Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC3144: Gender and Politics in Africa

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.


NQF Level 7.5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Ms Xianan Jin (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


In this module we will examine how the fundamental functions of politics and governance, such as war and militarism, peace and reconciliation, social reproductive labour, empowerment and development, both construct and are sustained by masculinities and femininities. By exploring feminist theoretical interventions of normative understandings of politics and governance, the connections between feminist knowledge production, policy influencing, and social praxis will be articulated. Through interactive seminars, students will have a critical engagement with gender and politics through an examination of emerging approaches to thinking about politics and governance by feminist movements in Africa.

The aim of the course is to serve as an introduction to some major themes and debates around politics and governance via African feminist approaches. It encourages students to move on to more detailed work, thematically and regionally, and signposts them towards literature that will enable them to develop their own interests. This is an introductory module for students seeking to develop a critical perspective on gender, politics and African feminist interventions.

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