Timetable information in the Course Catalogue may be subject to change.

University Homepage
DRPS Homepage
DRPS Search
DRPS Contact
DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Social and Political Science : Politics

Undergraduate Course: Gender, Peace and Security (PLIT10130)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 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.
Course description 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
Transitional Justice
Demobilisation, Disarmament, Reintegration
UN peacekeeping and sexual exploitation
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Introduction to Politics and International Relations (PLIT08004) OR Politics in a Changing World: An Introduction for non-specialists (PLIT08012) OR Politics and International Relations 1A: Concepts and Debates (PLIT08017)
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Global Politics Of Sex And Gender (PLIT10075)
Other requirements Students who lack the compulsory pre-requisites but have completed comparable courses should contact the Course Organiser to confirm if they are eligible to take this course.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting 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? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 90 %, Practical Exam 10 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Tutorial Participation (10%)
Group Presentation (20%)
Long essay, 3500 words (70%)
Feedback 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
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of sex and gender as categories of analysis in relation to war-making and peace-building
  2. 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.
  3. Understand and evaluate the links and differences between feminist and mainstream approaches to the study of security, and global politics and IR more generally.
  4. Develop research and analytical skills that facilitate independent learning.
  5. 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.
Reading List
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
Additional Information
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 organiserDr Annika Bergman Rosamond
Course secretaryMr Ian McClory
Tel: (0131 6)50 3932
Help & Information
Search DPTs and Courses
Degree Programmes
Browse DPTs
Humanities and Social Science
Science and Engineering
Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Other Information
Combined Course Timetable
Important Information