POL42470 Gender, Identity, & Difference

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module introduces students to key issues in gender, 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.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

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

Indicative Module Content:

Key topics might include:

- Gender and Gendered Institutions
- Gender and Family
- Gender and the State
- Gender and the Civil Society
- Gender and the Nation
- Gender and Coloniality
- Gender and Representation
- Gender and Race
- Gender and Sex/Sexuality
- Gender and Environment
- Gender and Religion

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, identity, and difference to specific empirical cases.
Through class discussions, activities, and essay writing students will examine how scholarly research on gender, identity, and difference 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
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment: Reflection Paper #1 Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: Reflection Paper #2 Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Essay: Research Paper 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

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.