GI413      Half Unit
Gender and Militarisation

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Marsha Henry COL 5.01M


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 Development and Humanitarian Emergencies, 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 overview of militarisation and its gendered basis and effects. Students will be introduced to social critiques of militarisation; the concept of militarised masculinities; different gendered experiences of conflict, violence and war; 'diversity' issues within a variety of national militaries; representations of gender and terror; peacekeeping; and the politics of peace and anti-militarisation activities.


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

Formative coursework

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

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.


Project (100%, 4000 words) in the LT.

This will be combination essay and diary.

Student performance results

(2011/12 - 2013/14 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 31.2
Merit 57.1
Pass 11.6
Fail 0

Teachers' comment

This course is a mix of feminist critical military studies and gender and IR and has an essay-diary as the sole assessment.  The current assessment came about because students were writing engaging blogs and drawing on a range of popular sources for inspiration and the analytical work was not being formally recognised.  

Key facts

Department: Gender Institute

Total students 2014/15: 40

Average class size 2014/15: 13

Controlled access 2014/15: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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

Course survey results

(2011/12 - 2013/14 combined)

1 = "best" score, 5 = "worst" score

The scores below are average responses.

Response rate: 82.5%



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