GI427      Half Unit
Advanced Issues in Women, Peace and Security

This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Aisling Swaine, Tower 2.10.01F


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Women, Peace and Security. This course is not available as an outside option.

This course is for MSc in Women, Peace and Security students only. Students registered on other programmes are welcome to apply for GI425 Women, Peace and Security, where programme regulations and capacity allows.


Students must have completed Women, Peace and Security (GI425).

Registered on MSc in Women, Peace and Security programme, and completion of GI425 Women, Peace and Security.

Course content

Advanced Issues in Women, Peace and Security will provide an in-depth examination of peace and security issues affecting women in a global world. The course will further explore all four pillars of the UN women peace and security agenda and specifically consider areas not covered in the prerequisite (GI425) course, including: root causes and structural and cultural forms of violence; inequalities; discrimination against vulnerable groups; the role of men and boys; gender balance and gender mainstreaming in peacekeeping; displacement and migration; and contemporary issues in transformative justice.

Throughout the course students will also critically consider current issues and debates and the political and legal nature and context of the global women, peace and security agenda.


20 hours of seminars in the LT.

The seminars will use an integrated lecture/seminar structure.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 1 essay and 1 other piece of coursework in the LT.

Abstract and Essay – students will submit a formative essay of 1500 words critically evaluating a text of their choice that they read during the prerequisite core course (GI425). This formative work builds skills and allows for feedback concerning the level of writing, argument and use of sources at MSc level.

During week 5, students will submit draft abstracts of 300 words outlining the substance of a workshop presentation, and will use the feedback to prepare for the workshop at the end of term.

Throughout the course, students will be introduced to a range of different approaches to seminar participation and facilitation and will be given short seminar tasks to complete with peers as routine.

Central LSE resources and facilities will be made available, such as a dedicated session organised in conjunction with colleagues at LSE LIFE to help students develop the skills to plan the content and structure and delivery of their workshop presentation.

Indicative reading

‘The Women and War Reader’, eds Lois Ann Lorentzen and   Jennifer E. Turpin (NYU Press, 1998)

‘The Futures of Women, Peace and Security', special issue of International Affairs, eds Paul Kirby and Laura J. Shepherd (Vol. 92, No. 2, March 2016)

‘Oxford Handbook of Gender and Conflict’, eds Dina Hayes, Naomi Cahn, Fionnuoula Ni Aoláin & Nahla Valji, Oxford University Press (forthcoming, 2016)

‘Oxford Handbook on Women, Peace and Security’ eds Jacqui True and Sara Davies (forthcoming, 2017)

'Peacexploitation? Interrogating Labor Hierarchies and Global Sisterhood Among Indian and Uruguayan Female Peacekeepers' Henry, M. (2012) Globalizations, Volume 9, Issue 1

‘Exposing the gender myth of post conflict transition: the transformative power of economic and social rights’ Christine Chinkin and Madeleine Rees, NYU Journal of International Law and Politics (2016)


Essay (50%, 3000 words) in the ST.
Presentation (50%) in the LT.

Students will present at a full day workshop at the end of term. Students will be organised into panels and present to the full group (GI427 students and also other invited students and faculty, and members of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security) and respond to questions from the floor.

Students’ overall performance in relation to the workshop (final abstract, delivered at week 9; presentation; and response to input, questions and discussion with peers and tutors, -altogether around the equivalent of 2,000 words) will form 50% of the grade.

A 3000-word essay, emerging out of students’ individual work preparing for their presentation and building on the input and discussion with peers and tutors, will be due on the first day of the following term and is worth 50% of the grade.

Students will work on presentation and essay topics of their choice, as approved by course convenor early in term.

Two members of faculty will evaluate all parts of the assessment, criteria for which will be published on Moodle.

The workshop will be filmed, for the instruction and encouragement of future cohorts. With permission, some presentations may be used to publically profile the work of Centre for Women, Peace and Security students.

Key facts

Department: Gender Studies

Total students 2016/17: Unavailable

Average class size 2016/17: Unavailable

Controlled access 2016/17: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Communication