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Postgraduate Course: Gender and Sexuality in Global Politics (PGSP11440)

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
SummaryThis 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, such as rape in both domestic and war contexts, the war on terror, globalisation, the global sex trade and reproductive rights, 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. A key underlying theme is the dynamics of change including a consideration of what change means in terms of gender relations and global politics, how it can be achieved, and the institutions that are relevant for achieving change.
Outline Content
Indicative topics include:

Institutionalising gender equality: feminist strategies for change
Gendered Nature of War and Peace
Transitions to Democracy
Sex, Gender and the Global Political Economy
Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
Sexual Politics
The Political Economy of Violence Against Women

Students are taught in a 3 hour block, which contains a variety of teaching methods: lectures, class discussions, group presentations, role plays, film screenings and debates. The final week of the course is a student mini-conference with students presenting a poster detailing progress made and obstacles remaining in terms of gender equality in a chosen region of the world.
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
Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  29
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
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 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) - Short essay (Critical analysis of an article focused on concept of gender) (1,500 words) - 20%
- Group presentation - 10%
- Group Poster - 10%
- Longer essay (from a range of questions related to themes of the course) (2,500 words) - 60%
Feedback Feedback both informal and formal is provided in a number of different ways over the course of the module

- You will receive your first essay back with a standardised marksheet on which will be written your mark and a paragraph of constructive comments which feedback on the work, and provide suggestions for future work
- Written feedback on your presentation will be provided within a few days via email in the form of a page of comments on strengths and weaknesses and suggestions for the future
- Your presentation mark will be awarded with your poster mark at the end of semester on a marksheet which will have qualitative comments as well as a mark
- Written feedback on your longer essay will be returned within 15 days, with a paragraph of constructive comments
- Any student is welcome to come speak to the course convenor or the tutor about their performance during Guidance and Feedback hours or by appointment during semester
- Students are entitled to request further feedback/clarification from the marker if they have questions about the written feedback they receive regarding coursework
- Students are expected to reflect upon this feedback and to make use of it in future work
No Exam Information
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.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 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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