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  1. Course Texts 2 items
    It is suggested that students purchase the following texts:
    1. Gender and international relations: an introduction - Jill Steans 1998

      Book Suggested for student purchase

    2. Childhood studies: a reader in perspectives of childhood - Jean Mills, Richard W. Mills 2000

      Book Suggested for student purchase Available in the Library and as an e-book.

  2. General Reading 24 items
    In addition, you will find each of the following books useful and you should dip in and out of these throughout the course of the module:
    1. Gender trouble: feminism and the subversion of identity - Judith Butler 1999

      Book  Available in Library and as an e-book.

    2. Child soldiers: the role of children in armed conflict - Ilene Cohn, Guy S. Goodwin-Gill 1994

      Book 

    3. The new handbook of children's rights: comparative policy and practice - Bob Franklin 2001

      Book  Available as a print book or as an e-book.

    4. Child labour: a world history companion - Sandy Hobbs, Jim McKechnie, Michael Lavalette 1999

      Book 

    5. Citizenship: Feminist Perspectives - Ruth Lister 2003

      Book  Available in Library and as an e-book.

    6. Understanding children as consumers - David Marshall 2010 (electronic book)

      Book 

    7. The exploited child - Bernard Schlemmer 2000

      Book 

    8. The second edition is also available in print in the Library:

    9. Mothers, monsters, whores: women's violence in global politics - Laura Sjoberg, Caron E. Gentry 2007

      Book  Available in Library and as an e-book.

    10. Feminist international relations: an unfinished journey - Christine Sylvester 2001

      Book  Available in Librray and as an e-book.

    11. What women do in wartime: gender and conflict in Africa - Meredeth Turshen, Clotilde Twagiramariya 1998

      Book 

  3. SEMINAR TOPICS

  4. Week 2: The Gender Discourse and the Incorporation of the Child 8 items
    Today’s seminar will take the form of an introductory discussion on the nature of the module, including how other social sciences deal with issues of gender and generation. Joint Honours students: be ready to discuss how you feel issues of gender and childhood are dealt with within the context of your other subject. Single Honours students: how do issues of gender and generation impact upon the other areas of IR that you have already studied? To what extent are they included? How do they change the nature of the discourse, if at all?
    1. Seminar Assignment 2 items
      In 2013, The Atlantic published the following article examining key 'gender' debates in the US during 2013:
      1. The Great American Gender Debates of 2013 - Heather Horn, Svati Kirsten Narula 2013

        Article 

      2. For today's seminar I would like you to do 2 things:

        1. Make a list of what you see as the 3 key 'gender debates' internationally that have arisen during 2016 so far (please write a paragraph on each).

        2. Reflect upon what The Atlantic article says about the state of 'gender debates' in the US. What does your own list say about your priorities and perspectives at the start of this module.

         

        In preparation for this seminar, as well as the course texts by Steans and Mills please do some background reading to include the following:

         

         

    2. Background Reading 6 items
      1. What Is Gender? - Ivy Kennelly, Sabine N. Merz and Judith Lorber 2001

        Article 

  5. Week 3: Political Theory and the Family 11 items
    Questions for discussion include: • Does the political regime affect the way in which families are structured? • How do you explain the development of public space/private space distinctions, and how do they impact upon the way in which we view the international system? • How is masculinity constructed, and how has this impacted upon contemporary characterisations of societal roles? Seminar task: think of a current example that illustrates the relationship between family life and international relations – write a paragraph in justification of your choice and its significance.
    1. The new politics of masculinity: men, power and resistance - Fidelma Ashe 2007

      Book  Part One availalble on Google books

    2. INCORE: Conflict Data Service: Thematic Guides

      Webpage  There are also a whole load of references here.

  6. Week 4: Representation and Stereotyping 10 items
    Each Study Group to concentrate on a different example. Questions for discussion include: • How do different portrayals of men, women and children, using different media, affect how they are treated in the discourse? • Where does the discourse of International Relations actually take place? • Is stereotyping ever useful?
    1. There is a large literature on issues surrounding stereotypes and their impact so please research widely. Also, the following reading is suggested:

  7. Week 5: Citizenship, Gender and Children's Rights 13 items
    Questions for discussion may include: • Should everyone have citizenship rights, even children? • What gives a person citizenship? • What about universal citizenship? • What do questions of rights mean for questions of agency? If children have rights, do they have obligations?
    1. Suggested reading: 13 items
      1. Citizenship: Feminist Perspectives - Ruth Lister 2003

        Book  Available in Librray and as an e-book.

      2. Knowing and Caring about Politics: Gender and Political Engagement - Sidney Verba, Nancy Burns and Kay Lehman Schlozman 1997

        Article 

      3. Gender and Citizen Participation: Is There a Different Voice? - Kay Lehman Schlozman, Nancy Burns, Sidney Verba and Jesse Donahue 1995

        Article 

      4. Admission to Citizenship - Herman R. Van Gunsteren 1988

        Article 

  8. Week 6: Independent Learning Week No set readings 0 items
  9. Week 7: War and Peace , The ‘War on Terror’ 14 items
    Each study group should choose to discuss either men, women, or children. They should then prepare a one page briefing paper to be handed in by each study group on Monday of week 6 (by 5pm please) for distribution to the class. Areas to be covered in the briefing paper include; - the differential impact of war - how issues of race/class etc. cut across those of gender and generation - the role of men/women/children in civil society - issues of gender/generation in post-conflict reconstruction/reconciliation
    1. Reading (in addition to all the texts on Short Loan): 9 items
      1. Men, women and war - Martin Van Creveld 2001

        Book 

      2. Gender, Feminist Consciousness, and War - Pamela Conover Johnston, Virginia Sapiro 1993

        Article 

    2. Useful Websites 5 items
  10. Week 8: The Role of the Mother 9 items
    Describe the ways in which the private role of the mother can be transformed into a public political role.
    1. Key Text: 1 item
    2.  In addition, please also read:

  11. Week 9: Institutions and Authority 13 items
    Questions for discussion will include: - Are the loan structures of the IMF Gendered? - What would structural adjustment with a gender-sensitive lens look like? - What about children and IMF policies? - What about the WTO? - Does the UN contribute to gender/child centred bias?
    1. Child labour: a world history companion - Sandy Hobbs, Jim McKechnie, Michael Lavalette 1999

      Book 

    2. Is Child Labor Inefficient? - Jean-Marie Baland, James A. Robinson 2000

      Article 

    3. Useful Websites 5 items
  12. Week 10: Consumption and Production 7 items
    DEBATE Questions for discussion will include: - Critics of globalization often state that it impacts more upon women and children. Does it? - Where do differing cultural and societal imperatives come in the discussion of child labour?
    1. Suggested Reading: 6 items
      1. Child labour: a world history companion - Hobbs, Sandy, McKechnie, Jim, Lavalette, Michael 1999

        Book 

      2. Is Child Labor Inefficient? - Jean-Marie Baland, James A. Robinson 2000

        Article 

    2. Useful Website 1 item
  13. Week 11: Movement and Migration 9 items
    Questions for discussion may include: - Is international law biased? - If so, what does this mean for the protection of women and children under international law.
    1. Suggested Reading: 7 items
      1. Feminist Approaches to International Law - Hilary Charlesworth, Christine Chinkin and Shelley Wright 1991

        Article 

      2. Sex, Gender, and September 11 - Hilary Charlesworth and Christine Chinkin 2002

        Article 

    2. Useful Websites 2 items
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