Undergraduate course

The Politics of Gender in a Global Perspective

Semester of Instruction

Fall - irregular (the course is offered in fall 2017)

Objectives and Content

On January 21, 2017, a worldwide anti-Trump protest, called the Women's March, gathered millions of people across 81 countries. The key motivation behind the protests was to prevent counter-mobilization against gender equality reforms. The goal of this course is to explain why the politics of gender has become a contentious issue in the world today.

The course will show how the issue of women's political representation has been linked to the issue of economic development, by showing how international agents and researchers have promoted the theory that gender equality is not just a question of human rights, but also 'good economics'. From there we move to study the increase of women in politics across the world the last decades and show how this has been caused by implementing legislation that alters the composition in elected offices, like gender quotas.

Furthermore, the course introduce demands for more nuanced perspectives on the effects of women's representation, such research examining intersectionality and conservative feminists' claims, as well as counter-mobilization against gender equality reforms. The course also discusses the link between research of women's rights and LGBT movements.

Learning Outcomes

A candidate who has completed his or her qualification should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


  • define key concepts, like gender and different notions of representation
  • identify and explain theories that link economic development, political representation and gender equality
  • discuss how and why different electoral systems affect gender balance in political offices
  • demonstrate which gender equality reforms that are most prone to counter-mobilization and why


  • link theories of development, political representation and gender equality to empirical cases and identify different trajectories of change/no change

General competence

  • apply comparative methods to understand variation in reform outcomes
  • apply methods of international agents

Required Previous Knowledge

Fulfilment of general admission requirements

Recommended Previous Knowledge


Access to the Course

Open for all students at the University of Bergen.

Teaching and learning methods

Form: Lectures and case workshops

Hours per week: 2

Number of weeks: 12

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

All students must write a 500 words motivation for selection of essay topic. Half term.

Forms of Assessment

Essay on pre-selected topics, maximum 3000 words.

Grading Scale


Assessment Semester

Fall - irregular (offered in fall 2017)

Course Evaluation

The course is evaluated according to the guidelines found in Handbok for kvalitetssikring av universitetsstudia.

Course Coordinator

Ragnhild Louise Muriaas


Contact Information


Tlf 55 58 33 16

Exam information

  • Note that the time may change up until 14 days prior to the day of the examination. The location will be published 14 days ahead.

  • Type of assessment: Take home exam

    Assignment handed out
    Submission deadline
    21.12.2017, 17:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam