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Gender and War

Key information

  • Module code:

    5SSW2068

  • Level:

    5

  • Semester:

      Spring

  • Credit value:

    15

Module description

This module seeks to engage with feminist global political economy and feminist security studies scholarship to offer students a more nuanced account of war and security markets.  

Assessment details

1000 word Meme & reflective piece - 25%

2500 word Essay - 75%

Educational aims & objectives

  • To provide students with detailed knowledge of feminist thinking on international relations and war, through the application of applied theory to empirical case studies.
  • To synthesise, compare, and discuss key academic approaches to concepts, theories, and methods for the analysis of the interaction within the subfield of feminist IR
  • To engage critically with the significance of the history of feminism as an intellectual project and to foster reflection on questions of gender, international politics, justice, and global inequality.
  • To encourage critical thinking on the implications of gender, as it intersects with other identity and structural markers of race and class for how we understand war and war economies.
  • Improve communication (oral and written), analytical, problem-solving and presentation skills to a level commensurate with progression to postgraduate study, through engagement with selected readings in whole-class discussions, group proposed campaign projects, and academic research assignments.

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete the module will have:

  • Have developed detailed knowledge of and the capacity to engage in debates about feminism, war and international relations
  • Be able to synthesise, compare, and discuss key academic approaches to concepts, theories, and methods for the analysis within feminist International Relations
  • Be able to reflect critically on the history of today's security challenges, and to explore questions of gender justice considering this knowledge.
  • To be able to think critically about the future implications of gender for how we understand and practice global security
  • To have developed communication, analytical, problem-solving and presentation skills to a level commensurate with progression to postgraduate study.

Employability Indicators

This module will enhance analytical capacities and creative thinking skills, presentation skills, research and writing skills and the ability to critically interpret real-world events, all of which are key to further career prospects.

More specifically, the ability to understand the operation of gender in a social and political context opens a range of policy and research career pathways, as does the experience gained through this course of developing a 'campaign' and conducting self-directed and group project work.

Teaching pattern

The module is taught through weekly seminars. The subject of each seminar will be determined by the seminar leader with whom students should also consult about their assessed work. The seminars also provide students with an opportunity to practice and develop their oral presentation skills, to raise general questions in a relatively small group and to get feedback on their essay-writing and seminar performance.

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