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PL30441: Gender and politics

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 33%, ES 67%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 33%)
  • Essay (ES 67%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
The aim of this unit is to provide students with an understanding of women's role in politics as well as to examine some areas of political theory in relation to gender and sexuality. The unit will explore issues surrounding gender, political representation, participation and policy: for instance, what can/should be done about male over-representation in legislatures worldwide? It will also cover key issues concerning gender and political theory: feminist understandings of 'the political' as well as a variety of theoretical approaches to the relationship between gender, sexuality and 'the state'. Students will be able to apply this knowledge in case studies comparing developments in various countries.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this unit students should be able to:
* demonstrate an empirical understanding of the position of women in politics worldwide;
* demonstrate theoretical knowledge of the relationship between gender and politics;
* critically assess a range of theories concerning gender and government;
* apply this knowledge to real-world political developments.

Skills:
Skills in critical analysis, conceptual thinking, precision in the use of written and spoken language, exercise of independent judgement, reasoned argument and the planning/conduct/reporting of non-quantitative research are developed and assessed in this unit.

Content:
The unit will cover the following topics:
* An introduction to gender and politics: defining 'the political'
* Gender, representation and participation
* Women's and LGBTQ movements in Europe and beyond
* Women, gender and the policy process
* Gender and the state I: Introducing feminist approaches
* Gender and the state II: Governing sexuality
* Gender and the state III: Is there a 'gendered' state?
* Capitalism's handmaidens? Feminism and global politics
In addition, seminars will give students the chance to apply their knowledge of course materials to a series of case studies of issues such as employment law, healthcare and reproductive rights.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PL30441 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UHPL-AYB13 : BA(Hons) French and Politics with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AYB12 : BA(Hons) German and Politics with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AYB16 : BA(Hons) Italian ab initio and Politics with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AYB15 : BA(Hons) Russian ab initio and Politics with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AYB17 : BA(Hons) Spanish and Politics with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AFB30 : BSc(Hons) Politics and International Relations (Year 3)
  • UHPL-AAB30 : BSc(Hons) Politics and International Relations with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AKB30 : BSc(Hons) Politics and International Relations with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AFB10 : BSc(Hons) Politics with Economics (Year 3)
  • UHPL-AAB10 : BSc(Hons) Politics with Economics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AKB10 : BSc(Hons) Politics with Economics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
Department of Social & Policy Sciences
  • UHSP-AFB16 : BSc(Hons) Social Policy (Year 3)
  • UHSP-AKB16 : BSc(Hons) Social Policy with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UHSP-AFB05 : BSc(Hons) Social Sciences (Year 3)
  • UHSP-AKB05 : BSc(Hons) Social Sciences with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UHSP-AFB04 : BSc(Hons) Sociology (Year 3)
  • UHSP-AKB04 : BSc(Hons) Sociology with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UHSP-AFB10 : BSc(Hons) Sociology and Social Policy (Year 3)
  • UHSP-AKB10 : BSc(Hons) Sociology and Social Policy with Year long work placement (Year 4)

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