1 x 2-hour seminar weekly
Enrolment not permitted
1 of POLI2023, POLI2027, WMST7021 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Knowledge such as can be obtained from a first year undergraduate level Women's Studies topic or other first year undergraduate level topics from the humanities or social sciences area.
Topic description

This topic provides an introduction to feminist political thought. It will consider some of the principal questions raised by contemporary feminist political theory from around the globe and its efforts to construct alternate ways of understanding politics. Some of the issues covered by this topic are: democracy, citizenship, patriarchy, social movements, feminist commons, prison abolition and subaltern struggles.

Educational aims
To be advised
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you 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