University of Sussex Business School

Sex, Race and Death in Global Politics (L7091S)

Sex, Race and Death in Global Politics

Module L7091S

Module details for 2019/20.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

This module explores connections between gender and violence in contemporary international politics in historical and theoretical perspective. It centres interdisciplinary literature and learning materials from feminist perspectives that foreground the “intersectionality” of different power relations, including postcolonial, decolonial, Critical Indigenous, transnational, Black studies, critical disability and queer approaches. The first few sessions focus on core concepts/debates for studying ‘sex’ (different analytics of ‘gender’) and ‘death’ (including ‘militarization’/‘martial politics’, ‘biopolitics’/‘necropolitics’).
Themes include: erotics of conquest and slavery; military masculinities/military femininities; drones and ‘posthuman warfare’; women and queers as agents of violence; Orientalism and War on Terror; ‘humanitarian’ warfare and liberal interventionism.

Module learning outcomes

Develop a systematic and critical understanding of the core debates on gender and violence in international politics.

Develop a detailed conceptual understanding of the connections and disconnection between issues of gender violence and other aspects of international relations.

Effectively synthesise and communicate the empirical and theoretical uncertainties, ambiguities and limits of gender studies and violence as it relations to international politics.

Essay (3500 words)Semester 2 Assessment Week 1 Mon 16:0070.00%
Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
Group written submissionT2 Week 10 33.33%
Group PresentationT2 Week 10 (11 minutes)66.67%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Spring SemesterSeminar3 hours11111111111

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Dr Earl Gammon

Assess convenor

Dr Melanie Richter-Montpetit


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