Sex and Death in Global Politics (L7091A)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

Explore the multiple connections between gender and violence in contemporary international politics.

Whilst war and other forms of collective violence seem to be everywhere in world affairs, it has often been commented that the many manifestations of gender are less visible, even invisible, in the realms of high politics.

Today, some issues of gender (sexual violence in war, the inclusion of homosexuals in the military, 'cultural' forms of misogyny) enter public and policy debate.

But many others (such as media representations of gender violence, the continuum between 'peace' and 'war' violence or the connection between armies and prostitution) are neglected by practitioners and scholars of international relations.

You'll study a range of these themes in their theoretical and historical perspective. Topics include:

  • gender in war and society
  • imperial gender violence
  • military masculinity
  • women at war
  • wartime sexual violence
  • sex industries and human trafficking
  • homosexuality and military culture (including queer theory perspectives and recent debates about 'homonationalism')
  • feminism, anti-feminism and gender studies in the academy
  • gender violence in popular culture.


100%: Seminar


30%: Coursework (Essay, Group presentation)
70%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 300 hours of work. This breaks down into 36 hours of contact time and 264 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2018/19. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


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