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.

Module Aims

This module aims to equip you with the conceptual and theoretical tools necessary for understanding politics, governance and African feminist interventions. It will familiarise you with the latest research on gender and politics and encourage you to develop a critical perspective in analysing existing research, policy-making and social practice on politics and governance via African feminist lenses. You will be exposed to a variety of African methodological approaches and challenges in research on politics and governance and provided with an understanding of how both historical and international factors affect domestic governance. You must be able to explore these concepts and theories in a wide range of geographical cases across African countries.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Demonstrate understanding of femininities and masculinities that drive and sustain politics and governance
2. Demonstrate a command of the main findings of research on African feminist approaches to politics
3. Evaluate the main approaches to the study of politics and governance
Discipline-Specific Skills4. Critically employ the categories and concepts of African feminism to a range of empirical cases in the broader discipline of politics
5. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of existing political research
6. Conduct rigorous, independent analysis of politics using a variety of relevant sources
Personal and Key Skills7. Construct a reasoned and logical argument supported by evidence
8. Work independently and with peers to achieve goals.