Feminist Perspectives on Politics POLITIC4104

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course introduces students to a variety of feminist perspectives on politics. Bringing a range of feminist theories - from Marxist to postmodern, decolonial to liberal - into conversation, students will critically reflect on key questions within the study and practice of politics. In doing so, we reveal how feminist perspectives transform our understandings of politics and the political and that feminism itself is a site of political struggle.


This course may not be running this year. For further information please check the Politics Moodle page or contact the subject directly.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry requirements to Honours Politics or International Relations.

Excluded Courses





Reflective journal 4 x 400 word entries for 1600 word total (40%)

Compulsory essay 2000 words (60%)

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No


Course Aims

The aim of the module is to introduce students to a variety of feminist perspectives on politics, requiring critical consideration of the insights and limitations each offers. Additionally, it aims for students to critically reflect on different ways to think about feminism and the connection between theoretical insights studied and the politics of their everyday life.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Demonstrate understanding of a variety of different feminist perspectives

■ Assess feminist contributions to understandings of politics and the political

■ Critically analyse the range of feminist approaches to the interrelation of race, class, sexuality, gender, and disability

■ Reflect critically on the role of feminist perspectives in their own daily politics

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.