POL41720 Gender, Peace, and Security

Academic Year 2024/2025

Since 2000, the United Nations recognises with Security Council Resolution 1325 the interconnectedness between gender, peace and security concerns. This comprehensive, active-participatory course explores the relations between gender, peace and conflict and security from both normative and empirical perspectives. First, the course introduces a critical feminist framework for exploring international relations and we will examine various topics that illustrate the connection of gender, peace and conflict and security. Second, it will explore the connection between gender, peace/conflict and security in different cases.

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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/conflict and security (LO1);
2. The ability to critically discuss theories of peace/conflict and security 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/conflict/security 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-cooperatively 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:

The Personal is International: Feminist Approaches to Peace, Security and International Politics
Intersectionality in International Relations: Enhancing Diversity in Peace and Security
Diversity in Conflict Mediation
Gender, Militarization and Masculinity
Gender, Peace and Security in Grassroots Activism
Gender and Peacekeeping
Peace – Security – Nature: Feminist perspectives of sustainability
Understanding and addressing War Rape – Case study DRC.
Transforming Institutions? Gender, Peace and Security in the European Union

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning


Seminar (or Webinar)




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Active-participatory seminars including presentations by students as well as facilitated group discussions and group work, for which students are expected to prepare by reading required literature. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

Basic familiarity with methods and approaches in international relations and/or gender theory is highly recommended; some background knowledge in peace and conflict theory is helpful.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Group Work Assignment: Policy paper to be prepared as a group work project Week 8 Graded No


Reflective Assignment: Reflection on the group work process and on central learnings from this process Week 9 Pass/Fail Grade Scale No


Assignment(Including Essay): Blog post Week 14 Graded No



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

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback on assignments will be available to students individually and in the group project to the group post-assessment within 20 working days of the assignment deadline in accordance with university policy.