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Women and Politics

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Module description

This module introduces students to the area of gender and politics through the lens of Comparative Politics. This module examines central topics in the study of gender and politics, covering issues such as women’s participation in social movements and political parties, women as voters and candidates in political elections, representatives and leaders, in addition to women’s descriptive and substantive representation.  It will also discuss gender equality, gender mainstreaming and public policy. This module will draw on examples from various world regions and time periods to analyze similarities and differences across cases around the world. Studying gender and politics through comparing and contrasting political outcomes in a variety of different cultural settings, at the national or sub-national level, offers an opportunity to explore a variety of vital issues in the field of women and politics.

Assessment details

'An appropriate assessment pattern will be set which may include but not limited to one or several of the following; Written coursework, group work, unseen timed examinations, participation etc'

Educational aims & objectives

This course aims to:

  • introduce students to concepts and debates in the field of gender politics
  • develop their skills in systematic comparison and methodology that will add rigour to their research and help achieve valid and well-founded generalisations
  • highlight the importance of conceptual and theoretical analyses
  • equip students with a good knowledge of issues in comparative politics examined from a gender perspective
  • provide students with a thorough understanding of political representation and public policies promoting women’s interests
  • analyse the issue of gender politics in a selection of countries around the world

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will:

  • demonstrate knowledge of the key debates in the field of gender politics
  • critically evaluate the impact of gender on politics
  • be able to discuss the study of gender politics in a systematic, comparative and social-scientific way
  • examine key issues in gender politics in selected different countries around the world
  • be able to apply different theoretical frameworks and analytical toolkits using case studies and focused comparisons, compare and contrast gender issues, and reflect critically on the strengths and weaknesses of comparative analysis.
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