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POLS3204 The Politics of Gender

6 points
AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2021UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Political Science and International Relations; Gender Studies; Philosophy, Politics and Economics major sequences
  • Level 3 elective
This unit critically engages with global debates and culturally diverse perspectives on gender and politics. Students will deepen their understanding of feminism and gender theories including intersectionality, sexuality, masculinity, and subjectivity. Students consider a range of cases and contexts in examining how gender and sexuality both construct and are constructed by political practices around the world. The unit explores topics such as global feminist movements throughout history and across cultures; gender and public policy; gender, elections and leadership; and gender and political violence.
Students are able to (1) 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) explain the importance of an intersectional approach to studying and intervening in gender and politics.; and (4) communicate advanced knowledge, ideas, analyses and arguments pertaining to gender and politics in different formats..
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
12 points of Social Science and/or Humanities study at level 2
Advisable prior study:
Students should ideally have studied level 1 and level 2 units of the Major.
Contact hours
up to 3 hours per week
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.