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School of Economics and Political Science
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EPP8084326, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
EP2444, Degree course structure A.Y. 2018/19, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination GENDER EU POLITICS AND GLOBALISATION
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

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines SPS/04 Polticial Science 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 45 105.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Prerequisites: good level of interaction in English
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 for women and men and this different impact can hide discriminations and imbalance.
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 those discussed during the lessons. The paper will be discussed in class (PPT presentation) before delivering the final version.
non-attending students:
they are asked to arrange e specific and tailored programme with the professor.
Assessment criteria: 1) participation in class and presentation of the paper to the during a specific lesson (30%)
2) originality, consistency and appropriateness of the final paper (70%)
Course unit contents: PART I. The frame of the citizenship of rights – An historical perspective
In the first part of the course we will focus on framing the women path toward full citizenship around the world. 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 feminists' movements starting from suffragism at the end of XIX Century (obtainment of political rights) and then we will go 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 UN declaration of San Francisco in 1945 to the declaration of Istanbul (2015). Their role in local governments to adopt strong commitments against discriminations and in favor of equal opportunities for all will be underlined furing the lessons. <the programme ends 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” and the rising of different forms of populism: 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 practice:different types of Welfare State
This is the core of the course and it will deep 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?


• 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.
• HoMOPHOBIA and transphobia: The constant production of discriminations based on the intersectionality of gender identity/race/class
• 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 labour, 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, ostethric violence, contraception and all the other issues concerning 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
group works on specific topics
preparation for the final paper: databases active at SPGI Library and prectical info on data retrieval
lessons made by the students (through PPT or any other mean of expression)
Additional notes about suggested reading: ATTENDING STUDENTS
The basic text "gender politics" is downloadable here:
it is impostant to attend the course and to visit the moodle page to get the updates.
A 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 constantly uploaded on the moodle page: students can find there links, slides and extra documents used and discussed in class. Highly recommended also for non-attending students
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Del Re A. - Perini L., gender politics in Italia e in Europa. Padova: Padova University Press, 2014. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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