PIR-30144 - Gendering Global Politics
Coordinator: Linda Ahall Room: N/A Tel: +44 1782 7 33217
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2018/19

Environmental Studies Dual Honours (Level 6)
Environmental Studies Major (Level 6)
Environmental Studies Minor (Level 6)
Human Geography Dual Honours (Level 6)
Human Geography Major (Level 6)
Human Geography Single Honours (Level 6)
International Relations Dual Honours (Level 6)
International Relations Major (Level 6)
International Relations Minor (Level 6)
International Relations Single Honours (Level 6)
Politics Dual Honours (Level 6)
Politics Major (Level 6)
Politics Minor (Level 6)
Politics Single Honours (Level 6)

Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2018/19

How does gender matter to the study of global politics? This module provides an exploration of the politics of gender in a range of aspects of global politics, security and economy. It shows how gender matters to the study of global politics on three main levels: by exploring the gendering of theoretical perspectives in IR; the gendering of global policies; and the gendering of actors of global politics.
As such, the module starts by explaining how feminist perspectives entered and became part of IR theory. It also explains a range of contemporary feminist IR perspectives that can be used for analysis. The second aspect of the module focuses on how gender has been integrated into global policies to do with security, economy, human rights etc. Here, concepts such as gender equality and gender mainstreaming are key. The third aspect of how gender matters to the study of global politics involve a focus on actors of global politics and how they might perform, resist or challenge ideas about gender. Such actors might include individual politicians, both male and female, soldiers, activists etc. but it can also include states or groups of people as actors. Crucially, at all levels the module incorporates ideas from masculinities and queer studies in order to move beyond a simple association of gender with women.

To provide a specialised module on gender in global politics in order to explore the range of feminist approaches and empirical analyses in depth.

To enable students to explore gender in more complex and nuanced ways. This involves a move away from associations of gender with women only to issues such as men and masculinities, sexualities, heteronormativity and queer studies.
To cultivate the notions that gender is not something that only concerns feminists or women, or that it only concerns 'soft issues' and thus should be restricted to the private sphere, but that gender concerns us all and plays a fundamental part in how we make sense of global political issues.

To enable students to apply appropriate feminist conceptual tools in order to do independent research on how gender matters to a global politics research area of their choice.
To enable students to practice their analytical and presentational skills in both written and oral form.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Identify how different understandings of gender inform different feminist theoretical perspectives
: 1,2
Compare and contrast strengths and weaknesses of different feminist IR perspectives: 1,2
Apply a particular feminist perspective to an empirical case-study of their choice: 1,2
Communicate their findings in both written and oral form: 1,2
Identify and explain the value of different feminist perspectives to the study of global politics: 1,2

Study hours

25 hours: Contact time in eleven 2-hour seminars and one mini-conference
60 hours: Reading and seminar preparation
65 hours: Assessment preparation and revision

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Research Paper weighted 80%
3,000 words independent research paper
The research paper will offer students an opportunity to undertake independent research by applying appropriate feminist perspectives to an empirical topic of their choice. The topic and research question needs to be negotiated and approved by the tutor.

2: Oral Presentation weighted 20%
15min oral presentation on research design
The oral presentations will work as a mini-conference where each student present the research design for their own independent research paper. The format will be 15min presentation per student.