BAK14: SpezialVO Geschlecht und Politik

Introduction to Gender and Politics (engl.)

210084 VO 2024S

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Nächster Termin

Mittwoch, 26.06.2024 09:45-11:15 Hörsaal 33 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

NOTE: The lecture will be in English.

AIMS: The aim of the lecture is to provide an introductory overview of current theories, concepts and debates in political science gender studies.

METHODS: Lecture and discussion.

“Politics and Gender” introduces students to one of the most vibrant fields in political science. At the cross-roads of political science and the multidisciplinary study of gender and sexuality, “Politics and Gender” considers how, 1. everyday power relations are shaped by gender and sexuality, 2. how political institutions are themselves profoundly shaped by gender and sexuality, and 3. How political institutions shape gender and sexual equality.

BAK14 is especially suitable to the following students:
- Students with a background in other areas of political science, but who are not familiar with feminist and Queer approaches to the study of politics
- Students with a background in gender studies, but who are not familiar with political science


Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

There will be a written exam at the end of the summer term. You will have to choose 3 out of 4 questions on different topics that will have to be answered with short essays, for each answer you can reach up to 20 points.

Note: You can either answer in German or English.

There will be four opportunities to take the exam.

No additional materials are allowed except for a dictionary and for students with special needs.



You will find the literature relevant for the exam for each unit on Moodle.

Literature as an introduction to the general topic:

Butler, J. (1999): Gender Trouble. New York & London: Routledge, 3-33 and 163-180.
Cho, S. et al. (2013.): “Toward a Field of Intersectionality Studies: Theory, Applications, and Praxis”, in: Signs 38(4), 785–810.

Connell, R. W./Messerschmidt, J. (2005): “Hegemonic Masculinity: Rethinking the Concept", in: Journal of Marketing Research 19(6), 123–41.

Gambino, E. (2020): “‘A More Thorough Resistance? Coalition, Critique, and the Intersectional Promise of Queer Theory”, in: Political Theory 48(2), 218–44.

Lugones, M. (2016): "The Coloniality of Gender", in: Harcourt, W. (ibid.): The Palgrave Handbook of Gender and Development. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 3-33.

Mohanty, C. (1988): “Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses”, in: Feminist Review 30, 61-88.

Schippers, M. (2007): “Recovering the Feminine Other: Masculinity, Femininity, and Gender Hegemony", in: Theory and Society 36(1), 85–102.

MANDATORY LITERATUR (ordered by dates):

Smith, N. J./Lee, D. (2015).: "What’s Queer about Political Science?", in: The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 17(1), 49-6.

Okin, S. (1989): “Justice from Sphere to Sphere: Challenging the Public/Domestic Dichotomy", in: (ibid.): Justice, Gender, and the Family, 110-134, New York: Basic Books.

Warner, M. (1999): "Chapter four", in: (ibid.): The Trouble with Normal: Sex, Politics, and the Ethics of Queer Life, 149-194, Cambridge: Havard University Press.

Bilge, S. (2013): “Intersectionality Undone. Saving Intersectionality from Feminist Intersectionality Studies” in: Du Bois Review 10(2), 105-124.

Lutz, H./Palenga-Möllenbeck, E. (2011): “Care, Gender and Migration: Towards a Theory of Transnational Domestic Work Migration in Europe”, in: Journal of Contemporary European Studies 19(3), 349-364.

Brown, W. (1992): “Finding the Man in the State”, in: Feminist Studies 18(1), 7–34.

Gonda, N. (2019): “Re-politicizing the gender and climate change debate: The potential of feminist political ecology to engage with power in action in adaptation policies and projects in Nicaragua”, in: Geoforum 106: 87-96.

Geva, D. (2020): “Daughter, Mother, Captain: Marine Le Pen, Gender, and Populism in the French National Front”, in: Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society 27 (1), 1–26.



Presentation, PPTs, mandatory literature (to be found on Moodle for each unit).


Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

60-57 Points = A
56-50 Points = B
49-42 Points = C
41-33 Points = D
32-0 Points = FAILED