Sex, Death, Gender and (In) Security

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

Modular value: 20 credits
Term long 
Contact Hours: 
3 hours per week

Lecturer: Jill Steans

This module investigates the ways in which gender is implicated in the structure, practice and theorising of global politics, through the treatment of 'gender' as a noun, a verb and a structural logic operative in world politics, with specific reference to violence and security. 

It explores issues of gender, violence and security and proceed from discussions of how to make sense of the body in studies of global politics. This leads to a discussion of feminist ontology, epistemology and methodology, to provide the intellectual foundations for further analytical engagement. Taking this approach ensures that this module interrogates gendered structures of power and practice, analyses differences or similarities among masculine and feminine subjects in their experience of world politics, and critically assesses the kinds of problems presented by any project of theorising bodies in global politics. 

Throughout, an awareness of specific issues relating to broader issues of violence and security in global politics, including rape, genocide, and peacebuilding, will be sought and encouraged through committed and extended analysis of key texts and writing practices. 

Moreover, a primary aim of this module, reflected in the modes of assessment, is to encourage the development of transferable academic skills including the ability to conduct independent research, the ability to communicate ideas effectively, both verbally and in writing, and the ability to present planned research to an audience of peers.

By the end of the module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to analyse debates and issues relevant to the analysis of gender, violence and security and to articulate that analysis both concisely and persuasively.
  • Engage in informed discussion about contemporary and historical developments in feminist studies of global politics, with particular emphasis on feminist security studies and studies of militarism.
  • Construct persuasive arguments about world politics and specific events and phenomena in global politics from a variety of feminist perspectives


  • Presentation (20%),
  • 1 x 4,000 word essay (80%)

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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.