IR323 Half Unit
Gender and International Politics
This information is for the 2019/20 session.
Dr Katharine Millar CBG.8.13
This course is available on the BSc in International Relations, BSc in International Relations and Chinese, BSc in International Relations and History and BSc in Politics and International Relations. This course is not available as an outside option. This course is available with permission to General Course students.
Students must have completed International Political Theory (IR200).
The course examines the gendering of both the practices/events studies as international politics and the discipline/study of international relations. The course is grounded in feminist theory, and provides students with an introduction to feminist epistemologies and methods. Students will discover how 'gender matters' to the study and conduct of international politics through an examination of several substantive areas of international politics, including security, development, NGOs and transnational social movements, and international law/organisations. These overarching topics are balanced with issue-specific case studies (eg sexual/sexualised violence in conflict; gendering of informal economy) to be discussed in class. Particular thematic attention will be paid to the on-going construction of global/transnational hierarchies that are gendered and gendering.
Indicative topics to be covered:
- Where (and why) is gender in international politics?
- Introduction to feminist theory and its relation to the 'international'
- Gender, hierarchy and the international system
- Intersectionality: gender, race, empire
- Gender, epistemology and the study of international politics
- Femininity, masculinity and security
- Gendered mobilities: queer theory, security and migration
- Gender and poverty/development
- Feminist activism, NGOs and transnational social movements
- Gender and global governance.
10 hours of lectures and 15 hours of classes in the MT.
In line with departmental policy, students on the course will have a reading week in in Week 6.
Students will be expected to produce 1 essay and 1 other piece of coursework in the MT.
- C Enloe, Bananas, beaches and bases: making feminist sense of international politics, rev'd 2nd ed (University of California Press, 2014)
- C Weber, Queer International Relations: sovereignty, sexuality and the will to knowledge (OUP, 2016)
- A Sisson Runyan and S Peterson, Global Gender Issues in the New Millennium 4th ed (Westview Press, 2013)
- L Sjoberg, Gender, War and Conflict (Polity, 2014)
- B Ackerly, J True and M Stern (eds), Feminist Methodologies for International Relations (CUP, 2006)
Coursework (10%) and essay (90%, 3000 words) in the MT.
The coursework entails weekly short reaction pieces (300 words maximum) engaging with the week's topic/readings to be submitted in advance of each class. These will prepare students to fully engage with the class discussions. Most importantly, they will familiarise students with the feminist epistemological commitments to critique and self-reflection.
Student performance results
(2016/17 - 2018/19 combined)
|Classification||% of students|
Department: International Relations
Total students 2018/19: 14
Average class size 2018/19: 15
Capped 2018/19: No
Value: Half Unit
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