Gender, Peace & (In)security

School: School of Government
Department of Political Science and International Studies

Modular value: 20 credits

This module will explore the complex relationship between gender, peace and (in)security in global politics and governance. It will critically examine peace and security issues with a focus on how gender and feminism matter to understanding conflict/post-conflict-related environments. Additionally, it will explore gender and feminist approaches within the practice of global governance, including the 1979 Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the UN Women, Peace, and Security agenda (WPS) to more recent declarations of ‘feminist foreign policy’.

Learning outcomes:

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Identify and critically evaluate a range of academic literatures and methodological approaches to analysing gender in differing contexts as it relates to peace and (in)security
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the complex interrelationship between gender, peace and (in)security
  • Explore how gender intersects with others forms of oppression


  • 1,000 word blog (25%)
  • 3,000 word essay (75%)

The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.