International development

Gender, Conflict and Peace

Module code: 004A7
Level 7 (Masters)
30 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Essay, Coursework

The aims of this module are to:

  • give students a solid foundation in the key concepts of sex, gender, violence and conflict
  • explore a range of theoretical and disciplinary perspectives on the relationships between gender, violence and peace 
  • discuss and critically analyse contemporary policy debates and practical initiatives around “Women, Peace and Security” and “Violence Against Women” 
  • develop students ability to critically engage with academic and policy literature and develop well-structured arguments orally and in writing 
  • develop students’ transferrable skills in working independently and team-working.

Key topics to be covered in this module include: 

  • key concepts of sex, gender, violence, conflict, security and peace
  • key perspectives on gender, war and peace
  • women and men as victims, perpetrators and actors 
  • women’s bodies, ethnicity and the Nation 
  • women peacebuilders 
  • “Women, Peace and Security”: Women’s security or securitising women? 
  • key concepts in gender(ed) violence
  • gender(ed) violence and power, society and culture 
  • "what works" to prevent "violence against women"? 
  • researching gender, violence, conflict and peace.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of at least two different theoretical perspectives on the relationships between sex, gender, violence and conflict
  • Demonstrate a systematic key theoretical and policy debates around the gendered experiences of conflict, violence and peace.
  • Critically assess intervention strategies in the areas of “Women, Peace and Security” and “Violence Against Women”.
  • Present concise and cogently structured arguments, both orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrate transferrable skills in working together with others as part of a team as well as independently.