IR6009 - Women in Politics and International Relations

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What will I learn on this module?

In this module I will learn about the gendered nature of politics and the role of/for women in national and international politics. I will investigate where, i.e. in which institutions and roles women can be found around the world and the reasons for their absence or presence. I will study institutions such as parliament, government, foreign policy roles and international organisations.

Weeks 1-2: Introduction to the history and theory of feminism, the ‘woman’ question and gender
Weeks 3-11: descriptive and formal representation in national and international politics, comparing countries and regions; theories of access

How will I learn on this module?

This is an interactive, student-led module in which I will work with others to research a particular country or region each week throughout the semester. In workshops, which contain short lectures with student group work, I will contribute this knowledge to discussions in order to test the concepts and theories presented in the lecture. I will contribute to the creation of module-based research project in which students as a group test a theory based on the data collected throughout the semester.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

My academic development will be facilitated through weekly research of women’s participation, through engagement with the academic literature and by talking with my peers and academics about my understanding of the literature. I expect to be actively involved and interested in secondary data research.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Critically discuss disciplinary approaches to the study of ‘woman’ in politics and theories of women’s participation, access and representation in politics
2. Investigate and critically analyse the nature of women’s political participation and representation around the world
3. Critically discuss the application of theories of gender, access, participation and representation to data to understand women’s absence and presence in politics nationally and internationally

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
4. Formulate and test hypotheses about the presence and absence of women in certain areas based on theory, data and policy in collaboration with other students

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Use my curiosity, knowledge and ability to critically analyse to collaborate with others in the creation of new knowledge and practice

How will I be assessed?

Through active participation in the form of research (weekly homework), short presentations and discussion participation I will have the opportunity to learn from and with others and I will receive formative feedback from my lecturer on any presentation I make.

A 2,000 word essay will assess how successfully I have been able to understand and critique the issues introduced in this module in relation to the data I and other students have researched on a specified topic or region.

A data portfolio will evidence the data that I and other students have collected on a specified topic or region during this module, assessing the professionalism of its presentation.





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UCAS Code L2L2

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Social Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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