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IFCO 2340 - Is a Gender-Equal Society Possible?

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Spring 2019-2020

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

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Course Description

All societies are characterized by sex and gender inequalities. Economic and social organizations rely on a sexual division of labor based on social norms which assign different roles for men and women. Despite the “universality” of gender inequalities, some countries perform better than others in tackling them. This course focuses on analyzing the reconfiguration and the persistence of sex inequalities. Bringing to light the interactions between Welfare state, market and family is the common thread of this course. International, historical, and socio-economic perspectives provide a framework for disentangle the specific concerns raised by gender. The ultimate goal is to identify major challenges faced by societies. A specific attention is paid in linking academic knowledge to policy making process, based on cases study and practical dilemma. For each session, 30-45 minutes are dedicated to “Challenging societies” by opening up a debate in the class on topics that reveal the relevance of a gender perspective.


  • ATAY, Hazal (PhD student)
  • DIALLO, Alexandre M. (Chercheur postdoctoral)
  • PERIVIER, Hélène (Economiste, PRESAGE - OFCE)

Course validation

Research paper to be delivered at the end of the semester: Midterm paper : outline + bibliography+ general question raised by the topic : 30% of the final grade Final Paper : 70% of the final grade Bonus points for good participation during the different sessions


-For each session, preparation of the proposed Challenging societies' topic -One text to be read among the bibliography proposed for each session -Research paper

Required reading

  • Fraisse G., Reason's Muse. Sexual Difference and the Birth of Democracy, translated by Jane Mary Todd, The University of Chicago Press, 1994.
  • Scott, J.W., Gender and the Politics of History. New York: Columbia University Press, 1988.
  • Folbre N., Greed, Lust and Gender: a history of Economic Ideas, Oxford University Press, New York, 2009.

Additional required reading

  • Peterson J. et M. Lewis (dir.), The Elgar Companion to Feminist Economics, Edward Elgar publishing, 2004.
  • Folbre N.,The invisible Heart, Economics and Family Values, The New Press, 2001.

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