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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Social and Political Science : Politics

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

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryWhat have sex and gender got to do with global politics? What do they have to do with global security issues of war-making and peace-building? 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, with a particular focus on war, peace and security.

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.

This course aims to explore the implications for international security of taking sex and gender seriously. This course will examine the gendered political economies of peacebuilding and armed conflict. A variety of theoretical and methodological approaches to understanding the relationships between gender, armed conflict and peacebuilding will be employed, with an eye toward assessing the strengths and limitations of each.

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.

Students will learn through a combination of teaching practices including lectures, film screenings, group discussions, group presentations and other structured group activities.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisites Visiting students should have at least 4 Politics/International Relations courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.

** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Section for admission to this course **
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  60
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 80 %, Practical Exam 20 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Essay One (20%) 1500 words, tutorial participation (10%), Essay Two (60%) 2,500 words, Group Presentation (10%)

Tutorials begin in week 1
Feedback Not entered
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; human rights (including women's human rights and reproductive rights), culture and development.
  3. Understand and 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 in a clear and concise manner, both verbally and in writing, nurtured in seminar activities, small group work, and essay construction and feedback.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements This course has a quota. Preference will be given to Politics and IR students.
Additional Class Delivery Information 1 x 1 hour lecture per week plus 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Claire Duncanson
Tel: (0131 6)50 4624
Course secretaryMr Alexander Dysart
Tel: (0131 6)51 5197
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