Gender and labour market in different European contexts

in person summer 2022


10 July – 23 July

Optional arrival 9 July and departure 24 July


1000 EUR

€100 discount for partner universities


15 May

About summer programme

The course aims to provide the students with a basic understanding of the impact that gender roles and inequalities have on the situation of men and women in society, mostly in the labour market. We tackle the theories about discrimination and segregation of women in the labour market and theories related to the division of labour in the household. Policies for reconciling work and family are introduced as well as the flexible forms of employment in the context of the new trends in the society. In relation to these trends, we focus on the analysis of the potential of social policies to shape and influence gender relations. Space is also given to the feminist critique of the traditional typologies of the welfare state. Furthermore, the role of employers and other actors in the field of reconciling work and family are discussed. Beside the macro-societal perspective, we also give space to the micro-societal/individual level of the analysis, where we focus on the preferences towards work-family strategies and their links to macro-level.

This programme is designed as a part of our Intensive 2 Week Summer School, where multiple courses from a wide of Masaryk University study programmes and departments will be offered. These courses will be arranged in an intensive and dynamic form, each working day there will be an academic session, and these may take the form of a lecture, seminar, company visit or practical field work.

In addition to the academics, cultural and social programming will be offered, including the option of a one-day excursion to Vienna and/or Prague.


Academic Overview

Classes take place Monday-Friday (usually) in the mornings. The site visits and learning outside the classroom takes place in the afternoons. Culture/social activities will take place in the afternoons/nights.

Topics included:

  • Introduction to the course aims and objectives.
  • Gender, gender culture and gender role in context of the labor market.
  • Structural context: new trends in the European labour markets.
  • Gender segregation in the labour market.
  • Institutional context within the EU.
  • Introduction to work-family policy. Childcare policy.
  • Maternity, paternity and parental leave.
  • Family-friendly flexibility. Employers and work-family balance.
  • Micro-level: individual strategies and preferences

Course structure:

  • 8 lectures (each 90 minutes)
  • Group work after each lecture (45 minutes)
  • 2 seminars (one each week) to provide space for student presentations (each 135 minutes)
  • In total 1350 minutes of work

Please note the teaching sessions in the week 1 will take place in the afternoons (probably from 15:30), and as such it will limit access to the cultural program offered to all other summer school students. The classes in the week 2 will be in the mornings.

What is included in the cost?

Cost: The cost of this program is €1000, with a €100 discount for partner universities. The cost breakdowns as follows:

Fees include:
- Tuition fees
- Accommodation in Brno (10-23 July)
- Opening and Closing receptions
- Culture activities around Brno
- Day trip to Prague or Vienna
- 24/7 support
- Social programme

Students should budget an additional €200-500 depending on their spending habits for food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and fun "optional" activities in Brno.

Life in Brno

Brno is a great place to live, even if just for a short period of time. As a student city (1/5 of the population are students) and an international city there is always something to do, and the Czech language isn’t a barrier. This means that exploring cafes, teahouses, restaurants and the local sites is easy, even without our amazing assistants. However, because we want you to get the most out of your experience, we have a team of local Czech students to show you their favourite things in Brno!

Best Cafes for coffee and tea
Best Restaurants
Favourite Places in Brno to relax


The team of professional and local students provides the 24/7 assistance from the practical and safety arrangements to creating a rich cultural program helping the participants to understand better culture of Moravia and Central Europe in general. Moreover the staff is trying to assist with creating social activities that aims at enhancing the mutual cultural exchange and understanding.


Students in this program are housed in one of our Residence Halls where both international and Czech students live during the school year. This is a great opportunity to see how student housing is different all around the world (or is similar, depending on what country you are from!). In Brno, students share a room with one other student, while on trips, students are three per room.

Bedding is provided; however, students should bring their own towels. Students will have an opportunity to cook their own meals, some cooking supplies will be provided, as supplies last.


How to apply

This course is targeted for bachelor and master's students. 

Please follow this link and choose the correct "Intensive Summer School..." programme. You might apply to more than one course to ensure you have a backup plan in case the course of your first choice does not open (the minimum enrollment for a course to be offered - unless specified differently - is five students). Do not forget to include all the necessary information (and documents if requested) including writing a short statement of purpose. We will contact you afterwards to tell you if your application was successful and to discuss the further steps (including the deposit payment) with you.

Student experience

The cultural and social activities were very nice and closely coordinated, so that we got to experience a lot about the Czech culture and at the same were bonding with our fellow students.


Life in Brno...

The 'beach' in the city centre where students can sit with friends.
One of the fabulous cafes where students grab a bite to eat before class!
Experience Czech culture.
Make friends of a lifetime.

Travel to...





Martin Glogar

summer school manager


Erin Anna Smith

summer school manager


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