MA Politics

Year of entry: 2022

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Course unit details:
Gender in Comparative Politics

Unit code POLI71151
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Politics
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


This course gives an overview of the role of gender in comparative politics, through analysis of political behaviour and participation, institutions, representation, political campaigns, political culture, policy-making, and social movements. Students will have the opportunity to explore and analyse how gender operates in comparative politics, with a global focus. This course is also designed to give students an understanding of how research is conducted in the field of gender and comparative politics, as well as develop the tools needed to critique and evaluate that research.  

Learning outcomes

Student should/will (please delete as appropriate) be able to


Knowledge and Understanding:
Explain the key intellectual contributions and perspectives in the field 

Explain what it means to say politics is gendered


Intellectual skills: 

Analyse the role of gender in comparative politics

Critically evaluate empirical evidence presented in debates within the study of gender and politics

Assess the state of the discipline and offer suggestions for the future


Practical skills: 

Argue persuasively for a conclusion

Interpret and use in arguments empirical evidence as it relates to debates in gender and politics


Transferable skills and personal qualities:  

Develop ability to communicate well both verbally and in writing

Develop interpersonal and collaborative skills through cooperation with peers