Gender, Peace and Conflict (2017/18)

Course Description: 

Despite decades of peace and security research, protracted conflicts remain a significant security issue in global politics. Feminist peace and security scholars have demonstrated the multiple and complex ways that gendered identities and norms are fundamental to the processes of war, militarism and peace. No aspect of conflict nor its resolution can be understood fully without the integration of gender as a category of analysis. This course explores contemporary debates on conflict and peace through the lens of critical feminist peace, security and IR literature. The unit begins by developing student understanding on feminist methodological and theoretical positions, which are then used to analyse debates and issues in the fields of peace and security. The course moves from war and militarism, through conflict dynamics, to peace processes, peacekeeping, peacebuilding and post-conflict transformation. Students also gain significant understanding on the mechanisms of global governance that inform the resolution of conflicts and in particular the key frameworks pertaining to gender, peace and security. 

Learning Outcomes: 
  1. Understand and draw on feminist frameworks in peace studies and security studies.
  2. Understand and apply feminist methodological and theoretical frameworks to the study and practice of conflict and its resolution.
  3. Critically examine how gendered norms, identities and assumptions shape the process of conflict and its resolution.
  4. Ability to critically examine national and international policy in conflict management and resolution. 


As the major component of this course is seminar discussion, active participation from all students is required. It is the responsibility of students to come to each seminar prepared, having completed all of the assigned readings and ready to engage in seminar discussion.

Your participation grade will reflect your degree of engagement with the course materials and concepts. Demonstrated critical engagement with the required readings and respectful discussions with classmates will predominantly determine the discussion participation component of your grade.

Discussion, exchange, and participation are critical components of this class and class time will be important in facilitating your understanding of the readings. Therefore, attendance is mandatory. More than two absences during the course of the term will dramatically affect your participation grade.

Midterm Exam:

The midterm exam will be held in class on 16 February 2016 and comprise of short-answer and long-answer responses. You will be expected to demonstrate knowledge of both concepts and arguments of authors from readings covered in seminars.