Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 14 x 1 hour
Seminars / Tutorials 8 x 1 hour


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Seminar performance  10%
Semester Assessment Essay (3000 words)  45%
Semester Assessment Essay (3000 words)  45%
Supplementary Assessment Students failing the module will repeat only the failed component(s); those re-sitting failed coursework are required to select a different essay/assignment title and must not submit re-written versions of the original essay/assignment.  100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to.
1. Discuss key concepts such as gender and security in relation to the academic study of international relations.
2. Apply these key concepts to specific historical and contemporary cases.
3. Analyze the significance of masculinity and femininity in relation to conflict and security.
4. Compare the ways in which gender and security interact in Western and non-Western contexts.
5. Discuss the ways in which civilians and combatants are affected by the gendered dimensions of security.
6. Evaluate efforts by nation states and the international community to introduce gender mainstreaming into areas such as peacekeeping, conflict resolution and post-conflict reconstruction.
7. Assess the usefulness of theoretical approaches that link men with violence and warfare and women with peace.
8. Evaluate a range of explanations for the relative invisibility of gender in the study and practice of security.

Brief description

This module will consider the relationship between gender, conflict and security, with emphasis on the post-1945 period. Students will engage with academic debates about the ways in which security and conflict are gendered and will explore the issues raised in these debates in detail by considering a range of historical and contemporary cases.


1. Introduction: exploring the meanings of gender, conflict and security
2. Beautiful souls and just warriors? Men¿s and women¿s roles in war
3. Gender at the United Nations: the passage and implications of UNSCR 1325
4. Gendering peace activism in Africa
5. Gendering peace activism in the West
6. Masculinities in war and peace
7. Peacekeeping as a gendered activity
8. Child soldiers: why do boys and girls go to war?
9. Child soldiers in the post-conflict period: becoming civilians again
10. Gender-based violence in war: Bosnia-Herzegovina
11. Gender and political violence: Tamil Tigers, Al Qaeda
12. Gender and political violence: IRA, Black Widows of Chechnya
13. Displaced persons and refugees: gendered ways of surviving
14. Displaced persons and refugees: Palestine, Sudan

1. United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325: Key concepts in practice
2. Is peace activism women¿s work?
3. Gender and peacekeeping
4. Child soldiers: when boys and girls go to war
5. Gender-based violence in war: targeting men and women
6. Men, women and political violence
7. Displaced persons and refugees
8. Gendering conflict and security


This module is at CQFW Level 6