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PL51033: Gender, political behaviour and representation

[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: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
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:
This unit will provide a comprehensive introduction to gender and political behaviour and representation. In the course of this unit, students will explore how politics and political institutions are gendered; and develop knowledge of major theoretical debates within the literature on gender and political behaviour and representation. The course will therefore enable students to conduct in-depth research into the gendered nature of political institutions and political behaviour.

Learning Outcomes:
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
* Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of theories on gender and political behaviour and representation
* Critically assess a range of theoretical assertions made by key gender scholars
* Apply key theoretical concepts to real-world situations
* Analyse political events with reference to theories.

Skills:
Within this unit, students will develop the following skills:
* Advanced and independent research skills
* Intellectual skills (conceptual, original and independent thinking, critical analysis, synthesis and reasoned argument)
* Assessment and judgement in relation to the soundness of competing theoretical arguments
* Skills of self-direction, self-evaluation and time management
* Reading, discussion and presentation of theoretical material
* Application of theoretical and methodological skills to case studies;
* Oral and written communication skills.

Content:
This unit will explore how theoretical perspectives on the nature of 'the political' have informed academic understandings of women's political activity, and will look at gendered patterns in political behaviour and representation. It will examine gender differences in voting behaviour and political activities, thereby considering what constitutes 'politics' and 'political activities.' Furthermore, it will discuss trends of women's political representation and explore explanations for these trends as well as for cross-national differences in women's representation. This will be accompanied by a discussion of why the number of women in parliaments might matter and what difference women representatives might make to politics and the policy process. It will also provide a review of theories of representation and discuss contemporary debates on why and how women's access to political power varies across countries. The course will draw on examples from various regions to analyse similarities and differences across cases around the world.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PL51033 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies

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