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IR3113   Gender and Generation

Academic year(s): 2023-2024

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: 1.00 pm Mon

The incorporation of issues of gender into the prevailing international relations discourse changes the way in which international relations is thought about, and theorised. This module will examine the meaning of such change, and will also argue that, in a similar way, incorporating children into the established discourse may mean that traditional themes and constructs such as states, sovereignty, political identity, agency, power, representation, etc. are transformed. This module includes an examination of such issues as the use of child soldiers; women and warfare; children's economic role; and political theory as it relates to the family. Throughout the module an emphasis will be placed upon the study of activism and advocacy.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass IR2006

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 1-hour lecture (x 10 weeks), 1 x 1-hour tutorial (x 10 weeks), 2 consultation hours with Coordinator (x 12 weeks). 2 hours examination feedback in week 1 of following semester.

Scheduled learning hours: 20

Guided independent study hours: 280

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator: Professor A M S Watson
Module teaching staff: Prof A Watson

Intended learning outcomes

  • Explain the ways in which gender, and issues surrounding children have been/could be incorporated into the prevailing IR discourse
  • Understand the implications upon traditional analyses of such incorporation
  • Have a good working knowledge of the place of gender and of children under international law
  • Look at international relations in a different way
  • Organising your ideas in written form
  • Making presentations to a small group & working as part of a team through a variety of class-based initiatives.