ENGENDERING WORLD POLITICS - 2020/1
Module code: POL3067
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This module seeks to introduce students to a range of topics relating to the roles of gender structures and sexuality in defining international relations and world politics. The module will explore the complex interactions that underpin the relationship between the personal and the international. The module will look at key debates in feminist and sexualities theorising, in order to show how the concepts of gender and sexuality require scholars to unpack key defining concepts such as “masculinity” and “femininity”.
CHAPPELL Laura (Politics)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 6
JACs code: L240
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
The module will cover a range of theoretical perspectives and will apply them to the analysis of key issues and case studies.
The syllabus is likely to include but is not restricted to:
• Empirical and Standpoint Feminism
• Critical and Post-Structuralist Theories
• Sexualities and ‘Queer’ Theories in International Relations
Key Issues/Case Studies
• Women’s political representation.
• Sex Trafficking
• Sexual violence as a weapon of war
• Masculinity, militarism and nationalism/national identity
• Global gender divisions of labour – women in the global economy
• Participation and representation
• Pornography, sex work and sex tourism
• Gender based violence
• Gender and post-colonialism
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||CASE STUDY (3000 WORDS)||60|
|Examination||SEEN EXAM (1.5 HRS)||40|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the development of core skills and the application of theoretical knowledge to applied cases studies.
The Case Study (3000 words) will assess the student's ability to
- Apply feminist theories and/or gender approaches to the analysis of empirical data, e.g. texts, policies and statistical trends.
- Apply a range of research methods to analyse empirical material
The Seen Exam (90 mins) will assess the student's
- Knowledge of gender approaches to the study of Political Science and International Relations
- Ability to draw on different theoretical approaches in order to answer specific questions
- To introduce students to a range of concepts relating to gendered and sexualities approaches to International Relations
- To demonstrate the close links between the “personal” and the “international” in the study of world politics.
- To critically assess the role of key actors in international relations.
- To identify and assess the impact of social trends in world politics.
|001||Develop analytical and critical skills necessary for the application of gender and sexuality theories to empirical examples.||KCPT|
|002||Develop the ability to synthesise key theoretical concepts and debates in IR.||KC|
|003||Evaluate the changing nature of IR and world politics.||KC|
|004||Form critical arguments||KCPT|
|005||Manage time effectively||PT|
|006||Develop research and writing skills.||CPT|
|007||Communicate persuasively and fluently in speech and writing;||PT|
|008||Work independently, demonstrating initiative, self-organization and time-management;||PT|
|009||Make appropriate use of information and communication technology.||PT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 128
Seminar Hours: 22
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
- Develop students’ understanding of feminist theories in the social sciences
- Expand students’ analytical toolkit by introducing them to feminist approaches to research
- Challenge the assumption that knowledge is value free and neutral
- Expose student to a range of critical approaches to politics and international relations
The learning and teaching methods include:
- Research labs
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
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Programmes this module appears in
|Public Affairs MPA||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|International Relations BSc (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Politics BSc (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Politics and Economics BSc (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Politics with Spanish BSc (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Politics with French BSc (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Politics and Sociology BSc (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|English Literature with Politics BA (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Politics with Creative Writing BSc (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Law with International Relations LLB (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
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