Oxford Brookes University Featured Masters Courses
Imperial College London Featured Masters Courses
University of the West of England, Bristol Featured Masters Courses
Imperial College London Featured Masters Courses
Newcastle University Featured Masters Courses

In seeking to 'gender' global politics, this programme explores the discipline of International Relations through the idea that gender matters to the structures, practices and theories of International Relations. An awareness of specific issues relating to broader issues of sex and death in global politics is sought and encouraged through committed and extended analysis of key texts and political practices.

We offer a flexible programmes and a wide choice of modules (part-time students also welcome).

In the Department of Political Science and International Studies we offer much more than a degree. As a student here, you have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of events, with some or all of the costs paid for by the School. 

Course details

This programme interrogates gender in global politics and global governance. The emphasis throughout is critical reflection on the relationship between theory and practice. Students will acquire extensive knowledge of how gender is interrogated within the academic discipline of International Relations and how this is, in turn, related to concrete institutions and institutionalised practices at the global, regional, national and local level, including specialist agencies with a remit to promote gender equality and women’s human rights and gender mainstreaming practices.

The course also covers academic discourse on non-governmental organisations, transnational activist networks and social movements, in relation to the practices, politics, political strategies and advocacy work of a broad range of civil society actors.

Issues examined include:

  • Norms, institutions and mechanisms of governance.
  • Gender as discourse / ideology.
  • Gender as a category in policy-making.
  • Gendered subjectivities in global politics and governance.
  • Social reproduction, production, consumption and economic development
  • Security, conflict, conflict resolution and peacekeeping
  • Human rights

One of the real strengths of our masters programmes is the wide range of available modules, giving students the ability to tailor their course of study to their own academic interests

More information on: International Relations MA (with specialist pathways)

Learning and teaching

A variety of learning and teaching methods are used, including:

  • Independent study
  • Preparatory reading for participation in seminar activities and assessed work.
  • Student-led discussions in seminars
  • Seminar activities including structured and unstructured debate, text-based exercises, role play and debate, analytical exercises
  • Research design
  • Assessment methods include oral presentations, essays, literature reviews and research papers.

Skills gained

You will develop the following skills through this programme:

  • Critical awareness of the relationship between theory and practice as applied to the study of governance.
  • In-depth knowledge of the norms, institutions, networks and mechanism of gender and governance at international, regional, national and local levels.
  • The ability to analyse debates and issues relevant to the analysis of gender, globalisation and governance, and to articulate that analysis both concisely and persuasively.
  • The ability to analyse debates and issues relevant to the analysis of gender, globalisation and governance, and to articulate that analysis both concisely and persuasively.

Enhancing your student experience

In the School of Government and Society we offer much more than a degree. As a student here, whether undergraduate or postgraduate, you have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of events, with some or all of the costs paid for by the School.

Some of these are targeted to help you build skills and experience for your CV, others are more open events designed to expose you to high-level speakers on current debates relevant to all Government and Society students.

Read more of our students' experiences and profiles on the school website.

Employability

Careers

This programme will act as a foundation for an academic career in the same way as any other taught postgraduate programme. However, there is a range of national and international organisations (both government and non-governmental) that have dedicated gender advisory units and this MA would significantly enhance the application of a candidate to any of these institutions. These include, but are not limited to: Oxfam, International Alert, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for International Development, Amnesty International, the United Nations, the World Bank Group, the International Committee of the Red Cross.


Visit the International Relations (Gender) - MA/PGDip page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...


Enquire About This Course

Recipient: University of Birmingham

* required field

Please correct the errors indicated below to send your enquiry


Your enquiry has been emailed successfully