POL42040 Gender & the Political System

Academic Year 2024/2025

This modules introduces students to key issues in gender and the domestic political system. The module includes introductory theory, explores how political institutions are gendered, asks whether the gender of our political representatives matters, what tools are used to improve the gender balance in political institutions and what are the normative arguments regarding the use of these positive action measures.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

To thoroughly familiarise students with cutting edge academic research in the broad area of gender and political institutions.
Allow students to connect theoretical debates on gender and politics with real-world political issues & policymaking, focusing on comparing different countries.
Allow students to assess the normative and practical arguments for different methods of increasing women's participation in politics.

Transferable skills developed:
Research capabilities
Oral presentation
Application of feedback

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning


Seminar (or Webinar)




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Seminars - including group discussions
Engagement with academic research
Written Assignments
Use of AI allowed in essay preparation worksheet assignment only. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment(Including Essay): Essay - list of question and technical requirements on Brightspace. Week 12 Graded No


Group Work Assignment: Group project with presentation on connection academic research to news story.
Different group presenting each week.
Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7, Week 8, Week 9, Week 10, Week 11, Week 12 Graded No


Assignment(Including Essay): Essay preparation worksheet- details on Brightspace. Week 6 Pass/Fail Grade Scale No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring 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 regulations feedback will be provided within 20 days of the deadline for submitting the assignment. Further details provided on the course outline and in class.