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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
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryWhat 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.
Course description 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
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  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. Communicate with others in a clear and concise manner, both verbally and in writing, nurtured in seminar activities, group work, and essay construction and feedback.
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
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Claire Duncanson
Tel: (0131 6)50 4624
Course secretaryMrs Gillian Macdonald
Tel: (0131 6)51 3244
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