This course interrogates international policy problems from a gender perspective, taking into consideration intersecting axes of power such as race, sexuality, and class. It surveys feminist movement activism at the international level, introduces key concepts and framings, and critically examines how policy actors have mainstreamed gender considerations in different issue areas. The focus is on states and international organizations, experts and activists. Students are introduced to feminist and intersectional theorizing to provide them the tools to critically assess policy problems and the way gender is currently being governed at the international level. The course combines lecturing and discussion to achieve the following learning goals: First, it aims to (re)introduce students to major topics in International Affairs by having them look at the world from a feminist perspective. Second, it seeks to help students hone their critical thinking skills by developing the ability to interpret, analyse, and assess international issues from this perspective. Finally, students will develop their policyoriented research and writing skills.
International Relations, Gender Studies