Course Title Code Semester L+P Hour Credits ECTS
Gender and International Relations POLS   411 7 3 3 6

Prerequisites and co-requisites
Recommended Optional Programme Components None

Language of Instruction English
Course Level First Cycle Programmes (Bachelor's Degree)
Course Type
Course Coordinator Asst.Prof.Dr. Marella BODUR ÜN
1. Öğretim Grup:A
This course offers an introduction to a way of analyzing international relations that takes gender seriously as an analytical category. It intends to introduce students to feminist approaches to the study of global politics. It looks look at where women are in international practice and its theorization, and what it means to bring gender into the frame of international relations and its study. It aims to examine the implications for IR theory of taking feminism seriously, to illustrate what feminist approaches contribute to our understanding of issues in global politics.
This course offers an introduction to a way of analyzing international relations that takes gender seriously as an analytical category. It aims to understand how gender matters in many facets of international relations such as war and peace, security, foreign policy, international economy, development, nationalism and identity and globalization.

Learning Outcomes
1) Examine and critique international relations and global processes from a gender perspective.
2) Identify and explore different strands of feminist IR theory
3) Demonstrate their knowledge of contributions of feminist IR scholarship on substantive issue areas in IR (such as war, peace, and security; international political economy and development; global governance and social movements etc)

Course's Contribution To Program
NoProgram Learning OutcomesContribution
Has the conceptual and theoretical competence to explain the phenomena in the disciplines of Political Science and International Relations.
Identifies the international and national issues by methodologies used in the disciplines of Political Science and International Relations; chooses the appropriate analysis techniques across the issues and applies the appropriate empirical studies.
Becomes skilful at following and interpreting different social areas in international and national levels and also applies the problem-solving oriented practices.
Collects, reviews and analyzes the data obtained which necessary for modelling applications in the Social Science.
Individually and/or in a team, takes responsibility, leadership, and works effectively.
In recognition of the need for lifelong learning, follows the latest developments in the field and improves himself/herself.
Uses Turkish, and at least one more foreign language, in accordance with the requirements of academic and work life.
Understands and interprets the feelings, thoughts and behaviors of related persons correctly; and expresses himself/herself in written and oral forms accurately.
Improves his/herself constantly by defining educational requirements considering interests and talents in scientific, cultural, art and social fields besides career development.
Questions traditional approaches, practices and methods; and develops and applies new study methods if necessary.
Recognizes and implements social, scientific and professional ethical values.
Develops skills of defining and analyzing the international, regional and national oriented issues, producing appropriate conflict-resolution techniques and negotiation skills.
Develops critical thinking skills.

Course Content
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1 Introduction A. Tickner ve Laura Sjoberg, Feminism, Tim Dunne, Milja Kurki, Steve Smith (der.), International Relations Theories: Discipline and Diversity, 2nd ed, Oxford UP, 2010 Lecture
2 Why Study Gender and International Relations Cynthia Enloe, Bananas, Beaches and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics, 1989, pp.1-18. Discussion
3 Sex, Gender and Global Politics V. Spike Peterson and Anne Sisson Runyan, Gender as a Lens on World Politics, in Peterson and Runyan, Global Gender Issues, Westview, 1993. Discussion
4 Feminist Encounters with IR I Marysia Zalewski, Feminist Theory and International Relations in M. Bowker and R. Brown (eds.) From Cold War to Collapse, 1993. Gillian Youngs, Feminist International Relations: a contradiction in terms, International Affairs 80,1: 75-87. Discussion
5 Feminist Encounters with IR II A.Tickner, You Just Dont Understand: Troubled Engagements between Feminists and IR Theorists, International Studies Quarterly 41, 4: 611-632. R.Keohane, Beyond Dichotomy: Conversations between IR and Feminist Theory, ISQ 42, 1: 193-198. Discussion
6 Feminist Perspectives on War, Peace and Security I V.S.Peterson, Security and Sovereign States: What Is at Stake in Taking Feminism Seriously, Peterson, ed., Gendered States, chp.1. Iris Young, The Logic of Masculinist Protection: Reflections on the Current Security State, Signs, 29(1), 2003 Discussion
7 Feminist Perspectives on War, Peace and Security II C.Cohn, Sex and Death in the Relational World of Defense Intellectuals, Signs 12, 4 (1987): 687-718. S.Cheldelin, Gender and Conflict: What Do We Know in Women, War and Violence, 2015. Discussion
8 Mid-Term Exam Cynthia Enloe, Base Women in Bananas, Beaches and Bases, 1989. Spike Peterson, Gendered Identities, Ideologies, and Practices in the Context of War and Militarism in Sjoberg and via (eds), Gender, War and Militarism Discussion
9 Gender, War and Militarism: Feminist Perspectives II M.Baaz and M.Stern, Why Do Soldiers Rape, International Studies Quarterly 53, 2 (2009), 495-518. Ç.AydınKoyuncu, Chechen Female Suicide Bombers, Alternatif Politika, 3 (2): 179-197. Discussion
10 Peacemaking and Peacekeeping: Feminist Perspectives Claire Duncanson, Forces for Good, Narratives of Military Masculinity in Peacekeeping Operations, International Feminist Journal of Politics 11:1 (2009), pp. 63-80. Discussion
11 Feminist Perspectives on Human Security Jennifer Lobasz, Beyond Border Security: Feminist Approaches to Human Trafficking, Security Studies 18, 2 (2009), pp.319-344. Discussion
12 Gender and Global Political Economy Jan Jindy Pettman, Worlding Women,1996, chps 8, 9. Saskia Sassen, Counter-geographies of Globalization, Feminization of Survival, in Kriemild Saunders (ed.) Feminist Post-Development Thought, chp.4. Discussion
13 Gender and Global Governance Shirin Rai, Gendering Global Governance, International Feminist Journal of Politics 6.4 ( 2004) 579-601. Discussion
14 Global Women's Activism Myra M.Ferree, Globalization and Feminism: Opportunities and Obstacles for Activism in the Global Arena in Ferree and Tripp (eds), Global Feminism, 2006, C.Eschle and B.Maiguashca, Making Feminist Sense of the Global Justice Movement, chps 1, 2. Discussion
15 Review Review Question-Answer
16-17 Term Exams Exam Testing

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