Faculty of Arts

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Dr Swati Parashar


Gender perspectives around issues of conflict and security are essential to understanding the changing dynamics of international politics and development. Drawing upon feminist theorising in International Relations, Security Studies and Global Political Economy, this course unit shall be useful for students from a variety of disciplines interested in gender policy work. Students will undertake a thorough gendered critique of the theory and practice across the areas of conflict and security. Through a range of learning activities, students will examine competing frameworks and alternative possibilities for analysis and action in the work of development and governance agencies associated with gender mainstreaming.


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

  1. Understand key gender concepts and factors influencing conflict and security discourses;
  2. Critically analyse the gender implications in contemporary international politics, especially experiences and events pertaining to war, patterns of conflict and cooperation, security, human rights and global political economy;
  3. Identify and connect with global networks of government agencies, inter-governmental institutions, policy think-tanks, research centres, NGOs, advocacy and activist organizations related to gender, conflict and security issues;
  4. Recognise the ways in which gender perspectives lead to alternative and competing possibilities for analysis and action in the work of development and other agencies associated with gender mainstreaming;.
  5. Prepare critically informed oral and written work appropriate for studies at postgraduate level and appropriate for professional engagement in the development sector.


Critical reading assessment: 25%
Inquiry based assessment(eg: essay or evaluation): 50%
Presentation: 25%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

2-hour seminar and up to 22 hours per week of individual and group based tasks and assessment.

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