The Politics of Gender (919M9)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

This module looks at the gendered nature of power, governance and politics.

It explores how formal and informal political institutions are inherently gendered, and the ways these shape political participation in formal political processes and informal institutions.

You'll explore strategies used by women (embodying their intersectional identities) to influence political and policy making processes to secure gender-equitable outcomes.

Taking a political economy lens to understand politics, and drawing on case study examples from around the world, we analyse:

  • how bodies are regulated
  • intra-household bargaining and the gendered nature of the market
  • the state (bureaucracy and elected bodies)
  • civil society
  • social movements.


100%: Seminar (Class)


100%: Coursework (Essay, Group presentation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 44 hours of contact time and about 256 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.