Course Description

Course Name

Feminist Perspectives on Politics

Session: VGSS3120

Hours & Credits

20 Scotcat Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level


This course seeks to introduce students to a variety of feminist perspectives on politics. The course examines key questions within the study of politics at both the local and the global level and within and beyond state boundaries to reveal how feminist perspectives have transformed understandings of the 'political'. In particular, the course explores the ways in which feminist analyses have revealed and challenged key assumptions about the ?who, when, where and how? of politics resulting from ?masculinist? constructions of state-society relations, international relations and human rights. Students will then apply feminist analyses to a series of contemporary questions in international politics with a particular focus on issues relating to women?s human rights.
By the end of this course students will be able to:
? Analyse a variety of feminist perspectives and the differences between them;
? Explain the contribution that feminist perspectives have made to our understandings of the political;
? Apply feminist analyses to contemporary empirical questions;
? Assess the development of the politics of women?s human rights

*Course content subject to change