Undergraduate Course: Gender, Peace and Security (PLIT10130)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This 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.
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.
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
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 4 Politics/International Relations courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 10,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Tutorial Participation (10%)
Group Presentation (20%)
Long essay, 3500 words (70%)
||Students can request informal feedback on their tutorial participation throughout semester
Feedback on group presentations will be given within a week of the presentation. A proforma will be used, along with detailed comments, to help students prepare for their essay
Essays will be returned with feedback within 15 working days of submission
|No Exam Information
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 peace-building
- Develop the ability to reflect critically on feminist thinking on war, militarism, security and peace; the global economy; human rights (including women's human rights and reproductive rights), culture and development.
- Understand and evaluate the links and differences between feminist and mainstream approaches to the study of security, and global politics and IR more generally.
- Develop research and analytical skills that facilitate independent learning.
- Be able to communicate in a clear and concise manner, both verbally and in writing, nurtured in seminar activities, small 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
||Students will enhance their critical analysis and evaluation skills through all elements of the course, but particularly the long essay.
Through the tutorial participation and group presentation, they will also enhance their verbal communication skills, and their ability to work with others
|Course organiser||Dr Claire Duncanson
Tel: (0131 6)50 4624
|Course secretary||Mr Daniel Jackson
Tel: (0131 6)50 8253