Gender, State and Policy

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Gender, State and Policy

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course will investigate the relations among gender, state, and policy from the sociological perspective. Gender is arguably the most salient characteristic determining one's place in any society. We will discuss how gender relations influence the nature of policy and citizenship, and how opportunities and institutions in our society are organized via typically ‘gendered’ processes. You will learn central gender issues in public policy including gender and welfare, public care, work-life balance, gender gap, gender inequality in labor market, and also various emerging policy disputes in Korea. Students are expected to participate actively in class through presentations and discussions.

    Course Objective
    The goal of this class is to help you gain a better understanding of gender and its various social effects, how it pervades all parts of our culture and lives, interconnected aspects of gender structure and state governance in modern society, and also begin to question the assumptions and expectations of gender-related policies.

    Textbook, Material

    • Wharton, A. S. 2011, The Sociology of gender: an introduction to theory and research, Blackwell Publishing.
    • Tronto, J. C., 2013, Caring Democracy - Markets, Equality, and Justice, New York University Press.
    • Esping-Andersen, 2009, The Incomplete Revolution: Adapting to Women's New Roles, Polity Press.
    • (More articles and materials are noted in the course schedule.)

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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