ATS3697 - Gender and international relations - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Politics and International Relations


Sarah Smith

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


The unit provides an introduction to key debates and feminist perspectives on gender and international relations. The unit consists of two parts. In the first part, students will gain an understanding of the relationship between gender and security with particular focus on violence during armed conflict, war and peace. In the second part, we look closely at how gender shapes national and cultural identities and development and human rights discourses. We will also pay attention to the role of the (global) media and transnational feminism in shaping and contesting gender roles and norms.


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.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units. It is highly recommended that students only take this unit after they have completed two gateway units in Politics.