Feminist Perspectives on Politics POLITIC4104

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • 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 introduces students to a variety of feminist perspectives on politics. The course examines key questions within the study of politics at the local and the global level; within and beyond state boundaries and at the intersection of offline/online activism to reveal how feminist perspectives transform understandings of politics and the political.


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





The summative assessment for the course is based on the completion of a weekly Reflective Journal (30%); a 2000 word Essay (50%); Group-work (20%). Full guidance for the reflective journal and group work components of assessment will be given at the beginning of the course. Students will be asked for consent to photograph and share the outputs of the group work (on Moodle/in research).

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable


Course Aims

This course introduces students to a variety of feminist perspectives on politics. It aims to show how feminist theorising and activism has transformed how we understand politics and the political. It also interrogates the differences among feminists and aims to show how we can learn by thinking through these differences. The first part of the course examines key questions within the study of politics (e.g. participation, representation, citizenship, activism) drawing on a range of feminist theorists. The second part of the course applies this learning to a selection of contemporary case studies that range in focus from the local and the global; within and beyond state boundaries; and across offline/online spaces.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Outline a variety of feminist perspectives and identify differences between them;

■ Apply feminist analyses to contemporary empirical questions;

■ Explain the contribution of feminist analyses to understandings of politics and the political

■ Reflect on the role of feminist perspectives in their own daily politics

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.