Gender, Violence in War and Peace (004A7)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

The aim of this module is to provide students with a solid interdisciplinary foundation in the key concepts and theoretical debates that underpin the MA course and relate these to contemporary policy debates, practical initiatives and programmes. The module focuses on the relationships between gender, sex, violence, conflict and peace and looks at different forms of gender(ed) violence around the world and how these are shaped by intersections of power relations based on race, sexuality, class and(dis)ability.

This module will also aim to support you in developing your abilities to critically engage with academic and policy literature and to develop well-structured arguments orally and in writing.

Topics include:

  • Gender and Sex
  • Gendering war and peace
  • Gender and violence
  • Gendered bodies, identity and the nation
  • Gendered victims, perpetrators and actors
  • the Gender Politics of peacebuilding and transition
  • "Women, peace and security" or securitising women?
  • Gender Violence in war and peace
  • Preventing gender violence: Local and global inititaives.


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 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.