Module Identifier IP39620  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr Lucy Taylor  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Course delivery Lecture   8 Hours 8 x 1 hour  
  Seminars / Tutorials   16 Hours 8 x 2 hour  
Assessment Essay   1 x Essay Outline (2500 words) (structure plus short extract)   50%  
  Essay   1 x 2,500 word essay   30%  
  Exam   2 Hours (pre-released)   50%  


This module examines the role played by women in society, the economy and policy of the so-called third world. It aims to introduce students to the complexity and diversity of women's lives and their various positions within the matrix of power relations between rich and poor, between men and women and between women in different places in the racial hierarchy.


- to utilise feminist and postcolonial approaches to the study of gender and power in the 'third world'
- to explore the various economic strategies which women have adopted in order to support themselves and/or their families, analysing the relative impact which these have on women's opportunities, self-image, independence and freedom
- to examine the three key political strategies adopted by women; formal political activity (for example, in parties); participation in revolutionary movements; activism in social movements; to assess the benefits or problems which women encounter in these three realms and the relative utility of each as a means of emancipation
- to analyse the relative stresses and strains of balancing gender and other power relationships through an assessment of women and Islam.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Haleh Afshar (ed). Women and Politics in the Third World.
Georgina Waylen. Gender and Third World Politics.