VPL138 Gendering Welfare States

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2012
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
prof. Steven Saxonberg, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Magda Frišaufová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. et Mgr. Miroslava Janoušková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Tomáš Sirovátka, CSc.
Department of Social Policy and Social Work - Faculty of Social Studies
Supplier department: Department of Social Policy and Social Work - Faculty of Social Studies
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One should be a student at the faculty of social studies, but students from other faculties can also be accepted.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 6 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/6, only registered: 0/6
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
By the end of the course, students should be able to: - To understand the influence of social policies on gender relations - To gain a comparative perspective of welfare policies from a gender perspective - To be able to critically analyze the welfare literature - To begin considering how social policies could be changed
  • Introduction lecture
  • Welfare regimes lecture
  • Welfare regimes seminar, Gender regime lecture (4 hours)
  • Gender regime seminar, Lecture on Comparative family and labor policies (4 hours)
  • Seminar on comparative policies (students present Sweden, Germany, France, USA), Lecture on post-communist family policy (4 hours)
  • Seminar on post-communist family policy, lecture on gender and care of the elderly and health care (4 hours)
  • Seminar on gender and care of the elderly and health care (2 hours)
  • Seminar on suggestions for policy changes for family policies, elderly care, health care, labor market
  • Jane Lewis, Mary Campbell and Carmen Huerta, “Patterns of Paid and Unpaid Work in Western Europe: Gender, Commodification, Preferences and the Implications for Policy,” Journal of European Social Policy 2008; 18; 21
  • Saxonberg, Steven and Sirovátka, Tomáš (2006a) “Failing Family Policy in Post-Communist Central Europe,” Comparative Policy Analysis, 8 (2).
  • Hašková, Hana (2006)
  • Saxonberg, Steven (2003) “The Influence of Family Policy on Freedom of Choice: Sweden from a comparative perspective” in Małżeństwo i Rodzina, vol 2, n. 4, pp. 43-50.
  • Pfau-Effinger, Birgit (2004): Historical paths of the male breadwinner family model – explanation for cross-national differences. British Journal of Sociology, 55, 3.
  • Hašková, Hana (2007)
  • Leitner, Sigrid (2003) “Varieties of Familialism. The caring function of the family in comparative perspective,” European Societies, 5, (4): 353-375.
  • Lewis, Jane ed., (1993) Women and Social Policies in Europe, Hampshire: Edward Elgar.
  • Upmark, Marianne & Borg, Karin & Alexanderson, Kristina (2007) “Gender differences in experiencing negative encounters with healthcare: A study of long-term sickness,” Scand J Public Health; 35. Pp. 577–584
  • Sainsbury, Diane (1994) “Women’s and Men’s Social Rights,” in Diane Sainsbury, ed., London: Sage. Gendering Welfare States,
  • Saxonberg, Steven (2003) The Czech Republic Before the New Millennium (East European Monographs/Columbia University Press, 2003), chapter 5 on family policy.
  • Lewis, Jane (1997) “Gender and Welfare Regimes: Further Thoughts,” Social Politics, summer, 1997.
  • Křížková, Alena ed., (2007) Podmínky rodičovství v podnikovém prostředí v mezinárodním srovnání Sociologické studie, 2007:9.
  • Leitner, Sigrid (2001) , Sex and gender discrimination within EU pension systems Journal of European Social Policy Vol. 11 (2): 99–115.
  • Wienke G. W. Boerma and Atie van den Brink-Muinen (2002) “Gender-Related Differences in the Organization and Provision of Services among General Practitioners in Europe: A Signal to Health Care Planners,” Medical Care, Vol. 38, No. 10, pp. 993-1002
  • Sirovátka, Tomáš (2006) “Rodina a reprodukce versus zaměstnání a role sociální politiky,” pp. 77-113 in Tomáš Sirovátka ed. Rodina, zaměstnání, a sociální politika (Masarykova univerzita, Brno).
  • Wilson, Gail (2003) Gender, Pensions and the Life Course: How Pensions Need to Adapt to Changing Family Forms (Bristol, The Policy Press) Gender and Health
  • Michel, Sonya & Mahon, Rianne (2002) Child Care Policy at the Crossroads: Gender and Welfare State (London: Routledge).
  • Saxonberg, Steven (forthcoming) “From Defamilization to Degenderization: toward a New Welfare Typology.”
  • Saxonberg, Steven (forthcoming) “Právo na otce: Rodičovská volna ve Švédsku”, in: Křížková, A. ed., Práce a péče. Praha: Slon.
Teaching methods
The course consists of lectures and seminars.
Assessment methods
Students will write a report, which should be 4-5 A-4 pages, which means about 2000-2500 words, where they present proposals for improving the social policies in the Czech Republic (other countries are possible). Students can write the report in groups of 2 or 3. They will pretend they are presenting their proposals for a Czech prime minister (or the prime minister of another country). Each paper will focus on one area of social policy and since several groups will make suggestions on each area (family policies, labor market, healthcare, care of the elderly).
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.
Teacher's information
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2013.
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