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 module 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 module 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

On successful completion of this module a student will 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.


This module will be taught over 10 weeks with:

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

Method of assessment

Assignment 1: Review 30%
Assignment 2: Essay 60%
Seminar participation: 10%


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