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BA Politics and Russian / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

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Course unit details:
Gender and Politics in Comparative Perspective

Unit code POLI20742
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by School of Social Sciences
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


The unit aims to:

This unit aims to provide an introduction to the key debates and themes involved in the study of gender and politics from a comparative perspective. It will ask what is means to claim that politics is gendered given multiple and intersecting claims and identities? It will explore how far different groups of men and women behave differently as political actors.  And it asks whether ‘politics’ and political systems are gendered in particular ways that affect different groups of men and women differently.  

The unit aims to give students a better understanding of the ways in which gender operates in the conventional political arena, namely in terms of voting behaviour, political recruitment, political parties and government, the executive and policy-making.  But taking a broad definition of what counts as political, the module also aims to explore how gender operates in movements that are active outside of the state and the conventional political arena.  The course will consider the differing strategies adopted to promote and enhance gender equality and assess the arguments for and against each one.


Brief overview of the syllabus/topics.


What does it mean to say politics is gendered?

The Gender of Politics

Gender in voting behaviour

Gender in political parties, candidate selection and recruitment

Gender in the legislature

Gender in the executive 

Gender in policy and policymaking

The Politics of Gender

Feminisms and Feminist Movements

Other gender-based movements

Gender-based strategies for change

Conclusion and review

Teaching and learning methods

The course will be taught on the basis of ten two-hour lectures and ten one-hour tutorials. Lectures include a mix of traditional lecture material, interactive question and answer sessions, small tasks in break-out groups, and videos. Tutorials will be student-led, involving group work linked to role-play, debate and simulation scenarios for case studies linked to each of the themes covered.

The Blackboard site for the course will contain relevant links to further sources and websites. Lecture and seminar material will also be posted on the site. 

Knowledge and understanding

Students will have a Knowledge and Understanding of the range of perspectives on how politics is gendered and how gender issues maybe understood as political issues

Intellectual skills

 Be able to develop analyses of gender issues in contemporary politics and public policy;

An ability to apply theoretical tools in the analysis of gender issues to contemporary politics and public policy

Transferable skills and personal qualities

Be able to present critical arguments concerning the issues discussed in the course;

Be able to engage with one another in a critical yet respectful manner;

Oral, teamwork, written, and research skills.

Assessment methods

The course will be assessed as follows:

1.      4200 word essay (60%)

2.      Group Presentation (30%)

3.      Active class participation (10%)

The group presentation (30%) will be organized and assessed in the following manner:

The convenor will ensure that each group contains a mix of students (such as home and international students).  The mark given to each group will apply to all members of the group unless a group member is found not to have participated fully.  There will be clear mechanisms for reporting non-participation to the convenor who will take remedial action.  There will be an alternative assignment for students with mitigating circumstances.  The students will discuss and agree the ground rules between themselves at the start of their work on the group presentation (using the ground rules for group work developed for Pol 10251 as a model).

Marks for active class participation (10%) will be assigned on the basis of participation notes taken for each student after each tutorial.  

Feedback methods

Politics staff will provide feedback on written work within 15 working days of submission.

Students should be aware that all marks are provisional until confirmed by the external examiner and the final examinations boards in June.

For modules that do not have examination components the marks and feedback for the final assessed component are not subject to the 15 working day rule and will be released with the examination results.

You will receive feedback on assessed essays in a standard format. This will rate your essay in terms of various aspects of the argument that you have presented your use of sources and the quality of the style and presentation of the essay. If you have any queries about the feedback that you have received you should make an appointment to see your tutor.

On assessments submitted through Turnitin you will receive feedback via Blackboard. This will include suggestions about ways in which you could improve your work in future. You will also receive feedback on non-assessed coursework, whether this is individual or group work. This may be of a more informal kind and may include feedback from peers as well as academic staff


Recommended reading

M.L Krook and S Childs, Women, Gender and Politics: A Reader. Oxford University Press, 2008.


P. Paxton and M Hughes, Women, Politics and Power: A Global Perspective, 3rd Ed. 2016.


G. Waylen, K. Celis, J. Kantola and L. Weldon (eds). The Oxford Handbook of Gender and Politics, Ch.1. 2013

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 20
Tutorials 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 170

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Rosalind Shorrocks Unit coordinator
Georgina Waylen Unit coordinator

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