Certificate of Achievement

Mary Templeman Hogg - O'Rourke

has completed the following course:

Understanding Gender Inequality

University of Exeter

On this course you have explored the meaning of the term ‘gender’ and gender difference. You have studied the nature and consequences of gender inequality at work, at home and more widely in society from a contemporary and historical perspective. You have considered the reasons why gender inequality remains difficult to tackle. You have also learned about what is being done to challenge gender inequality and considered what further action is required to secure gender equality.

4 weeks, 3 hours per week


Dr Emma Jeanes

Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies

University of Exeter


Learning outcomes

  • Explain what is meant by ‘gender (in)equality’ and its core terms.
  • Describe how practices of gender inequality are sustained through gendered discourse and practice.
  • Discuss specific types of inequality (in the workplace, home and society at large) and their outcomes.
  • Identify and articulate practices that can effectively challenge and overcome gender inequality.


  • Exploring ‘gender’ (as a construction in its binary and non-binary forms) and ‘(in)equality’ (in a legal and social sense), recognizing it as needing to be understood as intersectional, and both transnationally and as geographically/culturally located. This includes: the effect of tradition, social expectations, language, culture, masculinities and femininities, everyday practices and structures.
  • Exploring the ‘how’ of gender inequality in the context of the workplace (including political roles) – to cover gendered job roles, pay gap, opportunity and promotion (e.g. glass cliffs and glass ceilings), sexual harassment at work, confidence and leadership, political representation.
  • Exploring the ‘how’ of gender inequality in the context of the family and society – to cover the gender imbalance of domestic/caring roles, representations in media (incl. film and books) and the impact on body image, violence towards and control of women.
  • Challenging gender equality – exploring how things are changing and what else can be done. To include: changing awareness, changing the language, changing attitudes and changing structures. This will cover campaigns (e.g. #MeToo #HeForShe), legislation, practices (e.g. increasing participation in STEMM, training), measures, quotas and reporting (e.g. the Gender Pay Gap).

Issued on 16th November 2020

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Free online course:

Understanding Gender Inequality

University of Exeter