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Gender in International Relations (POLS90060)

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePOLS90060
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This subject explores the influence of gender in (and on) international relations. In particular, this subject examines how gender is implicated in the construction of international relations, how this affects the behaviour of actors in international affairs, their positions vis-à-vis one another, and what this means for security, for the economy, and for global governance. Through an exploration of topics such as war and armed conflict, terrorism, development, the state and nationalism, globalization, foreign policy, and global institutions, this subject introduces students to connections between sex/gender relations and politics in the international arena.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should:

  • Be able to demonstrate a specialist understanding of the relevance, role and influence of gender identities, gender symbols, and gender structures on international relations, as well as the gendered nature of international institutions and the actors and actions of international relations;
  • Exhibit an awareness of the contemporary theoretical debates both within feminist international relations and between feminist international relations and the mainstream;
  • Demonstrate the ability to undertake critical independent research;
  • Be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically through essay and assignment writing, tutorial discussions and class presentations.

Generic skills

Student who successfully complete this subject should:

  • Demonstrate leadership and communication skills;
  • Exhibit critical analysis and creative thinking;
  • Conduct independent research;
  • Develop persuasive arguments on a given topic;
  • Communicate oral and written arguments and ideas effectively;

Last updated: 29 May 2019