This course places particular emphasis on gendered and decolonial critiques to mainstream economics, and feminist analyses of current economic transformations taking place in the world. The course also engages with up-to-date debates within feminist economics policy circles and decolonial thinking. It will also offer students the chance to explore alternative feminist economic theory and apply these different theoretical understandings to concrete examples. The lectures will provide context to the assigned readings, elaborate on the main concepts/ideas of the authors, and outline the theoretical, historical and contemporary issues related to the topic of the week. During the course students will have the chance to develop specific skills and mixing methods covered in the lectures –such as feminist statistics, time-use methods, critical economic analysis. Students will also gain experience in working in teams, in presenting clear and convincing arguments, and in advocacy and negotiating.

The first part of the course is devoted to the introduction of feminist economics, intersectionality in economic thinking and the small but growing body of postcolonial and decolonial scholarship in feminist economics. In the second part, we will focus on quantitative methods from a gender and intersectional perspective. In the third and more extensive part, we will examine the gendered implications of contemporary economic governance from a feminist and decolonial perspective and the gender bias in macroeconomic and microeconomic analyses. Finally, we will use what we have learned here and open the dialogue, through concrete examples from different parts of the world, for alternative, decolonial, post-capitalist economies.