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Postgraduate Course: Global Politics of Sex and Gender (PGSP11301)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaPostgrad (School of Social and Political Studies) Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionWhat 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? 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 strengthens the suite of gender-related MSc courses offered in SPSS, including Contemporary Feminist Debates and Gender and Development. The course also complements and broadens MSc offerings in PIR in the areas of international security and international political economy.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  20
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of sex and gender as categories of analysis in relation to political processes and issues (both local and global).

2. Develop the ability to reflect critically on feminist thinking on war, militarism, security and peace; the global economy and the sex trade; human rights (including women's human rights and reproductive rights), culture and development.

3. Understand and critically evaluate the links and differences between feminist and mainstream approaches to the study of global politics and IR.

4. Develop research and analytical skills that facilitate independent learning.

5. 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.

6. Co-operate with others in shared learning in seminars through small group work, group presentations, and listening.
Assessment Information
One short essay (25%), and one long essay (75%).
Special Arrangements
This is an introduction to gender issues in global politics. It is NOT aimed at students who have studied gender extensively in their undergraduate degrees.
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus 1. Introduction
2. Gendered Violence in War and Peace I: Military Masculinities
3. Gendered Violence in War and Peace II: The War on Terror
4. Reproductive Rights I: The Politics of Fertility
5. Reproductive Rights II: The Politics of Sexual Health
6. Sex, Gender and Capitalism I
7. Sex, Gender and Capitalism II: Prostitution and Sex trafficking
8. Institutionalising Gender Equality I: Insider and Outsider Strategies for Change
9. Institutionalising Gender Equality II: International Organisations and Instruments
10. Feminism and the (Anti) Globalisation Movement
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Enloe, Cynthia (2004) The Curious Feminist: Searching for Women in a New Age of Empire, University of California Press
Hawkesworth, Mary (2006) Globalization and feminist activism
Rai, Shirin M and Georgina Waylen (eds) (2008) Global Governance, Feminist Perspectives, Palgrave Macmillan
Shepherd, Laura (2010) Gender Matters in Global Politics. London: Routledge.
Squires, Judith (2007) The New Politics of Gender Equality, Palgrave Macmillan
Steans, J (2006) Gender and International Relations: Issues, Debates and Future Directions (Second Edition), Polity Press
Tickner, J Ann (2001) Gendering World Politics: Issues and Approaches in the Post-Cold War Era, Columbia University Press
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Claire Duncanson
Tel: (0131 6)50 4624
Course secretaryMrs Gillian Macdonald
Tel: (0131 6)51 3244
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