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PAIR2048 Gender, Power and Politics

Module Overview

How can we understand the role of gender in political systems? Why is it important to acknowledge the intersections of gender with race, class, sexuality and disability? What can/should be done about male over-representation in legislatures worldwide? Why are women still missing from many of our highest offices? What is the role of masculinity in campaign rhetoric? Can conservative politicians claim to be feminist? This module considers these questions and more. It analyses the link between gender, power and representation in politics. The issues of gender gaps in voting patterns and political participation are explored alongside questions of female representation, women’s paths to executive office, and questions of intersectionality. Students will gain an understanding of how inequalities based on gender, race, class and sexuality influence our politics and learn the tools to undertake gendered critiques and analyses of politics.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • How power relations based on gender, race, class and sexuality affect political systems and outcomes.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Apply theoretical gender debates and practical tools to current political debates and events.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Apply the skills and knowledge required for a gendered analysis to a variety of institutions and contexts, as well as everyday life.


Topics covered will include • Theories of representation • Intersectional approaches to feminism and politics • Masculinities and power • Gender and political participation • Gender and political institutions • Gender-based stereotyping • Candidate recruitment and equality strategies • The role of gender in campaigning • Defining women’s interests • Gender in the media • Future challenges to women’s representation

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

2 hours of lectures per week. All will be recorded and posted on Blackboard. Lectures will be delivered either face to face or online only depending upon University and Public Health England Guidance at the time. Total of 24 hours of lectures (2 hours per week X 12 weeks) per module. Weekly student participation in online discussion boards. 1 hour per week delivered asynchronously. (1 hour X 12 weeks)

Completion of assessment task30
Preparation for scheduled sessions54
Independent Study12
Wider reading or practice24
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Politics and Gender. 

Stevens, A (2007). Women Power and Politics. 

Dahlerun, D (2018). Has Democracy Failed Women?. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Discussion board activity 25%
Research project 50%
Research proposal 25%


MethodPercentage contribution
Analytical essay  (2000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Analytical essay  (2000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


Core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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