module specification

GI6066 - Action and Identity: Gender and Political Participation (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
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
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
72 hours Guided independent study
42 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 40%   Presentation to class on a seminar question, to be submitted in written form on the day - 1,000 words
Coursework 60%   Essay on a set question - 3,000 words
Running in 2024/25

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

Module summary

The module introduces you to issues of diversity, equality and rights; it is designed to broaden your knowledge of political practice (parties, elections, systems of government and law-making) and to add to your understanding of how international governmental and non-governmental organisations work.

You will be introduced to the concepts of gender and patriarchy, and to feminist political and IR theories; it will encourage you to develop informed criticisms of mainstream political and IR theories and practices

Students who wish to graduate with BA International Relations with Human Rights must take this module.

Prior learning requirements

None. Available for Study Abroad


The syllabus will include:

Patriarchy and Gender: two approaches to understanding power?
Do women share specific interests that are separate from men’s?
Equality and difference: how to make policy;
Identity politics: women and intersectionality;
Women’s enfranchisement: getting and using the vote;
Women in office: numbers, explanations, and policy;
Citizenship: definition, history, and change;
Democratisation; definition and critique;
Security: definition and critique of IR analysis.

All learning outcomes are covered by the syllabus.

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

You will attend a two-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.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the is module you will have developed:

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.