Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

The Politics of Gender and Development POLITIC4082

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will introduce key analytical tools for studying and understanding the role of gender analysis in international development. It will do so by analysing a number of theoretical challenges to concepts of development in international politics in the first half of the course and key themes in international development in the latter half.

Timetable

This course may not be running this year. For further information please check the Politics Moodle page or contact the subject directly.

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

Entry to Honours Politics requires a grade point average of 12 (Grade C) over Politics 2A and Politics 2B as a first attempt

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

Assessment

An essay of 2,000-2,500 words (40%), an unseen two-hour exam in which students must tackle two questions out of six (50%), and class participation (10%) based on attendance and contribution to the class discussions.

 

Adjustments and/or alternative modes of assessment will be available for students with disabilities which hinder attendance or prevent public speaking.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

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Course Aims

This course will introduce key analytical tools for studying and understanding the role of gender analysis in international development. It will do so by analysing a number of theoretical challenges to concepts of development in international politics in the first half of the course and key themes in international development in the latter half. Issues to be covered include: women's political representation and the biases in formal political institutions and systems; feminism and post-colonialism; the role and history of women's movements in civil society and the nature of their relationship with the state; war and peace; millennium development goals; globalisation.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ demonstrate understanding of distinctive nature of gender analysis in development studies and theories of development;

■ assess the implications for different groups of actors - states and actors within states - of different possible responses to challenges of war, peace and gender justice;

■ analyse critically the motivations for and implications of changing dialogues on the politics of gender in development;

■ advance reasoned and factually supported arguments both orally and in writing.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.