Women in Global Politics

Subject POLS40015 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour Seminar per week. If enrolments exceed 30, the 2nd hour of the seminar may be split into 2 or 3 small classes.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Admission to the postgraduate certificate/ diploma in Arts (Political Science) or (International Politics), or fourth-year honours in Political Science or International Studies, or the Master of International Politics, or the Master of International Relations.
Corequisites: none
Recommended Background Knowledge: Politics and International Studies at Undergraduate level
Non Allowed Subjects:

Any of the following subjects:

166-534 Women in Global Politics

166-534 International Feminist Political Theory

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Prof. Sheila Jeffreys

Subject Overview:

This subject will examine feminist contributions to the theorising of international politics. It will consider the ways in which feminist theorists have "gendered" international relations theory. The subject engages with the work of theorists from different feminist positions. It will include feminist interventions in and critiques of international law and of postcolonial theory. Feminist theory on the following topics will be included: nationalism, cultural relativism, multiculturalism, fundamentalism, ecofeminism, third world feminisms, theorising the international sex industry, the usefulness of human rights approaches, women and armed conflict. On completion students should have developed the ability to criticise international political theory for the ways in which the experience of women is dealt with. The more nuanced view of international politics that the subject aims to develop will be useful to students working in the international arena.

  • understand the ways in which feminist scholars have criticised and contributed to the theorising of international politics.
  • have developed the ability to criticise bodies of theory and areas of knowledge which do not include the ideas and experience of women.
  • develop an understanding of social, ethical and cultural context in the study of international politics.
Assessment: A written essay of 5000 words (100%) due at the end of semester.
Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available for purchase from the University Bookshop.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Be able to apply research skills and critical methods to a field of inquiry;
  • Be able to develop persuasive arguments on a given topic;
  • Be able to communicate oral and written arguments and ideas effectively and articulately.
Related Course(s): Master of International Politics
Master of International Relations
Master of International Studies
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Gender Studies
Gender Studies
Gender Studies
International Politics
International Politics
International Studies
Political Science
Political Science
Political Science

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