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Women and Politics in Asia


Admission requirements

Admission to the MA International Relations, track International Studies. Students who are interested in taking this course, but who are not admitted to the mentioned master programme are requested to contact the co-ordinator of studies.


Asian women are underrepresented in politics and governance despite notable gains exemplified by the rise of prominent women leaders. A prevailing perception regards Asian women –especially those highly educated or from powerful families – as socio-politically as well or even better than their male counterparts. Yet there is little understanding of how women strive and succeed as political leaders in the region. This course offers students a rigorous and comparative historical exploration of women and politics in Asia and to explore the significance of gender in politics of the past, present, and future. The course also examines various factors, trajectories and outcomes of Asian women’s political empowerment.

Course Objectives

The objective of this course is to familiarize students with a broad range of issues involving women and politics in Asia – the political participation of women; the history of women’s movements; political divisions among women; and what we mean when we refer to “women’s issues” at home, at work, and in political institutions. Because women’s involvement in the political arena is informed by their roles and status in society at large, the course will also examine sociological, economic, and feminist research on such topics as inequality, power, discrimination and social norms. The course will train students to be able to analyze problems concerning women and politics in Asia and beyond.


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Mode of instruction


Course Load

  • seminar participation: 2hrs/week: 24hrs;

  • seminar preparation: 12hrs/week: 144hrs;

  • preparations presentation: 30 hrs;

  • writing assignments: 4 × 3hrs: 12hrs;

  • essay: 70 hrs

Total: 280 Hours for 10 ECTS

Assessment Method

  • 4 assignments – critical reviews (1,000 words) of readings (40%);

  • 1 presentation of research proposal (10%);

  • 1 final essay (50%) (4,500 words)


The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.


The resit for the final examined element is only available to students whose mark of the final examined element is insufficient.


Blackboard will be used.

Reading list

A reading list will be posted on Blackboard.


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Contact information

Mw. Dr. N. Choi