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Gender, Race and International Relations POLITIC5085

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course examines various theoretical and empirical issues relevant to the study of gender, race and international relations. It is designed to provide a comprehensive approach to analysing key issues international relations such as conflict and violence, war and peace and global inequality that foregrounds the analytic categories of gender and race.


One two-hour session (seminar) held for 10 weeks

Requirements of Entry

Open to postgraduate students only


-Midterm Critical Review (1,000 words) (20%)

-Final Essay (4,000 words) (80%)

Course Aims

-To introduce students to key scholarly debates about the role(s) of gender and race in global politics and international relations

-To give students knowledge about the multiple approaches to the study of gender and race in the discipline of international relations

-To explore key topics related to gender and race in international relations

-To analyse the multiple ways in which issues of gender and race are governed globally and internationally

-To give students tools for carrying out rigorous empirical analysis about the role(s) of gender and race in global politics and international relations based on knowledge of research design and methodology

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

-To identify and utilise gender and race as a categories of analysis in relation to issues in global politics and international relations

-To recognize and evaluate the gendered and raced character of everyday practices of foreign policy and local and global politics

-To assess literatures engaging feminist theories and concepts within the discipline of international relations and the study of global politics and compare and contrast different approaches therein

-To identify how issues of race and gender are at play in international relations and global politics and recognise connections between theory, practice and policy

-To develop independent inquiry, research and writing skills in answering key questions about issues of gender and race in global politics and international relations

-To be able to recognise how the study of gender and race fits within broader debates within international relations scholarship

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.