POL41720 Gender, Peace, and Security

Academic Year 2023/2024

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:

Feminist Theorizing on War, Peace, Security and International Politics
Intersectionality Approach to War, Peace, Security
Gender and the Military: Gendered Militarization and Masculinity
Gendered stereotypes & War/Peace/Security
Gender and the Aftermath: Transformative Peace or Continuity of the Politics of Violence?
Gender and Peacekeeping
Case studies such as:
Masculinities and War Rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
Gendered approaches to Peace and Security and practical implications in the European Union (EU)

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


Autonomous Student Learning




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 required readings. 
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 Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Continuous Assessment: Blog Post Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


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


Group Project: Policy paper, group work project Throughout the Trimester n/a 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.