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Undergraduate Course: Global and Transnational Feminisms (PLIT10159)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis class will teach students about contemporary feminist protests and politics in global perspective. Focusing on specific sites of struggle including in India, Iran, Egypt, and China, we will learn about forms of anticolonial and anti-authoritarian protest. Attending to the forms of politics that unfold on the streets and online, we will examine how feminist protest challenges charts new directions in theorizing power, social movements, and intimate politics.
Course description This is a course that gives students the analytical vocabulary to make sense of feminist movements for sovereignty and justice across the world. Focusing on movements against sexual and gender-based violence and anti-authoritarianism in Iran, India, China, and Egypt, we understand the nature and form of anticolonial resistance, theorize non-Western social movements, and pay attention to new forms of politics that are mediatized, embodied, and intimate. Students will gain an understanding of the complex meanings of feminism in different regional contexts, and study the nature of anticolonial power struggles.

Part 1: Theories of anticolonial power (including readings by Assata Shakur, Angela Davis, Saba Mahmood, and Nivedita Menon)

Part 2: Feminist Movements (including readings by Dilar Dirik, Tahereh Aghdasifar, Poulomi Roychowdhury)

Part 3: Feminist Futures (including readings on transnational feminisms by Millie Thayer, Ashwini Tambe, Anna Storti)

Student Learning Experience via a weekly seminar.

At the end of the course, students can expect to: be conversant in different genealogies and lineages of non-Western feminisms; to learn about anticolonial epistemologies of power; to historicize current feminist movements against longer histories of Empire and authoritarianism; to write about current feminisms for public audiences via website entries on our collectively created public blog; to develop academic essay writing skills while working on a full-length final essay examining a feminist movement of the student's choice.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Politics and International Relations 1A: Concepts and Debates (PLIT08017) OR Politics in a Changing World: An Introduction for non-specialists (PLIT08012) OR Introduction to Politics and International Relations (PLIT08004)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students who lack the compulsory pre-requisites but have completed comparable courses should contact the Course Organiser to confirm if they are eligible to take this course.

Knowledge acquired in the following courses will be highly beneficial to students but not required:
Understanding Gender in the Contemporary World (SSPS08012)
Global Politics of Sex and Gender (PLIT10075)
Contemporary Feminist Debates (SSPS10001)
Gender, Marginality, Social Change (SCIL10073)
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least four Politics/IR courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). Only university/college level courses will be considered.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  45
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 85 %, Practical Exam 15 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Seminar Participation: 15% This is based on student presence and contribution to the tutorial and conditional upon their submitting reading summaries and key questions for discussion per week based on their readings.

Collaborative public writing: 40% Students will collaboratively write (in groups of 3-4) four website entries of 500 words to build a public resource on anticolonial feminist theory and practice. They will be responsible for illustrating their examples, sourcing photographs, and cross-posting video material.

Final paper: 45% Students will write a long essay of 2000 words analysing a feminist movement of their choice.
Feedback Feedback for draft blog posts when desired during office hours; unmarked feedback on essay draft
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand how gender is deployed in global resistance movements
  2. Understand and contextualize contemporary feminist movements by locating them historically and within regional perspective
  3. Analyse demands for progressive change within current formations of authoritarian power in non-Western contexts
  4. Develop public writing skills through blog/website writing for our class website
  5. Learn to apply theoretical arguments to analysing and representing contemporary feminist movements
Reading List
Mahmood, Saba. Politics of Piety: the Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject / by Saba Mahmood, with a New Preface by the Author. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012.

Dilar Dirik. The Kurdish Women's Movement: History, Theory, Practice

Liu, Lydia He, Rebecca E Karl, and Dorothy Ko. The Birth of Chinese Feminism: Essential Texts in Transnational Theory. New York: Columbia University Press, 2013.

Babayan, Kathryn, and Afsaneh Najmabadi. Islamicate Sexualities: Translations Across Temporal Geographies of Desire / Edited by Kathryn Babayan and Afsaneh Najmabadi; with Contributions by Dina Al-Kassim [and Others]. Cambridge, Mass: Center for Middle Eastern Studies of Harvard University, 2008.
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Course organiserDr Hemangini Gupta
Course secretaryMr Ian McClory
Tel: (0131 6)50 3932
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