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Unit information: Feminist Politics in 2015/16

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Unit name Feminist Politics
Unit code SOCI30064
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Marshall
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law


The module considers the development of feminism as a political ideology and a social movement through history and explores how feminist theory, policy and activism have developed in relation to each other to address pressing contemporary issues. The module considers specific substantive topics as a means of exploring the application of feminist theory, the development of legislation, and the mobilisation of activism and campaigns.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  • Evaluate the historical and global development of feminist politics
  • Apply theoretical knowledge to analyse specific traditions in feminist theory
  • Demonstrate critical and detailed knowledge of the diversity of feminist political ideologies and practices in relation to specific empirical case studies

Teaching details

A 1 hour lecture and 2 hour seminar per week

In addition to the 30 hours of classroom time, students are expected to devote approximately 170 hours to independent reading, workshop and presentation preparation, research paper writing.

Assessment Details

Formative: seminar presentation

Summative: 3000 word essay

The assessment tests all of the ILOs.

Reading and References

  • Naples, N. (ed) (1998) Community Activism and Feminist Politics: Organizing Across Race, Class and Feminist Politics. Abingdon: Routledge
  • McBride, D.E. and Mazur, A.G. (2010) The Politics of State Feminism: Innovation in Comparative Research. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press
  • Hawkesworth, M.E. (2006) Globalization and Feminist Activism. Lanham, MA: Rowman and Littlefield
  • Rowbotham, S. (1992) Women in Movement: Feminism and Social Action. London: Routledge
  • Evans, J. (1995) Feminist Theory Today: An Introduction to Second-Wave Feminism. London: Sage
  • Redfern, C. and Aune, K. (2013) Reclaiming the F-Word: Feminism Today, 2nd ed. London: Zed Books