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Gender and the State - POL202

Critically analyses core institutions of the State as gendered entities to discern the implications of gender for democracy and thus answer the fundamental question, 'Is politics gendered?'. Drawing on contemporary theories of neo-institutionalism that identify the sociological aspects of institutions and how they interact with and affect society, the unit will critically examine foundational concepts and theories of political science, including precepts of liberal political theory and various theories of the State, to interrogate the gendered assumptions and outcomes of these. Secondary institutions and their 'logic of appropriateness' that are fundamental to Western democracies will then be examined through a gendered lens. These include the bureaucracy, the parliament, the judiciary, the electoral system, federalism and the Australian constitution. Finally, crucial policies of Australian governments will be examined in a global context with a view to determining their gendered nature and outcomes, such as war, foreign aid and responses to terrorism. Students will develop their theoretical knowledge of core concepts of political science, while sharpening their critical thinking and analytical skills especially in regard to scrutinising the presence of gender in so-called 'neutral' institutions, and heightening their understandings of Australia's role in global politics.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S2 Day - Session 2, North Ryde, Day

S2 External - Session 2, External (On-campus dates: None)

Staff Contact(s): Dr Ashley Lavelle

12cp at 100 level including 3cp from POL units at 100 level  Prerequisite Information


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Assessed As: Graded
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Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations

Faculty of Arts

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