Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 18 x 1 hour
Seminars / Tutorials 9 x 1 hour


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Gender Audit Report  50%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   (pre-released)  50%
Supplementary Exam Students failing the module will repeat only the failed component(s); those re-sitting failed coursework are required to select a different essay/assignment title and must not submit re-written versions of the original essay/assignment. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module, students will be able to:
- Introduce a broad range of topics of relevance to women's experiences in the third world
- Discuss different feminist approaches to the study of gender
- Apply feminist theories of women's condition to third world cases
- Identify the diverse ways in which third world women participate in the economy
- Analyse the relative importance and success of women's political participation
- Analyse power relationships surrounding the international feminist movement
- Discuss the importance of culture for women's status
- Analyse women's experience of war and peace-processes
- Identify ways in which women's sexuality relates to their relative power in society
- Draw independent conclusions concerning the relationship between poverty, exclusion and gender

Brief description

This module will introduce students to the role played by women in society, the economy and politics of the so-called `third world'


The module will cover the following topics: the images and realities of life for third world women; race class, gender and the postcolonial approach; women as producers and consumers in the official economy; women'r survival strategies in conditions of extreme poverty; women and the formal political process, women and revolutionary politics; women and social movements; the complexities of the relationship between cultural identity and gender identity.


This module aims to explore the differences and similarities in the experiences of women within and beyond the third world in the cultural, economic and political spheres.

Transferable skills

Students will have the opportunity to develop, practice and test a wide range of transferable skills which will help them to understand, conceptualise and evaluate examples and ideas. Throughout the course, students should practice and enhance their reading, comprehension and thinking skills, as well as basic numeracy skills and self management skills. In lectures students will develop listening and note taking skills, as well as analytical skills. In seminars students will enhance their analytical skills and will practice listening, explaining and debating skills, as well as team work and problem solving. Essay writing will encourage students to practice their independent research, writing and IT skills. The examination will test these skills under time constraint conditions, but giving students access to the examination questions a short time before the examination takes place allows students to develop their thoughts on a given topic in a manner which better replicates experience in the workplace.


This module is at CQFW Level 6