POL30680 Gender and Politics

Academic Year 2021/2022

Module description:
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 addressing the importance of gender in international organisations, 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 the underrepresented sex. 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:

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:
Teaching and learning activities will require students to engage with current academic research and to link theories of gender and politics to specific empirical cases.
Through class discussions, activities, and essay writing students will examine how scholarly research on gender and politics can inform and deepen our understanding of contemporary political events.
They will also be encouraged to apply their learning to a diverse range of empirical cases in order to fully develop an understanding of the benefits and limitations of using scholarly research to analysis the operation of real-world political institutions.
Participants will also be expected to prepare thoroughly for each of the classes, particularly engaging with core readings, and to allocate a substantial amount of time to the completion of assessment work outside the classroom hours. 
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
Group Project: A visual group project focused on the concept of 'representation' as it relates to gender and politics. Week 7 n/a Graded No


Essay: 2,500 word essay. Week 12 n/a Graded No


Assignment: Preparation of annotated bibliography. Week 9 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
• Group/class feedback, 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) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31 Mon 12:00 - 13:50