• Class Number 9322
  • Term Code 2960
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Katrine Beauregard
    • Dr Katrine Beauregard
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/07/2019
  • Class End Date 25/10/2019
  • Census Date 31/08/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2019
SELT Survey Results

This course examines the roles of gender and feminist research in political science. The point of departure of this course is women’s long-standing underrepresentation in politics and its consequences for political research. The focus is on a comparative analysis of gender and politics; however, on many occasions we will draw on specific country experiences, including Australia, to illustrate particular topics. Issues of global importance will be discussed such as social movement, representation, elections, political parties, public policies, body politics, and LGBTIQ. The course will emphasise the theoretical, methodological and empirical contributions of gender and feminist approaches to political science. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Reflect on the importance of gender and feminist perspectives to understand political phenomenon.
  2. Explain the key concepts and themes in the study of gender and politics.
  3. Apply these concepts and themes to current cases and/or countries.
  4. Research and argue about a specific topic concerning gender issues.
  5. Produce a research paper on a specific topic in the study of gender and politics.

Required Resources

There is no required textbook for this course. A series of book chapters and journal articles will be assigned each week as the required reading. Hyperlinks for each reading will be made available on the Wattle course site. 

Pamela Paxton and Melanie M. Hughes. 2017. Women, Politics, and Power: A Global Perspective. Los Angeles: Sage.

Mona Lena Krook and Sarah Childs, Eds. 2010. Women, Gender and Politics: A Reader. New York: Oxford University Press.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • Detailed written feedback will be given on proposal and research paper
  • Students will have the opportunity to discuss all their assignments during lectures and tutorials

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

The information provided is a preliminary Class Outline. A finalised version will be available on Wattle and will be accessible after enrolling in this course. All updates, changes and further information will be uploaded on the course Wattle site and will not be updated on Programs and Courses throughout the semester. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the Course Convenor.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction to gender, politics, and feminist political science
2 The women’s movement Guest Lecture: Women in Australian Politics, Dr Marija Taflaga
3 Political representation Guest lecture: Dr Sonia Palmieri
4 Intersectionality
5 Gender quotas Research paper proposal due
6 Gender, politics, and media Guest lecture: Blair Williams
7 Political parties and elections
8 The politics of masculinity
9 LGBT and queer politics
10 Gender equality policies Research essay due
11 Antifeminist and opposition to gender equality
12 Conclusion: Feminism and pop culture

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Research Paper Proposal 15 % 21/08/2019 01/09/2019 2, 3, 4
Research Paper 35 % 09/10/2019 23/10/2019 2, 3, 4, 5
Discussion Leader 10 % 01/01/9999 01/01/9999 1, 2, 3, 5
Participation 10 % 01/01/9999 01/01/9999 1, 2, 3
Final Examination 30 % 01/01/9999 01/01/9999 1, 2, 3

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


See Assessment Task 4


See Assessment Task 5

Assessment Task 1

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 21/08/2019
Return of Assessment: 01/09/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4

Research Paper Proposal

·        Specify the topic of the research paper, which should take the form of a research question

·        Provide a short explanation as to why this question is of importance for this course

·        Provide an overview of the argument. Describe the answer to the research question as well as the evidence supporting this answer

·        Include a bibliography of at least five academic sources

·        The Convenor will provide a list suggested research questions

·        The Convenor will provide feedback on the thesis, arguments, and sources selected by students

·        More detailed instructions as well as a grading scheme will be posted on the course Wattle site

Word: 1500

Value: 15%

Presentation requirements: Submitted via Turnitin

Estimated return date: 4 September

Assessment Task 2

Value: 35 %
Due Date: 09/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 23/10/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4, 5

Research Paper

·        The paper should propose a research question on a topic related to the course material as well as an argument answering this question

·        The paper provides an opportunity to students to deepen a question discussed in class and must be analytical

·        Students can choose any research question provided it concerns a political science topic. Additionally, students need to have their question and topic approved by the Convenor

·        A list of appropriate research questions will also be provided to students on the course Wattle site

·        Further instructions and a grading scheme will be posted on the course Wattle site

Word limit: 2500 words

Value: 35%

Presentation requirements: Submitted via Turnitin

Estimated return date: 23 October

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 01/01/9999
Return of Assessment: 01/01/9999
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 5

Discussion Leader

·        In each tutorial, a student will be presenting on the week’s assigned readings

·        This presentation be 15 minutes

·        The presentation should cover the main point of the readings as well as highlight the major questions raised

·        The presentation should also raise questions to be discussed by the class

·        Instructions and a grading scheme will be provided on the course Wattle site

Value: 10%

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 01/01/9999
Return of Assessment: 01/01/9999
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3


Tutorial will provide an opportunity for students to discuss the major themes and issues of the week’s lectures. Students are expected to be able to comment on the week’s readings as well as the lectures. Additionally, tutorials will provide students with helpful information regarding the course assessment. Tutorial is worth 10% of the students’ final grade and is assessed through the frequency and quality of discussion participation. 

Students will receive a cumulative mid-semester grade on their participation at the end of Week 6 as well as their final participation grade at the end of the semester. 

For each tutorial, participation will be graded on a scale from 0 (lowest) to 4 (highest) according to this grading scheme:





Present, but is not involved in the discussion

Only respond when called upon

Present and participate to a limited extent in the discussion

Demonstrates adequate preparation

Offers basic knowledge of the readings and lectures without elaboration or analysis

Present and participate to a moderate extent in the discussion

Demonstrates good preparation

Offers elaboration and analysis on the readings and lectures

Responds to other students’ points, thinks through own positions, and questions others in a constructive way

Present and participate actively

Demonstrates excellent preparation

Offers elaboration and analysis, but also demonstrates an ability to link together different parts of the course materials

Interactions with others lead to new and alternative ways of approaching the materials

Provide new insight for the class

Assessment Task 5

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 01/01/9999
Return of Assessment: 01/01/9999
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Final Examination

A final exam, to be scheduled later in the semester, will consist of a series of multiple, short, and essay questions testing students’ knowledge and understanding of the course material.

Value: 30%

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

The proposal and research paper will be returned via Turnitin. 

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Online Submission: Assignments are submitted using Turnitin in the course Wattle site. You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records.

Hard Copy Submission: No hard copy submission will be accepted.

Resubmission of assignments is not allowed.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Katrine Beauregard
6125 3605

Research Interests

Political participation; voting behaviour; political institutions; gender and politics

Dr Katrine Beauregard

Thursday 10:00 12:00
Thursday 10:00 12:00
Dr Katrine Beauregard
6125 3605

Research Interests

Dr Katrine Beauregard

Thursday 10:00 12:00
Thursday 10:00 12:00

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