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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PIED3342 Gender and Security in Global Politics

20 creditsClass Size: 75

Module manager: Dr Sahla Aroussi

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module provides a critical approach to conflict, violence, and security from a feminist, decolonised and intersectional perspective. In this module, students will develop a solid theoretical and practical understanding of the key concepts, theories and debates around gender, sex, race in international security. Using a feminist decolonised lens, the module will explore how the intersection between gender, sex and race shapes our understandings, approaches and responses to violence, conflict, and terrorism. The themes covered by this module are varied and aimed at providing the students with a broad overview of key contemporary issues and debates. These will include gender, race, and war and particularly how femininities and masculinities and racial hierarchies are constructed in a way that enable violence and militarism; the women’s rights architecture at the United Nations and the UN agenda on “Women, Peace and Security” here the module will explore the key question of the successes and critiques of governance feminism. The module will explore key themes such as gender and peace-making, sexual violence in armed conflicts, transitional justice, health in humanitarian emergencies, violent extremism and the war on terror and the methods and ethics of researching violence and conflict.


On completion of this module, students will develop
Student will develop
- A critical understanding of theories and concepts in feminist international relations, including the relations and distinctions between sex and gender, masculinity, and femininity.
- A good grasp of key theoretical and policy debates around the gendered experiences of armed conflicts, violence, and peace processes.
- A critical understanding of gendered, raced, sexed and power hierarchies in international politics and international security.
- Understanding of key issues and debates around gender in international politics
- Knowledge of key methods and tools used to study of gender in international politics and the ability to apply these to analyse key issues and case studies.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should be able to demonstrate:
1. Knowledge of feminist literature and theories on gender, race, conflict, violence and international security.
2. A good understanding of gender architecture at the United Nations
3. A critical assessment of the UN agenda on women, peace and security
4. A strong understanding of the issue of violence against women and adequate responses to it.
5. The ability to critically reflect on gender and race in countering terrorism and violent extremism.
6. The ability to apply gender, intersectionality and decoloniality as analytical tools in thinking about global politics and international security.
7. Ability to critically reflect on gendered issues and policy responses in international security.
8. Ability to critically engage with academic and policy literature and to present and write concise and cogently structured arguments on these topics.


Indicative content:
This module will be supported with a series of lectures and materials that may include the following key topics:
Gender in armed conflicts and transition
Gender in global governance
The UN agenda on women, peace, and security
Power, sex, and race hierarchies in global politics
Gender in peace making and peace processes.
Sexual violence in armed conflicts
Gender, power and transitional justice
Gender and health in humanitarian emergencies
Gender, the war on terror and violent extremism.
Researching violence and conflict using feminist methodologies

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours267.00
Private study hours0.00
Total Contact hours33.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

The module will require private and independent study. The module outline will include an extensive list of recommended literature, some of which will be required reading in advance of the seminars and for assessed written assignments. Some of the seminars may require student presentations – either individual or group – and these will also require independent research and group preparation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

The main mechanism for formative student feedback will be through mid-term formative draft work of 1,000 words of material towards their final essay. Students will be provided with written feedback on their submissions, and will have the opportunity to discuss their plans and arguments during the module staff’s academic support hours. 1,000 word formative essay draft

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1x 3000 End of Term Essay100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00


Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 11:55:11


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