Fall/Winter Timetable

POL486H1S L0301

Graduate Course Code: POL2205H1S L0301

Topics in International Politics I

Women at the Helm--Gender, Leadership, and Global Politics


The growing number of women in executive office has raised questions about how our existing theories--theories often created by and to explain the experiences of men--can account for how women come to power and how they perform in office. This class surveys how gendered norms and political structures affect the election, behavior, and political fate of women heads of government. Students will engage with various approaches to the study of gender and leadership in International Relations and explore cases of stateswomen who led empires, kingdoms, nation states, and international institutions, from antiquity to modern times.



Format and Requirements



POL208H1 or POL208Y1 or POL209H5 or POLB80H3