Gender and Leadership

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Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 18 December 2020
15 May 2020


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Module description

This module will focus on the role of women in diverse global leadership positions, including how gender roles and norms have affected the integration and advancement of women in business and governmental organizations. Following an introduction to theories and literature of gender and leadership roles, we will address the empirical record of gender issues in the business, government and international security realms. We will conclude with an evaluation of whether and how gendered leadership leads to distinct policy outcomes and political deliberative processes.

The course will engage with themes in the scholarly literature from political science, psychology, business and management, peace and conflict studies, and sociology. Topics and evidence will cover every major world region, and methodological approaches will include both qualitative case studies and quantitative studies modeled on behavioral economics and political psychology.

Module aims

The aims of the module are:

1. To provide students with a solid foundation of knowledge about how gender-based distinctions and inequities have been theorized, conceptualized, and measured in the fields of political science and social psychology.

2. To engage with a wide range of applied empirical material relating to gender-based distinctions and inequities in the economic, political, and social arenas.

3. To present a range of contemporary societal and political gender issues, which are discussed both from a theoretical point of view and an empirical perspective.

4. To distinguish the effectiveness of business- and state-sponsored policies in combatting gender inequality.

Module learning outcomes

By following this module, students will gain the following skills:
A. Identify and employ appropriate material that contains required information and data.
B. Synthesize current controversies on the causes of gender disparities in leadership roles using the theories and empirical materials discussed in the course.
C. Formulate arguments clearly and coherently in both written and oral forms.
D. Conduct basic analysis of gender-based quantitative and/or qualitative leadership data.
E. Devise and appraise measures of gender and gender-bias in political behavior analysis.

Module information

Weekly topics:
1. Theories of gender and leadership
2. Causes of the double bind
3. Solutions to and new challenges of the double bind
4. Gender incongruence and leadership stereotypes
5. Challenges to women's leadership in conflict-ridden societies
6. Women's contributions to post-conflict governance
7. Who governs? Gendered characteristics in leadership ascension processes
8. Gender-based differences in deliberation: mechanisms
9. Gender-based differences in deliberation: substance
10. What does gendered governance look like?

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered with (i) a weekly pre-recorded lecture and (ii) a weekly interactive lecture. The pre-recorded lecture will consist of one or more items of prepared content that students can access electronically and must study before the interactive lecture. The interactive lecture will consist of one 50-minute lecture in which students can ask questions about, and discuss various aspects of, the prepared content with the module supervisor.



Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Group Report    35% 
Coursework   Essay    65% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Sarah Shair-Rosenfield, email: s.shairrosenfield@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Shair-Rosenfield
Dr Shair-Rosenfield s.shairrosenfield@essex.ac.uk Administrator Sallyann West govquery@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information

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