Sexism in National and International Politics

General Information
Number of Hours: 
Thursday 12:00 - 13:30
Preliminary requirements: 

Interest in Gender Studies

Course Description: 

1. Introduction to the topic and to the program of the seminar by the lecturer;

2. Gender Studies -  a new scientific discipline;

3. Fields of Research, Theories and Methods;

4. Sexism, sexual discrimination in  history ;

5. Human Rights versus Sexism;

6. The  phenomenon of Machoism or male chauvinism;

7. Machoism in national and international politics;

8. Prominent cases : Berlusconi and  Strauss-Kahn etc.

Aims of the course: 

Terms, Methods and  Theories of  Gender Studies in political science and international relations;

Sexism and sexual discrimination in public sphere;

Machoism and equality in Western societies

Machoism in selected case studies


Ability to understand and to use terms, methods and theories of Gender Studies in the context of national and international politics;

Ability to identify, to discuss and criticize the ideals of machoism and sexual discrimination in contemporary Western societies;

Ability to present the phenomenon of sexism from historical perspective;

Ability to critically assess social equality in Western societies in the context of the adopted Declaration of Human Rights;

Ability to research;


Learning responsibility, tolerance,  respect of diversity;

Awareness of certain social structures and processes

Ability to present a piece of research

Teaching methods: 
  1. Supervised seminar with the combination of text analysis, case studies and paper- or PowerPoint presentations by students and followed by discussion.
Evaluation & Completion: 
  1. Constant presence in teaching hours;

  2. Participation in discussions;

  3. Presentation (Paper or Powerpoint) of one topic from Gender Studies; Time :20 minutes;

  4. Oral Exam on one topic from Gender Studies; Time 20 minutes – Five Questions;

  5. An Essay on one topic from Gender Studies (15 pages including front page, index and list of literature)

Students can decide what they prefer, Oral exam or Essay.

Basic Literature: 

Christine E. Bose : Global Gender Research, 2009    

Rachel Alsop: Theorizing Gender, 2009 )

Ulrike Auga (Editor) Gender in Conflicts, 2009

Compendium of press articles

Additional Literature: 

Simone de Beauvoir: The second Sex (1949)