This module examines central topics in the study of gender politics and public policy. It deals with theoretical arguments and empirical evidence concerning women’s political representation and public policies promoting women’s interests. The first part of this module covers issues such as women’s representation in political parties and social movements, women as voters, candidates, representatives and leaders, in addition to gender quotas. It also introduces students to theories and methods in comparative politics and public policy. The second part focuses on the substantive representation of women and public policy. The main question is: To what extent do women representatives influence policy outputs promoting women’s interests? It also explores gender issues as a dominant theme in the formulation of public policy and hence gender equality and gender mainstreaming will be examined. This module will draw on examples from various world regions and time periods to analyze similarities and differences in gender politics and public policy around the world.
*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.
Weekly 1-hour lecture and 1-hour seminar group
Module assessment - more information
1x 3000-word essay (50%)
1x examination (50%)