Gender and Global Politics
University of Queensland
Area of Study
Political Science, Women's Studies
Taught In English
4 credits of political science course(s) or GEND1010
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Host University Units2
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
OverviewCourse DescriptionExplores the impact of globalisation and international structural adjustment on women. The first part of the course examines different discourses on sexuality, rights, the economy and the state in Western, post-Soviet, Islamic and developing countries. The second part of the course considers various strategies of political mobilisation which impact upon women in differing international and national contexts. This includes examining the role of agencies like the United Nations as well as international non-government organisations.Course IntroductionPOLS2603 is designed to help you develop skills of research and evaluation in addition to conveying knowledge about the position of women within the international environment. World Women is a subject designed to introduce you to the position of women in an international context. Our focus is on women of the South, although reference will be made also to women in Western countries and in Eastern Europe. The course explores issues around four major themes: gender equality and inequality (in work and development); women, human rights and difference; women and violence; women, justice and empowerment.The course is developed though looking at how the debates on gender have progressed through the United Nations. As this year is the year in which global leaders are supposed to commit to a new vision around sustainable development (in September 2015) our project work in this course for this year will concentrate on how gender should be central to such a strategy.Learning ObjectivesAfter successfully completing this course you should be able to:
Class Contact2 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hourAssessment SummaryParticipation: 15%Research Proposal: 20%Paper: 40%Final Exam: 25%
- Understand how gender global hierarchies affect the position of women in Western and Non-Western contexts; how women are effecting change.
- Understand a variety of theoretical and policy paradigms that are used in the analysis of gender.
- Critically and analytically discuss and write on issues that affect women.
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