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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LUBS3001 Gender and Equality at Work in Comparative Perspective

20 creditsClass Size: 90

Module manager: Joanne Burgess

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module aims to give you a theoretical and conceptual vocabulary through which to develop an understanding of patterns of (in)equality, diversity and gender relations in Europe and in the US. It brings to light cross national variation in key themes, such as occupational segregation, working-time patterns, pay and organisational cultures, to provide both a theoretical and empirical understanding of gender and equality at work internationally through an examination of cross national variations.


This module aims to provide students with a theoretical and conceptual vocabulary which will enable them to analyse change and continuity in patterns of inequality (gender and ethnicity) in the labour market and workplace. Specifically, key factors shaping cross-national variation in the gender composition of labour markets in different countries (EU and US) and the role of the EU as a regulatory body committed to equal opportunities legislation are examined.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- Critically evaluate different theoretical frameworks and their usefulness in explaining cross-national variation in gender/ethnic (in)equality in pay, occupational segregation, management composition, organisational cultures and working-time patterns
- Explain the key factors shaping cross-national variation in the gender composition of labour markets
- Critically examine the welfare entitlements of employed mothers and the implications such entitlements have for women's employment participation
- Analyse how individual states and the EU have the capacity to shape and transform aspects of gender and equality through labour market regulation and social security contributions

Skills outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- Deploy transferable skills of analysis and critical thinking
- Identify and present relevant evidence and examples to support an argument
- Write coherently and concisely
- Plan and organise work within time constraints


Indicative content:

Coverage of theoretical and conceptual frameworks for analysing international variations in gender and equality approaches. The impact of regulation and social security arrangements is also examined. The module aims to highlight national variations through mapping the evolution of gender and equality issues in Europe and the US.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours175.00
Total Contact hours25.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

This could include a variety of activities, such as reading, watching videos, question practice and exam preparation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Your teaching methods could include a variety of delivery models, such as face-to-face teaching, live webinars, discussion boards and other interactive activities. There will be opportunities for formative feedback throughout the module.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2,000 words50.00
Essay2,000 words50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by 4,000 assessed coursework

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:49:15


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