This course considers a number of topics associated with the links between gender's empowerment, economic development and public policy. Topics include the role of gender in shaping the political, economic and social opportunities; leadership; the role and global plan of action of international organizations; gender gaps in education and health, economic participation and political opportunity; conflict; property rights; urbanization, international migration; global processes as well as the evaluation of specific policies and interventions, all within the broader context of development economics. The course is applied-oriented and open to students with little background in economics. By the end of the course, it is hoped that participants will be able to critically assess policy documents on the topics covered that are commonly produced by international organizations.