POL20200 – Gender and Politics

This is the blog for the course on Gender and Politics at UCD in Semester One 2015. Information on the course, as well as links to relevant debates and discussions will be found here.

Module Descriptor:
Gender is political. Politics is gendered.
Both academic, policy and media discussions now routinely interrogate questions of political power from a gendered perspective. This module will explore these approaches, and equip students to engage in these critical and important debates.
The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the wide-ranging debates on gender and politics, with a focus on three thematic areas:

(I) We will discuss questions of women’s representation in politics, at a National, European and International level. The competing explanations for male dominance of the political arena will be explored, as well as some of the remedial efforts being attempted, such as quotas.
(II) The gendered outcomes of policies will form the second theme. How and when do policies have a specific gendered outcome? What can policy makers do in response to this?
(III) The final theme covers theoretical accounts of gender and power. Is sexism inherent in our political institutions? How do our understandings of gender interact with power?

The course will offer an overview of the key contributions in the field, as well as engaging with cutting edge research and approaches.

Learning outcomes
Following completion of the module students will have developed key skills, both specific to the subject area as well as wider skills. A particular focus will be on developing critical skills – students will be encouraged to bring their learning to bear on other topics of political science and international relations, and also to critically evaluate the material of the course itself. The focus will be on developing consistent argumentation, rather than memorisation of the ideas of others.

Subject Specific:
• An ability to utilise gender as a variable within political science.
• Be able to evaluate competing accounts of participation and power.
• Have a thorough grounding in the key texts of gender and politics.
• Be able to bring to think critically about questions of gender.

Transferable skills:
• Writing skills.
• Analytical skills.
• Critical reading and response.
• Policy analysis.

Continuous Assessment: 40%
End of term Examination: 60%
This module is not passable by compensation
Resit Opportunities
No resit
If you fail this module, you may re-take it (or an equivalent) when it is next offered. If there are extenuating circumstances that should be taken into consideration, you should contact the module coordinator.


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