POL30680 Gender and Politics

Academic Year 2023/2024

This course provides an overview of key issues in gender and politics. The course focuses on research on how gender impacts both domestic and international politics. It examines how domestic politics is gendered, why the gender of our political representatives matters, and the impact of interventions to increase gender equality in national politics. The course also addresses the importance of gender in international politics, development, and the role of gender in armed conflict. Throughout the course, we will seek to focus on ‘gender’ rather than on ‘women’, though in most cases women are underrepresented. We will therefore often discuss women’s equality, though we will also touch on the role of masculinity and men’s movements.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course, the students will:
• be familiar with some of the basic theories and current academic research around politics and gender;
• be able to critically assess the arguments for and against greater gender equality in different political institutions, and the mechanisms for achieving this;
• understand the role of gender in different arenas of politics and international relations, including domestic politics and international politics;
• develop transferable skills including teamwork skills, independent research ability, and written communication.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Engagement with academic research
Written assignements 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Gender and Politics (POL30560)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: 2,500 word essay. Questions and instructions on Brightspace. Week 12 n/a Graded No


Group Project: Group project to produce a poster - full details on Brightspace. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: Complete the essay preparation worksheet - details on Brightspcace. Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

In line with university policy students will be provided with feedback within 20 days of the deadline for submitting the assignment.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Tues 13:00 - 14:50