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PL51032: Gender, peace and security

[Page last updated: 05 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: CW 33%, ES 67%
Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 33%)
  • Essay (ES 67%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Aims: This module will explore the gendered implications of conflict, security and peacebuilding. It will be built around a series of lectures addressing key topics in the literature, including the Women, Peace and Security agenda, men/masculinity in war and peace, gender and terrorism, and gender and peacebuilding. It will consider these topics in relation to a set of key empirical case studies of conflict and peacebuilding, as well as the work of relevant institutions such as various United Nations bodies.

Learning Outcomes: On completion of this unit, students will be able to:
* Analyse issues of peace and security from a gendered perspective
* Develop in-depth knowledge of current theoretical debates in gender, conflict and security
* Develop a clear understanding of the value of thinking about peace and conflict through the lens of gender, including the key and emerging debates in this area
* Deonstrate an applied understanding of appropriate and predominant methodologies used in the study of gender, peace and conflict, and the ability to assess their relative strengths and weaknesses
* Undertake analysis of single and multiple case studies of peace and security.

Skills: Skills in critical analysis, ability to identify core theoretical debates and appropriateness of methodological strategies used to engage them, precision and effectiveness in written presentation of arguments and assessments of existing research, and leveraging of case studies for engaging theoretical frameworks through independent research are developed and assessed in this unit.

Content: This module will explore the gendered nature of conflict and post-conflcit settings. We will begin by considering the gendered nature of war, looking at a variety of examples from recent history and the present day. We will then turn to think about transitional justice and the post-conflict context, including a consideration of gender and peace. The final third of the module will be a series of weeks on specific topics, including terrorism, masculinity, the WPS agenda and international institutions, which will include several guest lectures from other members of staff in PoLIS.

Programme availability:

PL51032 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies

PL51032 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies


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