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The Politics of Gender in a Global Perspective

Undervisningssemester

Spring - irregular

Mål og innhald

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 trace the global development of gender equality in economics, politics, and society. It will show how the issue of women's political representation has been linked to economic development. 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 introduces demands for more nuanced perspectives on the effects of women's representation, such as research examining intersectionality. The course will also touch upon new feminist movements by analysing the #MeToo campaign.

Læringsutbyte

A student who has completed the course should have the following learning outcomes:

Knowledge

The student can...

  • define key concepts, like gender and different notions of representation
  • identify and explain theories that link economic development, political representation and gender equality

Skills

The student can...

  • link theories of development, political representation and gender equality to empirical cases and identify different trajectories of change/no change
  • discuss how and why different electoral systems affect gender balance in political offices
  • compare which gender equality reforms that are most prone to counter-mobilization and why

General competence

The student can...

  • apply comparative methods to understand variation in reform outcomes
  • present and distribute acquired theoretical and empirical knowledge in the form of an electronic poster

Krav til forkunnskapar

None

Tilrådde forkunnskapar

SAMPOL115, MET102, SAMPOL105, SAMPOL106 og SAMPOL107

Krav til studierett

Open for all students at the University of Bergen

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

Form: Lectures and case workshops

Hours per week: 2

Number of weeks: 12

Obligatorisk undervisningsaktivitet

All students participate in a group work and prepare e-posters that will be presented in class during the last two course sessions.

Vurderingsformer

Essay on pre-selected topics (max. 3000 words)

Karakterskala

A-F

Vurderingssemester

Assessment in teaching semester

Emneevaluering

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

Emneansvarleg

Ragnhild Muriaas / Jana Belschner

Kontakt

Eksamensinformasjon