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School of Politics and International Relations

POL361 Gender and Politics

POL361 Gender and Politics (POL361A – Autumn)

Credits: 15
Semester: B

Module Convenor: Prof Rainbow Murray
Prerequisite: None

Description: This course looks at the theory and practice of politics from a gendered perspective.  It considers feminist debates concerning women’s and men’s role in the public and private spheres and notes the repercussions of gender imbalances in politics.  It then looks at gender differences in involvement in politics and considers a range of explanations as to why women are under-represented, and possible solutions.  It considers diversity and difference amongst and between women and men.  The course offers new perspectives on the political process, both formal and informal, and sheds light on the way that power is unevenly distributed within society.

Connected course(s): Compulsory for: None
Assessment: Literature Review 1 – 500 words (15%), Literature Review 2 – 500 words (15%), Report – 2000 words (70%)
Level: 6

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