module specification

GI6066 - Action and Identity: Gender and Political Participation (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module title Action and Identity: Gender and Political Participation
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 150
28 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
122 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 40%   Short essay (1000-1200 words) or class presentation (written version to be submitted) in response to a seminar question
Coursework 60%   3000 word essay in response to set questions
Running in 2022/23

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Wednesday Morning

Module summary

To introduce students to issues of diversity, equality and minority rights
To broaden students’ knowledge of political practice (parties, elections, systems of government and law-making)
To add to students’ understanding of how international governmental and non-governmental organisations work
To introduce students to the concepts of gender and patriarchy, and feminist political and IR theories
To encourage students to develop informed criticisms of mainstream political and IR theories and practices

Prior learning requirements



Women’s enfranchisement; equality and rights in practice; LO 1,2,4
Theories of sex equality and rights; LO 1,2,4
Women in office: numbers, barriers and theories; LO 1,3,4
Women and the EU: representation and policies; LO 1,3,4

Women and the UN: representation and policies; LO 1,3,4
Women's political parties; LO 1,3,4
Civil Society: women’s movements; LO 1,3,4
Gender and democratisation; LO 1,2,4
Women and security; LO 1,2,4

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Students will attend a one-hour lecture and one hour seminar for 15 weeks and will be expected to undertake at least 6 hours private study per week.
Lectures are interactive and seminars rely on students having undertaken reading and being prepared to participate actively by making presentations and joining in discussion.

Some of the topics addressed are controversial and touch on personal and identity concerns; students are expected to leave preconception and prejudice at the door.

The module uses blended learning, making extensive material available through weblearn including archive and international resources as well as lecture notes, feedback on assessment, and support for research and writing.

One week of the semester is devoted to centrally organised enhancement activities

Learning outcomes

1. Understanding of a critical literature and theoretical position
2. Knowledge and understanding of feminism as a theory and practice
3. Deeper understanding of political institutions and practices
4. Appreciation of gendered social, political and economic roles
5. Ability to research, construct and present an argument orally and in written form
6. Consolidation of academic reading, research and writing skills

Assessment strategy

Short essay and presentation (1000 words) 40%; long essay (3000 words) 60%






Where possible, the most current version of reading materials is used during the delivery of this module.  Comprehensive reading lists are provided to students in their handbooks.  Reading Lists will be updated annually.


Bryson, Valerie; Feminist Political Theory, Palgrave 2016
Campbell and Childs ed; Deeds and Words, ECPR, Essex, 2017
Ford, Lynne E; Women and Politics Westview Press, USA, 2017
Krook and Childs; Women. Gender and Politics, 2010
Phillips, Anne; Feminism and Politics, OUP, 1998
Steans, J; Gender and International Relations, Polity, 1998
Tadros, Mariz; Women in Politics: Gender, Power and Development, 2014


Acker, Joan; ‘The Problem with Patriarchy’, Sociology, vol 23, no 2,1989
Ali, Coates & Goro; Global Feminisms, Routledge, 1999.
Beechey, Veronica; On Patriarchy’, Feminist Review, no 3,
Bouchier, D; The Feminist Challenge,
Bhopal and Preston ed; Intersectionality and ‘Race’ in Education, Routledge, 2012
Bryson, Valerie; 'Patriarchy': A Concept too Useful to Lose'. Journal of Contemporary Politics, vol 5, no 4, 1999
Carastathis, Anna; Intersectionality, Universtiy of Nebraska, 2016
Castles and Davidson; Citizenship and Migration: Globalization and the Politics of Belonging, Routledge, London, 2000.
Charles & Hintjens; Gender Ethnicity and Political Ideologies, Routledge, 1997.
Childs, S: New Labour’s Women MPs, Routledge, 2004.
Childs; S; Women and British Party politics, 2010
Cockburn, C; The Space Between us: negotiating gender and national identities in conflict.
Cockburn, C.and D. Zarkov; The Post-war Moment
Connell, R. W; Gender and Power, Polity, 1987.
Connell and Pearse; Gender in World Perspective, Polity, 2015
Corrin, C; Feminist Perspectives on Politics
Corrin, C; Women in a Violent World
Dahlrup, Drude; Women, Quotas and Politics, 2006
Dalton, D and M. Kuechler ed; Challenging the Political Order esp intro and essay by J.Gelb.
Enloe, C; Bananas, Bases and Beaches (any edition).
Enloe, Cynthia; Maneuvers: the international politics of militarising women’s lives, 2000
Footit, H; Women, Europe and the New Language of Politics, Continuum, 2002.
Ford, L. E;  Women and Politics: the Pursuit of Equality
Fraser, Nancy; The Fortunes of Feminism, 2013
Galligan, Y. &  Tremblay, M  Sharing Power, Ashgate, 2005.
Gaard, G; Ecological Politics: ecofeminists and the Greens e-resource
Gelb, J; Social Movement Success: A comparative analysis of feminism in the United States and the United Kingdom' in M.Katzenstein and C.Mueller (ed) The Women's  Movements of the United States and Western Europe (see also essay by Katzenstein).
Githens, Norris and Lovenduski; Different Roles, Different Voices, Harper Collins, 1994
Hill Collins and Bilge; Intersectionality, Polity 2016
Inglehart and Norris; Rising Tide: gender equality and cultural change.
Kofman, E. & G. Youngs; Globalisation: Theory and Practice, Pinter, 1996.
Krizan, Skjeie and Squires, ed; Institutionalising Intersectionality, Palgrave 2012

Ledford, A. D; Group Represention, Feminist Theory, and the Promise of Justice, Ashgate, 2012
Lister, R; Citizenship: feminist perspectives
Lovenduski, J ; Feminizing Politics, 2005.
Lovenduski, J; Campbell, R & Sampson-Jacent J: Women, Public Life and Democracy, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, 2007
Mellor, M; Feminism and Ecology
Mies, M and Shiva, V; Ecofeminism
Mitchell and Oakley; The Rights and Wrongs of Women, Penguin 1976.
Norris, P. & J. Lovendusk1; Women in Politics
Norris, P & J. Lovenduski; Political Recruitment
Okin, S M; Women in Western Political Thought.
Peterson, V. Spike; Gendered States, Lynne Reiner, 1992.
Pettman, J. J; Worlding Women, Routledge
Phillips, A; Engendering Democracy, Polity, Cambridge, 1993 / Democracy and Difference, Polity, Cambridge, 1996
Phillips, Anne, ed; Our Bodies, Whose Property? Princeton University Press, 2013
Pitkin, H; The Concept of Representation, University of California Press, 1972
Plant, J., ed; Healing the Wounds
Randall, V. & G. Waylen; Gender Politics and the State, Routledge, 1998.
Rhode, D; What do Women Want? Oxford, 2014
Rowbotham, S; The Past Is Before Us.
Rowbotham, S; Women in Movement
Savigny and Warner eds; The Politics of Being a Woman, Palgrave, 2015
Scott , A; Ideology and the New Social Movements.
Stokes, W; Women in Contemporary Politics, Polity 2005
Toynbee, P; Hard Work: life in low-pay Britain.
Walby, Sylvia; Theorizing Patriarchy, Oxford, 1990
Warren, K. J; Ecological Feminism, Routledge, 1994.
Waylen, G; Engendering Transitions, OUP, 2007