Module code: POL3067

Module provider


Module Leader

GUERRINA R Prof (Politics)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 6

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Seminar Hours: 22

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework CASE STUDY (3000 WORDS) 60%
Examination SEEN EXAM (1.5 HRS) 40%

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

This module seeks to introduce students to a range of topics relating to the roles of gender structures and sexuality in defining international relations and world politics. The module will explore the complex interactions that underpin the relationship between the personal and the international. The module will look at key debates in feminist and sexualities theorising, in order to show how the concepts of gender and sexuality require scholars to unpack key defining concepts such as “masculinity” and “femininity”.

Module aims

To introduce students to a range of concepts relating to gendered and sexualities  approaches to International Relations

To demonstrate the close links between the “personal” and the “international” in the study of world politics.

To critically assess the role of key actors in international relations.

To identify and assess the impact of social trends in world politics.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Develop analytical and critical skills necessary for the application of gender and sexuality theories to empirical examples.
Develop the ability to synthesise key theoretical concepts and debates in IR.
Evaluate the changing nature of IR and world politics.
Form critical arguments
Manage time effectively
Develop research and writing skills.
Communicate persuasively and fluently in speech and writing;
Work independently, demonstrating initiative, self-organization and time-management;
Make appropriate use of information and communication technology.

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

The module will cover a range of theoretical perspectives and will apply them to the analysis of key issues and case studies.

The syllabus is likely to include but is not restricted to:


•           Empirical and Standpoint Feminism

•           Critical and Post-Structuralist Theories

•           Sexualities and ‘Queer’ Theories in International Relations


Key Issues/Case Studies

•           Women’s political representation.

•           Sex Trafficking

•           Sexual violence as a weapon of war

•           Masculinity, militarism and nationalism/national identity

•           Global gender divisions of labour – women in the global economy

•           Participation and representation

•           Pornography, sex work and sex tourism

•           Gender based violence

•           Gender and post-colonialism

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Develop students’ understanding of feminist theories in the social sciences
Expand students’ analytical toolkit by introducing them to feminist approaches to research
Challenge the assumption that knowledge is value free and neutral
Expose student to a range of critical approaches to politics and international relations


The learning and teaching methods include:

Research labs

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:

The application of theoretical approaches to the analysis of empirical case studies
Understanding of research methods
Detailed knowledge of gender approaches in International Relations

Reading list

Reading list for ENGENDERING WORLD POLITICS : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/pol3067

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.