Gender, Power and Institutions, 15 credits

Academic year 2021/2022

  • Spring 2022, 100%, Campus

    Start date: 24 March 2022

    End date: 5 June 2022

    Application deadline: 15 October 2021

    Application code: UU-74031 Application

    Language of instruction: The course will be taught in English, if needed

    Location: Uppsala

    Selection: Higher education credits (maximum 285 credits)

Entry requirements: 90 credits in political science (A+B+C) or the equivalent and 30 credits in social sciences, or 90 credits in social and political studies (A+B+C) and 60 credits in political science. All applicants need to verify Swedish language proficiency equivalent to the general entry requirements for first-cycle (Bachelor's level) studies and English language proficiency equivalent to the course English 6 in the Swedish secondary school. Students within the Master's Programme in Politics and International Studies, the Master's Programme in Development Studies or the Master's Programme in Political science are required to have obtained at least 15 credits within the programme.


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application or tuition fees. Formal exchange students will be exempted from tuition fees, as well as the application fee. Read more about fees.

Application fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 25,000

Tuition fee, total: SEK 25,000

About the course

The course addresses questions, both theoretically and empirically, of how gender inequalities arises, are maintained and managed through both formal institutions (e.g. policies, rules and regulations) and informal institutions (e.g. practices, norms and ideas). The course is grounded in new institutionalist theories which have become very influential in the field of political science recently as well as in theories from the field of gender and politics.

In the theoretical part of the course, you are introduced to basic concepts and theories about gender, power and institutions. Main focus lies on how the lens of a gendered institutionalism can help us to understand how rules, practices and norms in society are gendered. We also bring up theoretical questions concerning reproduction and change of gender inequalities.

The empirical parts of the course give students concrete examples of how these concepts and theories can be used to analyse politics and policy from a gender perspective in different fields such as political representation, public policy and social policy. Some of the topics we discuss are how different kinds of institutions interact resulting in gendered consequences, the difficulty to change ideas and norms and the conditions for change towards increased gender equality.

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