MA Political Science - European Politics & Policy Pathway (Standard Route) / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Gender in Comparative Politics

Course unit fact file
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. Students will have the opportunity to explore and analyse how gender operates in comparative politics, with a global focus. The course examines key dimensions, institutions, and behaviours studied by comparativists with a gender lens, including political behaviour and participation, political parties, legislatures and executives, and policy-making. This course is also designed to give students an understanding of how research is conducted in the field of gender and comparative politics, reflecting the theoretical and methodological plurality of the field, as well as develop the tools needed to critique and evaluate that research.

Learning outcomes

Students should 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