Teaching plan for the course unit

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General information


Course unit name: Specific Public Policies II: Public Policies on Gender Equality

Course unit code: 366679

Academic year: 2021-2022

Coordinator: Lidia Puigvert Mallart

Department: Department of Sociology

Credits: 3

Single program: S



Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 75


Face-to-face and/or online activities



-  Lecture with practical component




Supervised project


Independent learning




Learning objectives


Referring to knowledge

— Incorporate a gender perspective in all the professional areas of practice in political science.

— Use the concepts, methods and theoretical approaches that are most commonly employed to analyse public policies oriented to maintaining or improving gender equality.

— Use the international scientific community’s findings on the subject of gender equality, focusing on how these findings can be used to improve public policymaking and ensure that it meets our current social needs.

— Design and advise on policies that incorporate a gender perspective and help maintain and improve gender equality.

— Describe and discuss the theories underpinning the subjects in the course, the scientific evidence that supportts them and the political and social changes they have been responsible for.

— Analyse the factors that have made it possible to incorporate the theories underpinning the course and also the elements of exclusion that make it difficult to find effective answers. 

— Identify the Spanish and Catalan laws and bills that impact on gender issues in social, political and scientific contexts and that refer to precedents in gender-related legislation at an international level. 



Teaching blocks


1. Principles and theory


  • Feminist political thought
  • The most common subjects of debate in the international scientific community
  • Contributions in the legal framework regulating current public policy in a feminist context
  • Approved laws and bills

2. Intersectionality and the gender perspective


  • The relationship between gender equality according to the law and gender and sexual inequality in society
  • Equity, opportunity, inclusion, oppression, privilege and power in current social and cultural contexts

3. Dialogic public policies and their impact on gender policies


  • Methodology and legal treatment
  • Social impact

4. Social impact assessment of policies and programmes designed to improve gender equality


  • Sexual freedom, sexual consent, intimate partner violence, sex trafficking and prostitution
  • Human rights and global health





Reading and study resources

Consulteu la disponibilitat a CERCABIB


*Waylen, Georgina, Karen Celis, Johanna Kantola, and Laurel Weldon. (2013). The Oxford Handbook of Gender and Politics. Oxford University Press.

Acker, J. (2006). Inequality regimes: Gender, class, and race in organizations. Gender & Society, 20(4), 441–464.




Bodelón González, Encarna. (2010). “Las leyes de igualdad de género en España y Europa: ¿hacia una nueva ciudadanía?”, Anuario de filosofía del derecho, nº 26, pp. 85-1

Kelly, M., Carathers, J., & Kade, T. (2020). Beyond tolerance: Policies, practices, and ideologies of queer-friendly workplaces. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, Early Access,. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13178-020-00512-3

Kalaitzi, S., Czabanowska, K., Fowler-Davis, S., & Brand, H. (2017). Women leadership barriers in healthcare, academia and business. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, 36(5), 457–474.

Ruiz-Eugenio, L., Puigvert, L., Ríos, O., & Cisneros, R. M. (2020). Communicative Daily Life Stories: Raising Awareness About the Link Between Desire and ViolenceQualitative Inquiryhttps://doi.org/10.1177/1077800420938880


Lombardo, Emmanuela; León, Margarita. (2014). “Políticas de igualdad de género y sociales en España: origen, desarrollo y desmantelamiento en un contexto de crisis económica”, Revista de Investigaciones Feministas, vol.5, pp. 13-35.

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. (2018), Sexual Harassment of Women. Climate, Culture, and consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The National Academies Press, Washington, DC.

Rosenfeld, D. L. (2008). Concluding Remarks. In Changing Social Norms? Title IX and Legal Activism. Harvard Journal of Law & Gender, 5(3), 407–422. https://doi.org/10.1177/1524838014521323

Serrano Amaya, J. F., & Ríos González, O. (2019). Introduction to the Special Issue: Challenges of LGBT research in the 21st century. International Sociology, 34(4), 371-381. https://doi.org/10.1177/0268580919856490


Smith, A. E., Hassan, S., Hatmaker, D. M., DeHart-Davis, L., & Humphrey, N. M. (2020). Gender, race, and experiences of workplace incivility in public organizations. Review of Public Personnel Administration, Early Access,. https://doi.org/10.1177/0734371X20927760

Vidu, A., Puigvert, L., Flecha, R.. & López de Aguileta, G. (2021). The Concept and the Name of Isolating Gender Violence. Multidisciplinary Journal of Gender Studies, 10(2), 176-200. doi: 10.17583/generos.2021.6975 To link this article: http://dx.doi.org/10.17583/generos.2021.8622

Vidu, A., Tomás, G. & Flecha, R. Pioneer Legislation on Second Order of Sexual Harassment: Sociolegal Innovation in Addressing Sexual Harassment. Sex Res Soc Policy (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13178-021-00571-0


Web page

Altres recursos:


Directive 2006/54/EC of the European Parliament and the Council on July 5, 2006 on the application of the principle of equal opportunities and equal treatment for men and women in employment and occupation matters (recast). DOUE L 204/23, 26.7.2006; and Council Directive 2004/113/EC on December 13, 2004, which applies the principle of equal treatment between men and women to access to goods and services and their supply. DOUE L 373/37, 21.12.2004.

UN Women. (2018). Turning promises into action. Gender Equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, United Nations. Retrieved from: http://www.unwomen.org/en/digital-library/sdg-report