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POL2113 : Sex, Gender and Power

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Jemima Repo
  • Lecturer: Dr Adetokunbo (Ade) Johnson
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


1.       To provide students with a critical overview of feminist theories and approaches to politics;
2.       To equip students with knowledge of different strands of feminist thought and their understandings of sex and gender;
3.       To provide students with skills to analyse the politics of sex, gender, and sexuality across social structures, institutions, and cultures;
4.       To engage students in the analysis of sex and gender in intersection with other categories like race, class, and ethnicity;
5.       To empower students to critically engage with current feminist debates.

Outline Of Syllabus

Why are sex, gender and sexuality political issues? Feminism, in all its various forms, profoundly unsettles established understands of the nature and location the political. Not only does it contest the gender-neutrality of politics, but also challenges what counts as politics. This module explores the various ways in which different feminist approaches conceive of the political. What does it mean to examine concepts like power, inequality, labour, violence, and the international from a feminist perspective? What do feminists have to say about representation, capitalism, social movements, and colonialism? How do sex and gender intersect with other forms of oppression? How and why do various strands of feminism agree or disagree with each other? Why is feminism still politically relevant today? Each week familiarises students with a particular feminist approach, such as liberal Marxist, radical, postcolonial and queer feminism, and applies it to one or more feminist issues.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture112:0022:00In-person lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00Seminars
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities113:0033:00Annotated guided reading
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1134:00134:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures introduce students to the key terms, concepts, and texts associated with the politics of gender. They also help place feminism in context vis-à-vis e.g. Marxism, Liberalism and Poststructuralism. Seminars provide an environment in which students can discuss readings from e.g. MacKinnon, Crenshaw, Butler. Structured, guided learning activities such as annotated readings to encourage deeper engagement with the concepts and debates covered in the key texts.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M15500 word essay plan
Essay1M702500 words
Prof skill assessmnt1M15Participation in seminar discussions and activities
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay plan will provide the opportunity to prepare for the essay. The essay will allow students to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key concepts and debates covered throughout the course, as well as engage in particular depth with specific strands of feminist theory, ideology, practice or movement relevant to each question. Professional skill assessment 1: During seminars, students will be able to engage in critical discussions and activities with their peers that develop their interpretative skills, deepen their conceptual knowledge and enhance their analytical skills in a collaborative setting.

Reading Lists