[ GS-METII ] SE Gender Studies Methods II

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Workload Education level Study areas Responsible person Hours per week Coordinating university
3 ECTS B1 - Bachelor's programme 1. year (*)Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung Julia Schuster 2 hpw Johannes Kepler University Linz
Detailed information
Pre-requisites (*)keine
Original study plan Study (*)Gruppe "Gender Studies" 0
Objectives Completing the course, students are expected to

- understand and be able to explain main concepts of gender statistics (equality, equity, gender mainstreaming, etc.; measurements, indices, etc.).

- know and be able to research and apply current data and statistical indicators that illustrate social power dynamics or can be used to measure equality.

- be able to critically evaluate the explanatory potential and limits of various international gender indicators.

Subject Statistical data and indicators can illustrate social realities, differences and communalities between groups. Moreover, timelines are useful tools to show social change or stagnation over time and thus, help to indicate the success or failure of social policies. Critically analyzing and evaluating the available data can shed light on power structures and inequalities in society. While numbers themselves do not evoke social change, they provide the information needed to understand inequalities and draft plans of how to tackle them. This course offers the basic set of skills required to critically and responsibly use statistical data for the purpose of promoting gender equality and equity.
Criteria for evaluation Attendance; researching and presenting indicators; participating in discussions and group work both in class and via the learning platform; review.
Methods Discussion of various international indicators: Global Gender Gap Report, Gender-related Development Index (GDI), Gender Empowerment Measure (GEM), Gender Pay Gap, Glass-ceiling Index, etc.
Language German
Study material Eckstein, Kirstin (2007): Gender-Statistiken. Sichtbarmachen von Machtverhältnissen und Messung von Gleichstellungserfolgen. In: Die Grünen Linz (Ed.): Frauen Macht Zukunft. Vienna: Milena-Verlag, P. 179–204. (KUSSS)

Leitner, Andrea/Walenta, Christa: Gleichstellungsindikatoren im Gender Mainstreaming. In: Leitner, Andrea; Pirklbauer, Sybille; Walenta, Christa; Wroblewski, Angela (Eds): Qualitätsentwicklung im Gender Mainstreaming. Volume 5: Indikatoren. Vienna: EQUAL-Entwicklungspartnerschaft QE GM. P. 11-56. Online available:

Meyer, Wolfgang (2004): Indikatorenentwicklung. Eine praxisorientierte Einführung. Saarbrücken: Centrum für Evaluation (CEval-Working Papers, 10). Online available:

Further literature will be announced in the first session.

Changing subject? No
Further information About the course instructor: Kristin Eckstein (*1973) studied Educational Science with a focus on evaluation in Salzburg. Since 2006, she works at the University of Graz in quality management (equal opportunities, gender budgeting, intellectual capital statement, strategic analyses). She teaches Social Science research methods, Statistics and Gender Studies (2001-2005 in Salzburg; since 2006 in Graz).
On-site course
Maximum number of participants 25
Assignment procedure Assignment according to priority