Gender and (Global) Politics: Subjects Practices and Institutions (002RA)
30 credits, Level 6
Learn a critical way of analysing (global) politics.
Historically, politics has been thought of as a discrete activity taking place in the public sphere, which was the exclusive domain of men. It was assumed that women were incapable of participating in this sphere and less interested in politics than men. These assumptions that perpetuated the relative exclusion of women from political life. This actual and symbolic marginalisation rests on gendered assumptions about what politics is, where it is located, and who 'does' politics. Our gendered assumptions affect not only the real lives of 'women' and 'men' but conceptions of politics and political subjects as such.
During the module, you examine how an understanding of gender helps us ask critical questions about the spaces, institutions and practices of politics. It introduces you to prominent theories of gender (biological, psychological, social constructivist etc.). It surveys the theorisation of masculinity, and the historical evolution of feminism as critical theory and practice. From such theoretical bases it then examines:
- the gendered nature of central political institutions, such ast he state and law
- political practices such as democratic participation, acts of citizenship, acts of protest and resistance, development
- the gendering of political subjects such as human rights holders, soldiers, and the expendable subjects of neoliberalism.
30%: Coursework (Essay, Group presentation)
70%: Written assessment (Essay)
Contact hours and workload
This module is 300 hours of work. This breaks down into 36 hours of contact time and 264 hours of independent study.
This module is running in the academic year 2017/18. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.
This module is offered on the following courses:
- Economics and International Relations BA
- Geography and International Relations BA
- International Relations BA
- International Relations and Anthropology BA
- International Relations and Development BA
- International Relations and Sociology BA
- International Relations and a Language (with a study abroad year) BA
- International Relations with a Language BA
- Politics and International Relations BA