• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest Gender Studies, Policy Studies, Political Sciences, Politics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Blair Williams
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2021
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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:

  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; and
  5. produce a research paper on a specific topic in the study of gender and politics.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Paper proposal 1,500 words (15) [LO 2,3,4]
  2. Research Paper 2,500 words (35) [LO 2,3,4,5]
  3. Discussion Leader 15 minutes (10) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  4. Workshop Participation (10) [LO 1,3]
  5. Final Exam 2 hours (30) [LO 1,3]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of workshop and workshop-like activities.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 24 units of 1000 level courses.

Prescribed Texts


Preliminary Reading

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.



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Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $3900
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5580
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6129 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person View

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