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Gender In International Politics & Security (Module)

Module description

*Please note that although all module information is correct for the 2017/18 academic year, it is subject to change for future academic years.


The aims of the module are to provide students with:

  • a knowledge of and an ability to assess arguments about the importance and role of gender in international politics generally and conflict and security in particular
  • a critical understanding of theories and concepts in feminist IR theory and gender studies more broadly, including the relations and distinctions between sex and gender, masculinity and femininity
  • a critical understanding of key methods and tools used to examine the role of gender in international politics and an ability to use them to analyse key issues and case studies in conflict and security

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students will have demonstrated:

  • a comprehensive knowledge of the concepts and theories that examine the role of gender in IR and their evolution over time;
  • a sophisticated understanding of the link between those theoretical debates and methodological issues;
  • an ability to engage critically with concepts and theories drawn from gender studies, international relations and security studies and to use those tools to critically evaluate the role of gender;
  • the development of critical analysis, independent judgment, and oral and written presentation to a level commensurate with taught post-graduate study.

Staff information

Dr Susan Martin*

Teaching pattern

Typically, 1 credit equates to 10 hours of work. For a one term 20-credit module, this will equate to 20 hours of teaching (2 hours per week) with 180 hours of self study.

Module assessment - more information

Coursework only*

Key information

Module code 7SSWM071

Credit level 7

Assessment coursework

Credit value 20

Semester Semester 1 (autumn)

Study abroad module No