Sex, Race and Death in Global Politics (L7091S)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

This module explores the connections between gender and violence in contemporary international politics.

War and forms of collective violence seem to be everywhere in world affairs, but it the manifestations of gender are less visible to the realms of high politics. At times aspects of gender violence (such as war rape) seem to enter into academic discussions of war, whilst other questions (such as the inclusion of homosexuals in the military) have relevance for public policy and national culture. But many other issues (such as media representations of gender violence, the continuum between 'peace' and 'war' violence, or the connection between armies and prostitution) are more commonly discussed within sociology, political theory and history. 

In this module, you will examine a broad range of such questions from an interdisciplinary angle, with emphasis on theoretical perspectives and academic-political controversies. Topics will include: 

  • gender in war and society
  • the intersection of race, class, and gender in collective violence
  • military masculinity
  • women at war
  • wartime sexual violence
  • sex industries and violence
  • homosexuality and military culture (including queer theory perspectives and recent debates about 'pink-washing' and 'homonationalism')
  • feminism, anti-feminism and gender studies in the academy
  • gender violence in popular culture.


100%: Seminar


30%: Coursework (Group presentation, Group submission (written))
70%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 36 hours of contact time and about 264 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: