SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Politics of Gender

Module Code:
FHEQ Level:
Year of study:
Year 3
Taught in:
Term 2

The course shall examine debates in the discipline of politics about gender and sexuality.  It will seek to elucidate a number of very important debates about gender (whether gender is biological or social; the Fraser/Butler debate about recognition vs redistribution; imperial feminisms etc.), but also to discuss feminist epistemologies (standpoint theory for example).  The course will also aim to engage specific debates around gender and violence, gender and religion, and gendered bodies (and the question of hijab or female circumcision).

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of a course, a student should be able to

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the themes, debates and issues around gender and sexuality in the discipline of politics
  • Examine critically and assess specific debates that have occurred within gender and sexuality studies or queer theory
  • Assess critically the role of theory and politics in the making of gender and sexuality and the influence of gendering and/or sexuality on politics
  • Be able to produce critical writing about the politics of gender and sexuality and to engage in discussion and debate on the topics.


  • 1 hour lecture per week
  • 1 hour tutorial per week

Method of assessment

Assessment is 45% coursework and 45% unseen examination with 10% added in-class participation based on weekly reading assignments.


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