GI413      Half Unit
Gender and Militarisation

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Marsha Henry COL.5.04F


This course is available on the MSc in Conflict Studies, MSc in Gender, MSc in Gender (Research), MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation, MSc in Gender, Media and Culture, MSc in Gender, Policy and Inequalities, MSc in Human Rights, MSc in International Relations, MSc in International Relations (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in International Relations (Research) and MSc in International Relations Theory. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

This course will provide students with an introduction to militarisation and its gendered basis and effects. Students will be introduced to social critiques of militarisation, feminist just war theory, men's and women's experiences of conflict, violence and war, gender issues within a variety of national militaries including issues of diversity in recruitment and retention, gender and the war on terror and the gender politics of participation in peace and anti-militarisation activities.


10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of seminars in the LT.

Formative coursework

Essay (1500 words) in the LT and Blog post (250 words) in the LT.

Indicative reading

Cockburn, C. (2012) Anti-militarism: political and gender dynamics of peace movements, Palgrave. Sjoberg, L., and S. Via, eds. (2010) Gender, war, and militarism: Feminist perspectives. New York: Praeger Security International Lorentzen, L.A. and Turpin, J. (eds.) (1998) The Women and War Reader, New York University Press. Zillah Eisenstein. 2007. Sexual Decoys: Gender, Race, and War in Imperial Democracy. London, UK: Zed Books. Cynthia Enloe. 2000. Maneuvers: The International Politics of Militarizing Women's Lives. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. Robin Riley and Naeem Inayatullah. 2006. Interrogating Imperialism: Conversations on Gender, Race, and War. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.


Essay (75%, 3000 words) in the ST.
Project (25%, 2000 words) in the LT.

Key facts

Department: Gender Institute

Total students 2012/13: 47

Average class size 2012/13: 16

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication