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Unit information: The Politics of Gender in 2020/21

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Unit name The Politics of Gender
Unit code POLI31351
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Guerrina
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description

This unit examines the contemporary literature on women and politics, with a particular focus on women's participation and representation in British politics. It explores the gender gap in voting patterns and mass political participation; the under-representation of women in national legislatures and strategies for increasing women's descriptive representation. It also considers why the number of women in parliaments might matter and what difference women representatives might make to the policy process.

Aims:

  • To convey key contemporary research in relation to women’s elite and mass political participation
  • To compare and contrast explanations for women’s descriptive representation
  • To evaluate various strategies for increasing women’s descriptive representation
  • To critically consider the extant empirical and theoretical literature on the relationship between women’s descriptive and substantive representation
  • To critically consider the extant literature on the media and women and politics

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the unit, students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. An understanding of debates about the nature of women’s political participation and representation
  2. A detailed knowledge of the various explanations for women’s under-representation and proposals to increase levels of women’s descriptive representation
  3. An ability to apply theoretical and normative frameworks to evaluate the above debates as well as those associated with the substantive representation of women
  4. An ability to engage constructively in focused deliberation on theoretical issues
  5. An ability to give effective oral presentations to one’s peers
  6. An ability to write clearly and analytically, making use of the relevant material
  7. An ability to express, justify and defend orally and in writing a personal opinion about political issues

Teaching details

The unit will be taught through blended learning methods, including a mix of synchronous and asynchronous teaching activities

Assessment Details

1,000 word essay (25%) 2,500 word essay (75%)

Both assessments test all learning outcomes

Reading and References

  • Childs, S. (2008) Women and British Party Politics (Routledge: London) www.routledgepaperbacksdirect.com
  • Lovenduski, J. (2005) Feminizing Politics (Polity: Cambridge)

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