INRL30320 Gender in War & Peace

Academic Year 2023/2024

Since 2000, the United Nations recognises with Security council Resolution 1325 the interconnectedness between gender and peace and security concerns. This comprehensive, active-participatory course explores the relations between gender, war, militarism, violence and peace from both normative and empirical perspectives. First, the course will introduce a critical feminist framework for exploring international relations and examine various topics that illustrate the connection of gender, war/conflict and peace. Second, it will explore the connection between gender, war/conflict and peace in different case studies. Questions that will be addressed in the course include but are not are not limited to the following:
Theories of peace and conflict; what changes with a gendered perspective?
Gender in foreign policy; what does a feminist foreign policy look like?
Normative changes; what is the normative impact of gendered efforts in international peace and conflict policy making?

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module, students will have acquired
1. A deeper understanding of “gender” and contemporary gendered issues in international relation debates with the focus on peace and conflict (LO1);
2. The ability to critically discuss theories of peace and conflict from a feminist perspective including the development of their own informed arguments (LO2)
3. The capacity to critically examine traditional gendered images and roles in peace and conflict and their impact on theory and policy (LO3)
4. The ability to demonstrate team-based communication skills, such as negotiation, interpersonal skills, to develop collective projects and to demonstrate creativity individually and through group processes. (LO4)
5. The capacity to work co-operately and, independently, self-directed, managing time and tasks. (LO5)
6. The ability to present original and persuasive written work with analytic arguments based on evidence, reading and reason. (LO6)

Indicative Module Content:

Gender in International Politics
Gendering War and Peace
The Gendered Politics of War and Peace: Constructions of “the Feminine”
The Gendered Politics of War and Peace: Constructions of “the Masculine”
Gender and Inclusivity in Peace Processes
War: Militarization and the Politics of Violence
The Aftermath: Transformative Peace or continuity of the Politics of Violence?
Masculinities and War Rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
Feminist Perspectives on Transitional Justice
Securing insecurity? Gender and Peacekeeping
Transforming Institutions? Gendered approaches to Peace and Security in the European Union

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Active-participatory seminars including presentations by course coordinator and students, group work as well as facilitated group discussions. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Gender in War & Peace (INRL30080)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Blog Post Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Reflection Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No


Project: Policy brief on a defined topic (group project) Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback on assignments will be available to students individually within 20 working days of the assignment deadline in accordance with university policy.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 11:00 - 12:50