Undergraduate course

The Politics of Gender in a Global Perspective

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring, Autumn
  • Course codeSAMPOL221
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

Teaching semester

Spring - irregular

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 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.

Learning Outcomes

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


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


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

Required Previous Knowledge


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

Forms of Assessment

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

Grading Scale


Assessment Semester

Assessment in teaching semester

Course Evaluation

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

Course Coordinator

Ragnhild Muriaas / Jana Belschner


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