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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
EPP3050836, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
SP1866, Degree course structure A.Y. 2013/14, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge LORENZA PERINI SPS/04
Other lecturers CLAUDIA PADOVANI SPS/04

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines SPS/04 Polticial Science 9.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 65 160.0 No turn

Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: recommended:

Willson, Perry R. Women in Twentieth-century Italy Perry Willson Basingstoke : Palgrave MacMillan, 2010
Target skills and knowledge: The aim of the course is to make the students aware that the impact of the process of policy- making in all the possible fields of social and political life, can be different on citizens who are men and women being the neutral citizen non-existent and this different impact can hide a discrimination
Examination methods: The exame is in English
Attending students
Each student is asked to deliver a paper at the end of the course on a topic chosen among the topics discussed during the lessons and then developed in a personal and original way, from the point of view that the student decide (comparative among countries, from the perspective of a specific author, etc…). The paper will be discussed in class (PPT presentation) before delivering the final version.

non-attending students
5 open questions out of 7 on an individually agreed programme (written examination)
Assessment criteria: participation to the lessons
presentation of the paper to the class
originality of the final paper
Course unit contents: PART I. The frame of the citizenship of rights – An historical perspective
In the first part of the course will focus on framing the women path toward full citizenship. We start from the idea of “citizenship of rights” conceptualized by T. H. Marshall in the fifties of the XX century, contrasting the Fordist concept of “citizenship of labor”, based only on massive-production. Then, we will examine the different timeline of women and men in the obtainment of rights throughout the XX and the XXI century. We will briefly examine the importance of the suffragist movement at the end of XIX Century (obtainment of political rights) and then we will go fast through the years of civil rights in the 1970s, followed by the concepts of affirmative actions and gender mainstreaming in the 1980s and 1990s (the years of the social rights). Then we will focus on the intervention of international and national organisms – starting from the ONU declaration of San Francisco in 1945 and going on today with the declaration of Istanbul (2015) for example) in pushing the local governments to adopt a strong commitment against discriminations and in favor of equal opportunities for all. We will end with an overview on the recent scenario of the closing of the borders in many countries of the EU and in USA determined by the “migrants issue”: closing the borders means destroying the whole idea of citizenship of rights… (for all, not only for women).

PART II. The translation of rights into policies. Types of Welfare State
This is the core of the course and it will examine the problem of the effectiveness of rights. Who is in charge to do this? Politics. And how’ Through policies. What king of policies are needed? Are they effective? We will tough in deep some main issues.

• EU AND INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS. Gender equality in International, European and national contexts of institutions and policies (declarations, charters, treaties, normative, rules and laws on “gender issue”)
KNOWLEDGE (breaking cultural stereotypes):
• FEMINISM/FEMINISMS: A comparative historical approach, national frameworks, main authors.
• STEREOTYPES The persistency of stereotypes in social roles perpetuates the situation of discrimination for women in society. There is a big cultural problem of sexism in the language and especially in the media.
• OMOPHOBIA: The constant production of discriminations based on gender identity/race/class (LGBTQI)
• FAMILY AND FAMILIES: how many type of families we are? The different legislation in the EU countries (at least)
• WOMEN IN POLITICS and in apical positions: why so few? Affirmative actions and policies to balance the representativeness of women and men in society.
• THE LABOR MARKET from a gender perspective. How the different welfare systems in Eu countries can affect this scenario? Work life balance and gender pay gap as main issues. The intersecting problem of care and migration
• DOMESTIC VIOLENCE and any type of violence against women. From harassment to feminicide. A problem of legislation a problem of knowledge a problem of culture
• REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS. “my body is mine”. How things are going around the world on abortion, surrogacy of maternity, contraception and all the other issues “around” women’s body.
• THE RIGHT TO THE CITY – the city of equality for all. How a non-sexist city looks like? urban space and gender dimension of local politics (best practices for the city of equality)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: frontal lessons
workshops on specific topics
group work for the final paper
lessons made by the students
Additional notes about suggested reading: ATTENDING STUDENTS
The list of articles and papers on each topic will be delivered during the first lesson and then posted in the moodle page of the course (no password). It is very important to follow what is uploaded at the end of each lesson: there the students can find links, slides and extra material and documents used and discussed in class. Highly recommended also for non-attending students.

Non attending students are requested to agree with the professor for a specific individual programme and to download the material from the moodle page of the course
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)