Gender Inequality Through Numbers - Not offered in AY 2022-23

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Course Description: 

This course will explore how gender inequality can be studied via quantitative methods, such as the statistical analysis of surveys, time use studies, survey experiments and field experiments. Even difficult issues, such as domestic violence or rape can be studied quantitatively, but obviously, the findings and the research questions will have to be quite different than the ones used in qualitative approaches. The course will highlight what can be gained through the use of quantitative techniques and also what is lost. In addition, students will get a glimpse into the analytical directions taken in a handful of central themes in the study of gender inequality, including the domestic division of labor, gender role attitudes, the wage gap and domestic violence. We will start with general introductions and an in-depth discussion of the differences between qualitative and quantitative methods. We will then go on to examine the pros and cons of both and the relevance of each for specific social problems. Next, we will address specific topics on gender inequality through the lens of quantitative methods. The course will end with the presentation of group projects, which will compare a qualitative and a quantitative study of a specific issue in the field of gender inequality.

Learning Outcomes: 

The students will have developed:

  • A good understanding of the differences between qualitative and quantitative methods in social studies;
  • A good understanding of how central problems within the field of gender inequality can be studied through quantitative methods;
  • A good understanding of some of the key concepts in the sociology of gender;
  • A practical sense of how surveys and survey experiments are conducted and what they can be used for;
  • Their analytical skills via reading texts and discussing them;
  • Their writing skills as they complete the short assignments;
  • Oral presentation skills;
  • Team work skills during group discussions and group work.
  • Participation in class discussions, regular attendance (20%)
  • “Reaction papers” (2-page essays) submitted 3 times during the course in response to specific questions about the readings (3x10%=30%)
  • Group project: the comparison and analysis of 2 research projects (one quantitative, one qualitative) on the same topic. Groups present the findings (20%) and the individual write-up as final paper (30%)