Gender and Societies

lsped1215  2022-2023  Louvain-la-Neuve

Gender and Societies
5.00 credits
30.0 h
Main themes
The main theme of the course is to show the links between gender issues and other types of inequality, an approach which draws on elements from a range of disciplines in the Social Sciences. The perspective taken is at once comparative and historical.
Learning outcomes

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 The objective of this course is to enable students to acquire a basic knowledge of the issues surrounding gender and the social relations between men and women, and to situate these gender issues within the wider framework of issues in contemporary society.
The course consists of (1) illustrating gender inequalities in social and family life, (2) explaining these inequalities from the main feminist currents and the main scientific theories, and (3) illustrating the pathways of reduction of these inequalities.
By way of introduction, I will present the biological and cultural explanations of gender differences and I will introduce the main feminist currents. Then, within the framework of the second feminist current and in the light of the theory of doing gender, I will focus on the sharing of work in the household and in the labor market and I will associate this gender division of labor with gender stereotypes. Various indicators will illustrate trends and national contexts. This empirical part will end with two life course events, the formation of a couple and the birth of a child, and their association with gender. The final sessions will be a reflection on policies and pathways that help reduce the gap between men and women.
Teaching methods
The course will take the form of lectures. Each theoretical discussion will be accompanied by quantitative data, often in a comparative perspective between countries, or qualitative data. I will encourage you to ask your questions and make your comments in the classroom or via the Teams chat. Participation will also be encouraged through activities such as the Moodle quiz or retrival practices.
Evaluation methods
The evaluation will be by multiple choice questionnaire
Other information
COVID-19 :
In yellow or orange code, the teaching will switch to a comodal format (half of the cohort in the classroom, the other half in distance learning, alternately from one week to the next).
Regardless of the teaching mode, the evaluation mode remains the same.
Bibliographie mise à disposition à chaque séance en fonction du thème abordé.
Bibliography available at each session depending on the theme.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Learning outcomes
Master [120] in Family and Sexuality Studies

Master [120] in Population and Development Studies

Bachelor in Sociology and Anthropology

Minor in Sociology and Anthropology

Minor in Population and Development Studies

Minor in Gender Studies