Postgraduate Course: Gender, War and Peacebuilding (PGSP11526)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The relationship between gender and war has historically been seen as so obvious (men wage war, and women weep) that it has largely been ignored by scholars and politicians who think about war. But nothing could be further from the truth, and over the last twenty five years, the roles of men and women in war- making and peace-making have increasingly become matters for research, knowledge building and policy. This interdisciplinary course will examine the gendered political economies of peacebuilding and armed conflict. A variety of theoretical and methodological approaches to understanding the relationships between gender, armed conflict and peacebuilding will be employed, with an eye toward assessing the strengths and limitations of each.
This interdisciplinary course will examine the gendered political economies of peacebuilding and armed conflict. A variety of theoretical and methodological approaches to understanding the relationships between gender, armed conflict and peacebuilding will be employed, with an eye toward assessing the strengths and limitations of each.
Issues likely to be covered:
What is gender?
Gender's role as causing and perpetuating war
Militarised masculinities in state and non-state armed groups
Gender, the arms trade and nuclear weapons
Sexual violence in war
Migration and displacement
Gendered war economies
Gender in peace processes
Building peace economies that work for women
Demobilisation, Disarmament, Reintegration
UN peacekeeping and sexual exploitation
The students will learn through a combination of teaching practices including mini-lectures, group discussions, group presentations and other structured group activities.
Assessment will involve a group presentation, and a longer essay at the end of semester. Students will received feedback on the group presentation, to enable them to learn from this feedback in advance of their long essay. All students will be offered the opportunity to submit an essay plan for comment.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of sex and gender as categories of analysis in relation to war making and peacebuilding
- Develop the ability to reflect critically on feminist thinking on war-making, peacebuilding and the concept of security
- Understand and critically evaluate the links and differences between feminist and mainstream approaches to the study of war-making, peacebuilding and security
- Develop research and analytical skills that facilitate independent learning
- Communicate with others in a clear and concise manner, both verbally and in writing, nurtured in seminar activities, group work, and essay construction and feedback.
|Cohn, Carol (ed) (2013) Women and Wars, Polity Press|
Detraz, N (2012) International Security and Gender, Polity Press
Duncanson, C (2016) Gender and Peacebuilding, Polity Press
Sjoberg L (2014), Gender, War and Conflict, Polity Press
True, J (2013) The Political Economy of Violence Against Women, Oxford University Press
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||The course will enable students to develop skills in:
1. Critical Analysis. Students will improve their ability to critically analyse, evaluate and synthesis
complex and abstract ideas.
2. Communication. Students will learn how to communicate effectively, using appropriate methods, with a range of audiences.
2. Autonomy. Students will demonstrate leadership and initiative and make an identifiable contribution to new ways of thinking.
(See SCQF learning characteristics 3, 4 and 5 for level 11)
|Course organiser||Dr Claire Duncanson
Tel: (0131 6)50 4624
|Course secretary||Mrs Casey Behringer
Tel: (0131 6)50 2456