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Unit information: Gender and Security in 2019/20

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Unit name Gender and Security
Unit code POLIM0045
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Medie
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law


This unit provides an introduction to the concepts of gender and security and to how they are connected. It begins with an examination of key theories, concepts, and debates in gender studies, security studies, and feminist international relations and of how they are interconnected. The unit then draws on these theories, concepts, and debates to analyse gender and (in)security in the past and present. It analyses the causes and dynamics of women’s and men’s (in)security in varied geographical, political, and social contexts with a focus on the themes of gender-based violence, war, peacebuilding, the economy, human rights, the environment, health, women’s political participation, migration, and feminist methodologies.

Unit Aims:

To introduction the concepts of gender and security and their interconnections.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of how security is gendered

2. Use gender as an analytical lens to study security

3. Critically apply relevant theoretical and conceptual frameworks to historical and contemporary events and phenomena

Teaching details

10 x 2hr seminars. In addition to 20 hours of classroom time, students are expected to devote approximately 180 hours to independent reading, seminar preparation, essay writing and exam revision.

Assessment Details

Students will be assessed using an in-class presentation (formative) and a 4000-word essay (100%)

All assessments cover all ILOs.

Reading and References

Gentry, C., Shepard, L. and Sjoberg, L. (2018). The Routledge Handbook of Women Gender and Security. London: Routledge.

Meger, S. (2016). Rape, Loot, Pillage: The Political Economy of Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Tripp, A., Ferree, M. and Ewig, C. (2013). Gender, Violence and Human Security. New York: New York University Press.

Tripp, A., Casimiro, I., Kwesiga, J. and Mungwa, A. (2009). African Women’s Movements: Transforming Political Landscapes. New York: Cambridge University.

True, J. (2012). The Political Economy of Violence against Women. Oxford: Oxford University Press.