Race, Gender, and the Global Economy

While most people would agree that the global economy—the international exchange of commodities, capital, and labor—is a starkly uneven playing field, few have a deep understanding of this inequality in relation to race and gender. In this course, we will examine how racial and gender hierarchies and ideologies (the differing value attached to, and systematic ideas about, race and gender) in such things as job markets and financial lending help create unequal access to job opportunities, wealth, power, and resources throughout the world. Our readings will be drawn from outside the academic arenas typically associated with the study of the global economy, such as economics, finance, and political economy. Instead, we will see how scholars in interdisciplinary fields of study (such as women’s and LGBT studies, cultural studies, and critical ethnic studies), as well as scholars in conventional humanist and social science disciplines (such as history, sociology, and anthropology) use race and gender to understand how social inequalities are produced through global economic processes. The units of the course are organized around the primary building blocks of the global economy: finance and financial institutions, supply chains, international free trade, and international divisions of labor. However, our analytic inquiry about these building blocks will focus primarily on their intersection with race and gender as categories of social difference and aspects of human identity. By understanding how global economic inequality is produced in relation to race and gender, students in this course will arrive at a critical and diverse perspective on how we might create a more socially just and economically equitable global society.

General Education: History and Social Science (DSHS), Understanding Plural Societies (DVUP), i-Series (SCIS)

Race, Gender, and the Global Economy
Course Information
  • Course Id:AMST120
  • Credit:3
  • Room:LeFrak 2166
  • Days:Mondays (sections on Wednesdays or Fridays)
  • Timings:Lecture: 2:00pm - 3:40pm; Sections: W 2:00pm - 2:50pm; W 3:00pm - 3:50pm; F 2:00pm - 2:50pm; F 3:00pm - 3:50pm

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