Gender. Gender Ideologies, Gender Discrimination, Gender and Career, Gender and Politics



Type of instruction




Part of degree program


Recommended in

Semester 1-4

Typically offered in

Autumn/Spring semester

Course description

The course brings gender – one of the basic dimensions of social hierarchies – into focus to show how interpersonal and social relations and roles are organized by gender differentiation. It examines how stereotypes and ideologies justify the status differences between the sexes and how gender differences are reproduced in social institutions. The key concept of the course is the question of gender and career, focusing on workplace and politics – the two critical scenes of public sphere.

Besides the theoretical overview, the course introduces a critical approach concerning gender inequalities and power relations. At the same time, it critically examines the gender aspect in social psychology: when it is and when it is not relevant to investigate gender differences within a sample; how to interpret gender differences or the lack of gender differences in findings. The course includes the practice of planning gender-related research as well.

  • Schoon & J. S. Eccles (Eds.) (2014). Gender differences in aspirations and attainment. A life course perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Chrisler, J. C. & McCreary, D. R. (Eds.) (2010). Handbook of gender research in psychology. New York: Springer.
  • Ridgeway, C.L. (2011). Framed by Gender: How Gender Inequality Persists in the Modern World. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Swann, W. B., Jr., Langlois, J. H. & Gilbert, L. A. (Eds.) (1999). Sexism and stereotypes in modern society: The gender science of Janet Taylor Spence. American Psychological Association: Washington, DC.