορία της Έννοιας της Κοινωνικής Ευημερίας, Κεφάλαια 2,3 και 4.
    Sen, A. K., 1984. «Family and food: sex bias in poverty». Στο Resources, Values, and Development A. K. Sen (επιμ.). Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass: 346-368.

    Partha Dasgupta, 1993. An Inquiry into Well Being and Destitution, Κεφάλαιο 11 «Food , Care and Work: The Household as an Allocation Mechanism»: 304-336.

    Debraj Ray, 1998. Development Economics, Κεφάλαιο 8, ειδικά σελίδες 279-288.

    The World Bank, 2006. World Development Report Equity and Development. (1. Introduction: 18-23 ; 2. Inequality within countries: Individuals and groups: 28-55).

    Α.Κ. Sen, 1992. «Missing women. Social inequality outweighs women’s survival advantage in Asia and north Africa». British Medical Journal vol 304: 586-7.

    Α.Κ. Sen, 2003. «Missing women—revisited Reduction in female mortality has been counterbalanced by sex selective abortions». British Medical Journal vol. 327: 1297-8.

    Ansley J. Coale (1991) «Excess Female Mortality and the Balance of the Sexes in the Population: An Estimate of the Number of “Missing Females”». Population and Development Review, Vol. 17 : 517-523.

    The Economist 6-10 March 2010: 61-64 «The Worldwide war on baby girls».

    Martha C. Nussbaum , 2001. Women and Human Development. The Capabilities Approach. Cambridge University Press. (Introduction :1-33, In Defense of Universal Values: 34-110.Adaptive Preferences and Women’s Options: 110-166).

    Martha C. Nussbaum and A.K.Sen (επιμ.), 1993. The Quality of Life. Oxford University Press. (Part III Women’s Lives and Gender Justice. Julia Annas. Women and the Quality of Life: Two Norms or One? :279-302. Onora O’ Neill. Justice, Gender and International Boundaries. :303-335).