1 x 2-hour seminar weekly
Enrolment not permitted
1 of POLI2023, POLI2027, WMST7021 has been successfully completed
Course context
Associated majors: Political Studies: Women's Studies
Topic description
This topic provides an introduction to feminist political thought. The focus will be on feminist challenges to 'malestream' political science and political theory historically as well as considering some of the principal questions raised by contemporary feminist political theory, and its efforts to construct alternate ways of understanding politics that are gender sensitive. Some of the issues covered by this topic are: the state, democracy, political participation, citizenship, consent, power, patriarchy, rights and difference.
Educational aims
To be advised
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate the main tenets of feminist political theory in the light of both historical and contemporary social constructions of gender relations
  2. To research gender issues related to politics and policy making, present findings both verbally and in written form, in accordance with good scholarly practice
  3. Identify and demonstrate ways in which women are disempowered and empowered in culturally specific social, economic and political circumstances
  4. Undertake an independent research paper on a substantive issue, encompassed within this topic, pursuant to the specific specialist interest of the student.