POL42040 Gender & the Political System

Academic Year 2022/2023

How can we understand the role of gender plays in politics and in the political system? What are the ways in which gender complicates our understanding of what constitutes a political system? Can we talk about political systems beyond the state?

This module introduces students to key issues in gender and the political system(s) from a critical comparative perspective and with a focus on identity and difference. Students will gain an understanding of how inequalities based on gender, race, class and sexuality influence politics and learn the tools to undertake gendered critiques and analyses. One of the main goals of the course is to gain a deeper understanding of how gender and gender inequality shape politics as well as how political structures affect gender/gendered relations and the socio-political constructions of gender.

This module will be taught by Dr Pinar Dokumaci.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

• To introduce the students to the study of gender, politics, and political systems
• To explore the implications of gender and identity on political structures
• Familiarise students with theories of gender, representation, and democracy
• Encourage students to interconnect theory with real life examples
• Enhance critical analysis skills
• Improve discussion skills
• Develop independent research skills
• Enhance writing skills

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning


Seminar (or Webinar)




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
All teaching and learning activities will require students to link theories of gender and politics to specific empirical cases.
Through discussions, presentations, 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. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Seminar Participation and Reading Report 4 Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: Seminar Participation and Reading Report 3 Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Essay: A 12-15 page research paper on a topic of their choice related to the material covered in the syllabus Week 12 n/a Graded No


Assignment: Seminar Participation and Reading Report 1 Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: Seminar Participation and Reading Report 2 Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded 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.