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Undergraduate Course: Global Politics Of Sex And Gender (PLIT10075)

Course Outline
School School of Social and Political Science College College of Humanities and Social Science
Course type Standard Availability Available to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken) SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits 20
Home subject area Politics Other subject area None
Course website None Taught in Gaelic? No
Course description What have sex and gender got to do with global politics? Is there a connection between women=s reproductive rights and the war on terror? How do we understand the global explosion in prostitution and pornography? Why are masculinities being held up as a cause of the international financial crisis? The Global Politics of Sex and Gender explores the way that gender relations, social relations of care and reproduction, bodily integrity and women=s human rights are crucial for understanding and analysing global politics, international relations and international political economy. The course is organised around overarching themes of global and local political actors and institutions, globalisation and internationalisation, feminist gender analysis, masculinities and femininities, and strategies and theories of change.
The course complements and broadens PIR offerings in comparative politics, international relations and international political economy. The course also strengthens the suite of gender-related courses offered in SPSS, including Contemporary Feminist Thought and Gender and Development.
Entry Requirements
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisites Visiting students should have at least 3 Politics/International Relations courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2010/11 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) WebCT enabled:  Yes Quota:  45
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
CentralLecture1-11 11:10 - 13:00
First Class Week 1, Friday, 11:10 - 13:00, Zone: Central. Chrystal Macmillan Building, Seminar Room 2
Additional information Plus weekly 1 hr tutorial.
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
This course aims to explore the implications for domestic and international politics of taking sex and gender seriously. It considers how political issues manifest themselves at local and global levels and, crucially, the interrelationship between the two. It addresses a large number of key contemporary topics and demonstrates what a variety of feminist approaches can contribute to our understanding of those issues. Students will also explore the relationship between feminist and mainstream approaches to politics and IR, their different ontological, epistemological and methodological perspectives. The course will help students develop critical insights into the gendered nature of the global system and the gendered dynamics of international institutions and nation states, enhance their skills of critical analysis and deepen their understanding of global politics in theory and practice.

At the end of the course, students will:
! Demonstrate a critical understanding of sex and gender as categories of analysis in relation to political processes and issues & both local and global
! Develop the ability to reflect critically on feminist thinking on war, militarism, security and peace; the global economy and the financial crisis; human rights (including women=s human rights and reproductive rights), culture and development.
! Understand and evaluate the links and differences between feminist and mainstream approaches to the study of global politics and IR.
! Develop research and analytical skills that facilitate independent learning.
! Be able to communicate with others in a clear and concise manner, both verbally and in writing, nurtured in seminar activities and essay construction and feedback.
! Co-operate with others in shared learning in seminars through small group work, group presentations and listening.
Assessment Information
Assessment is by means of a) tutorial participation at 15%; and, b) two pieces of assessed written work, one at 25% and the second at 60%
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Course organiser Dr Fiona Mackay
Tel: (0131 6)50 4244
Course secretary Miss Susan Orr
Tel: (0131 6)50 4253
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