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Women and Politics in Asia

Vak 2017-2018

Admission requirements

Admission to the MA International Relations. 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.

Description

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.

Timetable

Via the website.

Mode of instruction

Seminar

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)

Weighing

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

Resit

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

Exam review

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Blackboard

Blackboard will be used.

Reading list

A reading list will be posted on Blackboard.

Registration

Via uSis.

Contact information

Mw. Dr. N. Choi