Not available in 2013/14
GI416      Half Unit
Gender and Transition Societies: Politics, Policies and Patterns

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Anna Plomien


This course is available on the MSc in Gender, MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation and MSc in Gender, Policy and Inequalities. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

From a gender perspective, the course brings together three dimensions - political, economic, and social - to study the process of transition from central planning economies and totalitarian governments towards models of mixed market economies and representative democracy, and in some cases to membership of the EU. The regional focus is on countries of CEE, but some comparisons will be made to cases from post-Soviet Eurasia, Russia, Latin America, and China. The course draws on theoretical, methodological and empirical and scholarship from a social science perspective, where gender is conceptualised both as an explanatory tool and as an object of analysis.


10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of seminars in the MT.

Formative coursework

One 2,000 word essay and a seminar presentation.

Indicative reading

N. Barr (ed.) (2005) Labor Markets and Social Policy in Central and Eastern Europe: The Accession and Beyond, Washington DC: The World Bank;
M. Burawoy and K. Verderey (1999) Ethnographies of Change in the Postsocialist World. Boston and Oxford: Rowman and Littlefield;
A. Cerami and P. Vanhuysse (2009) Post-communist welfare pathways: theorizing social policy transformations in Central and Eastern Europe; Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan;
B. Einhorn (2010) Citizenship in an Enlarging Europe: From Dream to Awakening. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan;
J.E. Johnson and J.C. Robinson (eds) (2007) Living Gender after Socialism. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press;
S. Gal and G. Kligman (2000) Reproducing Gender: politics, publics and everyday life after socialism. Princeton: University Press;
S. L. Wolchik and J. L. Curry (eds) (2008) Central and East European Politics: From Communism to Democracy, London: Rowman and Littlefield.


Essay (100%, 4000 words) in the MT.

Key facts

Department: Gender Institute

Total students 2012/13: Unavailable

Average class size 2012/13: Unavailable

Value: Half Unit

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