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.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.