POL30680 Gender and Politics

Academic Year 2022/2023

Module description:
This module provides an overview of key issues in gender and politics. The main focus of the module is the research on the triangular intersection of religion, feminism, and postcolonialism. While aiming to bring together the literature Western and non-Western contexts on these debates, the module introduces the students the key texts in feminist theory, religion and gender, and postcolonial and decolonial feminism from a critical interdisciplinary perspective.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

- Introduce students to the issues in the intersection of religion, feminism, and postcolonialism
- Evaluate and question competing perspectives on key issues and public debates from a multidisciplinary perspective
- Familiarise students with the foundations of feminist theory, postcolonial theory, and decolonial thought
- Encourage students to interconnect theory and real life examples
- Rethink, challenge, self-reflect on naturalised assumptions on gender and politics
- Enhance critical analysis skills
- Improve discussion skills
- Practice forming and synthesising strong arguments based on scholarly research
- Develop independent research skills
- Enhance writing skills

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
Essay: Research Paper Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: Short Paper #1 Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: Short Paper #2 Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded 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 Mon 12:00 - 13:50