Global Gender Studies II: Gendering Global Governance


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module


This course aims to enhance students’ knowledge of global governance and global democracy through the study of the role of social movements (social movement organisations/non-governmental organisations) and analysis of (international) institutions, (gender) policies and transnational activism.


Students will be introduced to the aspects of gender in global governance and global democracy, and governance will be discussed from ’top-down’, ’bottom-up’ and transnational perspectives.  Firstly, governance of gender inequalities at the transnational level will be analysed with a focus on international institutions and policies. On this basis, theories of (feminist) institutionalism and international and European legislation and policies will be analysed. These theories will underpin a critical discussion of the ‘gendered infrastructure’ and history of global relations in the context of the international organisations’ specific agencies for gender relations such as The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) and UN Women.

Secondly, focus will be on a critical discussion of the mobilisation of social movements in various parts of the world and on the interaction between the (global) civil society, international institutions, international law in the Global North and the Global South and the emerging powers/economies in Asia, Africa and Latin America. This will include theories on the aspects of gender in concepts such as citizenship, the global civil society, transnational solidarity and postcolonialism.  The module will form the basis for further theoretical and practical work within the field in the project module of the semester

Learning objectives


  • possess knowledge of theories and practices within the field of gender and global governance and can reflect on a scientific basis
  • have acquired basic knowledge and understanding of themes within the field of gender and global governance and various approaches to the study of these.


  • can apply their knowledge within the module’s disciplines in order to choose the theories that best serve the analytical purpose and are able to take a critical approach to these theories.


  • can reflect upon and analyse issues related to gendered global governance on the basis of scientific knowledge.

Type of instruction

The module consists of lectures and seminars, possibly with exercises and student contributions.



Name of examGlobal Gender Studies II: Gendering Global Governance
Type of exam
Written exam
The examination for Global Gender Studies II: Gendering Global Governance is an internally assessed individual written examination. The examination is a 48-hour take-home assignment comprising issues within the subject area of Global Gender Studies II: Gendering Global Governance. The assignment paper must not exceed 6 pages.
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleGlobal Gender Studies II: Gendering Global Governance
Module codeDIRES016
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Politics and Society
DepartmentDepartment of Politics and Society
FacultyFaculty of Social Sciences and Humanities