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PI4584: GENDER AND POLITICS (2022-2023)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:22

Course Overview

This course introduces students to key ideas utilised in the analysis of gender and politics. It engages students with scholarship from the fields of Political Science and International Relations, offering an in-depth analysis of cases ranging from the racial politics of the #MeToo campaign to discussion of gender quotas, the politics of gendered labour, body and emotions, the causes and implications of gendered violence, political apologies and peace.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Nataliya Danilova

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • Either International Relations (IR) or Politics (PI)
  • Either Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • PI4084 Gender and Politics (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The study of the intricate interrelationship between gender and politics comprises one of the most interdisciplinary and fast-developing fields within Political Science and International Relations. It engages with a range of theories and concepts and critically approaches the traditional view of politics as a gender-neutral discipline. Throughout this course, students will be introduced to the idea that gender analysis is essential for the understanding of political processes and dynamics. This goal will be achieved through weekly two-hour interactive lectures followed by weekly tutorials with each tutorial focusing on the in-depth analysis of case-studies using gendered and feminist lenses. This course covers a range of topics, including the politics of gender representation in national parliaments; the gender of political careers through mass media and other cultural products; the gendered, racial and classed dynamics of feminist movements; the political economy of gender labour in Western liberal societies and countries of the Global South; the gendering of the body and emotions as part of everyday life and humanitarian disaster management; the gendering of violence ranging from the household to streets and conflict zones; the gendering of national militaries; and gendering of justice through such instruments as political apologies and peace campaigns.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Alternative Assessment

Self-assessment of tutorial participation (weekly contributions to the course forum and in-class participation) 20%   

Critical feminist reading of a news story/piece of art/culture/a singular media event (1,500 words) 20%

"Seen" take-home exam with exam questions released 2 weeks in advance, 2 exam questions 60%

Alternative Resit Assessment

Annotated bibliography & critical analysis of essential literature for 3 course topics (6-7 articles): 20%

Critical feminist reading of a news story (1,500 words; 20% of the total mark)

2x Exam questions 60%

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandRemember and be able to identify the key terms, authors and theories utilised in the field of Gender & Politics
ConceptualUnderstandUnderstand the importance of gender and gendered dynamics in the shaping of political processes and institutions
ProceduralAnalyseAnalyse the specific dynamics and instruments through which global political processes are gendered
ReflectionEvaluateEvaluate the political implications of gendered dynamics and processes

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