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This subject will look at issues of gender and sexuality in an international context. It will cover war and militarism and their effect on women, the international division of labour, the effects of religious fundamentalisms, the politics of population and reproductive technologies, international trafficking in women, sexual violence and harmful cultural practices. Students who complete this subject should understand the ways in which gender politics might affect the study of international relations, understand how government policy and other forces operating in Australia and other Western countries are affecting the lives and opportunities of women and relationships between men and women in the rest of the world, be familiar with developments in feminist theory on the issues of human rights, cultural relativism, and have an understanding of international gender politics which can enrich their study of other subjects in the social sciences.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should:
- Be able to demonstrate understanding of feminist theories of international relations and international politics;
- Be able to apply these frameworks to analyse and discuss isses of gender and international politics;
- Be able to demonstrate an ability to research an issue in depth and using a variety of sources;
- Be able to communicate effectively orally and in written form about gender issues in international politics.
Last updated: 3 October 2023