Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Swati Parashar


Previously coded PLT3380


This unit provides an introduction to key debates and feminist perspectives on around gender and international relations. Students will gain an understanding of the relationship between gender and security, with a particular focus on violence during armed conflict and war. The unit will examine gender relations in the global political economy and how they relate to current global economic and development policymaking. The unit also looks closely at how gender identities underpins the construction of national identity, culture and religion, and the role of the (global) media and transnational feminism in shaping and contesting these identities.


The course has five principal objectives. By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Distinguish between and evaluate types of feminism, and feminist and masculinities theories and concepts
  2. Exhibit a greater awareness of - and interest in - how gender shapes global politics and economics, and in turn, how global politics and economics shape gender relations.
  3. Understand what it means to adopt a gender perspective on any given topic in (global) politics, policy or political economy.
  4. Use gender perspectives to analyse global policy problems and/or political issues.
  5. Demonstrate five key 21st century competencies: critical thinking, teamwork, creativity, self-learning and analytical writing/oral expression skills.

Third-year students will be expected to demonstrate greater capacity for independent research and will be required to answer a class test of a more conceptually challenging nature.


Written work: 80%
Class participation/presentation: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One 2-hour seminar per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


First year sequence in Politics or permission