Gender, Conflict and Peace (004A7)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

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.


100%: Seminar


40%: Coursework (Essay, Group presentation)
60%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 267 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: