The course aims to provide students the conceptual instruments to analyzing and evaluating the dimensions of gender inequality and to understanding , thanks to the comparative analysis ofwelfare states , the political strategies to promote gender equality .

The course is interdisciplinary and combines the contribution of economic theory and of political science, namely policy analysis. It introduces to the dimensions of gender inequality in comparative perspectives and to the interpretation of the main comparative indicators of gender inequality. It further clarifies the three policy paradigms of gender equality policy(equal treatment, equal opportunities and gender mainstreaming) and the relation between welfare state regimes and "gender regimes”, illustrating national cases(mainly from the EU) and focusing on the case of Italy .

 All teaching materials (papers, ppt and any other readings or relevant documents) will be available on KIRO platform (http://elearning2.unipv.it/scipol/).