POLS7008 Gender & Politics
Course Code: POLS7008
Course Tutor: Dr Maki Kimura (Department of Political Science)
Length: One term (Spring Term)
Teaching: 20 hours lectures/seminars
Assessment: Two 2,000 word essays (40/60%)
Credits: 0.5 course units, 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS)
Module Level: Advanced
About this course
The course provides an overview of some key topics in politics and gender. In weeks one and two, the history of feminism and main feminism and gender theories (including those on sexuality, masculinity and intersectionality) are explored. The rest of the first part of the course looks at the impact of gender on ‘political’ activities and how to develop gender sensitive public policies. It considers what constitutes ‘political’ activities, whether the gender of our political representatives matters, how we might ensure that political institutions are gender balanced and the role of civil society in promoting gender equality. The second part of the course has a more global focus considering; the feminist concept of security, transnational migration, the impact of gender in armed conflicts, women, sexuality and human rights, and the role of gender in international development. As women are often the underrepresented sex in a variety of political processes, we will therefore regularly discuss the issue of women’s equality. However, throughout the course we will seek to focus on ‘gender’ rather than on ‘women’ and explore how various differences such as gender, class, ethnicity, nationality and sexuality intersect to create inequalities. This also includes the study of masculinity and male dominance in political institutions. Various materials (newspaper articles, radio programmes, films etc.) will be used in the course to facilitate discussion on current issues in gender and politics. Each class has a lecture followed by a seminar and participation in discussion is required.
This module may not be taken by students who have previously taken POLS6008.