Having attended the course you will know about the basic concepts, theories and debates related to gender, work, and organizations. In addition, you will be able to make an analysis of organizational processes (re)producing gender distinction in organisations.
You will also be able to recognise and analyse different modes of appearance of the gender distinction in everyday practices and organisations. You will be able to detect assumptions in relation to gender in personnel management and HRM and you can evaluate these assumptions according to their merits.
You will be able to reflect on the function and meaning of gender in organisations adopting different theoretical approaches. You will be able to both combine and challenge aspects of different theoretical approaches.
This course offers an overview of the core concepts and debates in relation to gender in organizations. This research domain is positioned on the intersection of organization studies and gender studies. Generally, organization studies pay too little attention to positions of men and women and the gendered distribution of work in organizations. In this course, we will gain an understanding of the dynamic of the gender distinction in organizations by combining insights and concepts from both gender studies and organization studies. In doing so, we will adopt a critical perspective in order to reconstruct both the mode of appearance and the meanings of gender in organizations. The course offers an analytical framework to map the complex processes forming the basis for the (re)production of gender distinction in organizations. Central to this analytical framework is the mutual influence of a) the interplay between the organization’s structure and culture and b) the way in which organizational members identify themselves and others. The focus will be on identifying different modes of appearance of the gender distinction, on the meaning of the gender distinction for organizational practices, and on organizational processes reproducing the gender distinction. Important topics are, for instance, informal organizational processes, work-life balance, gender and leadership, multiple masculinities and intersectionality. |
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Partial grades that were sufficient remain valid.|
Having attended the course you will be able to reproduce the basic concepts, theories, and debates in relation to gender, work, and organizations in your own words.
You are able to make an analysis of the organizational processes (re)producing the gender distinction in organizations. In addition, you can recognize and analyze different modes of appearance of the gender distinction in everyday practices and organizations.
You are able to refer to similarities and differences of various theoretical approaches in relation to the function and meaning of gender in organizations. You are able to recognize the assumptions in relation to gender in personnel management and HRM and you are able to evaluate these assumptions according to their merits.|