POLS2204 The Politics of Gender

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the Political Science and International Relations; Gender Studies major sequences
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 2 elective
This unit critically engages with a range of global debates and culturally diverse perspectives on gender and politics. Students are first introduced to feminism and gender theories including intersectionality, sexuality, masculinity and subjectivity. Students then consider a range of cases and contexts in examining how gender and sexuality both construct and are constructed by political practices around the world. Drawing from expertise across the Faculty, students consider a range of diverse topics, such as global feminist movements throughout history and across cultures; gender and public policy; and gender, elections and leadership.
Students are able to (1) describe and evaluate the key concepts, theories and policy questions around gender and politics; (2) critically appraise key global debates and diverse perspectives regarding gender and gender relations; (3) understanding the importance of an intersectional approach to studying gender and politics; and (4) formulate advanced arguments in written and oral assessments that employ conventions of Political Science and International Relations.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial preparation and participation; (2) reading and analytical assignments; and (3) research essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Katie Attwell
Unit rules
completion of 24 points
Contact hours
up to 3 hours per week
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