The course will give students an overview of the current state of knowledge about the role of gender in politics. We will discuss what it means to be political represented, what is the actual quality of women's representation in politics, their access to political offices, parties, candidacy, leadership, attitudes, and their general role in the policy making process. The course reflects current research on the topic of women in politics, deals with the situation in the Czech Republic and other countries as well. Student's perspectives on the state of women in politics in different countries will be appreciated.
Výstupy z učení
Students will understand the relationship between gender and politics. They will learn key concepts and theories. They will gain skills to develop their own research.
Introduction. The state of women's representation today.
History of women's fight for political rights
Media, public opinion, and candidates
Seminar: Representation of women's interests.
Political parties and gender
Structural factors of gendered politics
Women's voice in politics
Central and Eastern Europe
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Kunovich. S. 2012. Unexpected Winners: The Significance of an Open-List System on Women's Representation in Poland. Politics and Gender, 8(2), 153-177.
Fox, R. L. and Lawless, J. L. 2004. Entering the Arena? Gender and the Decision to Run for Office. American Journal of Political Science, 48(2), 264-280.
Musilová, D. 2012. Mothers of the Nation: Women's Vote in the Czech Republic. In Blanca Rodriguez-Ruiz and Ruth Rubio-Marín. The Struggle for Female Suffrage in Europe. Leiden: Brill. p. 207-225.
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Murray, R. 2014. Quotas for Men: Reframing Gender Quotas as a Means of Improving Representation for All. American Political Science Review, 108(3), 520-532.
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Beckwith, K. 2011. Interests, Issues, and Preferences: Women's Interests and Epiphenomena of Activism. Politics and Gender, 7(3), 424-429.
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Kunovich, S. and Paxton, P. 2005. Pathways to Power: The Rope of Political Parties in Women's National Political Representation. American Journal of Sociology, 111(2), 505-552
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There will be lectures, seminar, written assignment and test.
Seminar participation: 2 x 15%
There will be two 40-minutes seminars. One about women's' interest and its representation, the other about politics of gender quota. The attendance is compulsory. Students are expected to discuss the topics based on the assigned literature. Participation in discussions will be evaluated.
Research paper: 35%
Each student will hand in a case study of one country. Students will analyze the history of and the current state of women's political representation in the chosen country, they will choose one major female politician of the country and introduce her work. The paper will have 3000 words in length. You will have to cite at least 10 sources. The paper is due May 7.
Exam test: 35%
The final exam covers the whole class (lectures and reading material). The first test will take place on May 15, room U41
To pass the course students must attend both seminars, submit a paper and pass a written exam. The maximum number of points a student can get from all parts of the course is 100.
F 0-65, E 66-72, D 73-79, C 80-86, B 87- 93, A 94-100