Theoretical and empirical issues are raised when gender is taken into consideration in the analysis of international relations. Examination of various themes: militarism, international political economy, international development.
The course we help us to look at International Relations through the lens of gender. In doing so, we discover that the discipline of International Relations, as well as its foundations in political theory, have traditionally neglected the question of gender. One of the tasks of feminist theories and gender studies in IR, therefore, is to address this oversight. Further, in addressing International Relations through a gender lens, ways in which femininity and masculinity have been implicitly incorporated into foundational concepts and categories of political and international relations theory such as the state, sovereignty, war, politics, rights, labour, production and order will be revealed. In this way, a gender analysis also brings to the fore the way in which men and women both play – and have been represented as playing – systematically different roles in international relations and both are affected – and have been represented as being affected – in systematically different ways by world politics.
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