Critical Policy Studies (2018/19)

Course Description: 

What are the impacts of global politics on gender, and how has ‘gender’ (as a policy and goal) influenced global politics? These are the two central questions of this course. This course is designed for students to think both conceptually and practically about the implementation of gender norms, concepts, and frameworks in global policy. As such, this course applies feminist principles and theories to critically examine policy and governance issues. The aim is to introduce students to the varying ways that gendered norms and concepts have shaped policy responses to issues in global governance. Students can expect an historical and theoretical overview of how global policy is formed, the primary institutions involved in global governance and policy formation, and how to analyze global policy through feminist and gender frameworks. These concepts are then applied to contemporary issues of global policy, including:  conflict-related sexual violence, violence against women and girls, international development programming, fiscal policy and migration.  


Learning Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. A sound knowledge of the major global institutions, their historical development and their legal and policy frameworks.
  2. An understanding of the relationships between states, key international institutions and global civil society in processes of political and economic governance.
  3. An understanding of key conceptual and empirical debates on global governance.
  4. An ability to apply a gender analysis to dominant understandings of key institutions and actors, as well as the conceptual and empirical debates that dominate the field of global governance.
  5. The capacity for balanced and reasoned analysis (in spoken and written form) of key issues and controversies in forming gender-sensitive global policy.
  6. The ability to examine and evaluate global policies on gender, as well as gender-blind policies for their gendered assumptions and impacts.
  7. The ability to connect theory and case study to real-life situations.

Indicative assessment
Attendance and participation = 20%
Op-eds/blogs = 40%
Briefing paper and critical review = 40%