ASTK18375U Gender and Politics: Political Science from a Gender Perspective 7,5 ECTS

Volume 2021/2022

Bachelor student (2017 programme curriculum): 7.5 ECTS

Master student: 7.5 ECTS


In what ways are politics and policy gendered and gendering? What does it mean to carry out political and policy analysis from a gender perspective? What does feminist and queer theory bring to the study of politics and policy? In tackling these questions, this course provides a critical introduction to feminism and its implications for politics, and aims to familiarise students with the study of politics, public policy, and international relations from a gender perspective. This includes consideration of the major contributions of feminist theories to the analysis of politics and public policy in general, as well as to political representation, political behavior, and gender equality policies in particular. The course surveys central topics in the study of gender and politics from both empirical and theoretical perspectives, covering issues such as women’s representation and participation in politics and social movements; policymaking for gender equality; gender and international governance; and gender in international relations and security studies. The course also introduces students to pluralistic methods and analytical approaches to feminist, gender, and intersectional studies of politics and policy.


To reflect these aims, the course is divided into three blocks:*

  • Introduction: Studying political science from a gender perspective
  • Block 1: Conceptual and theoretical fundamentals
  • Introduction to Policy Theory
  • Theorising representation
  • The gendered politics of knowledge production
  • Feminist methods & researching gender
  • Block 2: Gender and international relations
  • Gendered states
  • Feminist security studies
  • Gender and sexuality in foreign policy
  • Women Peace and Security
  • Block 3: Political participation and policymaking
  • Political recruitment
  • Political ambition
  • Quotas and action plans
  • Feminist policy analysis
  • Gender equality policy


This is a team-taught course featuring research- and problem-led teaching. Classes will comprise mini-lectures, small group exercises, presentations by students on the key reading or their assignment topic, and frequent whole-group discussion.
Formative feedback will be given continuously during the course of the semester:

Students will be frequently encouraged to discuss their ideas for the written assignment with teachers as well as with their peers in class;
A number of weekly session will (in part or in whole) be devoted to discussing, in detail, how to plan and execute the assignment;
Students will get informal feedback on their ideas and arguments in the course of class discussion;
Students will get informal and constructive peer feedback on their critical understanding of the reading after presentations and in the course of class discussion.

In addition, individual written and collective oral summative feedback (in addition to the grade) will be given on the final assignments.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 28
  • Total
  • 28
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)

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7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Free assignment
Exam registration requirements

Free written assignment

Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship

Free written assignment

Criteria for exam assesment
  • Grade 12 is given for an outstanding performance: the student lives up to the course's goal description in an independent and convincing manner with no or few and minor shortcomings
  • Grade 7 is given for a good performance: the student is confidently able to live up to the goal description, albeit with several shortcomings
  • Grade 02 is given for an adequate performance: the minimum acceptable performance in which the student is only able to live up to the goal description in an insecure and incomplete manner